Another new member near Swindon

Chiyo

Newbie
E50 Owner
#1
Hi All
I have put down a deposit on a E50 to pick up next week. Have been saving for a camper for a while, starting with longing for a T5/ T4, then moving on to Mazda Bongo and finally seeing the Elgrand. After a couple of days of looking at pictures of them, I saw a E50 at the local petrol station and then a super low mileage semi converted E50 appeared at the local garage and the heart took over the head. As I have bought it from a non-specialist dealer I am sure that I have over paid, but at least I have a little come back if anything goes wrong for the short time.

My plans are to complete the conversion by adding a pop top, putting in rock and roll and switching the rear conversion to a side one. This will be as money allows so will properly take a while but at least its usable as a camper straight away.

I asked the dealer at the garage his opinion on waxoiling the bottom. His thoughts were not to bother as we are down in the south (Swindon way). As he is not a specialist for imports I take his comments with a pinch of salt but I think he is a genuine chap. The van was first sold by Worcester Road Motors I believe, so is the wax-oiling something that they might have done?

Anyway, this is turning into quite a long intro post.

Hello!
 

Colin M

Member
E51 Owner
#2
Welcome if you are happy with price thats what matters.in Swindon there's a great workshop M+M Motors in the industrial estate were Triumph motorcycles are behind EMR Metals yard helped with problem big time on previous motor.With your conversion from rear to side let me know when you get started as i might be interested in your rear conversion kit?
Regards Colin
 

Harvo

Here for life
E50 Owner
Premium Member
#3
Welcome along.
I'd be inclined to get it undersealed. They have little protection underneath and the British weather (even in the south) isn't going to do it any favours. If you've spent all that money including future pop roof then I'm sure you'd like to protect your investment.
 

Brendan1969

Here for life
Premium Member
E51 Owner
#4
Welcome if you are happy with price thats what matters.in Swindon there's a great workshop M+M Motors in the industrial estate were Triumph motorcycles are behind EMR Metals yard helped with problem big time on previous motor.With your conversion from rear to side let me know when you get started as i might be interested in your rear conversion kit?
Regards Colin
M&M is the garage I been using now for a good few years. I know Ricky & Mark very well indeed and they do all my M.O.T tests too. Excellent garage also.

Colin, where are you then if you know M&M????

Chiyo, where are you also if your on about Swindon as I live in Highworth. If your E50 has come from WRM ( where mine came from ) then rest assured it is a good one and it would deffo have been wax oiled as these guys really do know their Elgrands and prepare them very well indeed. Or just ring Paul, Dave or Del @ WRM and I am sure they will be able to send you a copy of the vehicles history from their files and even all the pre Japan pictures of it too no doubt. Just tell them I have pointed you towards them.

I think its about time all us Swindon area owners had a meet up somewhere for a coffee etc as there appears to be a lot of us

Regards, Brendan
 

chris wills

Well-Known Member
Premium Member
E51 Owner
#5
South West Elgrands can help out with anything you need, trowbridge based and we can source parts, supply fit etc etc. a met for all the south west members will take place soon.
 

Chiyo

Newbie
E50 Owner
#6
Dear All
Thanks for the replies and welcomes.
With your conversion from rear to side let me know when you get started as i might be interested in your rear conversion kit?
Regards Colin
Thanks for the recommendation Colin, wont be for a while but i will try and remember this when we get round to it.
Or just ring Paul, Dave or Del @ WRM and I am sure they will be able to send you a copy of the vehicles history
Thanks Brendan - I am in Shrivenham. I think I will give them a call when I have the vehicle documents and see what the background is.

South West Elgrands can help out with anything you need, trowbridge based and we can source parts, supply fit etc etc. a met for all the south west members will take place soon.
Thanks Chris.

Thanks Harvo
 

feeney33

Active Member
E51 Owner
#7
M&M is the garage I been using now for a good few years. I know Ricky & Mark very well indeed and they do all my M.O.T tests too. Excellent garage also.

Colin, where are you then if you know M&M????

Chiyo, where are you also if your on about Swindon as I live in Highworth. If your E50 has come from WRM ( where mine came from ) then rest assured it is a good one and it would deffo have been wax oiled as these guys really do know their Elgrands and prepare them very well indeed. Or just ring Paul, Dave or Del @ WRM and I am sure they will be able to send you a copy of the vehicles history from their files and even all the pre Japan pictures of it too no doubt. Just tell them I have pointed you towards them.

I think its about time all us Swindon area owners had a meet up somewhere for a coffee etc as there appears to be a lot of us

Regards, Brendan
@Brendan1969 , is this where you take your Elgrand. Know you havnt had it that long
 

Karl

Founder
Staff member
E50 Owner
Premium Member
E50 Expert
#8
I'm really sorry, but I cannot forgive ANY car salesman selling a Japanese Import that does NOT recommend underseal. Anything that comes from Japan NEEDS to be undersealed over here as they do not need the protection over there.

Still, the original import garage seems to have been spoken highly of, which is nice to know that it was treated right when it came into the country.

Depending on how long it has been in the UK, you may want to get it looked at and done again ASAP. Winter salt, regardless of geographic location within the UK, will KILL your E50. Underseal is not something that is once done then forgotten about. It needs to be kept on top of and re-done. So I would suggest that you look into this ASAP if you are planning on investing money into a camper conversion. If rust has already started to become a problem on anything structural, then my advice would be not to invest any time or money in it, as you will end up having problems in the next year or two unless a specialist garage can fix the rust issues now, then underseal it. You would need to speak to someone in the know first and get them to do a thorough check of the chassis etc.

Oh, and before I forget, Welcome to the club :)
 

Chiyo

Newbie
E50 Owner
#12
Thanks
m really sorry, but I cannot forgive ANY car salesman selling a Japanese Import that does NOT recommend underseal.
Japanese imports were not his thing (more high end sports cars) so i probably wouldn't trust anything he says. Thanks for the welcome.
 

Chiyo

Newbie
E50 Owner
#14
The Husband suggested Ponyo for her name. Maybe a bit ironic given the previous conversation regarding undersealing against corrosive elements.