Shit Spec 70s Hiace with Holden 202

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Had an awesome week and half in the South Island but obviously we missed alot of it too. Also we had developed some serious overheating issues so had to drive everywhere at 50kph, which also meant pulling over alot.

The rest of the tourist wanker pictures from the rest of the trip





All this time in the van made us realize there was a shitload of issues with the van itself

  • Drainage system didn't really drain, it came back out in the shower
  • Water pump for the taps etc didn't work
  • Couldn't fill the water tank with water.
  • Fixed the water pump, so now the water heater started leaking
  • The gas wasn't really plumbed in correctly

Needless to say, alot of the trip was spent trying to fix things that I could

  • I installed a new water pump
  • Relayed all the piping for water tank to the pump.
  • Installed a vent pipe for the greywater tank
  • Installed a vent pipe for the freshwater tank
  • Fabricated (I bought a lunch box) a drip tray for the water heater.

So anyways. We got home and the first thing i did was remove the rad. Gave it to seedy and he had it rodded. It was 80% blocked, I also replaced the waterpump and put it all back together, but it's still overheating.


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Got Manu involved and he currently has the rad and is building a shroud for it, we are (he is) then going to modify the engine bay abit to accomodate the new fanned rad.

Plans/Dimensions for the Rad/Fan


Thought to myself I am going to rip the carpet off. It's gross. So I did.

Got some surface rust on the drivers footwell. So I'm gonna wire brush it down and penetrol it and then repaint.

I hope to then recarpet with some proper automotive carpet. Does anyone know where I can obtain this without paying through the nose.

Removed carpet (Don't have a before picture..) But I sweeped it up after this picture.


One nice seat


Took the seats out and had a look at the condition of them without the covers. Not too bad so I think I may get these reupholstered.


Anyone got recommendations in the welly area? otherwise may have to do a OS Transit and get them up to Hamilton for Midnight as they seem the dogs bollocks.

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Decided to clean up the footwell areas as some surface rust was coming through so penatroled it and painted it.



After (wrong side but im too lazy to go and take another picture).


Also @Steelies has been hard at work for me, creating a shroud and mounts for the rad for the new fan. He's also going to be modifying the engine lid and engine panel so it all fits. Here's how the fan looks ATM. Getting really excited now.



I have also been offered a 202 black (with manifold) that I can potentially replace the red with. The 12 port head should be gruntier than what I currently have. It has good compression but carbs a bit fucked. I've been told that the varijet carbs are a bag of wank anyway. I'm probably going to fit an electronic dizzy while I'm doing that too.

This leads me to a few questions..

a) Should the black and red swap fairly straightforward or is there more differences than the manifold?

B) Was talking to @k-trips and @Seedy Al and they advised that you can get adapters for the manifolds so you can fit different carbs - what would people recommend here? Weber?

c) If I were to get an M20 or M21 gearbox  (I currently have the 3 speed) - (shorter first gear on the M20 and M21s I think). Should the column shift still be ok baring in mind my current one is only 3 speed - are the movements dictated by the gearbox or the column shift assembly in the van?.. Hope that makes sense.

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Here is the finished article by @Steelies



Forgot to take a picture of the new engine panel at the front which was sweet as well. Kudos to manu to getting the fan to fit and have clearance for all the pipes etc!

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I don't think I have any pictures of how the cab was before but the carpet was really gross. Took it all out and found a bit of surface rust so pentretroled it and painted over.


Then today I carpeted it with some bunnings stuff. Pretty pleased how it came out.



Next point of order is to take it for a drive with @Steelies and decide what's next to do. (Hopefully he has time!) Hopefully can take it away at labour weekend for a test run.


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