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  1. 120mm

    Steps, rock rails, whatever...

    I just ordered a compromise sill protection called a "rock rail". They weigh 25# a pair, and are remarkably good low profile protection, gaining extra clearance in the process. They are low profile, as you can see, can bear the weight of the vehicle, despite being attached to the sill, and...
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    So, I bought my US spec petrol 4.5L 1996 80 series January last year, and since that time, I've been busy replacing everything consumable and degradable. The PO had basically refilled fuel and changed oil, but nothing else for 20 years. The last month or so it developed a shudder, which would...
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    Romania 2016

    They blocked this forum at work, and have been at work nearly continuously since last I spoke. Minus time for a trip to Normandy last week.
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    Romania 2016

    After a long hiatus from the board, I'm still alive and kicking. Let me talk to my lovely bride and see if she might be interested. We are marrying off our youngest daughter in the US the last week of June, so don't know if finances will be recovered by then.
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    Steps, rock rails, whatever...

    I'm also in the market for rock sliders. I took my wife out off-roading this last Sunday, and she loved it, minus the climbing in and out of the rig. This provides me a great excuse for a pair of sliders. Plus, I hit a rock which slightly damaged my exhaust and cracked a flange, which added a...
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    Petrol Land cruiser 80 series

    No kidding. It doesn't fit correctly, and the first time you go through some heavy bush or have a slight impact, that thing will bend back into your body work and create more damage. I've heard them referred to as "damage multipliers".
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    Petrol Land cruiser 80 series

    The 3FE series 80s are low powered, easy to work on and dead nuts reliable. The 1FZ-FE engine has a couple minor issues that need looked after, specifically the PHH (Pesky Heater Hose) and the head gasket. Either engine can make it to 400,000 miles with proper maintenance.
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    Trying to talk my husband into buying this 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LJ71 Diesel

    You've made me miss my 70 series, now. One more thing to get, I guess.
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    Trying to talk my husband into buying this 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LJ71 Diesel

    I love the 70s. A mite underpowered for most, it'll get the job done if you aren't in a hurry. They are also not as refined as 80s and up, but most rural people do not care for that. I know I don't.
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    Snorkel hole size

    Regardless of the actual size of the hole, be advised that in this case, drilling oversize is a Good Thing. And that goes for the bolts as well; there is no "rule" that the snorkel holes have to be a tight fit, and slightly oversized holes make it a lot easier to make the snorkel fit the wing...
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    Romania 2016

    I can't argue with any of that. Will put some brain power into it, but travelling individual, while meeting up at Clive's place sounds fun as well. I really like just being with my wife on the road. :)
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    Romania 2016

    From where we live, Budapest is a natural halfway point. And racing to get there in an 80 series makes no sense whatsoever. I think a relatively slow trip sounds nice.
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    Romania 2016

    Sounds good. Ellen is excited at the possibility.
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    I just received a new filler cap in the mail. I expect the canister should be here by the end of the week. Each day I look at an old-fashioned map to see what new trails I can take to and/or from work.
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    Romania 2016

    I'm a tentative "yes" with one caveat. My wife is an anti-camper, which means we'll be engaging non-camping accomodations en route, should we be able to go.
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    Here are some snaps from my daily commute. The downside of living here for some is the extremely rural nature of the terrain. Which to me is an upside.
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    Romania 2015

    You were less than an hour from me. This time of year, the campgrounds near Regensburg are a better deal; the Dutch have largely returned home and the Danube is wonderful. I'll see if I can arrange leave and join in a future endeavor. This year I was busy doing airborne ops near you; we dropped...
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    I think I've found the culprit as far as the hamfist shippers breaking the cap. Seems my charcoal canister is either plugged or the check valves are stuck. As a result, my gas cap is a bear to get off, I'm having hard starts and am noticing a lack of "umph" going up mountain trails. The...
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    hahahaha!!!!!
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    Thanks. BTW, my first "off road" picture. Technically, I was off road by about a foot.
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    Thanks! Well, today was the big day. Drove down to Regensburg and met with the moving company, which hired Polish movers. They looked extremely sheepish when I approached them. First thing I noticed was that the hood wasn't down all the way. Somehow, they managed to break my hood release. Not...
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    So, Marjan just got released from "shipping jail" today. Seems my business and the shipper got into a fistfight over billing procedures, so it got to sit at Bremerhaven for a week. Delivery should be soon. Oddly enough, I went on a walk around my new neighborhood in our German village, where I...
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    Petrol or diesel?

    4.5 petrol engines should run 400k miles, or 600k km easy. They are actually designed to go 600k miles/900k km, provided you hold up your end of the maintenance. The PHH or "Pesky Heater Hose" is a one time replacement with a silicone unit for o/a $30. The head gasket is 100% an overheating...
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    Romania 2015

    "Slightly shorter 90" I laughed despite myself right there. Sorry it happened, but glad you got there safe.
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    Romania 2015

    It is enthusiastically raining along the route in Germany. Don't know if they are past yet, but hope they are careful.
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    Romania 2015

    I'd love to be going with, or even to meet you all at Parsberg, but unfortunately, I am working until 5 pm. Good travels!
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    1997 Dark Green Toyota Land Cruiser For Sale

    This is mainly a Europe/Australia site, but a few Americans on here. Good luck on your sale. I'm always curious to see a midwestern series 80; not a lot of them out there.
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    Romania 2015

    For everyone coming down the A3 on the 15th; just be aware that is a Bavarian holiday (Assumption of Mary) marking the start of the fest season and that traffic will be awful. It's also right slap in the middle of caravanning season, so be advised. I assume that the Landcruiser crowd are on...
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    assessment

    Will your trip be to the Munich BMW plant? If so, I love Munich. My wife and I live just north of there and went there yesterday on the train. If you get the chance, arrange for a tour of the National Museum downtown as well as the satellite aviation museum in Oberschleissheim. Both are easy to...
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    Car Bucks / crabs when turning

    I've been in this phase of Landcruiser ownership more than once. But each time I solved the problem, it stayed solved, and I returned to LC owner happiness.
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    my BJ46

    That is beautiful. Always wanted one of those.
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    Car Bucks / crabs when turning

    My thoughts as well. Sounds like the center diff is locked. Either that, or a seriously mis-aligned front end.
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    The journey begins - My cruiser is coming to America

    When in the states, you really need to sign up for IH8Mud forum. A better bunch of land cruiser friends you will never find. Here's hoping your head is ok.
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    Not really possible at this time, but for sure we will make the trip. Business is really hopping right now, with the first chance for a break around Christmas.
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    A Series 80 build that's "bigger on the inside"

    And now I am cleared by customs to import it on a temporary basis (dependent on my continuing employment here) to Germany. Three cheers! Delivery is the week of the 17th.
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    Have been busy getting settled into my new German apartment. But today I received customs clearance to import my US spec Series 80 for the duration of my habitation here. Huzzah! According to the import company, the boat arrives the 11th, unloads the 13th and Marjan arrives to the local customs...
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    New FJ40 owner from Minnesota.

    And that's cool, too! Drew
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    Cool pics. Glad you have photographic evidence of how they once appeared.
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    One of my spark plug tube gaskets let go during a recent 1200 mile trip. Ordered a new set and installed them, long with the camshaft cover gasket I already had.The lovely PO had broken off two bolts and left them glued in place with permatex, so I drilled them out and put a locking nut under...
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    Yesterday I found that my front diff had sucked up my birf grease. Hoping it was a plugged vent, I drained the soup, and fitted extended breathers, made from fuel tube and cheap fuel filters. While I was working on the diff breathers, the UPS man showed up with my driver's door gaskets...
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    Cheap steering wheel renewal with leather paint.
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    Exactly. I cleaned up the Dunwell truck and shot it with clear. Unfortunately, the paint on the box became silver when it interacted with the clear, so it kind of killed the light blue, but it turned out somewhat ok. Here is a picture of the original condition rig:
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    The other two trucks. These trucks are mid-sixties vintage, if my research is correct.
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    While under the influence of Irish Whisky, I dreamed up a way to rebuild my headlight adjustment mechanism. Two screws to remove, caaarefully pop the plastic tabs, take the main cog out, remove the shaft, put a tiny drop of cyanacrylate in the hole, reassemble in reverse order and carefully...
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    Who is doing what maintenance today?

    I drove it 600 miles today, committing mass murder upon countless bugs and three grackles in the great state of Minnesota. I was called up to Minneapolis at the last minute to attend a conference. At the end of the trip, no leaks from the engine of oil or antifreeze. I feel incredibly happy...
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    Just based on my looking around this weekend, at most prices for original condition trucks are in the low hundreds. These are well used and neglected toys, that at most are in the $40-$50 range. I think I'd be happier turning each one of them into something individual and special. What I...
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    http://www.tnttoytrucks.com/DunwellBuckeye.html
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    Cool! What brand is it? The first thing I do is to research the brand and see what it was supposed to be in the first place.
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    My "40 years in the making" build

    Just found this I was continuing to clean. The cab and chassis loo like a good candidate for a patina finish, but the dump bed is of some shiny metal underneath and the light blue paint is peeling, instead of oxidizing. Am wondering which way to go with this one.
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    Liberia, anyone?

    Thanks! And I agree with you about PayPal. Sometimes I think we've bought into a dictatorship of IT guys, limiting ourselves to their utter and complete lack of imagination/warped view of humanity.
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