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    Dave Hilder - Marina Van

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    Builder: Dave Hilder
    Vehicle Name: Marina Van
    Year Built: Circa 1980
    Base Model: Morris Marina Van
    Current Owner: Dan Dawson
    Classification: Van
    Current Location: Barnstaple
    Recently sold and re painted, the new owner has re done the stripes on this custom van, a tribute to a cool van that was and still is very much one of the nicest. Now owned by Dan Dawson and still running it's V6.







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    Dave Hilder - Marina Van
    More history on Dave Hilder's Marina Van

    Dave spent 6 years building the Marina van before he debuted it in 1983. It was his first custom project and it cost him over £6000, Dave admits that by the time he had finished it, it was already out of date.

    Even after all that, he put it up for sale within 18 months as he was taking a trip Stateside and wanted to bring back a Fall Guy truck.

    The van changed hands twice including sitting in a Southampton car dealers showroom for a while before being found stored in a garage in Jersey. It had apparently been there for about 20 years, everything was exactly how it was in 1983 except for some of the interior that had gone missing.

    Despite it changing hands a few times, it had never officially changed keepers and when the V5 logbook came back it had Dave Hilder's name as the previous owner Ian Rubrey sympathetically restored it, rebuilt the running gear and did what was required to put it back on the road, still in original paint. I owned it for about 5 years including using it daily for over 12 months, it was sold on to a guy in Cornwall in August 2010. He has since resprayed it and retrimmed the interior.
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    Lives down in deepest Devon owned by a good friend of mine Dan Dawson in Barnstaple. he's done a great job of restoring it, still runs the Ford V6, It will be out & about at shows in the South West again this year.
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    its on ebay for sale just now guys

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    Did the van ever sell?

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    Dan sold the Marina van this week.
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    Hi as of today Im now the current custodian of the van, plans are to have the body work sorted and a few touches just to make it my own

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    Cool.i remember when wagonman had it.


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    Yeah I pulled it out of 25 year slumber and put it back on the road around 2004/05, its been through a handful of owners since then, good to see it has another enthusiastic owner.

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    Does anyone know if the van was featured in any other magazine other than street machine?

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    my favourite UK small van ever... ive even stuck a very similar stripe on my little combo van...i wanted to build a marina van after seeing Daves V6, but after seeing a drawing in CC i went down the 4x4 look with the higher suspension and and the 8 spokes...great to see this has survived... ( i just need to find my other favourite now... the red Hi Roller CF, with the yellow graphics )
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