old mercedes cherokee

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  1. scrambler

    scrambler Read Only Funster

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    I been looking for a mercedes hymer for months ,then i looked at an old autotrail cherokee and bought it...d'oh!! .It seems a good layout and was half the price..(thats what clinched it :Smile:) The rust usually found on these cabs has been cut out with new metal and waxoiled.Has anyone got one and any advice on ownership.I need to do a liittle tlc internally but hope the merc part will be reliable. it was registered in 84 .. all advice greatfully recieved
     
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    Once you have fnished it you will have such a good time in it knowing how well you have restored it, and it really will be your pride and joy.
     
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    You didn't say what distance it has covered. Our Merc camper in NZ has covered 197000 k's and still goes like a dream. (It was an ex rental and tatty - we love it)
     
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    Hi all .It's says 82900 miles on the speedo,but no detailed history to back it up.Have you got curtains or blinds at the windows of yours.I would like some blinds with flyscreens but cant find the right sizes.we are gonna refurb the shower and loo and a bit of varnish and paint.Can't wait to use it for the first time
     
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    Hi
    I have owned one of these for the last 6 years love it :thumb:
    not fast but gets you there

    Last big trip took her down to Switzerland apart from silencer falling off :Eeek: no problems

    We get about 25 mpg touring down to 23 if pushing it

    Mine has done about 98000 miles always starts on first turn of key

    I have fitted cruse control , a vacuum unit made by Zemco in 1977
    also converted to run on veggy oil

    Parts replaced over 6 years

    new front disks
    new headlamps
    new rear brake cables
    new rear brake cylinders
    replaced brake pipes
    replaced radiator
    replaced exhaust
    1 set of tyres

    and normal oil/filter changes

    total costs about £800 or £133 per year :thumb:

    Most parts are on Ebay or Ebay.de (German)

    Been refurbishing the interior with van lining carpet looking good

    Buy yourself a grease gun to keep the kingpins well greased to help with the heavy steering

    Please feel free to ask any questions you may have
     
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    Love The Avatar

    To BIGMILLIE:- My Grandfather and four of his brothers would love the Avatar, so to would my father.
     
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    Touched me too

    Somewon sent it to Ben Parkinsons facebook site

    Ben and my Son were in the same 7RHA(Para) Battery in Afgan in 2006
     
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    Hi charlie. thanks for that..do you still have the paloma heater in yours..are they safe?.our works so don't want to change it... and do you treat the wooden underside of the coachwork,,Seems sound but feel it should be treated with something?
     
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    Yes we still have the paloma water heater it works great provides plenty of hot water for the shower.

    Make sure that you drain it down during frosty weather as they are very prone to splitting the heating matrix if frozen :Eeek:

    Never have treated the woodwork underside it still feels sound perhaps treated wood was used

    Hope you get as much pleasure from yours as I do mine :thumb:
     
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    Have you tried Charles and Sons in Poole? They stock all sorts of parts for older vans.

    Lunarman
     
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    Thanks for that lunarman.just looked on their website..its not far from where i live..they will be very useful i,m sure:Smile: .I will definately pop in when i'm passing
     
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