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Van in Finland

E83W that is to be restored in Finland.

Photographs showing its current unrestored condition

Firstly my thanks to Reijo who allowed me to use some of his E83W van pictures here during 2005. He recently moved it from its long-term home to a new location, so that he can begin work on it. He is currently doing some research on where to find trim parts, and whether anyone locally can make new side steps for this van.

All the photographs have been supplied by Reijo - just click on them to view a larger version. The notes were added by me...

E83W Some of the bodywork on this Finnish van will need serious attention, here is one of the rear wings where mud often gets caught underneath.
E83W The van has been hiding in this car port for many years waiting to be rescued.
E83W This cover kept the worst of the weather away from the vans bodywork, yet there is still plenty to do.

Judging by this photo the body isn't bolted to the chassis.
E83W The front bodywork on this E83W has been removed. Amazingly the cab area doesn't look in too bad condition.
E83W Here is the van, outside for the first time in many years. The back doors look good too, its just the rear arches that look like being a problem area to fix.
E83W Many of the parts have been removed over the years and stored in the back of the van. Visible here are front wings, bonnet, grille, steering wheel, lamps and radiator.
E83W Another view of the rear loadbay area, with both back doors opened.
E83W Fortunately the semaphore indicators appear to have survived in reasonable condition as shown here.
E83W More of the original parts piled up inside. Here is the bonnet, note there are no Thames badges on it so this is probably an early 1950s Fordson.
E83W Somewhere under there is the 10cwt chassis, the gearbox peeking out from under various pieces of wood.
E83W Having been stored inside these two headlamp bowls are in very tidy condition. Many of these have either been dented or rusted away - these 2 look good.
E83W Here is the van safely loaded onto a trailer, ready to go to a new home where it will be restored.
E83W Viewed from the front, this partly-dismantled van looks to be fairly complete. I've not seen the engine in any of these photos.
E83W The van in its new accomodation, in which Reijo plans to rebuild it. The van has been in his family for over 40 years now.

Thanks again for the pictures, they are very interesting. The only other E83W I have heard of in Finland is this terrible example found dumped in a forest somewhere, the photos of this one sent to me a couple of years ago:

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