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Our customer Matthew bought a Unimog U1500 from an eBay seller. He asked us to arrange transport of the Unimog to our yard so that we could complete a thorough inspection of the vehicle. We imported the Unimog from Germany back in 2003. It had been through a few owners since then and despite the lyrical description from the seller the years hadn't been kind to it. The Mog looked pretty good from a distance but upon closer inspection it needed a lot of work to bring it back to the high standard which Matthew was aiming for.

THE RESULT

We brought this U1500 back to life, repairing mechanical faults to the brakes, rear prop shaft, cab & engine to name a few. We kept Matthew informed by email with photos and clear pricing for a solution to each problem.

The cab was removed and welding repairs were carried out which was rather extensive! The chassis was then given a good once over whilst the cab was removed before coming back freshly painted.

A Top quality ex-military engine was installed replacing the old weary engine and various upgrades and accessories were added to the Unimog.

Matthew collected the Unimog from us so we were able to familiarise him with the maintenance regime and vehicle controls. He was thrilled .....

Thanks again for what everyone has done, great job from start to finish. The Unimog is perfect........ No issues whatsoever. It's such a transformation from what it first started from.
Find Out How We Did It

THE FINIHED UNIMOG

And so it begins.....

Having priced all the repairs and agreed on a scope of work our mechanics got stuck into the project.

Unearthing further problems with the Unimog

We started with the mechanical repairs which unearthed further problems with the Unimog. One of the reasons the brakes were poor was due to the old cable operated footbrake valve system. We fitted an upgraded footbrake conversion kit which significantly improved the braking performance of the Unimog.

Keeping the customer informed

We also found the rear prop shaft was deteriorating and a number of metal pieces fell out when it was removed.

Along the way, there were a number of problems like this and we kept Matthew informed by email with photos and clear pricing for a solution to the problem. We knew that Matthew wanted the Mog to be in excellent condition when it left so everything was taken care of. 

Tackling the Cab

Next we moved on to the cab which in common with many Unimogs of this vintage was hiding a fair bit of rot under previous poor repairs.

The extent of the corrosion meant that we removed the cab to complete our welding repairs.

We sent Matthew pictures of the repairs as the work progressed so he could see the extent of the corrosion and what the work entailed.

Replacing the weary engine!!

Whilst the cab was off we removed the somewhat weary original engine - over 500,000kms and 42 years old! 

This was replaced with a top quality ex-military engine.

Cab repairs complete

The cab repairs were extensive so it was a great day when they were completed and the cab was put back on the Unimog.

Due to the amount of welding work that was carried out, Matthew made the decision to give the Unimog a fresh look.

Nearing completion!

The Unimog came back freshly painted in classic Unimog orange and the chassis was given a good once over which was a great decision for the Mog!

Cab upgrades

Finishing touches included an AV cab sound deadening kit and replacement seats in the cab.

Further accessories added

We fitted a hydraulic winch and mild steel stack to the Unimog which completed the transformation on the outside.

The Result

Matthew collected the Unimog from us so we were able to familiarise him with the maintenance regime and vehicle controls.

He was thrilled!!!

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I couldn't recommend Simon and the team highly enough, they sorted all transportation and took all the stress out of the situation. A1 service guys, thank you

Nick & Martin

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Lars-Erik Bammis Ohlsson

When I bought my U1000 “Rustbucket” , Simon gave me a fair & frank appraisal of its condition. The mog was cleaned and shipped professionally with no issues upon landing here in Australia. Since then, AV has provided me with excellent spares support and the occasional bit of advice. Posting was always prompt and economical via Royal Mail – this has taken a lot of the pain out of restoration. Highly recommended.

Pieter

Atkinson Vos not only supplied my Unimog some years ago but they have been ever present when I needed any advice or assistance. My Unimog recently underwent a full refurbishment in their workshop and I have to say the result has been nothing short of superb. My Moggy is not only in great mechanical shape but it looks great too. Top marks Atkinson Vos.

James Mc Donnell, Ireland

Whenever I drive my MOG on to their yard, I have a feeling of excitement about the opportunities for upgrade and improvement that Atkinson Vos offers. Anything is possible, and everything is done to a very high standard!. Atkinson Vos prepared my Unimog to an excellent standard. Their aftersales service is great too.

Roelf

Hi Simon, The shims arrived last week. My unimog is now running perfectly! Thank you a lot for the excellent service, I really appreciate it!

Casper Hanekamp

We have been using Atkinson Vos for a number of years now, they have carried out some upgrades and all servicing and repairs, their staff are friendly and always willing to help. The workshop guys always offer advice and easy fix solutions over the phone and on the odd occasion visited our workshop to view and inspect the vehicle. I would not hesitate to recommend the company, Thanks to all the staff.

Chris Brayne

Super Rod Ltd

I have waited many years to start my expedition RV project and the team at Atkinson Vos has helped to bring this to fruition. Appreciated the quick responses to the myriad of questions I had additionally the support from build to delivery state side. Many thanks to the entire team at AV.

Mike Greenberg

"We have always prided ourselves with finding the best qualified people available, be they doctors, lawyers, engineers, or whomever. We applied the same process to finding our dream Mog Expedition Camper and have not been disappointed with Atkinson Vos. Paul and Emma both have done superb jobs answering our many questions and leading us through the purchasing / export / import process. Based on their performance to date, we are confident Atkinson Vos support will be there in the future where ever our travels may take us.”

Mary & J R Argo

"Atkinson Vos are the absolute experts on UNIMOGS in my opinion. They offer wonderful advice apart from sourcing spares and thereby make things so much easier" "I would go to them rather than any German supplier for my UNIMOGS. All put together, it's the best package deal." "Simon and Frank are passionate in what they do and men of their word. That's what I think sets them apart. They have literally turned me into a Unimog addict."

Solomon Benjamin

Paul, Simon, Mark and the team, we just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all. What a firm, we couldn't recommend you highly enough, from the friendliness, the efficiency and the quality of the overall product, absolutely 1st class. We will be looking forward to working with you again on future projects. Thank you all again, all the best Danny and Nobby.

Danny & Nobby

"We first met with with Atkinson Vos at the Adventure Overland Show in Stratford-upon-Avon. Frank and Paul had really impressed us as hosts and as a result we were determined to travel to the headquarters in Bentham. After a smooth discussion with Simon and Frank, we were certain that we found the partner to upgrade our Unimog. Two weeks later work had already started! We have too many kind words for Simon, Emma, Paul, Mark and the rest of the team to fit in this testimonial! Their knowledge and expertise in Unimogs made us feel assured. We were helped and cared for throughout the whole process, They are a phenomenal team, and we enjoyed the time we spend with them, Thanks guys! Souren and Kati"

Souren and Kati

"The inspection of my Unimog was executed thoroughly and the itemized repair quote was reasonable. In short my Unimog is a testament to the fantastic work delivered by Atkinson Vos. This is a compliment coming from someone who appreciates quality work and has an eye for detail."

Joe Dos Santos

After taking on bigger tree work as my business grew, I knew I needed a Unimog. After doing my research on different commercial vehicles sold in the UK i found Atkinson Vos and I felt I was in good hands. The quality of service, care and reliability from Simon and his team has been a really good experience. The team have built my Unimog to the exact spec of what I needed. I'm over the moon with it. I'm getting lots of feedback from customers and passers by that are impressed by the green machine. I would highly recommend Atkinson Vos to anyone that specialises in Arboriculture.

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