Took a punt on a cheap Piaggio Porter

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Took a punt on a cheap Piaggio Porter

Post by George Sportif on Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:56 am

Me and my wife spent a few weeks in a (Subaru I think) micro camper travelling across Japan in spring and absolutely fell in love with it.



Since then I have been perusing various sites looking for something suitable for us. I was torn between getting a fully fitted camper, or a van to do myself. I am a carpenter/prop maker so the challenge, as well as being able to control the complete design of it appealed to me. Obviously standard vans can also be a lot cheaper.

After regretfully missing out on a few converted vans/devons, there was an unconverted van with an honest mention of the overheating problem (Which I believe is common? - and may be that requires bleeding which might be a pain, and may be the thermostat? Hopefully not the head gasket :/   )

Anyway, I won the auction blind and I am going to collect this little beauty tomorrow. Got it for £500 and thought it was worth the risk, having not seen it in the flesh or test driven it (Feel a bit crazy doing so, but the price seemed too good to not have a punt!)



Want to make it a little bit ridiculous on the outside - probably with a lick of paint and maybe upgraded wheels. My wife is a huge fan of Kerouac and the merry pranksters, so we have already decided to name it 'Even Further' in a progressive homage to 'Further' - their bus.

The inside will need to sleep the 2 of us (Both relatively slender), will need to transport 1-2 bikes (Outside or roof), and may need futureproofing by means of somewhere to sleep a baby - I understand a hammock type affair above the front seats is sometimes done. (Haven't figured out how said baby would be transported yet.)

I will no doubt be asking for advice and help on here once I get going with it. I am not a mechanic (Have never even changed a tyre, but am practically minded and will be trying to learn and take on as much of that myself as well.)

In the meantime I just wanted to say hello and thanks in advance for all the useful information I will no doubt find on here!

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Post by Raggy on Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:12 pm

Welcome to the group, hope all goes well and keep us informed...with more pictures as you seem to have got the hang of posting them.
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Post by George Sportif on Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:19 pm

Thanks Raggy. Am collecting it tomorrow - there's a couple of knocks to the bodywork - it's certainly not pristine, but I will post some photos when I have it. Maybe start a project thread if that's the done thing?

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Post by Raggy on Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:22 pm

That’s the spirit, build threads are good, mine is the Restoration of Skylark one, just do a search for ‘Skylark’ and you will find various ones I’ve done.
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Re: Took a punt on a cheap Piaggio Porter

Post by Woodie on Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:22 pm

And I am always being told that I am the Jammiest buyer of Hi-Jets on the Forum. Usually am. But an 09 plate for £500 almost tops my best bargain.

An A reg Honda Acty Romahome, 1 owner from new and 47,000 miles for £50.
Owned and used it for almost 2 years then sold it for £3,750. You better not turn up with any more bargains, or you will be putting me to shame. Fat chance. lol!

Good luck with your bargain. I hope that it isn't head gasket for your sake. Keep the pictures coming.
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Re: Took a punt on a cheap Piaggio Porter

Post by scotia on Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:54 am

welcome Smile
nice intro, and build thread would be nice to follow What a Face
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