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  1. IMG_7126

    IMG_7126

    Auxilliary tank
  2. ByronJ

    The people have spoken

    I do not have a strong view either way on whether the UK should leave the EU or stay. However what is clear that over the last 20 years or so many skilled and semi-skilled workers have benefited from an increased standard of living while the those with less to offer have seen their standard of...
  3. ByronJ

    Anyone running AGM battery under the hood?

    Hi @WC57 I have almost exactly the setup on my UK based 80 that @StarCruiser describes above. It has worked very well for me. Some other advantages are that the standard "wet" start battery is cheap to buy and most AGM batteries are happy to provide emergency start current should you need it.
  4. ByronJ

    Breakdown East of the Cederberg Mountains South Africa

    Hiya Chris :) Great to hear from you. We were glad to survive as well, it is an amazingly remote place. I now keep a 17mm ring spanner in my door pocket to remind me to check those nuts and the bottom of the rear shocks properly. We had recently made a lot of deep river crossings and would...
  5. ByronJ

    Breakdown East of the Cederberg Mountains South Africa

    Below is a copy of my recent posting I made on the South Africa LCCSA forum of some fun Zeda and I had when exploring east of the Cederberg in the Western Cape of South Africa. Around 200Km NNE of Cape Town. The area is desert/semi desert and surprisingly remote. Having spent the weekend of...
  6. ByronJ

    Got myself yet another toy........

    New girl looks very chilled. Great hat :sunglasses:
  7. ByronJ

    Quick bit of CDL advice please

    Cheers Rob Thanks for the information. The breather on my CDL has rotted at the T joint so I am pretty sure it has allowed water in. Especally as we did a lot of deep swimming earlier this year when in Lesotho. Reckon I will take the exactly the same route as you. Hi @AndycruiserguyLomas...
  8. ByronJ

    Quick bit of CDL advice please

    Hi Rob Was the actuator the source of your CDL problems?
  9. IMG_0073 Valley Zorro Marked

    IMG_0073 Valley Zorro Marked

  10. ByronJ

    Removing the Front Wings on a Land Cruiser 80 Series

    I bought mine from 80Breaker.com. @karl webster is also a good source for parts.
  11. ByronJ

    Removing the Front Wings on a Land Cruiser 80 Series

    Cheers simon. Good luck and take plenty of clear photographs before you pull it all apart...
  12. ByronJ

    Puzzled by Sinking Brake Pedal

    Hi Towpack. I am in agreement with you in using a simple bleeding system. The method I use is very simply and cheap. I attach a metre or so of clear plastic tube (ID 6mm) to each bleed nipple in turn and tape the top of it to the side of the car so it is well above the height of the brake...
  13. ByronJ

    Puzzled by Sinking Brake Pedal

    Please accept my apologies for the delay in returning to this forum but our NS knuckle steering arm parted company with the steering knuckle in a remote area to the east of the Cederberg which involved a bit of an adventure (including hiring another 4x4) to sort out. I will post separately about...
  14. ByronJ

    please post image of exploded diagram of front hub / steering knuckle

    Please cancel the above request as I have found a copy of the relevant manual. Cheers. Byron
  15. ByronJ

    please post image of exploded diagram of front hub / steering knuckle

    Hi, we are travelling in the Karoo in our 80 series and I managed to break the studs holding the steering knuckle arm to the knuckle. Stripped out the knuckle and we walked out with it the next morning. Very remote area so it was a long hot day to get to a farm. We have new studs etc. and plan...
  16. ByronJ

    Puzzled by Sinking Brake Pedal

    Last night I reversed into the garage (knowing the brakes were poor) and couldn't stop. Managed to brake Zelda's huge dance mirror :fearscream:. Going to have to replace that pronto. Mountain test coming later today...
  17. ByronJ

    Puzzled by Sinking Brake Pedal

    Thank you all for your input, it is much appreciated. I had another bleed all round last night and the brakes improved, the car stops fine but the pedal just does not feel right to me :grimacing:. Zelda went out on a test drive and felt the brakes are better than they have ever been...
  18. ByronJ

    Puzzled by Sinking Brake Pedal

    Hi guys. I would appreciate your thoughts on the behavior of the brakes on my 80. This is the 24v 1995 without ABS. While I was travelling in Greece Zelda reported that Zorro's (thats the 80 with the issue) brakes were 'a little soft'. I got back to Cape Town a few days ago and the brakes...
  19. ByronJ

    Adventuring Northern Cyprus to Romania Trip

    Sounds a good attitude Dervis. Hmm. I plan to drive down to Greece next May - with luck I could include Turkey and we could meet up...
  20. ByronJ

    RIP Aretha Franklin

    Yep. A ludicrously funny movie - one of my favourites. I first saw it as a 'B' movie supporting the main attraction. I was amazed at all these great artists popping up and then along comes Carrie Fisher as the crazed girlfriend. Your right. Aretha's scene in the diner is brilliant.
  21. Ice Boxes IMG_5750

    Ice Boxes IMG_5750

  22. ByronJ

    Rear suspension

    No Problem, you are welcome.
  23. ByronJ

    Rear suspension

    Hi Vivek, I just went out and checked my 80 series. Viewed from the rear and lightly loaded I make exactly the same measurements as you:openmouth: I have never noticed that before :think:. My 80 is currently very lightly loaded. As weight is added the axle will shift to the left as the...
  24. ByronJ

    80s series at auction

    Yep it was a great car. Persist and you will get the 80 you want. Good luck.
  25. ByronJ

    80s series at auction

    Sorry to hear that. The car I was referrring to was destroyed by fire. Actually I just realised it is the car in my profile pic to the left tackling a seriously interesting bit of track in Morocco.
  26. ByronJ

    80s series at auction

    Yep, life is full of jokes like that :grinning:. The first 80 I ever owned I bought off UK eBay sight unseen with no other information other than the listing. I didn't even see it for 6 weeks as I was in Greece at the time; it was probably an overdose of Ouzo that prompted me to buy it...
  27. ByronJ

    80s series at auction

    Hi Chris As you say nothing beats a good inspection. I would happily buy a car without an MOT. I find the online MOT history is very useful to help me decide whether or not I think it is worth going to take a look at a car. It is the Fails, Advisories and mileage pattern that I pay...
  28. ByronJ

    80s series at auction

    MOT history for UK registered cars is available from around 2006 onward for free online at: "https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history". It lists all fails, passes, advisories and normally includes mileage. As well as the raw information you can get an idea of how loved a car was. E.g. seeing the...
  29. ByronJ

    castor correction bushes problem

    Your welcome. Whichever way you decide to go please post your experience back here.
  30. ByronJ

    castor correction bushes problem

    Boss 4wd (Oz) make a range of drop boxes. This link might work: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Boss-4WD-Dropbox-Kit-suit-Toyota-Landcruiser-80-Series-4-Manual-/131585136333
  31. ByronJ

    Is this a suitable battery upgrade for overland use?

    Enduroline Ca+. Bought from Tayna with a 4 year guarantee.
  32. ByronJ

    Is this a suitable battery upgrade for overland use?

    In this setup the alternator is adjusting its output voltage by sensing the voltage (and therefore charge state) of the start battery, or the resultant voltage of both batteries when they are linked via the solenoid. Thus there is only one charge profile (unlike DC-DC chargers which allow two...
  33. ByronJ

    Is this a suitable battery upgrade for overland use?

    The T-Max is a voltage sensing unit. When the untit detects a voltage of 13.3v or more at either battery it connects them. When it detects a voltage of 12.8v or less at either battery it disconnects them. Although it is not mentioned in the specifications the control unit waits 5 seconds...
  34. ByronJ

    Hard or Soft - Advice needed

    :think: Thanks for the info Rob. Very interesting observation on the effects of tyre pressure on the track :think:.
  35. IMG_5214

    IMG_5214

    Top of centre console fridge
  36. Byron

    Byron

    Various images
  37. ByronJ

    Would you have gone in?

    :).
  38. ByronJ

    Would you have gone in?

    Don't think you are thinking this through Frank. The obvious Trump answer to this dilema would be to equip teachers and school guards with heavy artillery.
  39. ByronJ

    Electrical upgrades

    Yep. Apparently abut 30% of the clean drinking water produced in the UK is used to flush toilets! Seems such a waste. Though we have no shortage of water of course - certainly not here in Wales. However to use clean drinking water for flushing toilets in Africa seems like madness. I hope...
  40. ByronJ

    Electrical upgrades

    Thanks Mark. I am still fiddling around with secondary bonnet release mechanism. It is easy enough to set one up but keeping it neat, tucked out of sight yet easily accessable, has defeated me so far. Also I have been seriously distracted by my SA Cruiser but plan to have another go at the...
  41. ByronJ

    Battery fuese/trips

    Hi @SamW As well as carrying fire fighting gear I think the most important things one can do to be able to deal with an electrical fire are: Install emergency cut-off switches for each battery that can easily be accessed in an emergency Have a secondary method of opening the bonnet should the...
  42. ByronJ

    Electrical upgrades

    Thanks Dave. I got the idea of the cube fuse from a post of yours last year :).
  43. ByronJ

    Electrical upgrades

    The next job was to install emergency cut-out switches to both batteries. I wanted these switches to be accessible from outside the car but not to be obvious or easy for fools to mess with. After some research I came across this switch from Durite 0-605-20. At 24v it is rated 100A continuous...
  44. ByronJ

    Hard or Soft - Advice needed

    Hi Rob. The pressures I use as a starting point are: Road 39 psi / 2.7 Bar Rocks 24 psi / 1.6 Bar Soft Sand 11 psi / 0.8 Bar. Seems to go with the concenus. If heavily laden I have the rear tyres a few psi higher than the front. Have a great trip.
  45. ByronJ

    My South African 80 Series

    Thanks Mark, mind you the black tape is a much cheaper option :). How is your new fridge working out?
  46. ByronJ

    My South African 80 Series

    The next job was to replace the steering wheel as it was in a sorry state. Forewarned I had brought out out a replacement wheel from @karl webster which he had re-covered in brown leather. Because of the air bag I was a little nervous of removing the steering wheel but it all went very...
  47. ByronJ

    My South African 80 Series

    Thank you for your good wishes George. When performing her first reversing manouver Zelda tangled with a metal post that someone had placed in her blind spot, it did have a tap attached to it.... While extracting herself she managed to carve a "Z" in the nearside rear bumper. Zelda decided...
  48. ByronJ

    sand driving problems

    Hi Nick You will see this effect if the tyres on an axle are at very different tyre pressures. Though, I guess, if you drop your pressures to drive on sand you would notice this?
  49. ByronJ

    My South African 80 Series

    Thank you. Good point about the shade :think:
  50. ByronJ

    My South African 80 Series

    Thanks Stu. I think Warren is looking for a 100 or 120 series. Certainly something more "car like" than the 80 I believe :).
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