1985 1.9 Water cooled Autohomes Karisma PROJECT
We inherited this during lockdown from a family member and had grand plans around renovating it and getting it back on the road, but due to a change in our family circumstances we're not getting anywhere with it and have decided to sell. We took ownership in 2021 as an 'Autohomes Karisma' camper with the interior intact but looking fairly sorry for itself, and we went about looking at what would be needed to get it through an MOT. One of the main issues highlighted was some fairly extensive rust below the kitchen area, and in order to get that resolved we had to take the kitchen out and replace the lower outer panel on that side (which has just been screwed, not welded, as a temporary fix). The high top roof seal at the front had gone at some point over the last few years as well and it's clear the van has been driven with that issue, as there was a decent amount of water ingress that had caused a bit of a damp smell in the vehicle, so we ended up following the kitchen removal with a removal of the entire upper interior - which in turn led to the full interior being removed and to the images you can see here. We still have the frame pieces from the inside of the high top of the van which would allow for a rebuild of the same setup, and the front piece (which is moulded) is still intact. There are a couple of clear areas that need welding - namely the offside floor and the footwell on the driver side as well as a couple of pieces on the roof seam - but there are some other areas that I'm sure someone with more expertise than we have would be able to identify. It could also do with some bodywork tidy-up as there are some areas of rust that arguably need to be looked at. I had to replace the ignition barrel, and the rear tailgate needs a new lock too but the other doors are in decent order with working locks. Once we'd done that and replaced the battery we managed to get the engine turned over and moved the van around a bit, but it's been a few months since then and I'd be inclined to think anyone coming to get the van would be better to assume it'll need towed onto a recovery truck.The front seats are the originals and were covered by the Autohomes seat covers which were in a state of disrepair but they've done their job - the check seats are in pretty good, almost like new condition (there's a little bit of the piping on the driver seat has gone, but that's about it). We also still have the onboard water tank (which had been mounted under the rear seat - although the plan was to put a new R&R bed in, so it was taken out) - so that's there if anyone needs it. There's also a swivel base on the passenger side too which is in working order.Seals need replaced all round, the roof probably needs taken off and reseated after the seams have been tidied up, and it needs a new exhaust and the interior done, so it's very much a project, but we just can't justify going ahead with the work. The odometer has 5 digits plus a 1/10th mile counter, so it's basically limited at 99999.9 miles before flipping back to zero.Mileage history is as follows:->2007 - 99k2010 - (1)036952012 - (1)067992013 - (1)068062014 - (1)07120 (NB - MOT shows this as 71209 which we believe should have been 107120.9)At this point we have no more paper copies, but the van was bought in 2016 advertised at 108k and that aligns with the history we have. I looked today and the mileage is (1)09834.4We've got a decent amount of history showing MOTs etc - and it ties with the mileage piece above - so my assumption is that the figure in 2014 is incorrect and the van has done 110k miles.