I eventually found a mechanic that believed he was a Citroen HY whisperer, yet it took another 2 months in the garage and many many parts changed, but I could finally drive it.
The almost year and half of making mistakes and paying dearly for them I knew I had to test this baby before going out in public. Inviting friends and family to what I hoped to be a fantastic kick off ended up in disaster with major gas leaks that now made the van unusable and unsafe to operate.
The catering conversion company wanted to have the vehicle returned to them for another 2 months to repair but by now my trust is all gone in any of my suppliers so before sending it back to them I had a second opinon from a more expensive and more professional catering conversion company. They could see by my images that all the gas and electric work was done wrong, so wrong that we were lucky not having been blown up in the air. This statement set me on a path I wish I didn’t take. I decided to pursue legal actions against the conversion company which obviously absorbed so much of my time and money and I still had to get the van fixed as soon as possible so I could start trading. I am now almost 2 years behind schedule bleeding money left right and centre.
I finally took the van to a proper conversion company and they had to strip and rebuild it to legal requirements and re-do the gas and electrics. 6 months later I had a legal working van and a large bill to pay.
But, learning things the hard way usually sets you up for something better (E + A = O Event+Action Equals Opportunity). I realised I was not alone in this miserable journey that was meant to be one of my most exciting life projects. I met some amazing people along the way to get the van in proper shape and together with them I wanted to start something that would not allow the frauds to use people like me, who is willing to take the risk to pursue their dreams.
My next dream started to take shape and today I could not be more happy or proud of what we have achieved. We have turned over rusty gems into bright diamonds that bring happiness and good business to dreamers and business people alike all over the world.