Finally managed to get my hands on a County after a good few years looking.
I'd been to see a few but they have always either been outwith my price range or falling to bits
So when I got a response to my wanted ad on the forum for a County which was only a couple of hours away at Carlisle and selling for £750 I headed off once more.
David had bought it 2 1/2 years ago from an agricultural contractor with the intention of converting it into a camper but as he's got even more projects on the go than I have he never got round to it.
So last weekend I picked it up on the trailer and brought it home
Its a 1991 Mk3 2.5 Di LWB Semi Hi Top County 160
Last of the solid beam axle models
Its the twin wheeler rear axle which was the one I really wanted, shorter wheelbase than the MK4/5 single wheel versions and I think they look good.
Underneath its VERY good, can't see anything needing done, although the handbrake needs some work doing to it.
The 4wd system all works perfectly in Hi and Low ratios.
Bodywise it could do with a passenger door and sliding door and probably needs the rear arches done (arches panels came with the van)
Rear doors look to have been replaced with Mk5 doors and are both perfect.
My plan is to use it as a tow vehicle for my offroading days/weekends, it'll tow my 12 x 6 trailer with my Suzuki Samurai offroader and double as a camper for the weekenders although it won't be kitted out as a camper.
I'll keep the interior as plain as possible so it can also be used as a van when needed.
Today was the first day I've really had the chance to do anything to it, the headlining and wood panelling/framework/floor was all damp/rotten with it sitting so it has all been removed.
Happily nothing too rusty was revealed underneath (I can't believe it really is a Transit)
I replaced the damaged bonnet with a spare I had and also a broken rear light unit
So it looks like the work I need to do to it for an MOT is...
A) full set of tyres (205 R16), most look to be cracked with sitting and I also need a spare wheel/tyre
B) Fix the Handbrake
C) Fix the arches (I think they would possibly pass but might as well do them)
Cosmetically it could do with:
new seats (Thinking about two single leather Scorpio seats for the front)
Paintwork sorted, its two tone white over lime green just now
I'd like to fit the Mk5 Interior to it, dash/doorcards/headlining etc so I'm on the hunt for a Mk5 Donor
All in all very happy with it
Pics and updates to follow