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Thread: 1993 Mitsubishi Delica - Desk To Glory

  1. #1
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    May 2013

    Default 1993 Mitsubishi Delica - Desk To Glory

    So it looks like we accidentally bought a 1993 Mitsubishi Delica 2.5L Turbo Diesel 4x4.

    We had "settled down" in Victoria, BC while Ashley goes to school and it didn't take long (six weeks!) before we knew we needed to get out of town and into the rainy woods of the pacific north west on the weekends. After a couple of years of living in a rooftop tent we were open to new options with some sort of "indoor living space". Obviously, since we already have a capable truck the first idea was to slap a camper on the back of it. We looked for a used campers for a while, but if we did find something it was out of our budget (either needed waaay too much work, or the capital cost was too high), then we started looking at old ambulances, converting Ford Econolines, and generally keeping an open mind to whatever showed up on Craigslist.

    But then this Delica came across my screen. I have been obsessed with the Dino Evo Delica for years so I got starry-eyed pretty quickly. It's small, lightweight, gets better fuel economy than all of the other options, has an automatic transmission (Ash prefers this, and that means I can take a turn in the passenger seat), has four wheel drive, and has a large enough interior (when built) for two of us to sit inside or lay down and sleep. It also gives us the option to stealth camp, something we could never do with a RTT. Plus, the best known places to get parts for these things are just down the road from us.

    This van had a pile of maintenance work just completed (and came with all paperwork) and was fairly inexpensive due to the previous owners abandoned attempts at converting it to a campervan, has a little bit of rust, needs tires... pretty much everything I had no problem looking past because I look right to us enjoying the end product. Whoops! So here she is in all her JDM RHD glory.

    Last edited by DeskToGlory; 02-26-2017 at 05:19 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Awesome find! I wish these beauties were totally legal... I mean I wish I could get a good deal for one of this in the states... Keep us updated on your journey!

  3. #3
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    Aug 2016
    The Netherlands
    Cool, the delica is still on our shortlist together with the Toyota Hiace and the UAZ Буханка.

    I am interested in the progress ;-)

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    Oct 2014
    Looking forward to your build!

  5. #5
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    Jan 2010
    Victoria BC
    Very nice! your supplier for European designed fiberglass sandwich panels and accessories.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Northwest Washington State
    Quote Originally Posted by PacS14 View Post
    Awesome find! I wish these beauties were totally legal... I mean I wish I could get a good deal for one of this in the states... Keep us updated on your journey!
    Since this one is a '93, it will be legally importable next year. There are tons of these things running around BC, and parts are readily available. Also, the strength of the US dollar makes such purchases attractive. You could find an inexpensive 25 year old example and could do some significant work to freshen things up and you'd still be into a great rig for relatively little money.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Memphis, Texas
    congrats on the new rig! I can't wait to see the build & the fun travels it brings.

    I LOVED y'alls book, too!
    2003 Kawasaki KLR650
    1997 Ford Expedition 4x4
    1967 Kaiser Jeep M35A2 6x6
    2016 Silverado 4x4 Crew-Cab LS/Police

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    Jan 2007
    Central PA
    Delica's are delicious! Nice choice.
    4 wheels:
    2010 Tundra Crewmax / OME suspension / Slee sliders / BudBuilt skids / TRD wheels / 34x10.5/17 BFGs / Leer 180 cap
    2014 RAV4. With Blizzacks, AWD and a rear locker this pretty much beats the Tundra until it gets deep.

    2 wheels:
    2003 Honda 50 for the backyard
    2008 KLR650 for the back roads
    2007 Honda ST1300 for the open roads
    Salsa Vaya for the gravel roads
    Fisher Rumblefish 29er for the technical trails

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    Feb 2007
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    02 DC Tacoma with a Flippac and other stuff
    93 FZJ80 - stock but dual lockers and less than 200k miles

    74 FJ40, 91 Hilux, 98 4Runner, 98 Rav4, 02 Conqueror Compact Trailer - All Sold

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Awesome guys, I look forward to seeing the buildout and adventures!
    Happy Trails & Safe Travels
    Freelance FireFighter & A-EMT Remote Medic,
    04, chevy 2500, flatbed, icon stage 2 suspension, chip,intake,4:88,rear locker

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