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 Post subject: 1979 Toyota Hiace
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:45 pm 

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1979 Toyota Hiace camper is a lwb 2.0litre. Unseen eBay win! I collected it on Saturday from Hereford.

I picked it up from the 2nd owners, an elderly couple who had owned it for 25years! They used it to drive to Portugal every year reason for selling was they have recent brought a house down there. The 1st owners were a couple from the local RAF base apparently it spent most of the time in storage in one of the hangers!
Condition wise its pretty good the interior is mint every thing is there fridge/hobs/sink, it’s a 5 berth. Body work is pretty good, a few bits of filler in the doors and a few rust bubbles but nothing that can’t be sorted. Mechanically it’s in good order it was fitted with a recon engine around 30000mileS ago, although it does need a tune up. Only real problems atm are the pop-top roof struts are dead, although there are some poles to prop it open which is not ideal.
It has plenty of power for a camper we were crusing comfortably at 70mph on the way home not to bad on petrol either I worked it was doing around 26mpg which isn’t too bad for something brick shaped.

Plans? Get the body work sorted, eventually i'd like to get it resprayed but at the minute it can stay white. Also stubtle mods taking a leaf out of these guys books:
http://www.stupidcrown.com/?page_id=1364


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original dealer stickers 'Hereford Toyota Centre' - its lived in Herfeord all is life!
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retro orange/ brown retro interior ;D
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:32 pm 
theres afew of these in NZ,seen 1 with a rotary in it afew years ago...


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That is THE most awesome thing I have ever seen! :shock: Wish we got those in the US...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:05 pm 

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It's like a diner back there :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:17 pm 
heeroyuy01195 wrote:
That is THE most awesome thing I have ever seen! :shock: Wish we got those in the US...

The Hiace never did make it to the US.I wonder why.It's such a great van.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:44 am 
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Agreed, but even if we did get them, they would have put some massive bumpers on the front to meet regulations which for me would have killed it. Just wouldn't be the same you know?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:20 am 
heeroyuy01195 wrote:
Agreed, but even if we did get them, they would have put some massive bumpers on the front to meet regulations which for me would have killed it. Just wouldn't be the same you know?

Yep,see what you mean.
Here's a photo of my dad's '84,by the way:
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Mechanically sound,but rust galore,I'm affraid.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:42 am 
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Looks awesome with those foglights on. Is it rusted beyond repair? :(

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:51 am 
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So what color IS the boat house at Hereford? :lol:

That is one bad mutha, though. Love the high-roof, love the 3-across seating, and love the utter brownness of it all. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Congrats on the acquisition!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Congrats for your buy. I'm considering buying this if I can make it to sleep 4 somehow.Its been neglected in the same spot for months if not years.

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 Post subject: lovely!! I'll share mine...
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check the next post..


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:36 am 

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hi guys!! im just new here and just wanna share my beloved hiace with you.
ENJOY!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:38 am 
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awesome hiace ogie! did you customize it like that or was it previously a work vehicle?

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It was with it's original paint about four months ago when the previous owner decided to just donate it to the fire rescue volunteer in our city here in Manila when luckily, I have spotted this beauty. Everything is intact. Even have the originals keys!! will be ressurecting its original color soon..


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:45 pm 

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crown69 wrote:
Congrats for your buy. I'm considering buying this if I can make it to sleep 4 somehow.Its been neglected in the same spot for months if not years.

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nice, i will be visiting Malta on holday in a couple of months (friends have a house on Gozo). I look forward to seeing all the old motors you have there!

Small update for this old bus:

i fitted trim rings :lol:
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experimented with the spare wheel - i'm thinking dark red with flake and white band tyres
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gave it a service
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i got aload of usefull spares of this rotten heap, including a rust free pasenger side door
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:08 pm 

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update:


got the gas tested and fixed so now have fully working beer fridge and cooker/grill
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fitted some wipac spotlamps
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collected these wheels a while back, sadly they turned out to be the wrong pcd (5 x 4.75" and not hiace friendly 4.5")
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fitted new poptop roof struts:

before (held up with bits of wood!)
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after!
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much better! sod to fit though!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:50 pm 

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Nice van! wish we had those in the US.

Starion wheels would look sick on that thing, plus I'm pretty sure there 5x4.5 bolt pattern and there pretty common.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:07 pm 

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4.5 to 4.75 adapters are pretty easy to find on the interwebs. I wish we had those in the states too! mini Winnebago FTW!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:29 pm 

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I didn’t realise there were adaptors available, I quite like the look of the steelies tbh I am on the look out for some slot mags to keep the 70's theme going :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:28 pm 

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eBay man, they have everything. :D


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