Long time no update!
Well after my last post i'll be honest and say the van pretty much sat outside the shed for a good 6 months. Summer was basically over and motivation was low to carry on with the work needed to get it road legal. But wind back a couple of months ago and I cracked back into it, finishing off little things, getting the pop top attached properly and repairing the front brakes (now new parts throughout). Trailered it down to VTNZ and Restorations Unlimited for the repair cert, back another time for recheck and as of yesterday the Hiace is now 100% road legal! managed to retain the original black plates which i'm real stoked about to. Now that it's legal i'll be getting stuck into the rear fit out which so far the plan is to have the kitchen out the back door and seat/table/bed all accessed through the slider door. Also need to wet sand and buff the paint job, few spots I got a little hazy over spray and a couple bits have a bit to much orange peel.