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Old 02-23-2013, 07:07 AM   #6061
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Am I the only one that likes the older Mitsubishi vans
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:10 AM   #6062
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[CENTER]Five years of restoration, rebuilding, fabrication, knuckle busting and countless hours of time spent in the barn. The joys and efforts of a build project finally pay a dividend, rewarding me with a maiden voyage for an overnight in the mountains.



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Old 02-23-2013, 07:44 AM   #6063
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I don't know if the Delica is still made, but never imported to the states.



An inmate that goes by Grizz has one or two in an earlier post here.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:47 AM   #6064
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Delica is still made but its no longer a cab-over design, although there are exceptions I believe in Taiwan and a Mexican version. You Merrikans can start importing the 88's or 89's I think. Mine's a '92.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #6065
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Delica is still made but its no longer a cab-over design, although there are exceptions I believe in Taiwan and a Mexican version. You Merrikans can start importing the 88's or 89's I think. Mine's a '92.

Still made, mine is a 96

4x4,air,overdrive,2.8turbo d

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Old 02-23-2013, 08:07 AM   #6066
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Still made, mine is a 96

4x4,air,overdrive,2.8turbo d

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Nice!
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:41 AM   #6067
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Nice one; yeah if I ever sell mine it would be to buy another one of my gen. The cab-over means no walk-through to the back and some climbing when we're camping, but I do prefer the look. It's slow though; yours is much better on the highway.

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Still made, mine is a 96

4x4,air,overdrive,2.8turbo d

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:01 AM   #6068
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Five years of restoration, rebuilding, fabrication, knuckle busting and countless hours of time spent in the barn. The joys and efforts of a build project finally pay a dividend, rewarding me with a maiden voyage for an overnight in the mountains.




1976 Ford 4X4 Van

This has been a really fun project and not yet finished (these things never end) as there a few more details to add.

Long story, long build and if time allows I will post more details

It wouldn't have taken so long if I was not so damn german about everything



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Looks great. You should add a couple of before pictures.

I was wondering what happened to you for the last couple years.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #6069
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Question

In the market for a Van, one you sleep in, and/or fit a motorbike (or 2) into to.

Funny way to spend a morning browsing a van thread on a motorcycle forum to plan a Baha trip come next winter; ie drive the bikes non stop to the border area, park and ride.

I've owned Mitsubishi Delica's since 2001 (just before they cracked down in the 15 year Canadian rule), now I need to find something that will travel long distances well loaded. The excitement of the hunt!

These pictured covered 100,000+ and 80,000 km powered with WVO



Pics well I ponder..







Edit; currently I'm browsing Japanese Auctions to find one of these with the 3 l turbo diesel and 4 wheel drive, possibly the a good condition rare 4x4, 3L high roof. The diesel 3 liter Toyota engine is fantastic.



Also would like a moon roof; great camping option on the grey Delica also. Covered with noseeum netting for a very open aired sleep, and easy enough to set up a double roof, with netting directly over the opening, and a raised rain trap above that - no problems sleeping through very hot, humid, raining nights. Plus it gives standing room in poor weather.


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Old 02-23-2013, 12:00 PM   #6070
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Just saw this on CL, looks reasonable.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/3638498456.html

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #6071
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Also would like a moon roof; great camping option on the grey Delica also. Covered with noseeum netting for a very open aired sleep, and easy enough to set up a double roof, with netting directly over the opening, and a raised rain trap above that - no problems sleeping through very hot, humid, raining nights. Plus it gives standing room in poor weather.
Why not a camperized one with the pop-up roof? Although you won't be able to fit the bikes inside.


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Old 02-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #6072
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Five years of restoration, rebuilding, fabrication, knuckle busting and countless hours of time spent in the barn. The joys and efforts of a build project finally pay a dividend, rewarding me with a maiden voyage for an overnight in the mountains.



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Nice van, congrats Inside pics and a detailed story would make for a nice read



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Old 02-23-2013, 04:04 PM   #6073
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Why not a camperized one with the pop-up roof? Although you won't be able to fit the bikes inside.


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I've had a couple camperized vans with pop up roofs, they don't fit how I 'van camp'; pop-tops are hard to heat in the off season, and tend to need to be babied, I don't like cooking inside such a small space and there never quite big enough to socialize in unless the weather is really bad, and storage is fixed to a certain size in almost any camper van- my first conversion was set up to store 2 bicycles under the bed frame. A van is a roomy, secure place to sleep, and when well set up can handle many temperatures ranges, provide a good deal of storage, and be a comfy place to read, work, or watch a movie. Our Grey Delica was set up for long range travel with 3 fuel tanks and the bed platform built to store additional WVO underneath. Longest range without refueling was 1600 km's. Also, just like our Westie's from 20 plus years ago, I had it set up to sleep a kid up front (pic below). Have camped, and traveled via big motorhome, travel trailers, an import truck campers, a tent trailer, and VW Westie's. The large motorhome was the biggest mistake in my option (ex would disagree) as you could travel by motorbike (or car), staying in nice hotels for much less expense; really was just a waste of space and I never enjoyed whole RV park experience (if you ever actually had fun, that just mean't you were kicked out the next morning).

Hahaha, it would be a safe bet that the majority of the ADV Rider community has similar feelings concerning the 'full hook-up' RV park experience.

The humble van is just a practical solution for my travel needs, and when not traveling is a handy vehicle to use day to day.

Though I plan to do extensive motorcycle camping this summer!!

Forward bed with full support and 5 inches of foam.


Now a van like J.D.Mudd's Ford with a 7.3 diesel would be a dream traveling machine!
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