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  • Nick's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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

    Mar 03, 2009
  • andrewp's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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...


    Oct 27, 2009
  • Darren's picture

    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's picture

    This comment has been moved here.

    Jul 10, 2009
  • spooks's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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...


    Oct 27, 2009
  • divingfirefighter's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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's picture

    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
  • Julien's picture

    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.

    Oct 05, 2012
  • Val's picture

    Trying to get water to pump up to tap. Pump seems to be running ok but water not moving

    Feb 19, 2014
  • Darren's picture

    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

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