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  • van's picture

    Hi have inherited a 1976 toyota hiace campervan... it is not running and has been off road for a number of years the engine is running now but the manifold warped and new ones have kept warping which is why it ended up off road... It has all the original fittings and the body work is not bad apart from severe rusting at the front under the engine. I am in two minds as too what to do with it could anyone give me a rough guess as too its value. Ideally i would like to get it up on the road but I am aware that this might not be possible... many thanks for any advice... I also need a safe yard am on the south east kent coast UK ... help!!

    Sep 15, 2016
  • Darren's picture

    Hard to give a value. But as it currently is, maybe £500. If it's in good condition and running, maybe £3,000. If immaculate condition, maybe £6,000.

    Sep 20, 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • biker's picture

    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;

    Jul 15, 2009


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