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PostSubject: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:49 am

Greetings from NY, USA!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:20 pm

Welcome. Again a Hiace in a country where it was never sold, nice!
(also nice car in front of that haha)

I think it is a Japanese import version with RHD? Because the sliding door is on the other side? Edit: also by the looks of your username hehe

Anyway, please tell me what you did with the windows!  Shocked Did that came orginally with the van? Or is that DIY?
I got sliding windows in the front side windows which I like, but this would be great for the rear side windows.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:35 pm

Nice looking van!

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Anyway, please tell me what you did with the windows!  Shocked Did that came orginally with the van? Or is that DIY?
I got sliding windows in the front side windows which I like, but this would be great for the rear side windows.

My windows are identical, so i guess it was an option or a popular mod!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:04 pm

Ok nice. I couldn't find it in the parts system yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:36 pm

Yes, the van was imported from Japan. The vehicle in front in the photo is a Toyota Soarer. We have a small group here in NY we call Japanese Steel Auto Group. In addition to mine and the Soarer, we have 2 buddies with Skylines, a Toyota Mark II, a Daihatsu Hijet Pick-Up and a Honda Acty Pick-Up. All RHD.

The windows came like that. It is a simple latch system that allows me to open them like that or close them.

Next step is wheels and a slight drop.

The photos were from a ride I did a few weeks ago in NYC called Street Icons. It was a call to all 90's Japanese cars. If you search Street Icons on Instagram or YouTube you will find some pics/vids.



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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:19 pm

I see 2.4 EFI. So is the 2RZ-FE or do you have the diesel?

Yeah I saw that it's a Soarer, with 2JZ or 1UZ?
Now, did you know that these both engines fit in the Hiace? Okay, maybe with some customization Razz but people did it.

I like the latch system, I thought about it but then I prefer to have it vertically.
However, I did not know it was delivered originally. But just like sliding windows, they are hard to find, definitely in Europe. Rest of the parts is easy.
I have to check if this could be done the DIY way. Reusing the original window glass but then put it ontop of the rubber lining or something?
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:59 pm

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I like the latch system, I thought about it but then I prefer to have it vertically.
However, I did not know it was delivered originally. But just like sliding windows, they are hard to find, definitely in Europe. Rest of the parts is easy.
I have to check if this could be done the DIY way. Reusing the original window glass but then put it ontop of the rubber lining or something?

It looks quite cool but means you can never have the window open more than very slightly.
It's a pretty simple system though, one could almost use 6mm polycarbonate and tinting as an alternative source of the glass if you wanted to experiment.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:42 am

That's an awesome van. Looks good on the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:42 am

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That's an awesome van. Looks good on the road.

Thanks. Same to you!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:09 pm

New wheels. Volk Racing GT-U from Rays Engineering. Imported to USA from Japan.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:12 pm

Also some pics of my Honda Ruckus in case there are any other enthusiasts on here...










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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:10 pm

Wow that's big for a Ruckus!
Did that start out as a 250?

You also need to join maximuppets: http://www.maxi-muppets.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=4
And I think there's a Ruckus following on advrider.com too.

The main flaw I can see with your ingenious customisation is that it's no longer going to fit into the van...
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:33 pm

The Ruckus started as 49cc. Now it's 150. Gets me up to 60mph which is good enough around here.
With the 3rd row removed the Ruckus fits no problem. I'll post a pic tomorrow because I'm traveling to a car show.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:52 am

Cool!
Love to see it in the van - do you use a ramp to wheel it in from the back?

BTW I missed your Rays wheel pic - they look great, 17" or 18"

I have 18" Rays on mine, fitted in Japan.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:21 am

Looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:09 pm

Yes, I use a simple, folding, metal ramp.




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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:11 pm

Some other goodies...

Domo along with Sumo & Mt. Fuji print towels all from Japan.







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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:21 pm

That look really good, thanks for the look inside your van!
Like the Japanese touches and the use of the seat anchors as tie downs: great idea!
Your centre box between the seats is different to mine. I'm starting to think that there's no two Hiaces quite the same in the world!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:52 am

Yes. Too many versions to keep straight.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:53 am

Another cool little idea I stole from a friend. I got some Japanese coins and have them on my keychain. All the coins are from 1989...the year of my Hiace.



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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:54 am

Nah, it only gets real when the car is from the same year (and month) as you are Laughing Wink

(this is the case with my MR2)
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:25 pm

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Nah, it only gets real when the car is from the same year (and month) as you are Laughing Wink

(this is the case with my MR2)

Wow. Did you actively search for that (a vehicle made same year/month as your birthday) or did it just happen?
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from NY, USA!   Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:24 pm

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Hiace4wd wrote:
Nah, it only gets real when the car is from the same year (and month) as you are Laughing Wink

(this is the case with my MR2)

Wow. Did you actively search for that (a vehicle made same year/month as your birthday) or did it just happen?

No, I just wanted that MR2 badly. I already knew it was of the same year, a 1985 model (the first ones) but that was no specific reason to buy it. (although the later models are a bit more tame with catalytic converter etc)

Once I bought it I noticed it was registered in the same month as I was born. But I guess it wouldn't have taken 9 months to get there? Laughing

Anyway, I have it now for 10 years, fantastic car to drive. I also had Celicas which I sold, but I would really miss the MR2 the most if I would sell it. Even though it is not the prettiest of cars, like the Celicas were.
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