pics would be great...
Hi, I just bought a mini truck (my first). All I know is that it's a SanFu and it has a 600cc 2 cylinder engine in it (4 cycle). The cylinder head faces backwards and sits just over the top of the exhaust. My first question, is the engine a Subaru and how can I tell? My second question is does any body know where I can get a repair manual for that engine. I think it's an early 1990's. But have no way of telling.
I understand they didn't import many of these so any help on the parts side would be a great.
pics would be great...
Here's a link to some info that may help.
that thread says it has a motorcycle engine and a kick start, but there are still no pics...
Dont mean to spoke you. I might be as wet as a wet hen but honestly, I'd run from that one. Ive had a lot of different makes of mini vehicles go though my hands and this is the fist for me on this one.
I agree! We seem to get at least one call a week about someone who bought what I call a Chinese paperweight. It is amazing. No one can get parts for these products and some are only two-three years old.
Did a little research and came up with the following. Note: this is my interpretation of tid-bits from several sites.
The SanFu is actually the Japanese export version of the 3rd gen Subaru Sambar (1977-1982), it was badged the Subaru 600.
An unknown # of these were imported by the Taiwanese Co. SanFu Industries. Some were converted to propane and were known as "SanFu LPG600". The SanFu Industries was heavy into industrial gas production (maybe these were converted to propane for warehouse/plant work - just guessing here).
A guy named Steve Bales (of Bales International Corp, of Austin, Tx) imported some of these and some wore "BIC" on there front grill. Then under the Jet Industries name the engines were removed and these were converted to electric vehicles, and they were badged "Jet EletraVan 600".
Anyway, you prob will have a helluva time getting parts for the engine (like T&H and Gung Ho mentioned).
If you would like further info start searching for "Jet ElectraVan 600" that would put you in company of peeps that prob have more info. Hope this helps........later, slim
Well, been doing a lot of work on the truck. Made a new clutch cable.. then found out the clutch is worn down to the rivets, had the clutch rebuilt. The engine runs amazing. I adjusted the valves and points. Thanks to the tune up sticker still attached to the rear bumper.
I did a little more research and found out the engine is a 544cc Subaru engine. It came in early Subaru cars like the sherpa, ace, mini jumbo, and rex. I bought a second truck that a neighbor had sitting in his garage for 10 years for $300 which was previously owned by the state and used for a maintenence vehicle. I'm keeping a record of the part numbers that I locate to help others out. This is what I got so far
Front wheel bearing with race = Inner BR30205 (Napa), Outer BR30204 (Napa).
Brake shoes front and rear = Had a local shop put new friction material on.
Clutch Kit = (Exedy) Full kit P/N FJK2003. Individual parts, pressure plate (Exedy) FJC505, clutch disc (Exedy) FJD002. I didn't have any luck talking to exedy in the UK or US they basically said call a local dealer which never worked, although they said the clutch was still available but was not sold as a kit anymore. Worldpac and Imc parts had nothing that matched. I had a local shop rebuild the clutch disc for $65 which worked really well.
I found 1 engine rebuild kit from all of the mini truck dealers that I emailed. Which will be no longer available because I'm buying it tomorrow. I hope this helped somebody, I will continue making a part # list and repost when I can. Thanks guys.
Sanfuman have you found other parts for your truck? I just picked up one for free that seems to run good but overall it is a beater. any help for parts would be great.
" Thanks, Apeweek!
We now realize more about just how rare the one we have is!
Extensive search showed us that our carburetor is a one of a kind,
made just for these engines.
Now we are "holding off" on advertising it for sale.
After having several well known " collectors" tell us that we
are "sitting on a mint", we are just biding our time for the right
Sitting on a mint? Really? C'mon.... REALLY?
It's odd how some folks place value on something as simple as a little truck, now don't get me wrong... I'm sure its a perfectly nice little truck... but a mint? Just sayin...
1993 Suzuki Carry DD51T, 5 speed, up-graded rims to 13's from a geo metro
Too much time on my hands and not enough fabrication gear to do all those "little" projects I NEED... ok want is more like it