Edith is a classic Peugeot J7 van that has been professionally converted to provide a mobile catering facility. However, an incorrect fitting of the original gas springs meant the serving hatch was difficult to operate.
The van was imported from France to the UK by catering company 'Sue's Kitchen' over two years ago. The business chose to sympathetically maintain the van to keep its original character. This was something Dictator were conscious of when providing a solution for the van.
The van features a heavy serving hatch that allows access to the van and shelter for customers. However, the faulty gas springs had caused a fracture on the piston rod due to clashing with the mountain bracket. This meant the hatch could not be used as easily as the customer wished.
New gas springs were manufactured by Dictator the same length as the originals and included bespoke end fittings to prevent a clash with the mounting bracket. The gas springs were fitted with valves and the force was adjusted to support the weight of the hatch. This allowed easy setup and take down without the gas springs being too strong to close.
The customer is delighted with the adjustments made to Edith, giving the van a new lease of life ready for the busy summer season. All without the need to be heavily operated by hand!