Toyota HiAce soon... Vehicles Camper vansPanel vansFiat DucatoFord TransitMercedesMercedes SprinterMercedes TN & T1Mercedes VitoNissan UrvanToyota HiAceVW TransporterLDV ConvoyTransco and other Work vansVW LTMotorhomesCar derived vansCitroen JumpyFiat ScudoNissan VanettePeugeot ExpertVW CampersVW Camper Vans For SaleSplit Screen Camper VansBay Window Camper VansBuying a VW Camper VanHireInsuranceWinter Storage TipsCaravan Tips Share this post Author Darren Comments (37) Nick (not verified) reply Hi, I've just bought a 1978 Blue Toyota HiAce. I just wondered if anyone else had one and what they thought about it. Aug 10, 2008 divingfirefighter reply Under powered and as mines coachbuilt and heavy ... very thirsty... worthwhile getting a gas conversion.. Very Hard to get body parts although mechanicals for 12R engine easy to get Oct 27, 2009 Dave (not verified) reply if anybody knows where i could get hold of a drivers side door for my van would be very grateful thanks Apr 17, 2010 Andy72 (not verified) reply I would also like what it's like to own an early hiace camper, I'm just in the process of cosidering buying a 1975 camper. What is the spares avilabililty like? Jul 30, 2010 Anonymous (not verified) reply Hi there i bought a Hiace to and i am coverting it into a campervan, but at the moment i'm only rstoring te vehicle. Aug 22, 2008 Anonymous (not verified) reply You are a liar! The van could not manage more that 55 mph and that was downhill the van slowed right to 25mph on the motorway on the way home when going uphill - it was backfiring and cutting out! We are not at all pleased with your representation of the vans reliability after you said you had driven it over the snake pass earlier that day without any problems! Sep 15, 2008 Anonymous (not verified) reply i need brake cylinders for my toyta hiace 1976 and 2 doors can any one help or were do i get the parts tryed dealers and thay need chasey number i have only no the one on the door do any one no were thr number is thanks Feb 09, 2009 glynn (not verified) reply hi,just bought a 74,when you open the engine cover, there is a chassis number stamped at the back on the body. don't know if that helps! Jul 31, 2009 divingfirefighter reply The hiace in uk had the same cylinders from early 70s to 79 even the front were drums .. Only very few had front discs.. Should be no problem .. you can even get them on E bay .. Hi lux of same age has the same cylinders. Or go to toyota get the part number then try the local parts supplier Oct 27, 2009 Anonymous (not verified) reply This is related to the engine not the door. You will need a scrap yard or motorhome/caravan breakers. I dont know why they would need your chassis number just the make and model and year should suffice. Feb 22, 2009 Anonymous (not verified) reply hi i have just bought a toyota hiace 1998 model long wheel base and i want to convert it into a 'surf van'. i want to have a bed, small kitchen area just with a bowl (no tap) and a portable gas stove. Anyone done this to a hiace or just got some general ideas. Many thanks Angus Mar 03, 2009 andrewp (not verified) reply Yeah I bought a 06 Hiace 3 months ago and converted it. I started by putting a fridge/freezer (50 litre Waeco)on a fridge slide in the rear. Next to this i put another fridge slide, on this one I built a box that contains my gas cooker and bottle and all my cooking stuff. The box lid folds out and becomes a table. The box has only 3 slides so that a 5 drawer tool box can be accessed. These house cutlery, plates,etc. The rear door opens up so forms a roof for when it raining. I then installed a full double bed above the fridge and pullout kitchen. I had to find some long legs as it needed to be about 70cms high. My Hiace is a standard one without the high roof so the slleping area is only about 60cms high. It is still very comfortable, and no setting up required, and I think theres nothing worse than sleeping on a crappy bed, especially on holidays. I installed a duel battery system with charger and inverter so I can run a laptop, fridge, anything really. I have also camp chairs and a table which slides under the bed frame on brackets (close to the frame up high). I have 3 90 litre plastic tubs that fit under the bed also (for clothes and girlfriends shoes), accessed from side door. Oh, also from the rear door I have a 20 litre water can with tap an hose , next to the fridge, also on the other side I have a fold up tent shower for when I cant find a free shower. Also have foom for fishing rods and surfboards. Tinted the windows today so it has become more stealthy than ever. Just did a trip from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach and everything went well. I think those vans that have kitchens inside them are pretty uncomfortable, I would rather have a pullout system and cook in the outdoors. Good luck. Jul 06, 2009 Mark UK (not verified) reply I have just brought a toyota powervan LWB. I want to covert it, would be greatfull if you could send some pictures or any othe info. Many thanks Jul 06, 2010 Anonymous (not verified) reply Hello, Does any one know what a Toyota Hiace camper van is worth S Reg, not fantastic condition but still starts???? plzzzzzzz X Apr 30, 2009 divingfirefighter reply I have a 1978 coachbuilt one .. based on a pick up chassis.. Bought for 1200 but now valued at 2500 as every thing is now working incuding hot water shower oven which was a reasonable spec for 78 and all very good mechanically... Gaz Oct 27, 2009 Darren reply Do you mean an 1998 S Reg? A van that new should easily start. A 1998 van will be around £1,500+, depending on condition. If it's the old 'S' reg (i.e. 2 years ago) it's worth about £500, unless immaculate, then it's worth a lot. May 01, 2009 peter (not verified) reply This comment has been moved here. Jul 10, 2009 biker (not verified) reply my wife and i have just converted a 2008 hiace, we have a full size bed, (which is 2 sofas when not a bed, each with storage underneath) (sub under one) a sink, (with running water) 2 large soft closing drawers accessed from the back, (the back door opens up to provide shelter) 3 small cupboards against the left wall for storage, (& the 3rd speaker? a small cupboard over the sink for small storage and to house the 4th speaker. we have just bought a 2nd drivers seat that we are going to fit in place of the passenger double seat. we go away most weekends in it so it is very much a working van not a show van, but due to this everything works in it, or if something doesn't then it gets changed. we have just fitted a towbar, (did it ourselves to save £200) so we can put our motorbikes on a trailer and go away properly in it, (mainland europe for starters) if anybody has any tips/questions, please email me at; [email protected] Jul 15, 2009 Darren reply Hi Neil You can find my information about traveling in Europe here: http://www.campervanlife.com/locations/europe Sounds like you have a great van. Hope you have a great trip Jul 16, 2009 spooks reply Hi, I have just bought a 2007 hiace and want to replace the front double seat as well, did you manage to fit your new seat in? Did you get a swivel as well? any problems with seat bolt mounting/seat belt mounting? any info would be great, thanks Sep 25, 2011 Stephen Wood (not verified) reply Finding spare parts for an s reg 1978 is a ballache, anyone know any good websites, we need a new sliding door and cannot find one anywhere. Could also do with new window seals on the sliding door and the window oposite. Aug 04, 2009 Darren reply Wow, you are right, parts are hard to find. I guess you have tried the local breakers yards? Fairly unlikely you'll find what you want. Maybe someone else has some ideas? For the window seals you should be able to buy a roll of rubber seal and replace it yourself, unless it's an unusual type. Aug 05, 2009 divingfirefighter reply Normally its quartelight seals that are hard to get.. Intricately shaped and hard to get... Windsreen seals can be used from "off roll" but corners can pose a problem... side window seals can be got at classic auto jumbles.. Oct 27, 2009 divingfirefighter reply Im in a similar position with my 1978 hiace .. which was built 1977 making it a MK1 .. getting engine and running gear apears easy but poblems getting windscreen or other glass and body work is hard ... Toyota japan can be a last resort... Gaz Oct 27, 2009 divingfirefighter reply If anyone knows of any pre-78 hiace,s in breakers please let us poor classic owners know .. body parts are like gold dust ... Oct 27, 2009 Oliver (not verified) reply Hello, I own a 1978 hiace Viking conversion (RIo Grande) I need to replace the roof bellow and can't find anywhere to make or supply one !! Anyone's help would be gratefully recieved. Feb 04, 2010 stephenwood (not verified) reply Roof Bellow? Is that the pop top canvas? My only guess is if you go onto justkampers(a vw website) they have everything under the sun on there. My mate has a type2 bay window VW, it has exacactly the same size style and colour pop top. Maybe if you measure what you need, and ask them if they can knock you something up. Difficult I know. Mar 31, 2010 Mark UK (not verified) reply I have just brought a long wheelbase 2.5D. I want to convert it for working away, so I need to keep an area at the rear as a shed. Any ideas or photos would be great. Jul 06, 2010 ellser reply Have converted my Toyota Hiace Powervan and would like to get some alloy wheels just to finish it off,But they're proving to be more difficult to come across than had first expected.Have been told Toyota Granvia and Regius fit but are as rare as ! also been told Hilux wheels will fit aswell as Mitsubishi L200 wheels or nearly any Jap 6 stud but its all about the offsets and now really confused any help i would be very grateful thanks Aug 23, 2010 V7 Classic reply Have a bit of a yearning for a Hi Ace of some variation or other but not joined the fold as yet. Out of interest, a question asked many times I'm sure, what is an average sort of fully comp' insurance. Know there are endless 'ifs and buts' I am 55 retired, clean licence, no claims bonus 10+ years, live Doncaster South Yorks. Also what is a realistic mpg diesel/petrol? Thanks in advance for anyone not sick enough of such newbie questions to answer :-) Dave Jul 25, 2011 Darren reply Insurance is generally not expensive for campervans. About £200 a year for you I suspect. If you intend to tour Europe a lot, and live in the van maybe £400 per year. MPG for Diesel, 30 - 40 mpg, depends on how you drive. Petrol is likely 20 - 30 mpg. Consider a LPG conversion for a petrol engine, as it's much cheaper fuel. Jul 26, 2011 cupcake_camper (not verified) reply Hi, Thinking of buying a HiAce motorhome, 1975 but was wondering how easy it would be to buy a more powerful replacment engine as its currently got a 1.6 Petrol with running problems, any ideas what will fit in the engine bay instead? Cheers May 23, 2012 Darren reply I just did some searching, and it seems the owners club is the place to ask. There are lots of threads about 1975 models. That is a good place to ask https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1CHFA_enGB484GB484&q=+site:t... May 24, 2012 Julien (not verified) reply Hi everyone, I'd like to check the price of a Toyota HI Ace 1983 220000km good condition with dual petrol (LGP + unleaded), air conditioned, full equipment (bed, sink, cupboards, microwave, oven,...). Rego valid till march 2013, road RWC. I hope all those details would help someone to help me. Thank you. Julien Oct 05, 2012 Darren reply Are you in Australia? Oct 05, 2012 Val (not verified) reply Trying to get water to pump up to tap. Pump seems to be running ok but water not moving Feb 19, 2014 Darren reply What sort of pump do you have? The pump needs to be fairly powerful to get the water moving through the tap. Maybe the pump has lots it's power? Maybe the line or tap is blocked? Can you blow through the line with the tap open? Feb 19, 2014 Leave a comment Your name E-mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. 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