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Lionsden

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I've spent the past year slowly getting my truck ready for festivals, camping, and greenlaning this summer. My Delica is my everyday drive which I've had for nearly a year now, it started out as a stock Mitsubishi Delica L400 Exceed...



As you can see she was desperate for new wellies, I wanted to fit a set of KL71 tyres (30 9.5 R15) these are the biggest you can fit on a Delica without cutting/hammering the arches, however they were out of stock for six weeks.
While I was waiting for the tyres to be in-stock I started my camper conversion.

I built a cupoard unit with a 2 ring hob, grill and sink, as you can tell most parts were re-cycled or re-used like the slide off computer sides which made up the cooker hood. The rear heat shield is an old metal flip chard board from work which was to be thrown out. The wood for the unit itself was end of line and was cheap as chips. The cooker and sink from ebay which needed replumbing slightly and a new regulator. I fitted the tap to a pump up pressure bottle like the ones gardeners spray their weeds with, which is ideal it gives up to 6 litres of water, and once pumped up stays pressurised till it's either used up or de-pressurised, I also have a 25ltr container for storing more water, but tend to just keep a few 2ltr bottles of cheap tescos bottled water handy which stays fresh for longer if unopened.



I also built a basic fold out table which folds up between the 2 of the rear seats.



The bed was easy as the seats fold to form a bed, it has flourescent light, night light and best part the crystalite glass roof sections which are great when it's a nice clear sky at night.



It's now registered as a motor-caravan, and insured as such, bonus being the insurance is half the price of what it would be if it was insured as a car.

I then fitted her new wellies,



Within a couple of months we get loads of snow, great timing!!! They were fantastic in the snow and I had great fun pulling people out of it...



Here's a little video of me pulling a BMW up a hill as everyone was stuck behind him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvCvrx3eKVM

My next job was a snorkel which I followed instructions from a kind member on mdocuk (Mitsubishi Delica Owners Club), he had modified a Land Rover Defender snorkel, and posted a fantastic set of instructions on how he did it, which I followed for my truck.



I bought a safari roof rack and spot lights off a local Delica owner and ended up fitting a snorkel to his Delica for him a couple of days later.






I've now fitted curtains. They make a great difference. They are man made silk so block out loads of the light, and look rather posh too!!!




I have re-conditioned the wheels as they were looking rather rough...




I've also added a parking pole, I'm going to put one on the other side aswell...




BelperJim

1,997 posts

70 months

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I like it! How much did it cost if you don't mind me asking.

Lionsden

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BelperJim said:
I like it! How much did it cost if you don't mind me asking.
Thanks, I paid just under three grand for the Delica a year ago, which is quite expensive for a Delica L400 Series 1, but I wanted lowish mileage (mine had 70,000 miles) and with certain jobs done (timing chain, fuel pump seals, egr valve blanked.)You can pick them up for a lot less at the minute due to high fuel prices. I looked at loads local to me but wasn't happy with them, I ended up driving from Newcastle Upon Tyne down to Bristol for this one.
I've probably spent another £600 on tyres, camper conversion, roof rack etc.

ChiChoAndy

73,668 posts

142 months

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Love it... Big fan of Delicas.

PumpkinSteve

2,566 posts

43 months

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I love these things.
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BelperJim

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70 months

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I'm tempted.

MonkeyBusiness

2,881 posts

74 months

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Love it! always wondered what the poles were attached to the front.

Lionsden

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MonkeyBusiness said:
Love it! always wondered what the poles were attached to the front.
They just make it easier to get into parking spaces if you are paralelle parking and out of them again when leaving, I wasn't going to bother with one but after bumping the back of my parents car the other day I thought I'd give it a try. The front end is like a transit van, very hard to judge the front nearside corner.

Thanks for the comments!!!

Lionsden

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189 posts

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Yellow domed reflective centre cap stickers added to finish wheels off...


ChiChoAndy

73,668 posts

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You don;t have manual hubs on the front, or don't you need them?

(Nice caps by the way, I've lost/had stolen 3 of my 4 hub caps)

ehonda

1,079 posts

92 months

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I like this, lots. Good work.
What festivals are you doing then? Just in case I get stuck in the mud and need a tow wink

Countdown

10,526 posts

83 months

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Very nice thumbup

OP - would a cheapo set of parking sensors all round not be better than the yellow pole ?

ChiChoAndy

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Countdown said:
Very nice thumbup

OP - would a cheapo set of parking sensors all round not be better than the yellow pole ?
But it's yellow. A parking sensor wouldn't be yellow. Why would he put something on his car that wasn't yellow? That makes no sense at all! hehe

Lefty

13,686 posts

89 months

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Thumbs up for the KL71's, I had them on a Shogun a few years back and they're superb tyres.

Lionsden

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No the auto hubs are working fine, but will be replaced with manual hubs, first sign of any problems.

Solfest, Willowman, Beat-Herder for definate and a good few forest/beach parties. I've been doing a fair bit of that, my mate runs a huge sound system and is always getting his lorry stuck, I'm sure that's that reason he invites me along now!!!

Lionsden

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Countdown said:
Very nice thumbup

OP - would a cheapo set of parking sensors all round not be better than the yellow pole ?
at some stage I'll be fitting front and rear facing cameras once I have fitted my carputer. But the parking pole will be staying although, it may be changing slightly as I've lost the other piece of pole I had for the other side and can't find one to match. I've got two identical silver poles for it but have been concentrating on little jobs getting her ready for her MOT and haven't had time to replace it yet. It's crazy there are purpose built parking poles on ebay which I'd love but for £60??? I think I'll stick to broken old council mop handles or similar.

Lionsden

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Lefty said:
Thumbs up for the KL71's, I had them on a Shogun a few years back and they're superb tyres.
Yep I'm very pleased with them!!! They have been great so far on snow, mud, rock, tarmac I can't fault them!!! I've got another 2 brand new as spares, as I had to wait months for them to come in stock for this size.

wackojacko

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These are great motors, Dad bought one for a fishing trip to France a few years ago which included some moderate off roading.

Coped fine with just a good set of tyres, took 5 people in comfort with equipment in the cabin and on the roof.



Hope yours serves you just aswell ......thumbup

Countdown

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Lionsden said:
That would be soooo good for the school run hehe

Lionsden

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I've changed my parking pole slightly, I removed the gold/orange one and replaced it with black ones with yellow lights on top....







I've also resprayed the plastic cover for the bull bars...


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