Daihatsu Hijet Micro Camper Conversion Build Project

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Daihatsu Hijet Micro Camper Conversion Build Project

Post by CamperConversion on Tue May 29, 2018 7:05 pm

Hello,
New member here just bought my first Hijet, purchased solely as a conversion project with the aim of not actually adding any mileage in my ownership.  I'm doing this as I've had a couple of VW T4's and still own one and I just love the conversion process from a van to a campervan.  I couldn't see a conversions topic thread so I guess general is a good place to start, I documented every job I did to my current VW T4 on my youtube channel YouTube.com/CamperConversion and plan to do the same with this Hijet.  I purchased it off an Ozzie chap who covered 12,000 miles touring Europe and the UK in the past 8 months with just a basic full size bed in the back before he moved on to the US.  I've ripped everything out to start a fresh, put a full 12 month MOT on it to be sure it's in good enough condition to convert and the fun begins....

The first job I carried out was taking care of pretty much the only rust I can see on the van which is the inside wheel arches, apparently due to a previous owner squeezing a car engine in the back for transport and breaking through a lot of the paintwork allowing surface rust to appear.  After grinding back all the surface rust I could access, I used some Rustins rust remover to clean up the effected area's and it did a really good job.  I then used some hammerite Kurust to ensure no rust should encroach back and gave the arches a painting with hammerite paint to protect them.  Here's a video of the repair job:


Once the rust was taken car of and the van was MOT'd, i's time to start on the conversion, so I began by ripping up the household carpet & old chipboard floor, cleaning it all down and fitting a new 12mm plywood sheet down, cut to size leaving access to what I presume is the gearbox access cover, here's the video for anyone interested in following along with conversions:


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Post by scotia on Tue May 29, 2018 9:00 pm

welcome, i subscribed to youre channel and wil watch the videos later this week.
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Post by CamperConversion on Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:39 pm

Lots more done on the van, not had chance to upload everything yet but here's a few updates:

Insulated the new plywood floor and laid down new Altro safety vinyl flooring:



Then it was insulation time, Celotex stuffed into every panel:




Roof required insulating so I used Jablite for that:



Just waiting for carpet to arrive now to finish the headlining I've made, getting there..

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