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Old 08-01-2019, 09:16 AM   #51 (permalink)
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And yup, the Samsung gps has been impressive! I had my doubts also, but thought worst case it would be handy whilst traveling. Turned out to be a cool investment for just that. Bought a huge sd card for it and can store tons of map info on it for offline use, as well as music and movies downloaded for rainy day breaks.
Ended up with a spare, I broke the screen and replaced when I was at my Aunt's in Phoenix, when I got home it wouldn't connect to the internet so I thought I had screwed up the replacement, then found out it was my router! Duh so now I have a spare How big of an SD card did you use
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Ended up with a spare, I broke the screen and replaced when I was at my Aunt's in Phoenix, when I got home it wouldn't connect to the internet so I thought I had screwed up the replacement, then found out it was my router! Duh so now I have a spare How big of an SD card did you use
I used a San Disk 128GB card I got from Amazon. PLENTY of space for everything. I think the maps all totaled were only like 3 GB's.

However, with all the Netflix/ Amazon movies I downloaded to watch whilst out and about camping theres STILL tons of room left. It's like 3-4gb's per download.

Also added a ton of music to it... about 5gb worth.
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So I spent this evening modifying the cooling system to a degree (pun intended). Like mentioned before, the cooling system on these vans seem to be the weak spot. When I initially went through the engine bay I noticed a few things about the system that seemed to be stumbling blocks for it. This was contrary to what maintenance I did. New h2o pump, rad. flush, new fan clutch, Toyota t-stat and the typical crap you do with a 30+ year old vehicle.

First, the radiator really isn't in the best position for air flow. It's in front of the engine, with a short window of air that feeds in from the bottom f the van through about a 4 or 5" gap between the cab. While your rolling slow (35 or under), the fan probably pulls in an adequate amount of air to keep the radiator cooled. However when you pick up some speed I think the bulk of air just gets swept under the rig. I have noticed the temp creep just slightly at higher speeds.

Second, the engine bay is basically just a steel box and just cooks when you run it hard and shut the engine off. It immediately cools down once you fire it up and the fan clutch is engaged but it always stumbles a bit due to some heat soak on the fuel rails.

Third, when you run the A/C the temp starts to creep a bit also. Everything mentioned is fairly normal, but I was really looking just to supplement the cooling system at higher speeds with a direct air vented radiator (heater core actually) right in the front.

Enter the small heater core addition to help the cooling process. The design of the van see's the heater core lines fall right through the passenger side at the front of the van. Lines up great for the addition of a separate heater core to be air cooled directly behind the grill! So one side gets teed in from the return side, and the other from the inlet side before the heater control valve.

This addition worked like a champ! Dropped the temp from around half way up to about a third up the gauge. AND when the temps are hotter with the A/C blasting it runs at a cool halfway mark, where before it climbed a bit more than I was comfortable with. WooT! May not look like much, but it made a 15 degree difference from 190 to 175*. It's the little things.



Planning another outing sometime next weekend~ Should be good. Found a herd of elk in the hundreds! Bit of a haul to get out her but should be worth the star gazing and elk watching.
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First time you hit a snow bank and that is hot should be epic!
Elk watching is that the same as scouting?
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I watched 4x4 Toyota van videos last night and searching classifieds with zero luck
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Toyotavantech.com

They have a for sale section, but I think you have to join there to see it.

Mostly left coast hippies, but they have some ok tech for these things. The site owner/ admin Tim is a bit of top notch van mechanic. I was already banned and given demerits for being "snarky". Though I was allowed back in, I don't post any tech there anymore... I'd rather just post my own thing over here.
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Toyotavantech.com

They have a for sale section, but I think you have to join it to see it.
They are spendy....like VW vanagon spendy!

There is a Lite Ace GXL on eBay now for 15G. Hate to bust up those roof windows!
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They are spendy....like VW vanagon spendy!

There is a Lite Ace GXL on eBay now for 15G. Hate to bust up those roof windows!


Uhm, no. I paid 9 hundo for this one (guy didn't know what he had, and I had no idea what I was getting).... Your looking at the right hand drive imports. For whatever reason, those things get a crazy premium. Look for the first gen van's between 86-89. They came in the 4x4 variety. Many can be had for 2-3k depending on condition and what it would take to make them right. And if they are in great shape maybe 7-10k for one. Granted they can be hard to find in some areas.

I wouldn't have ever plopped down money like that for one.
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Like so...

https://yakima.craigslist.org/cto/d/...928912964.html
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Uhm, no. I paid 9 hundo for this one (guy didn't know what he had, and I had no idea what I was getting).... Your looking at the right hand drive imports. For whatever reason, those things get a crazy premium. Look for the first gen van's between 86-89. They came in the 4x4 variety. Many can be had for 2-3k depending on condition and what it would take to make them right. And if they are in great shape maybe 7-10k for one. Granted they can be hard to find in some areas.

I wouldn't have ever plopped down money like that for one.
I get that, this was just a quick search and most videos I watched last night were in the US, but all RHD imports like I linked above.

That CL linked IMO is about $1900 too much

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I get that, this was just a quick search and most videos I watched last night were in the US, but all RHD imports like I linked above.
I know that a lot of these little vans didn't survive in the NE and Midwest for whatever reason. They seemed to thrive in the south and west coast though. I see them pop up in the desert areas too from time to time, but they are becoming kind of a collectors classic now. The things are over 30 years old, and require some major work... nothing guys like us at this place are afraid of, but for lots of people that have them sitting around it's daunting or overwhelming to think about ripping into it for repairs. And most mechanics won't fawk with them

I know one thing... when they are fixed up they easily fetch a good price!

Like that one I posted above. It's an auto, but fixed up and cleaned up it's a 4-6k vehicle pending on condition. Maybe more in some cases. The 5 speed 4wd are more rare and get a better price from the collectors from what I am seeing.
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I get that, this was just a quick search and most videos I watched last night were in the US, but all RHD imports like I linked above.

That CL linked IMO is about $1900 too much
It is... It needs some work. Mine was a bit worse off than that one I think! Remember when you could still get a VW bus for sort of reasonable? Thats where these are right now... sort of reasonable.

Not to far down the road, they will be getting quite a bit more I think.
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First time you hit a snow bank and that is hot should be epic!
Elk watching is that the same as scouting?
I wish I was scouting... didn't get drawn for jack this year.
Always have over the counter deer/ archery though, grouse and rabbit hunt in September/October. Gonna put in for Javelina, so maybe I'll get a tag there...
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Benji gets a new exhaust...



The catalytic was missing when I got the thing, and the muffler was more or less toasted and there were a few exhaust leaks. It rattled like a tin can with rocks in it for way to long. So needless to say a new system from the cat back was in order! Being that you can't find parts, and least of all an exhaust system I had to cobble together my own. New cat, muffler and piping set me back right at 90 bucks. Few beers, some fitting and tacking and BAM! All quiet on the western front now! Perfect little addition to the little hunt/ camper van. Now I can sneak through the woods all stealthy like.

Old crappy muffler/ exhaust:


New exhaust with cat and new muffler


Installed and nicely tucked away~ SUPER quiet now!
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Thanks man! I have been super impressed with this goofy looking little van so far! It just goes and goes... Pretty neat too that I can park the thing anywhere and just crash out comfortably in the back if I am tired or just want a weekend of camping/ hunting without pitching a tent. Ha.

Typical Toyota engineering (ie; reliable, and able to take some abuse), but I will say that routine maintenance is definitely more of a hassle than usual. You can't just pop the hood and go to town. If theres any major service, like pulling the radiator or changing a water pump, it's an "hours" long adventure because of where the engine is crammed. You'll have to remove seats, engine cover access points and whatnot. Not a biggie though really, just do everything up front, like with any old vehicle we obtain and call it good...

This thing has been a serious blast to just roll around in.
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So bird season started up here a couple of weeks ago and that prompted another camping trip to the high country... about a 40 minute drive from home.

Had the co-pilot Megatron along and the elk were just starting to bugle for our evening entertainment. We camped right next to a little knoll off the 117 road (technically a mile or so off of that, the 8990 road), in a cool little camp spot I have been to a few times throughout the years, My buddy Dave even managed to show in the morning to hunt with me.

Good times!

Trusty Co pilot... always there to nudge me when she wants to stop.


Camp spot… that view! Lot's of stars and critters through the night here, never disappoints.




Couple elk out early in the meadow across from our camp.



Our bounty! Yum... prolly dinner for tomorrow.




Will be doing a few more things to Benji in the next couple weeks to make it more roadworthy. Nothing to serious, just a couple mechanical things and some interior additions to make camping more enjoyable. Needs more lights and the tv mounted... would love to attach the tablet to a larger flatscreen to scope out maps on a bigger screen. HA!
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