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Post by Basso on Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:35 pm

I am looking for a pair of replacement headlights for a 1997 hijet van.  They are the old square type without the indicators.  Would the Bedford Rascal ones fit?  Thanks

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Re: Replacement Headlights

Post by Raggy on Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:21 pm

quick answer yes as far as I know. You can get them for about £20. Search on here for more info and links.
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Post by Woodie on Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:13 pm

They are still available from Powerful-UK-Ltd
Phone number is 01666804444.
http://www.powerfuluk.com

Welcome and where abouts in the country are you? Always handy to know as you may have other members nearby.
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Post by Basso on Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:35 pm

That is all great news.  I have ordered two for the princely sum of £38 delivered!  

I am in East Sussex (Buxted) but the van is my Daughters and she is based in Bristol.  Anyone know of a mechanic in Bristol who knows these vehicles?

 A rather rash purchase, but it is in reasonable condition, a 1997 1.2 diesel (!) which has done only 27,000 miles!  Most of those though were done on a ....wait for it....Oil Rig in the north sea!  Surprisingly no terminal rust - bit of welding needs doing in rear inner wheel arch, and rust in wheel arches and around window frames.  

Doesn't overheat (yet).  Needs a good service, and it looks like one of the rear brake cylinders is leaking.  Also needs two new tyres.  I have just ordered a spare wheel for the van - carrier is there, just no spare!  £12.99 off fleabay....External door handles are broken on the two sliding doors...not sure what to do there.  

She is using it as a camper - fitted it out with a bed and seat in the back already - made from recycled pallets!  She loves it, and is running it on biodiesel, and is planning a respray on it (she is an arty type).  Cost her £450 - can't be bad I suppose.  

Thanks for the replies, and no doubt I will be on here asking for advice

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Re: Replacement Headlights

Post by Woodie on Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:50 pm


It is a waste of time and money replacing the side door handles. They last about 10 minutes. I always reach in from the drivers door or passenger and use the inside handle even though both my handles work.
It's a good habit to get into. Cheap ones about £25 each are available from the Treadmill Doctor but they aren't a very good fit. Only real answer is to buy a pair of new METAL PIAGGIO ones at around £220.
Welcome to the diabolically expensive world of new Hi-Jet spares.
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Post by Raggy on Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:36 pm

That's a rather a refrained reply Woodie, I would have expected the words 'petrol matches accident' when you usually reply to a post mentioning the diesel hijet Very Happy
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Post by Woodie on Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:36 pm

Yes it was rather. I was saving it for my next post. Can't upset Brasso ( oh, I just have) too early in his membership and anyway I was being gentle as it is his poor daughter that has been so unfortunate as to have been "Landed" (Oil Rig) with a Lombardini Engined all of 34 colossal bhp Hi-Jet. And being a loving Dad has put himself up for the flack.

Good man I say. I can't be bothered to go through the " Gallon of Petrol and a box of Matches routine now anyway. Now that you have pre-empted my thunder. Swine!!!

Anyway Basso I think that you have already found out that we are a bunch of helpful comedians with more than a rudimentary knowledge of Hi-Jets and a source of spares too. Must remember to add that. Rolling Eyes
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Post by PFM on Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:35 pm

Welcome, a lot of these were sold by a Bristol dealer (not a dealer of Bristols, I hasten to add) so she could be in luck finding a local independant. Is there still a poultry farm near you btw?

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Post by Basso on Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:41 am

That is interesting - do you have contact details of the dealer? Poultry farm is long gone....

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Post by PFM on Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:27 pm

http://www.hursleyhillgarage.co.uk/ - their website says they're still Daihatsu dealers, though I doubt that somehow. Shame, thought you might be able to get a cheep turkey in December. santa

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Post by andy pyke on Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:05 pm

Out of interest Woodie, How do you get through MOTs without the external door handles working?  Mine failed on just that!

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Re: Replacement Headlights

Post by Raggy on Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:18 pm

Take seats out for test!
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Post by Woodie on Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:00 am

As Raggy says, they only need to be working if it is an MPV. If it is a van then it's not required as far as I know.
Fortunately my handles do work, although I seldom use them. I mostly open them from the inside, putting my arm in between the front seat and pillar. Just become a habit over the years not to rely on Hi-Jet sliding door handles, as mostly they don't work.
Although the van I sold to DoughboyBakes had both handles working beautifully and the van I am preparing for sale at the moment, both doors open from the outside. Most unusual.
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Post by Woodie on Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:05 am

Seeing your Avatar is an MPV Andy, you may have to remove the seat belts too. Depends on how rigid your Mot Station is in their interpretation of the rules.
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