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« Reply #75 on: 14 September, 2010, 09:38:40 AM »

As I drove round the M25 at the weekend and saw a broken-down privately-owned classic Routemaster bus on the hard shoulder I thought of the Esagamma...

The hard truth about this is that no one person or group of people is coming forward with a real plan or project - we're all stirring each others' excitement but no-one's really sticking their neck out and taking a lead. And it's not fair to say "the club should do it", because all that means is someone within the club should take responsibility, and it wouldn't be right to place that burden on anybody!
 
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« Reply #76 on: 14 September, 2010, 01:05:57 PM »

As I drove round the M25 at the weekend and saw a broken-down privately-owned classic Routemaster bus on the hard shoulder I thought of the Esagamma...

The hard truth about this is that no one person or group of people is coming forward with a real plan or project - we're all stirring each others' excitement but no-one's really sticking their neck out and taking a lead. And it's not fair to say "the club should do it", because all that means is someone within the club should take responsibility, and it wouldn't be right to place that burden on anybody!
 
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Could be, I'm a foot soldier on this one not a general. Sad

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« Reply #77 on: 14 September, 2010, 01:40:24 PM »

Mark,

I tend to agree, though if someone wants to take it on I am still up for a no strings donation.
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« Reply #78 on: 14 September, 2010, 05:37:42 PM »

If the seller can't get rid of it and is threatening to sell for scrap, perhaps that's all its worth. If he doesn't get what he wants for it, perhaps he would let it go for scrap value?
I too, would be up for donations and possibly the odd weekend of community spirited grafting, depending on the location of the beast.
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« Reply #79 on: 14 September, 2010, 06:50:32 PM »

I have been in email contact with the owner, it was last driven on the road in 2002. It did drive onto the low loader when it was moved to its present location near Diss in Norfolk, but now the clutch is not working!  I will try to have a phone conversation with him when he is back from holiday in a few weeks, bit I do think this project is a non starter!
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« Reply #80 on: 14 September, 2010, 06:53:47 PM »

If the seller can't get rid of it and is threatening to sell for scrap, perhaps that's all its worth. If he doesn't get what he wants for it, perhaps he would let it go for scrap value?
I too, would be up for donations and possibly the odd weekend of community spirited grafting, depending on the location of the beast.
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« Reply #81 on: 15 September, 2010, 07:47:04 PM »

I've been periodically following this thread since the truck first appeared on ebay and the pistonheads site. I'm amazed at the level of interest and enthusiasm thats been generated on the forum and I would certainly be eager to participate in any club joint ownership scheme. From reading the multitude of posts it now seems to me that the impetus has gone and that this rare opportunity will slip away from us.
The reason for this lot of waffle is that I suddenly saw the mention of Diss in Sliding Pillar's post of 14th Sept.
I live approx 12 miles from Diss and would be very pleased to go and take a look at the Esagamma armed with a camera if someone could put me in touch with the owner or the yard where its languishing. I'm no engineer but I can use a camera and have a fair idea about what might be realistically restored /not. If some photos were made available on the forum I feel we would all be able to make some better informed decisions about the viability of the project.
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« Reply #82 on: 16 September, 2010, 12:34:48 PM »

It looks to me that this is not going to happen, but what a shame to lose all this enthusiasm for what could be a very useful club asset, and a bit of fun too.

So, perhaps the answer is staring us in the face. The appia van was a no brainer because it is car, not truck, technology, easily garaged, can be driven by all etc etc.

Why don't we try and find a reasonable size van, (Jolly ?) and sort that out ?

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« Reply #83 on: 16 September, 2010, 12:45:19 PM »

OOPS, should have looked at Don's post first (Lancia Commercials For Sale) but we're clearly on the same lines.

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« Reply #84 on: 16 September, 2010, 06:47:11 PM »

Murf, thanks for you offer to go and look at the truck, as soon as I hear from the owner I will let you know. Ade,
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« Reply #85 on: 22 September, 2010, 10:36:28 PM »

I don't know if this is still a live issue but another society I belong to runs an Iveco 7.5 tonner of moderately advanced age for carrying equipment. It does less than a thousand miles a year but I believe running costs for that are about two grand. Just running a HGV is an expensive business, let alone buying and restoring one.

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« Reply #86 on: 22 January, 2011, 12:44:54 AM »

Whatever happened to this truck I wonder ?  After 30 odd years with Fiat/Lancia/Alfa Dealerships, I started a new career only this month with the Iveco Distributor for Ireland. Observing the sheer size of the workshops and assembly areas, restoring a truck does not seem that daunting anymore.
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« Reply #87 on: 22 January, 2011, 08:09:15 AM »

It was still in the possession of the same owner up to about a month ago. I met him at our LMCI Christmas dinner. Just to drive you all wild, his talk then was of chopping it and weighing in the chassis but I couldn't tell if that was to save the engine and/or the cab - I concluded the latter.
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« Reply #88 on: 22 January, 2011, 03:51:53 PM »

Back when everyone was enthusiastic I suggested we direct that energy towards something easier in terms of size, condition and driveability. How about this ?

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page.php/carno/121732

Only 30 of us with 850 euros !

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(and I do know a nurse who might ........... )
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« Reply #89 on: 22 January, 2011, 05:05:47 PM »

Back when everyone was enthusiastic I suggested we direct that energy towards something easier in terms of size, condition and driveability. How about this ?

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/classic-car-page.php/carno/121732

Only 30 of us with 850 euros !

Martin.

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We could always hire it out as a hearse for Lancia Funerals Shocked
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