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New Hijet Member.

Post by Darklord on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:54 pm

Hello there.
I've had my Hi-Jet Van aka.. 'Sooty' for 8 months now and it's so much of a laugh to drive. bounce 

I bought the van as a long lost replacement for an old Transit from many years ago. It came to a point where I needed a van, but I needed a small hightop van, as the transit always took up too much room on the drive of many cars. So far it has surpassed all expectations in how much I can carry in it. My record is 50 1.5 metre traffic cones and all sorts of equipment, for setting up an Autosolo at Newton-le-willows show for a motor club I'm a member of. It got used as a camper and set-up van, for our motorclub's Stage Rally at Anglesey. And has also carried many of my Radio Controlled boats to and from the local boating lake. I have plans on making removable boxes for different applications. E.g. Camper, carrying tools, boat racks, mates to - and from pub.

Hopefully I'll pick up some guidance on here on how to look after my van.
I've already fell short of, or rather they fell off, a knackered propshaft, wobbly mirrors, and Exhaust silencer. The van has had a bit of a hard life but no rot.
To me he's a cracking little workhorse who needs a bit of TLC.
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:57 pm

Sounds like a match made in heaven!

You are not too far from me at all, I am in Crewe, the other side of Chester.

Always fancied doing an Autotest in my hijet Wink
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Darklord on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:08 pm

They baited me to use 'Sooty' But I didn't fancy tipping it over. affraid
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:23 pm

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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Darklord on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:34 pm

Brilliant. Lol
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Logi on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:35 pm

Welcome Smile
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Lab_Rat835 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:42 pm

lol! I have been getting brave in doris and so far she has not lifted a wheel, worse i have had is tailgate popped open in a drag against a focus st which i won (suspected he was laughing too hard) and scary understeer(tracking out) i live in MK and as most prob know MK is just a grid with roundabouts every 2.1/2inchs so complete hijet playground (not that i do that sort of thing on public roads officer)Very Happy 
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by rich the mechanic on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:07 pm

It's not a boot lid it's a pop up spoiler to keep the huge amount of power on the wheels. Laughing 

Welcome along Darklord.
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Guest on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:08 am

I had a similar thing happen to me two weeks ago --- booted it uphill and up popped my Tailgate ( or Giant Spoiler -- like that one Rich ) and out popped a couple of toolboxes

 The car behind screamed a to a halt avoiding my toolboxes thank goodness avoiding damage and insurance claims. The spring in the catch mechanism had broken and tailgate wasn't shut.
Close escape and as was night time he didn't see my rather red face. 

Welcome Darklord in Wild Wet Windy and Woolly Wales.          Woody.

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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Logi on Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:42 am

Happened to me with the old van a couple of years ago pissing about in a snowy carpark. Wondered why it had got colder and noisy all of a sudden.
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by HighlyJetted on Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:44 am

Mine popped the tailgate when I hit a speed bump one day and a load of my power tools in their cases fell out but luckily no one was behind me, but the people at the bus stop had a good giggle!
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Re: New Hijet Member.

Post by Guest on Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:55 am

Really embarrassing isn't it ? I reckon even though mine happened at night
my face was glowing so red I must have looked like a red traffic light.

As you said Logi I too took a bit to register what had happened. I had the heater blowing and radio on and it was the car behind hooting his horn that made me realize what had happened.Embarassed Embarassed 

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