Owning and operating ‘H’ vans as a business requires a lot of love, care and attention. After all, purchasing a H van and converting it for use as a catering van can be very costly in the first instance, you wouldn’t want further unseen costs down the road and have your precious business interrupted because the poor thing is always down the garage mechanics!
With many Citroen H vans now being purchased for conversion to a Catering vehicle, this is where the reliability becomes key. You will expect your van to work hard most days and even harder throughout the summer season. While we all adore the Citroen H van, no 50 year old van is likely to be associated with the sentence “working hard every day, reliable, low cost vehicle”. That’s where Dragon Classicsare Head and Shoulders above the rest. Offering a full spectrum of advice, repairs, servicing and restoration for all models and variants of these wonderful vans.
Here’s what street food trader Gem from ‘GemBurrito’had to say about Dragon Classics when she had some major problems with her beloved H van:
“At GemBurrito we set out to make really delicious blow your head off coffee and Burritos as good as the Mexican street food vendors. Buying my beloved H Van meant being able to do this in style, it meant being able to work in mobile catering and feel proud of the vehicle, with all it’s beautiful nooks and crannies.
It sort of went from one disaster to the next and eventually the engine just stopped working. Going from one mechanic to another, and then back to a previous mechanic, we somehow stumbled across Dragon Classics and their H Van transplants.
Feeling hopeless still and not being able to work I sent an e-mail to Dragon Classics and got a reply within minutes. After briefly explaining my limited knowledge of the engine problems, Dragon replied with a very helpful e-mail stating what the issues could be and the answers that would solve them.
Dr Pow Pow
I thought about it for two days, then sent ‘Dr Pow Pow’ over there for a holiday to North Wales and to visit his new best friend (and mine) Dragon Classics.
A few weeks went by and I can’t even begin to explain the relief I started to feel, Dragon kept me completely informed every step of the way. Sometimes I would e-mail at midnight, and boom! There’d be a reply.
Nothing was left without explanation and boy were the explanations informative. For the first time since buying my H Van, I was excited when Dragon said Dr Pow Pow was on his way home. Using the flatbed towing company that Dragon had kindly arranged, my H Van was back. Nervous, still, I got in the cab and drove, and drove, and drove. I’m grumpy as hell at 6am when going to work, but as soon as I sit in that springy seat, knowing the engine is just going to work, I can’t help but smile and smile and smile.
Everything was amazing, a million times better than I imagined. My H Van did everything Dragon said it would, and exceeded even more.
GemBurrito is now up and running and nothings going to get us down. I was provided with a telephone number for emergency, and ongoing care advice.
It’s called the H Van transplant because it literally gives your H Van a new lease of life. Sometimes while working, I open the engine lid and just stare at it for a while. I’m proud of all our achievements with GemBurrito so far, but I couldn’t have done any of them without all the people involved and going to Dragon Classics was a bit like the feeling you get when you return home after splitting up with your first relationship”.
Many other satisfied customers offer the same opinion too, claiming that Dragon Classics offer an unrivaled service for anyone who owns and operates ‘H’ vans.
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Nobody else in the whole of the UK offers an alternative engine transplant, demonstrating that Dragon Classics skills are greater than the norm.
No-one else offers rebuilt Citroen H van Engines and Gearboxes from Stock on an exchange basis, again showing just how skilled they are.
Nobody else has an off the shelf modern Alternator conversion to replace the weak, low power, expensive standard item.
This Technical competence shines through in everything Dragon Classics offer, bodywork alterations, 6v to 12v Electrical conversions, etc. They are therefore able to offer almost anything Citroen H van; including SWB to LWB conversions and Hi-Tops.
If the Dragon Classics website demonstrates just one thing, it is that they are passionate about these Iconic vans. However, you will also notice that Dragon Classics are Customer focused and happy to share what they know.
With each finished vehicle carrying a 12 month Warranty on all their work, you have total piece of mind.
If you are contemplating purchasing a H van for catering conversion, or if you already own and operate these quirky vans, then Dragon Classics should be your first port of call for all things H, Y & Z!