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My new fun bus!

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    Lifer
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    My new fun bus!


    I picked this little guy up in Japan last month and had it shipped to me. Just got it today. Its a Mitsubishi Delica swb 4x4.
    I have big plans for it. I'm going to turn it into an expedition vehicle for a trip I have coming up in April. I think it's a good basis for one. Did some fairly decent offroading with it today and it did fantastic. The turbo diesel puts out gobs of torque and with 4wd it just plows through everything.
    Already have bigger tires and upgraded suspension ordered for it. Looking into roof top tents and a solar system to help me out in the wild. I have a kitchen unit from camping that I am going to put in it. I'm told it can fit 2 full size dirty bikes in the back on a sliding rail system that people have made for them.

    Should be epic. I may do a build thread on it.

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    Re: My new fun bus!

    Just curious about shipping costs from Japan? My step son is work on turning a E350 van into a 4x4 off road camper and this looks like something he would be interested in.

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    Lifer
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    Re: My new fun bus!

    Depends on a lot but probably $2k or less. Lots of little things really start adding up.

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    Re: My new fun bus!

    Did you ship that into massachusetts or europe? I'd be interested to follow a build thread for sure, that's a cool looking van.

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    Re: My new fun bus!

    Quote Originally Posted by boosten lebaron View Post
    Depends on a lot but probably $2k or less. Lots of little things really start adding up.
    I'm thinking of importing something from Japan in the next year or two. I'd love to read a breakdown of the costs/hassle if you have time to write one up!

    I'd get an old Nissan Pulsar GTi-R or an early Mitsubishi EVO Lancer.

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    Lifer
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    Re: My new fun bus!

    Buy an evo now. Prices are rocketing up. What i paid for last year at 3k is now 6k. Crazy jumps. Gti-r is no longer a reasonably priced car. Well above 12k now. Supra twin turbo is cheaper and easier to find.
    Shipping and buying is fairly easy if you have help. So many hidden little costs. Its like closing on a house, you really dont know what it costs until your picking up the keys at the port. Most normal vehicles like skylines and supras tend to be around $1700 or so shipped to the east cost. Trucks get pricey quickly due to the chicken tax.

    I brought it to europe but its nearly the same for the US. Theoretically easier if you want to ship to L.A. instead of new york or boston.

    Hopefully i can get around to doing a build thread. Time is not on my side right now though. I only have a few weekends to get things ordered and done before i leave in April. That trip will be down to south africa-ish. If it does well then iceland and the scandanavian countries would be next some time towards the end of summer. I suppose i could do it after the fact while we are traveling which i hadnt thought of.

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    Re: My new fun bus!

    sweet !!

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