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Pimped my ride: From coffee maker van to cruiser

JAMES DAKEN
Last updated 05:00 10/10/2012
James Daken's finished project, a 1991 Toyota Hiace Super Custom.
James Daken's finished project, a 1991 Toyota Hiace Super Custom.

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In a previous life James Daken's 1981 Toyota Hiace van was fitted out to sell coffee on the go in Auckland.


Click photo at left for more views of James Daken's pimped Toyota Hiace.


It was bought "off a guy in Auckland" and had quite a bit of rust while bits of the paint had come off from the signage when it had been removed.

It was driven to Christchurch where it underwent restoration and resprayed in two-tone black and two-tone metallic yellow.

All the electrics work - including the three sunrooves and fridge - and even though it has done over 310,000km, the original two-litre petrol engine runs like new.

It has been fitted with green LED lights underneath that light up at night and 18-inch Chromes while the eight very luxury seats fold down into a bed.

It sounds great and there is an eight-inch TV with DVD player.

It is the best cruiser for any trip!

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