|If you are thinking of
buying a H-van, get your head read. If you are thinking of
rebuilding a H-van, call the men in the white coats. We
bought this 1968 H-van in July 2004 and decided to rebuild
it. At the same time we decided to see if I can make it go
up hills a bit better and, more importantly, stop it.
So I am fitting a Renault 21 turbo 5-speed gearbox and Rover
3.5 V8, if the V8 will not make it go up hills better, then
I do not know what will. To make it stop I am trying to fit
disc brakes to the front. Plus I have lowered the floor in
the back 50mm so I can stand up in the back, I have cut out
the inner wheel arches in the back to make more room. To
make it more affordable, I will be running it on LPG, so I
have fitted a 205 litre tank.
I got it on the road in March 2009, I have coved over
6500 miles in 6 months I have been to the south of France,
Ireland, Czech Republic, and so on, and it is going very
well. The H van is a very nice drive, sit's on the motorway
over 80 MPH (on German motorway's of course) and on petrol
at 70mph it dos 22 MPG. which is good, seeing that a 1.9 H
van doing 52mph does 27 MPG.
It has taken over 1500 hours
of work and a lot of cash, so if you like welding rust and you like getting nowhere
fast, then the H-van is for you!
Would I do it again YES but I would put a 4.6 v8 not a