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vanboosh

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  1. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    Box is a PRM 160D3, which sounds like its 10 more betters than a PRM 150 I see fairly often in boats. Yeah, I'm not too worried about the work itself, it's more how often I'd have to do it. This is what I'm afraid of, really. And being on my own means I wouldn't really want to risk leaving it too long in case it snapped and it leaves me in some iffy situation. I think now that I know more of what I'd be getting into, due to the invaluable advice here, I'll go have another good look at it. Check out clearances, see how well its been looked after, etc. If there's any doubt at all, I can totally cross it off. If I'm still keen, I can put it up on the top of the maybe list, perhaps put in a cheeky low offer. I'll also see a few more boats on the weekend which might make it easier to walk away!
  2. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    A bit of background: I'll be solo, so single handed 90% of the time. I'll be travelling a lot! A brother and friends in London, business partner in Stroud, parents near Worcester (I'd like Droitwich to be home mooring if I can get a spot) and my best friend and his new young family in Nottingham. I'm handy with a spanner; restored some old VWs and MGs, built a beach buggy, and played about with various other cars before I realised 4 wheels bad, 2 wheels good (although it seems I'm onto no wheels best, now) so doing the work of changing the belt doesn't worry me too much (I've done a cam belt/water pump on an old Golf where all the bolts were so rusty they snapped off. Great fun drilling and tapping all of that under a car in 3 inches of space). It's more what sort of inconvenience will I be having? Don't get me wrong, I don't mind some inconvenience. I'm not buying a boat because I think its going to be plain sailing (sorry)! But if it means pulling an engine out every couple months at £150 a pop, that probably wont do for me. I could handle once a year though.
  3. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    I'm hoping to be on the move quite a lot, so I think that might be a bit impractical, sadly. I might make a silly low offer mentioning the cost of an engine swap and see if what happens. Going to see some more boats on Friday, so I might fall in love all over again!
  4. vanboosh

    Who wanted a Motorbike friendly Narrowboat ?

    Do you get condensation problems with dog/pigeon boxes?
  5. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    Damn, looks like I'm giving up on this one then!
  6. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    Would it be silly buying the boat and replacing the engine with another, more suitable (used) unit?
  7. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    Also, is having a big engine bad on the canals? I think I'd be doing a few rivers, like the Trent, Severn and Thames, so might be better for that? As a random side question so I don't create a new thread; When you get a survey and the surveyor scrapes the blacking to check the hull, do I need to get some paint to cover the scrapes up again? Amazing! What a beast! Okay, I'll keep hunting, although I do really like the rest of the boat, so I think it'll sit at the top of the maybe pile.
  8. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    Thanks Alan! Very useful info. So should I walk away from this one?
  9. vanboosh

    Bike on a cruiser deck?

    Some excellent advice there, thank you WC! I don't suppose you have any photos of your setup, do you? I think its tough for me to figure it out exactly until I actually have a boat to work with (which should be soonish, at least). Does your bike sit below the tiller or further back?
  10. vanboosh

    Ford XLD418

    I'm currently interested in a boat that all looks pretty normal apart from having a Ford XLD418 engine which I haven't seen mentioned much. I did a search on here and a thread came up on cam belts and to make sure there's enough access to change one (photo attached for opinions on that). Is there anything else I should check on it? And what sort of horse power do they get? And does anyone know the builder "D Perryman"?
  11. vanboosh

    Who wanted a Motorbike friendly Narrowboat ?

    Absolutely! I love the look of them, but as a live and work aboard, I need light and views and such.
  12. vanboosh

    Bike on a cruiser deck?

    I could make a bracket that would make the tail tidy easy to pop on/off. As you can see, the rear wheel comes out much further than the 'body'. Removing the front wheel only takes a couple minutes, so maybe a combo of the two?
  13. vanboosh

    Who wanted a Motorbike friendly Narrowboat ?

    Too many portholes for me - I like it light and airy! although I very much appreciate the thought ☺️
  14. vanboosh

    Bike on a cruiser deck?

    Thanks WC! Good bit of info there. Looking online, my Duke is only 3 inches longer but its about 45kg heavier, so might be possible with a bit of extra reinforcement on the rack. Have you got a square back? I saw that tug on apollo, Ronnie. Its not too bad, but I'm not keen on only having portholes (I'm too fussy!)
  15. vanboosh

    Bike on a cruiser deck?

    I'd drink canal water for my motorbike ❤️ I've seen you can put a secondary (or more!) plastic tank in elsewhere to make up for it. And its only me (and eventually a pooch).
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