Meet Horatio, our self-build, Tiny Home

This is Horatio, he is our new home, or will be once Nik has remodelled him. He is, of course, a self-build tiny home and will be our project for the next several months.

Nik wasn’t overly keen on the name I gave him. He has learnt to live with it, as it has stuck. We found him in Bristol; he is a Ford Transit Luton. Due to the location, we were unable to view him before agreeing to purchase. However, we’d had lots of pictures on the lead-up. We were quite confident that we wouldn’t be disappointed. We travelled up to him with everything crossed that he was going to make the perfect self-build tiny home.

After giving him the once over, we paid the money and drove away. The interior isn’t for us, we always intended to strip him back anyway. Apart from that everything else looking good. He drives beautifully and everything was going great until we got about an hour from home, at this point the tensioner gave up the will to live and the belt came off.

I’ sure you can imagine what we were thinking. “Oh no, we’ve bought a lemon, this bloke is a con artist, it’s going back, blah blah blah”. After waiting for hours it was towed to our garage and awaited the verdict.

. As it turned out our boys were full of enthusiasm for Horatio. They fixed the tensioner and gave him a quick once over and when Nik went to collect him they were singing his praises. After a little chat about the fact that he’s barely been driven for the past three years they all decided it would be a good idea to give him a full service and replace things like brakes and wot not, things that deteriorate with lack of use. We decided it was best to get it all done before we start living in him.
So before we’d even got him home and started his conversion, this is the run down of spend so far.

Purchase price – £3600
Tensioner Kit, belt and labour (including time to check for faults) – £167.63
Full service, consisting of
oil change and all filters,
check all fluid levels,
lights,
grease all hinges and locks,
strip and clean all brakes.
Motorflush,
X-Tech 5w30,
Oil filter,
Air filter,
fuel filter,
cabin filter,
fuel hyper clean,
bushes,
wheel bearing,
wiper blades,
wax oil,
brake pipes,
brake fluid,
anti freeze,
front brake pads
labour total – £693.68

And with that came the very happy smiles of our mechanics.

Thankfully, they have informed us that despite the age and length of time Horatio has been sitting undriven, he is in really good condition. They also mentioned that he has had a lot of work done on his upkeep recently, which means, of course, that we won’t be bringing him back too soon. Also, when I say they had happy smiles, I don’t mean they’re thinking yippee this one’s going to make us loads of money. Nope! Actually, they are thinking they wont see us again until MOT time. They grown and sigh every time they see Daisy as because of her age they aren’t keen on working on her. And well recently what with our car giving up the will as well, they’ve seen entirely too much of us.

Thankfully, they have informed us that despite the age and length of time Horatio has been sitting undriven, he is in really good condition. They also mentioned that he has had a lot of work done on his upkeep recently, which means, of course, that we won’t be bringing him back too soon. Also, when I say they had happy smiles, I don’t mean they’re thinking yippee this one’s going to make us loads of money. Nope! Actually, they are thinking they wont see us again until MOT time. They grown and sigh every time they see Daisy as because of her age they aren’t keen on working on her. And well recently what with our car giving up the will as well, they’ve seen entirely too much of us.

Here is a quick picture of the inside. I took the photo on my phone, it was also raining at the time, therefore the quality isn’t good. I will take photos and update as Nik is stripping down and rebuilding.

self-build tiny home, campervan

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