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Even In Nz I Have A Retro Toyota.......... And I Live In This One!

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Well Yes I couldnt even get away from having an old Toyota 12000 miles away from home........... and this one has a use too!! B)

Since Im traveling NZ For a year i needed a van to Live/travel/Cruise about in so i ended up with this....................

I went all the way down to Dunedin from Christchurch to pick up this (and have a few drinks with an old friend from the UK lol).

Picked it up for a reasonable $3000NZD. 8)

Spec:

1988 JDM Toyota Hiace Super GL

2.4 Diesel

209000km from new with fresh engine recon

Automatic

Long Wheel Base

Electric windows

Power steering

Air Con

Alarm

Chrome :D

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Now its time to convert it to a full camper so i can live and travel in it for the rest of the year!

Oh and I might do a few little retro mods too........... thinking something like this............ :mrgreen:

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Ive been kindly donated a set of 1988 Toyota Crown Wheels for free, that look suitably pimp and retro and look good against the van. I may even run them with some whitewalls??? :D

Heres those rims.................

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Trial view.............

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With my friends Nissan Vanette...............

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Someones trying to out do my van for size lol................

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Heres an update............

My van now has its own space within Riverside: RIVERSIDE BLOG NZ

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Police Style LOL:

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1st Mod was to get some insulation in the panels:

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Then make a start on fitting the audio:

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And today i took it for a wash:

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And I took some cool shots this evening:

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Time to start making it a little more liveable :mrgreen:

The construction of the bed frame.................

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Its made in 2 sections to allow it to be easily fitted/removed

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Lots of storage

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Trial Fit with mattress

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Boards on top

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Undercoat

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Nice blue topcoat

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Theres a few more little touches before its finished which ill do this weekend.

Oh and just to show she makes a good workhorse too, here she is in car towing form with Joes (Bubbagoose) lancer and a F*%king big trailor lol (sorry for rubbish pics lol)

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Well heres a little update so far..............

I bought another "propper" mattress as the other one was too soft for me and got some matching blue sheets for it too lol

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I put some curtain Tracks up with temporary blinds untill I get the curtains made for it...........

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Bed still fits in lovely with the seats up being a LWB........

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Bedding in and power "hook up" fitted lol..........

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All moved in........... Tweed Jackets were for fancy dress honest..............

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Home sweet home.........

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Trying to change the headlight bulbs........

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Done........... with some swearing and seized bolts............

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Went on another towing mission and gave it the ultimate test......... 2 tonnes of Jag!!! It coped fine thank god lol........

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The Riverside Fleet of vans...........

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My plan is to Import this back to the UK to use as a daily as its practicle and cheap to run and also use it to tow the corolla to shows! Im also looking to fill it with parts for the corolla and maybe a few to sell too! See what happens!

More updates soon :thumbsup:

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Anyway heres another update on the van and its journey round NZ 8)

Little trip to the races

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Wheels get a clean up

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trial fit

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liking the idea of whitewalls eventually

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getting tyres swapped over for the good ones and tracking done

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um ....well.....yes!!!!

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First day with rims on on "Club K" Toyota run

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on route to Hanmer Springs

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Finally got some curtains fitted

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hiace......... loved by everyone lol

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3 position table designed by me lol

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firewood mission

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chilling in the sun

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cleaned it all up and got some nice shots

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stickered up

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"No Cruising" lol

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Taking in some culture

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inside

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more to come!!

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Lovely Van :thumbsup: Lovely Job :thumbsup: I am envious :crybaby:

Keep up the good work & keep us posted :D

I'm surprised that KPJ = Kynan hasn't been along to comment :eek::lol:

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I like it thumbsup.gif

Its good to see a vehicle getting a personal touch yes.gif

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I like it thumbsup.gif

Its good to see a vehicle getting a personal touch yes.gif

Did you notice his Mascot? :rolleyes: ..........playing with the dog? :lol:

Very nice modification :yes: I like! :thumbsup: :D

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Did you notice his Mascot? rolleyes.gif ..........playing with the dog? laugh.gif

Very nice modification yes.gif I like! thumbsup.gifbiggrin.gif

Yes I did and I want one..... but I really don't want to have to travel to NZ in order to get one. I wonder if they do mail order huh.gif

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Lovely Van :thumbsup: Lovely Job :thumbsup: I am envious :crybaby:

Keep up the good work & keep us posted :D

I'm surprised that KPJ = Kynan hasn't been along to comment :eek::lol:

So was I! :P

Gorgeous motor and in a very good condition too! :yes::thumbsup:

I have always had a little thing for the idea of a camper... :blush:

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So was I! tongue.gif

Gorgeous motor and in a very good condition too! yes.gifthumbsup.gif

I have always had a little thing for the idea of a camper... blush.gif

We don't really want to know too much about your 'little thing'.... wacko.gifwink.gif

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Your van looks so much better with the Crown wheel trims :thumbsup:

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So was I! tongue.gif

Gorgeous motor and in a very good condition too! yes.gifthumbsup.gif

I have always had a little thing for the idea of a camper... blush.gif

We don't really want to know too much about your 'little thing'.... wacko.gifwink.gif

Maybe I should stop bringing it out so often... :unsure::lol:

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