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Old 17-02-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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WARNING: The following tale of shysters is true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies, and in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer...is no.

So, I had my Bug trailered back from the mechanics from a Guy (he was literally called Guy). Very nice chap, with quite a bit experience of shipping old cars to and from Felixstowe port.

He told me about a couple of brothers from down Southampton way who had imported a "rusty" old splitscreen from Europe. It turns out it was apparently 'barely scrappable' yet the brothers had paid 5 grand for it. For anyone outside the VW scene, this seems crazy which I tend to agree with, but that's a whole other thread Now, my trailer Guy asked what they had in store for the splitty. The bro's answer is where it gets worrying.

6 grand had sorted a deal with a group of Eesstun 'Uropeens to fully 'restore' the camper to an apparent saleable condition. Welding, paint, engine, running gear - the lot. Oh and they had promised a 5-6 week turnaround. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt this group's ability and skills. Yet, I don't see how 6k could get you anywhere near the parts and bits needed for a full ground-up splitty resto! That's not even mentioning labour. Let's just say, I doubt that they could do a showing winning resto for that money

The brothers who bought the Splitty chuckled when asked how much they would make when selling it on - *please see any for-sale-ad for a 'recently restored' Splitscreen Camper.

Now is that morally wrong or are they pragmatists just making money off a silly market?
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No scene tax on the restore then 6k will get you quite a bit but still leave it needing stuff doing I'd say
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I'm utterly confused by the above. I haven't managed to get past it yet.
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I'm utterly confused by the above. I haven't managed to get past it yet.
It's a bit like "the man down the pub told him, it's only 4 bolts"
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Its written in Rumanian or Dutch or Chinglish...
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£5k isn't much for a split needing work , if it's old/early/desireable it's almost nothing!

Cheap generic labour? Cash in hand? £6k could get plenty done.

Tales from a bloke who's picking up half tales? I wouldn't worry about it all
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I'm utterly confused by the above. I haven't managed to get past it yet.
Sorry, nicked and paraphrased from Simpsons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6lTSPXDOAI

Still - £6k for restoring a rolling shell? Dunno, doesn't seem right.
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Chicken wire+filler+cheap blow over= possible.

Should last a couple of months post ebay.
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could be done for that money easily if they're swapping the parts over from a stolen one.
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The £6k resto quote is meaningless without knowing what the van is, what needs doing and to what finish. New dog legs and sills finished to match a patina finish would be bloody dear for £6k
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