That's quite an interesting thing, from the point of view that I'm not sure whether I've ever seen one before. And believe me when I say that I've been studying tractors on the internet for far too many hours recently.
Regarding my prize for the "identify the admittedly pretty easy to identify dashboard from a mystery car, which has been upcycled into a customised van" competition; I decided that I should probably look under the middle set of "rock n roll" seats/beds in the van as 1) they were rolling but only in one direction, meaning that they've been side facing since I bought Yoda almost a long time ago, so I had to uproot the seat frames and try to get them working in all directions again and 2) under there would - so I figured - be the best place to find my mysterious winnings, not least because the cab seats are attached directly to the top of the "bonnet", which is what that area would be on the Hilux and Land Cruiser models which share the chassis and oily bits of the 4x4 versions of the HiAce.
So, after driving all the way to the nearest Halfords branch to buy a new set of wipers for the world's tallest garden shed (well done for identifying the van from the registration number, Halfords. Many suppliers can't "because he's an import and doesn't officially exist in Europeshire" - Pffft!), and actually paying the £4 for their chap to fit the blades
(and this wasn't even a cold day in hell but a rather warm day in reception range of the only FM station that the van's dodgy 14-20MHz converter allows me to hear when driving around locally - Radio Borders), I set off back down the road to attack the furniture. Long Story Shorter: I sorted the seats so that now it's possible to spin either or both sets of r 'n' r beds through a full 360 degrees and face any way you like when sitting at the beach, binoculars in hand, looking at the visitors capsizing their boats before they'd even left the shallow water and, er, driven? sailed? Let's just say "boated" as that covers the ones with engines, the ones with sails and the ones stolen from Spittal pleasure beach, with pedals and big numbers on the hull.
So far, so good, but when I shifted the seat/bed frames out to clean the floor beneath, I found my winnings! Yes, I scored for a whole Pound!
I shall spend it on a supermarket trolley as they provide quite a lot of useful steel for the money
, and their "chassis" make excellent improvised spotlight brackets. Dammit! I could have used a plastic trolley token..
Best part of yesterday: Discovering that there are clued up people on Halfords' payroll and that such shining examples of humankind are happy and willing to do their thing so that the rest of us can do ours without worrying about daft wee tasks like faffing around for hours fitting yet another set of refills to blades that were suffering from broken lugs, bent too often already. Bosch wipers, one pair, correct fitment for the van, so no random woodscrews and no broken bracketry from fitting yet another pair of refills! Total cost: £22, only a tenner more than the cost of generic refills. I have been very guilty of criticising Halfords harshly before now, and may do so again if they revert to their previous configuration post-plague whenever that time comes, but they are managing their whole approach to conventional retailing far more efficiently than the supermarkets and other shops, such as newsagents, which are still trading.