Factory Camper for Four: 1992 Mitsubishi Delica Vantech 4×4
This 1992 Mitsubishi Delica JB-500 is a 4×4 diesel 5-speed Vantech RV. Built from the factory as a camper, this Vantech offers amenities such as sleeping accommodations for up to four with a convertible dinette, a small galley, and a combination toilet and shower. Condition looks well-kept throughout, and though decreased ground clearance and a reduced rear departure angle won’t help its off-road prowess, standard-bodied 4×4 Delicas are known to be good in the dirt, and overall dimensions still remain fairly compact with this RV model. Mileage is given as the metric equivalent of 71k miles, and overall we get the feeling this one could make a fun weekend camper/race spectating rig for a small family with interesting taste in vehicles. Find it here on eBay in Calgary, Canada for $22k USD OBO.
It’s said that the camper shells worn by these Delica JB-500 and JB-470 Vantech campers were initially designed for the L200 pickup truck frame platform, but were adapted to the unibody construction of the Delica. Despite being over 25 years old, exterior condition of the fiberglass shell shows well outside of a bit of weathering on the lower plastic cladding and some expected yellowing here and there. A factory reversing camera is visible up top, and there’s a roof rack as well. Wheels wear all-terrain tread, the front end is fitted with a bull bar, graphics look good and all glass is tinted for privacy.
The cab looks to be clean and sorted, with plush 1990’s concept car-style upholstery on the seats and door panels. Wood effect on the dash might be factory, but the wheel and shifter are clearly aftermarket. The OEM CRT monitor for the backup camera is just hilarious. Check out the branded all-weather floor mats too.
The living quarters aren’t shown full-frame, but its space appears to be used very efficiently, and a floor plan can be viewed here. Accommodations include sleeping room for four adults between the convertible dinette and the space located above the cab. There’s also a combined toilet and shower, along with a galley with a two-burner stove, sink, three-way refrigerator and more. Central heating and A/C are both present as well, and its said that all windows retain their screens.
The same upholstery pattern is continued on the cushions used for the dinette and couch. Overall space might be cramped at capacity, but things seem to be arranged in such a way that this camper would be quite comfortable for two or even three. Unfortunately, capacities for the various holding tanks are not listed.
Power comes from a base 4D56 diesel SOHC four which displaces 2.5 liters. Output should be 75 horsepower at 4200 rpm and 105 lb. ft. of torque at 2500, which seems like it might be just enough to get this rig over a mountain pass at a crawl.
Power is sent through a 5-speed manual, and the transfer case can engage four-wheel-drive and low range gearing if necessary. Maintenance listed in the description includes refreshing of various fluids and belts.
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November 29, 2018 at 03:25AM