Amtex beat some of the big Guys.

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I still dont get why TM manufacturers aren't using diesel or LPG (propane) engines, cleaner, cheaper running, longer lasting... ohh thats why :(
Write to our government and ask why we can't import a Toyota hi ace without paying a 25 percent tariff. Yet they punish us with gas and carbon taxes. Time to think about shooting some politicians and oil company execs.
 
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I believe Gary Bethel had the first CDS mounted in a diesel Toyota Hi Ace van.

They are now very common down under.

My tm was an Australian made HydraVac with a liquid ring vacuum & three cyclinder Kubota motor, which I bought 2nd hand from Gary in '98.

Pic below was back in 2003 prior to refurb; & installing Big Wheels on the Cimex.
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Both tm & Hi Ace ran on gasoline\ from the vans tank.

All of my Hi Aces have been the smaller ones, about 10' load area, nearly 6' wide and the main reason, because I can get into garages under 6'6 high.

My tm was mounted across the van with 1/3 of the weight past the rear axle.

All controls were easily accessed via the side door.

Most of the other guys prefer to use the longer wheelbase & higher roof-line.
 
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I believe Gary Bethel had the first CDS mounted in a diesel Toyota Hi Ace van.

They are now very common down under.

My tm was an Australian made HydraVac with a liquid ring vacuum & three cyclinder Kubota motor, which I bought 2nd hand from Gary in '98.

Pic below was back in 2003 prior to refurb; & installing Big Wheels on the Cimex. View attachment 82895

Both tm & Hi Ace ran on gasoline\ from the vans tank.

All of my Hi Aces have been the smaller ones, about 10' load area, nearly 6' wide and the main reason, because I can get into garages under 6'6 high.

My tm was mounted across the van with 1/3 of the weight past the rear axle.

All controls were easily accessed via the side door.

Most of the other guys prefer to use the longer wheelbase & higher roof-line.
Do you know if they have a custom fitting/parts to make them fit the hiace? The agents here say they've only ever fitted 1 pto unit in 15 yrs and dont seem to want to revisit it.. :headscratch: :(
 
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Anyone who has ever ran a 280,000 btu fuel fired like that should be very familiar with the scorching exhaust those things put out.

Why Ben continues to use such a utterly ridiculous, completely restrictive exhaust for such a burner continues to boggle my mind.


Fooking jet engine exhaust met with an immediate 90 degree angle and the scorching exhaust running right across the top of the unit.




Amtex blue cali.jpeg



So much radiant heat only degrades every component on the machine faster, and is a death sentence on such a complicated design.

Betcha the hot exhaust will also degrade that weatherstrip on the bottom of the rolling door above.


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Not to mention it's completely over-kill for cleaning carpets.......pressure washing is where such a unit really shines.
 
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Totally forgot it was yours.....lol

How long did that thing last?
That picture was taken when it was pulled out at 541 hours. It has been totally rebuilt from the frame up. New everything and updated. It's a much better machine now. I keep it as a backup. The diesel makes my van smell like a WWII submarine.
 
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360k btu. And thanks for posting the old pics of my unit before it was replaced
Holy mackerel Andy :eekk:

How much raw fuel dumped into the firebox before it ignited?

and did you run K1 kero ?
(you should, instead of diesel)


and 360K BTU??
Holy Overkill Batman

I'm no stranger to oil burners .
and know that 230K will sustain 250 @ close to 2 GPM continuous

..L.T.A.
 
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I believe Gary Bethel had the first CDS mounted in a diesel Toyota Hi Ace van.

They are now very common down under.

My tm was an Australian made HydraVac with a liquid ring vacuum & three cyclinder Kubota motor, which I bought 2nd hand from Gary in '98.

Pic below was back in 2003 prior to refurb; & installing Big Wheels on the Cimex. View attachment 82895

Both tm & Hi Ace ran on gasoline\ from the vans tank.

All of my Hi Aces have been the smaller ones, about 10' load area, nearly 6' wide and the main reason, because I can get into garages under 6'6 high.

My tm was mounted across the van with 1/3 of the weight past the rear axle.

All controls were easily accessed via the side door.

Most of the other guys prefer to use the longer wheelbase & higher roof-line.
Those are perfect for city dwellers like myself. I saw a news item that Ford and Volkswagen maybe getting together to bring the transporter back to North America under Ford's name.
 

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