Someone once showed me pictures from an ebay listing of a Delica Super Exceed Starwagon something or other. Love at first sight, I -had- to have one. Started doing my homework and found a panel "VanWagon" at a friends shop. Bought it from the owner a few months later, most likely after he found out how much it would cost to bring it back up to par as I was to later find out.
Before I picked up the van, I had an '88 SWB Montero. Awesome little truck. Even more awesome after I swapped over late model Starion turbo bits. Phenomenal little truck, pained me to part with it, but it was just too small for my needs.
Here's most of the short lived congregation before all the work started. The only one missing is my '87 Starion. I've since thinned the fleet to just the L300 and my 87 Starion.
When I bought the van the overdrive solenoid was bad and both the 4G64 and transmission were -way- tired. The engine was so far gone that it only took one trip into town with the Monty's 4.66 rear end and 30's to bring it near death. It was an absolute chore trying to drive back up the hill to the house. I happened to be building a 8:1 .040 engine for my Starion at the time and, well, the van needed an engine more than the Starion.
Swapping engines with this thing is really quite a joke. I'd rather not do it again if I don't have to.
Swapping the 6 lug bits in
I've since painted the rims, buffed the body and re-painted the black plastic bits and rear bumper. Looks damn sharp, but I don't have any decent current pics unfortunately save for this blurry cell phone pic.
I love driving the thing, just as much as I loved the Monty, and let me tell you its an odd sensation sitting on top of the front axle when the rear is sliding out from behind you.
It's still a long way from being done as it remains 2x4 and lacks adequate heat shielding and an intercooler. Hopefully posting this here will help motivate me to git 'er done, or at least more done than it is now.