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Post by HijetMatt on Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:27 pm

That's right! This weekend is Japfest (Donnington) 2018 and I'm taking the Hijet.

Not only that, it's going as an individual display Very Happy So this week is busy busy getting it clean and tidy.

I'll be travelling in convoy with 2 Mazda RX-7's which should make for some fun.

Let's see what reaction I get. Who knows, maybe I can start a trend and next year have more Hijets there? Has anyone taken one before?

I'll put some pics up in the "my pics" section of the day and the 'Jet in all its glory!
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Post by Raggy on Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:57 pm

Excellent, did think about the Japanese Car Sunday in Holland next year, was this Sunday just gone. Are the Mazda's going to wait?
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Post by HijetMatt on Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:14 pm

Probably not. They'll soon get bored of traveling at 55mph haha.
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Post by SamT. on Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:30 am

You'll have plenty of time to catch up when they blow their apex seals. Razz

I wonder if we could organise something with one of the Kei car groups, that is if they can forgive us for not having 660cc engines. I'm sure I saw a few Kei cars there one year. Definitely remember seeing a Suzuki Capachino track monster. Not sure if that was Donington or Castle Combe though.
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Post by HijetMatt on Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:21 am

lol hopefully nothing as major as that slows them down.

Tagging along with the Kei Cars sounds a good plan. I'm not actually sure who I will be placed with on Saturday now that I think about it.... surely I'm the only Hijet there on this one.

I'll put some pics in the "my pics" topic section on Sunday
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Post by CSI Motors on Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:40 pm

HijetMatt,

Where did you buy those wheels?

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Post by HijetMatt on Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:06 pm

CSI Motors wrote:HijetMatt,

Where did you buy those wheels?

Hi! They are 14 inch Ford steel wheels that I've adapted to fit. Bigger bore size etc and then sprayed them satin bronze.
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Post by kernowjon01 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:57 am

JapFest ??? - Surprised Wink Rolling Eyes
I hope no one does their homework - look at your VIN plate your van is a Piaggio Porter badged as a Daihatsu for marketing purposes.
They are built in Pontedera, Italy.
More recent HiJets have been imported in the Piaggio name as Porters.
Mind you the original design and the electrics are Japanese Smile
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Post by HijetMatt on Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:45 am

That's right, let's take all the fun out of it with technicalities.......
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Post by Raggy on Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:21 am

So is a Ford a german or american brand? Is the mini a british car as its owned by BMW? Technicalities, a Hijjet is a Japanese Kei car design.
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Post by HijetMatt on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:49 am

Raggy wrote:So is a Ford a german or american brand? Is the mini a british car as its owned by BMW? Technicalities, a Hijjet is a Japanese Kei car design.


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Post by kernowjon01 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:07 pm

OK guys no need to get too heated I was just having fun - see the emojies. Smile  Wink  Rolling Eyes
If you are really interested in who owns what  there is a thread on the Smallmotorhome forums called Car News Thread - someone has really done a lot of research to get this one right.

https://community.smallmotorhome.co.uk/forum/everything-else/the-lounge/264558-the-car-news-thread

As you will see it gets very very murky as to who owns what who is producing what in partnership with who. Very Happy
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Post by Raggy on Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:14 pm

Taking it seriously...on here?... that’s slanderous gossip that Laughing
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Post by HijetMatt on Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:34 pm

Heated? lol that was nowhere near heated. Just making a point that there's always one killjoy. Me taking a Van to a modified Jap car show is all about the fun and the laughs it's going to get.
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Post by Raggy on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:02 pm

Believe me, envious laughs!
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Post by HijetMatt on Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:15 pm

Raggy wrote:Believe me, envious laughs!

Too right! Laughing
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Post by kernowjon01 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:06 pm

OK I'll own up! Coincidentally on Sunday our van will be on show at the West Cornwall Motor Show Wendron. Provided it is not raining - van or no van, I am not sitting in a muddy field!
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Post by HijetMatt on Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:11 pm

Should be nice and sunny again on Sunday.
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Post by kernowjon01 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:40 pm

HijetMatt wrote:Should be nice and sunny again on Sunday.
Up where you are yes - Cornwall is forecast maybe some showers and thunderstorms a low creeping up from the Bay of Biscay - will only hit extreme SouthWest (us) Crying or Very sad I just hope it misses us Cool
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Post by SamT. on Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:48 am

Japfest seem pretty relaxed (or maybe uninformed) about the japaneseness of vehicles anyway. I saw a Corsa B on display next to an R-34 GTR one year. That same year, I rocked up in a bog standard Saxo VTR and a parking marshal was asking me if I was showing it or just parking. Probably could have got my car in, not that I'd have had anywhere to put it.

But yeah, nationality in the car industry is such a grey area. In my opinion, it's a japanese design with a japanese badge, to it's japanese.
You don't order a curry and call it an english takeaway because it was cooked down the street, do you now Razz
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Post by HijetMatt on Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:39 am

Haha you make a very good point Sam
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Post by HijetMatt on Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:05 pm

So, spent the day cleaning the 'Jet ready for the drive down to Donnington tomorrow.





I'll create a post in the "my pics" section with some pics of the day.
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Post by Raggy on Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:28 am

Ah, who have you chopped in a hijet? (See sticker on rear window for those who dont watch MCM on youtube)
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Post by kernowjon01 on Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:29 pm

That is one nice van - surely envious as ours is off the road. Wheel bearing - maybe hub carrier. It became apparent yesterday so now awaiting spares from Stuart. As he is so efficient it will be back on the road by mid-week.
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Post by HijetMatt on Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:41 pm

Raggy wrote:Ah, who have you  chopped in a hijet? (See sticker on rear window for those who dont watch MCM on youtube)

lol I once chopped a kid on a BMX from a standing start. No contest.
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Post by HijetMatt on Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:42 pm

kernowjon01 wrote:That is one nice van - surely envious as ours is off the road.  Wheel bearing - maybe hub carrier.  It became apparent yesterday so now awaiting spares from Stuart.  As he is so efficient it will be back on the road by mid-week.
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Thanks Smile good news that yours will be back on the road so quickly.
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Post by kernowjon01 on Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:55 pm

Thanks Matt, I assume you are aware of the nearside front hub design fault and the preventative fix.
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Post by HijetMatt on Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:09 pm

kernowjon01 wrote:Thanks Matt, I assume you are aware of the nearside front hub design fault and the preventative fix.
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Actually no, not aware of the design fault
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Post by kernowjon01 on Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:49 pm

OK - the problem is the nearside Hubnut is the conventional Right Hand Thread (turn clockwise to tighten anti clock to undo). Usually the nearside hub nuts have Left Hand Thread - on some trucks this also applies to the wheel nuts.
If you look at your nearside wheel you will see it turns anticlockwise. All that stops the Castelated Nut undoing is a soft metal split pin! Eventually the Nut will "eat" the split pin. On my van this has happened twice once during a previous owners ownership and once on me - in the process wrecking the wheel bearings - the hub carrier - the stub axle and possibly the swivel hub.
HOWEVER now for the good news Smile prevention is simple.
Find an old ALLEN KEY 4mm or 4.5mm remove the split pin and push through the Allen Key - using Mole grips bend the free end so it is locked in place - JOB DONE or as we say in Cornwall, "Proper job!!!"
Do it because not to is expensive.
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Post by HijetMatt on Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:08 pm

kernowjon01 wrote:OK - the problem is the nearside Hubnut is the conventional  Right Hand Thread (turn clockwise to tighten anti clock to undo).  Usually the nearside hub nuts have Left Hand Thread - on some trucks this also applies to the wheel nuts.
If you look at your nearside wheel you will see it turns anticlockwise.  All that stops the Castelated Nut undoing is a soft metal split pin!  Eventually the Nut will "eat" the split pin.  On my van this has happened twice once during a previous owners ownership and once on me - in the process wrecking the wheel bearings - the hub carrier - the stub axle and possibly the swivel hub.
HOWEVER now for the good news Smile  prevention is simple.
Find an old ALLEN KEY 4mm or 4.5mm  remove the split pin and push through the Allen Key - using Mole grips bend the free end so it is locked in place - JOB DONE or as we say in Cornwall,  "Proper job!!!"
Do it because not to is expensive.
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Ah right, thanks for the advice and the tip off for the solution. I'll have a look at sorting it out
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