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Re: Murphio's Meanderings

It looks like Bluebell has had some dodgy cosmetic repairs in the past on the front door and rear quarters. That photo highlights them quite well.

What's she like on the inside? I have never seen the inside of one of these.

She really is quite weeny for a camper van are you going to be able lie prone when sleeping or is there a stipulation that all owners must sleep in the foetal position?
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Dodgy repairs describes flatteringly the poor quality of some of the body AND chassis repairs on this one. But it is quite a solid collection of retrofitted steel plates.
I will show you the inside when I have taken out all the spares that came with it; I could start an Ebay shop.
It's all a bit basic and sparse as I am sure you guessed.
Sleeping space is no problem when the roof is up. It's quite amazing actually.
I think it'll look great with 500F door-handles etc. It already has the floor-mounted choke
I had better go on about it elsewhere....more photos......
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Not much meandering done lately because of house building committments; just the regular three mile run to the Post Office with Ebay parcels. Then the brakes suddenly stopped working the other day; obviously I only found out when I really needed them. I checked that the brake springs weren't fighting the self adjusters as there are no external leaks and everything is new. So I just bled them with my vaccum system and all is good, but the rears did have some hard-to eliminate bubbles which might be the bleed nipples leaking air in by the threads or possibly a badly fitting union on the rear circuit. More to investigate.

I have also replaced the cracked oil boot on the gearbox and just realised that I could have saved money as I have a perfectly good pair on a gearbox which came with my last but one purchase of scrap metal!

Tracked down a squeak at the back to a nut on a gearbox mounting rubber stud being loose.

Yesterday an ambulance came next door on a wasted journey since my 90 year old neighbour simply appeared to be dead ,(he's OK and on his feet now.) The driver actually stopped to look at my car because he couldn't work out was it restored or original. He really knew how to flatter us.

Tomorrow we will be back on the road over to the West Coast (Scotland) to visit Plockton where the "Hamish Macbeth" series was filmed.
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Not much meandering done lately because of house building committments; just the regular three mile run to the Post Office with Ebay parcels. Then the brakes suddenly stopped working the other day; obviously I only found out when I really needed them. I checked that the brake springs weren't fighting the self adjusters as there are no external leaks and everything is new. So I just bled them with my vaccum system and all is good, but the rears did have some hard-to eliminate bubbles which might be the bleed nipples leaking air in by the threads or possibly a badly fitting union on the rear circuit. More to investigate.
I couldn't get my vacuum pump to seal enough on the small bleed nipples to get a good enough draw, so I opted for an assistant to get a good enough bleed.


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Tracked down a squeak at the back to a nut on a gearbox mounting rubber stud being loose.
After years of shaking land rovers to pieces over various terrains, I've learned to use nylocs as much as possible. I'm slowly replacing the majority of nuts with nylocs.
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Good point Steve, the air might be drawing in around the cap of the bleeder; I thought it was through the threads of the nipple. I tend to use threadlock more frequently than nyloc nuts and despite the shaky thing that a 500 is, not much has come loose yet...apart from my teeth
I had a bouncy 200 miles today on a journey to photograph a client's house. Murphio looks a bit odd at the edge of the wide-angle lense. He attracted lots of attention and I could hear the comments as the cottage was right on the street...couldn't understand most of them though because Plockton is a magnet for foreign tourists.

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I tried to video a really good, twisty section of road today, which has great views, steep hills and even a short tunnel...the memory card was full.
So here is sequence from later, which is quite boring and looks quite fast. Turn off after 30 seconds; that's as exciting as it gets! Also, turn off the sound...just wind noise.
See me eating the banana in the mirror.

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Looks like you are doing about 130 mph rather than about 30 mph.

Come on let the cat out of the bag. How did you fix the camera to the roof of the car???????
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How did you fix the camera to the roof of the car???????
Simple really, you can buy all sorts of special brackets but I just put the camera on a tripod and through the roof.

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Today took us to Kentallan, which is a tiny place on the road between Ballachulish and Oban and the furthest south Murphio and me have been together on the West Coast of Scotland.
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I stopped for my packed lunch in a lovely spot overlooking Castle Stalker.
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So just over 200 more miles clocked up
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Great photos, have you been to Loch Fyne? Stayed at castle Loch Fyne for a few weeks when the children were younger.

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I have been to Inverary once Steve, but Loch Fyne is just out of my area and most of these meanderings are work-related.
It's been quite a day today and doesn't want to end; it's still daylight outside. Here's a shot to prove it at 11.43.
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It is a beautiful part of the world in the Highlands judging by your pictures. Really perfect for meandering about in a Murphio I think if I tried doing 200 miles in a day down south I wouldn't be home yet due to the traffic.
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The same places an look pretty drab in the rain, which is more common on the West Coast.
The roads are so narrow and twisting that it is maybe only 10% slower by Fiat 500 over long distances.
Worth it though, for the all-round benefits which include making a lot of people smile
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Peter I have been trying to see in your pictures when you have the sunroof fully open where the centre bar sits?

When me and Sean going for our spin this evening the bar started banging on the roof as we got faster, so I pulled over and folded it back so that the centre bar was inside the opening and only sort of half open if you see what I mean.

I can't remember it doing that before but that was along time ago. Am I missing something or is there meant to be a strap?
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Am I missing something or is there meant to be a strap?
Is Sean very tall? Maybe his head was creating some strange air currents?
It might be the fabric of the roof being relatively new and stiff? I can't imagine a way you could have it wrong and there are no restraining straps needed; nor have I had that problem although I do shut it when it's windy.
I find that at 25 mph and mybe a little more sometimes, I can (safely?) open the roof keeping a hold on one of the indentation grips in the metal front bar and the roof gets nicely arranged by the airstream. With care I can also shut it on the move.
DSC_8867 by Peter Thompson, on FlickrDSC_8866 by Peter Thompson, on FlickrDSC_8865 by Peter Thompson, on Flickr

PS Yes, I just noticed the gutter trim needs pushing on. It's probably Murphio's body rejecting it as it shouldn't be there.
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