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Post by mattyo on Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:12 pm

Hi
I have just picked up a nice 2001 red hijet with 66000 on the clock and 2 owners from new and am impressed.

I had a rascal a few years ago until it was written off and when my current fiesta van failed the MOT the hunt was on to find a rascal but found the hijet at the right price, i have changed the cam belt but the old one still looked like new

Now i want to fit my CD player i'm a bit reluctant to cut the Blank out of the dashboard just under the heater controls, as it looks like there is not enough room behind. Does anyone know the maximum distance allowed at the back of this blank ?
or any other solutions.

Also i need replacement outside handles for the sliding doors any one got any

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by Little Black Van on Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:15 pm

Replacement outside handles aren't hard to get hold of, try www.usedhijetparts.co.uk.

The CD player won't fit in the slot for the old style radios as it is not deep enough. On mine, the previous owner cut a hole in the passenger side of the dashboard, but there are floor consoles available, which go in front of the gearstick, and I have seen pictures of a unit that sits on top of the dashboard.

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Post by toastiee on Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:05 pm

mines in a centre console that come from the floar . not sure if its a standard bit but look proper , i can take a pic tomorrow if it helps

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by toastiee on Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:07 pm

ps i got a sliding door handle off here for about a tenner

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:20 pm

Yeah the cut out slot in the dash is only about 10cm deep so a standard head unit won't fit.

Sold all sliding door handles I had, both inside and out. Sad

Some people do something like this:-

http://s876.beta.photobucket.com/user/large519/media/DSC00020.jpg.html

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by toastiee on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:59 pm



that's horrid Smile

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by toastiee on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:02 pm

you can see mine there (just about)

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/drtoast/7544CF1C-8F63-49BB-9332-19F817C89459-4442-0000053884B97C22_zps42695657.jpg

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Post by elfin girl on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:11 pm

I think I'd prefer the "horrid" one, I like to stretch my legs a bit on long journeys, the centre one would get in the way!

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by Logi on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:38 pm

Here's mine Smile



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Post by elfin girl on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:40 pm

I do like your stearing wheel logi Wink

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:03 pm

Ours is fitted the same as Logi's

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by d1noh on Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:24 pm

these are lhd ones but a little triming it has now gone in


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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by mattyo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:48 am

Some nice solutions

I like the dash top one where did you get it

Had look around for a centre console but they seam to be as hard to find as sliding door handles


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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by toastiee on Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:50 pm

Logi wrote:Here's mine Smile


the wheels cool Smile . how did you fine the boss for it ? i couldn't find any info on what would fit when i was looking for a new wheel

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by toastiee on Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:53 pm

mattyo could you mount it in the glove box ? iv done quit a few on classic car when i didn't want to chop the dash ,

or haw about mounting an amp somewhere and havering a jack lead to an ipod/3p3 player ?

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:41 pm

One evening this weekend I am going to make a mould for my vacuum forming machine so I can make a radio holder which puts the radio in this place:-

toastiee wrote:

But fits to the shape of the dashboard all nice and smooth with rounded off corners.

Once I've made the mould I can then make as many as I like so if you are interested in having one shout up!
They will be in black plastic, I only have gloss black in stock at the moment which I will use for the first test ones, but if there is demand for them I'll source some plastic which closely matches the dashboard surround.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by Logi on Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:19 pm

toastiee wrote:

the wheels cool Smile . how did you fine the boss for it ? i couldn't find any info on what would fit when i was looking for a new wheel

http://hijet.findtalk.biz/t474-steering-wheeling?highlight=wheeling

Pix mostly missing, basically i made it.


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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by mattyo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:23 pm

HighlyJetted wrote:One evening this weekend I am going to make a mould for my vacuum forming machine so I can make a radio holder which puts the radio in this place:-

toastiee wrote:

But fits to the shape of the dashboard all nice and smooth with rounded off corners.

Once I've made the mould I can then make as many as I like so if you are interested in having one shout up!
They will be in black plastic, I only have gloss black in stock at the moment which I will use for the first test ones, but if there is demand for them I'll source some plastic which closely matches the dashboard surround.

I would be let me know how you get on

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:54 pm

Watch this space!

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by PFM on Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Don't you guys have centre consoles Question

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:32 pm

I have two centre consoles spare but they take up all your leg room and stop you from sliding over to the passenger seat when you have to park up against a hedge or wall or get some nookie.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by mattyo on Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:33 pm

HighlyJetted wrote:I have two centre consoles spare but they take up all your leg room and stop you from sliding over to the passenger seat when you have to park up against a hedge or wall or get some nookie.

Do you want to sell one

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:43 pm

Sure, I'd love to find a home for one. Let me get some pictures up so you can see the condition etc.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by Little Black Van on Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:22 pm

HJ, how much would you be looking to sell the moulded ones for? I'd definitely be interested.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:18 am

Probably something like £10 / £15

Depends how the mould making goes, might need to alter my vacuum forming machine as I have a feeling its not wide enough at the moment.

Also I may need some kind of metal support bracket to hold the weight of the radio up as the plastic may crack under the load.

Big mission on! But I really need to get this done as I'm going mad driving my van now for about 3 months with no radio. The dog makes crap conversation.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by oldie on Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:09 pm

HighlyJetted wrote:Probably something like £10 / £15


Great price and great idea HJ
I think your onto something there Cool .

I have the centre console, but find it a bit too low....
The pic of the console on top of the dash looks like it ready for a Taxi Meter install Laughing.
Your idea seems to be just about the right height.

Hurry up...we're waiting Twisted Evil .

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by PFM on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:54 pm

HighlyJetted wrote:they take up all your leg room and stop you from sliding over to the passenger seat when you have to park up against a hedge or wall or get some nookie.
I don't find leg room a problem with a centre console, and can get my leg over (when parked against a wall). As for the other, if you have a look behind the 2 seats you will find there's plenty of space for that! Very Happy

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:02 pm

I like putting my left leg in the passenger footwell and not using the clutch as I'm a bit lazy after a hard days graft and I like to stretch out a bit.

The new seats in my van have made a huge difference to the comfort and seating position. They don't sag like the standard seats as they have a proper metal sub base and back, plus the sponge is of a much higher quality than the cheap shoddy hijet seats. The new steering wheel is really the icing on the cake, it feels like a totally different standard of build quality and comfort. cheers

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:10 pm

No time this weekend for playing! Trying to get a bathroom built so doing long hours. I will do this though as soon as the task is complete.

Plus, to call that guys radio pod horrid is a bit harsh really. I think its a good bit of metal work.

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Re: Hi and radio fitting

Post by mattyo on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:25 am

Good luck with the bathroom and let me know how you get on with the pod
agree with the horrid comment i would be happy with that in my van and its far better than i could do.

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