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    Hello all.

    I am in the early stages of trying to get hold of a Citroen H-van to use as a food truck. I'm based in Sydney and after much searching haven't come across any such vehicles in Australia. My next option might now be to try to import one.

    So, my initial call for help would be.....is anyone aware of a H-van club/enthusiast/owner who might be able to advise me on tracking one of these beautiful vans down. Has anyone tried to import one and come across problems.

    Thinking further ahead, is there a Citroen specialist/mechanic in the Sydney area who might be knowledgable about the H-van (in case I do import one and then have technical problems).

    Thanks in advance.

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    John Vanchop at Mittagong both has a H-van and is knowledgeable about all old Citroens from Traction onwards.

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    A few months ago I spotted this H-Van, just imported from the UK, at Bank Street Motors in South Melbourne (tel (03) 9699 9052). They may be a source of information about whether the van is for sale, or of others. Sorry about the pictures being sideways - trying to figure out how to correct this.

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    Thanks guys. Is John Vanchop a garage in Mittagong? How do I contact him?

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    He is a lifetime CitroŽniste. I suggest you contact the CitroŽn Car Club of NSW secretary for John's number.

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    Hi You should contact Jeff Winterman at HY Spares in France as he told me the other day that he is very keen to sell Hy's into Australia..He probably has the largest stock of HY Vans in existence .You can pm me for more info.
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    H Van World in dear old Blighty

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    There was one a while back on e bay ,done up as a camper ,in bellingen nsw pugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugwash View Post
    There was one a while back on e bay ,done up as a camper ,in bellingen nsw pugs
    Which I believe fellow frogger Peter Boyd now has.
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    I arranged the sale of one from this town to Melbourne where it is being fitted out as a mobile cafť. I have very reluctantly got mine up for sale but certainly not for this form of conversion. It is a now rare van originally ordered new as a camper van and made for the purpose by Currus. I can't take care of it any longer. I have no garage to protect it from our sea winds and my driving is no longer accurate enough to manage it through our narrow driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post
    Which I believe fellow frogger Peter Boyd now has.
    Did someone by that fabulous looking camper..... It looked lovely, but how could it be driven safely on any road in Australia. It probably weighs 2tons and is powered by a 1.6 litre long stroke motor. It's probably flat out at 70km/h on the flat

    I wonder if it's being re-powered by a DS23ie engine or similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    Did someone by that fabulous looking camper..... It looked lovely, but how could it be driven safely on any road in Australia. It probably weighs 2tons and is powered by a 1.6 litre long stroke motor. It's probably flat out at 70km/h on the flat

    I wonder if it's being re-powered by a DS23ie engine or similar

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    Shane, SPEED is the problem. This is the answer. Any H van owner should apply for a waiver of registration costs as they have embraced the government's attitude of SPEED KILLS and there is no such thing as SAFE SPEEDING.

    The H van was designed to go slow, so that other motorists craning their necks to look at it as they overtake thinking WTF - a dunny on wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post
    Which I believe fellow frogger Peter Boyd now has.
    As seen in my driveway post Cit In this year. Pete and Jen did the entire trip from Qld to Griffith and beyond then back via our place and home. Apart from a couple of small electrical repairs at our place it all ran fine. Pete may wish to comment


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    This might be what you are looking for. It came up on prewarcar.com this morning.

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    Hi Ricardo I may be able to help as I have imported a couple of H vans .

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    Daughter spotted one in Richmond a few days ago, near the Great Britain I think ... sorry about orientation of
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    Ok, I'm dying to know- you park a car like this, just how in the hell do you keep it from sliding off into oblivion??
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Shane, SPEED is the problem. This is the answer. Any H van owner should apply for a waiver of registration costs as they have embraced the government's attitude of SPEED KILLS and there is no such thing as SAFE SPEEDING.

    The H van was designed to go slow, so that other motorists craning their necks to look at it as they overtake thinking WTF - a dunny on wheels?

    John
    I don't mind going slow when I'm on holidays.... COuld you imagine grinding up every gradient at 50km/h with a row of B=Doubles on your rear bumper

    You would need to carefully plan any trip to ensure you didn't hold up the truckies. I'd rather speed than go slowly, imagine a truck hauling uphill around a curve at 115km/h (yeah limited to 100km/h my arse) and finding a "H" van crawling along at 45km/h

    I'm pleased someone is enjoying it, I figured it would end up a museum piece somewhere. Or repowered with a local V8

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    Looks like a pain in the A to set it up for trading!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post

    Or repowered with a local V8

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    Quote Originally Posted by forumnoreason View Post
    Looks like a pain in the A to set it up for trading!
    CitroŽn provided a small booklet on how to fix things to the structure, as a guide to fit-out. Tens of thousands of them were made as mobile shops and food outlets.
    At the last ICCCR in Harrogate most of the food outlets were from H vans.
    I have just sold mine and been surprised by the demand. I chose what I thought was a fair price and had four buyers within a hour of the ad appearing.
    This is a vehicle that has to be driven, not guided and one has to bear in mind the other road users all the time. The simple way of handling lower speeds on the incline is to pull over and let the trucks pass or time the climb within a gap in the traffic.
    My house is up for sale and a potential buyer was brought round by the agent a couple of days ago. He saw my collection of H van models and immediately started reminisinces of his younger days. That sort of goodwill makes driving one in France a pleasure to drivers and passers by alike. In Australia ????
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    How about some H van pictures?
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    After my story is completed running in The Chevrons, I will post it on AF for all to enjoy. Early next yeaar
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    I actually have one that I am selling right now. HY 1971, beautifully restored. Please check an add on gum tree(search citroen etc)
    More info plus photo please email [email protected]
    Or contact me through Aussie frogs
    Thank you.

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