Originally customised in the very early '80s by Dave Hilder of Hastings and featured in Street Machine magazine in July '84. Fitted with an Oselli Engineering 3 litre V6 engine in a smoothed and detailed bay, 4-speed manual gearbox, Mike the Pipe headers and exhaust system, chromed and painted narrowed Jag IRS, Shelby slotmags, deep buttoned blue velvet interior, and other subtle modifications too numerous to mention.
Dave sold it late '84 and it is thought to have spent the next 20-odd years in storage, possibly in Jersey. Wherever it was it was definately unregistered and unused.
I bought it a few years ago with no V5, missing interior, rusty chrome axle and suspension, no keys and a non-running engine.
After chatting to a few knowledgable folk and a decent guy at the DVLA I put in an application for the logbook and after a few weeks not only did it come back in my name but with Dave Hilder as the previous keeper! possibly confirming the Jersey storage story.
With help from a good mate we pulled the back axle apart for rebuild and powdercoating (no good having chrome on a daily driver!), rebuilt the front brakes and fitted new discs & calipers and fitted new tyres to replace the perished Pos-a-Tractions.
As the interior was completely missing and the wiring was a mess, I built a new dashboard, fitted new gauges and rewired the van myself. Next job is to re-do all the buttoned panels.
The paint is microblistered and has a few knocks but is still the original custom paint applied by Auto-Sprays 25 years ago so I plan on leaving it as is for a few years then we'll make templates of the blue stripes (all sprayed and lacquered by the way!) and will re-do it in the same scheme.