1970 Daihatsu Hijet with a Mid-Engine V8

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Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

The 1970 Daihatsu Hijet originally came from the factory with a two-stroke two-cylinder 360 cc engine. That engine produced 22 horsepower and 25 ft-lb of torque. The Hijet now runs off a 400 horsepower Chevy V8. There was no way the engine and transmission was fitting under the cab like the factory motor did. So it was put behind the cab in a mid-engine layout. The chassis was upgraded to a Jeep DJ5 which has been narrowed and shortened to fit the small Hijet. This helps strengthen the truck and replacement suspension parts much easier to find. The builder estimates the truck weighs 1,700 lbs. The builder has several videos of this build but has disable the embed feature so you will need to go directly to the project’s Youtube playlist.

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

Daihatsu Hijet Microtruk with 400 HP V8

A list with links to his other projects –

VW Single Cab street rod with a 400 horsepower V8 – Youtube playlist 400 HP VW Single Cab Street Rod

VW Bug street rod with a V8 – Youtube playlist V8 VW Bug street rod

Pedal Electric Motorbike – Youtube playlist Pedal Electric Motorbike

Piaggio Ape Tribute with a Honda 620cc V Twin – Youtube playlist Piaggio Ape Tribute with a Honda V Twin

Toyota Van with Solar Panel Roof and wheelchair accessibility – Youtube video Toyota Van with Solar Panel

Haybusa Powered Reverse Trike – Youtube playlist Hayabusa Powered Reverse Trike

VW Bus with Electric Motor – Youtube video Electric VW Bus

Source: It’s Been Modified and Grassroots Motorsports (build thread) via BangShift

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