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LJ78 Build Thread

Ben Feb 6, 2017

  1. Paddler Ed

    Paddler Ed Well-Known Member I am in australia

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    Looks good as always Ben.

    Glad that you've found the solution to the Top Tether challenge - it'll make it much easier for transporting Sam. I found one in the boot floor of the 4Runner a while ago when I was doing some stuff to it.
     
  2. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Nice work Ben, looks very neat and professional
     
  3. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Guru I am in uk

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    Good progress Ben. I too have utilised ally for the drawer sides but combined with ply front, base and rear. But then I've got my custom runners underneath as they only then take up one lot of space.
     
  4. Gary820

    Gary820 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Nice work on the drawers, I like the bags for cooking items, been trying to store stuff more efficiently in mine and might look into that.
     
  5. Victor

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    Yeah, i too found out that the factory 4.88 diffs have a thinner ring gear when i tore mine apart and it wouldn't go back together with the new 5.29 gears.. Solution in my case was a V6 casing, much much larger bearings.. But! This only applies to the rear, front high pinions is fine, was a brease installin the 5.29's there!

    In your case though, get a shim made to make up for the thinner ring gear..
     
  6. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Guru I am in australia

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    Thanks guys. :thumbup:

    Yeah its a real pain! :thumbdown:

    I'm trying to source 4:8 ratio gears for a KZJ70, but its looking like I will have to source them from the US. :shifty:

    I want to try and avoid using the thinner 4:8 gears because they must be weaker, being so much thinner! :think:
     
  7. Pat

    Pat Well-Known Member I am in new_zealand

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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg I like your cast iron pots&pans.I have just started using ours again and they are beauty.the weather in both our countries is unreliable now,hot and bloody wet,flooding all over the place.it's affecting our firewood gathering and tractor
    Work on the property.a few photos of our first house? And some tree felling.
    My toolkit always carries some no 8 wire and fencing pliers,great in an emergency.
     
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  8. Victor

    Victor Member

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    I dont know really.. I've put my 30 year old gears through ALOT of shit, and all that has gone bad was 2 teeth that the very tip broke off on the crown-wheel..
     
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  9. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member Guru I am in australia

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    A small update.................

    I added a strap to secure the jerry can in its mount and screwed the mount into position.

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    And I screwed the piece of checker plate down along the edge of the false floor.

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    I repaired the flogged out bottom shock mounting holes on the KZJ78 rear axle.

    Marked what needed removing for the repair washers to be welded in.

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    Die-ground the holes out.

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    And tapped the washers into place.

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    Then TIG welded them into the axle.

    Few tacks first.

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    Followed by a full weld.

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    I picked up some goodies from work! :dance:

    A 40 litre fridge slide and a power shower. :icon-cool:

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    The fridge slide fitted perfectly into the hole.

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    I screwed it down into position.

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    My drawer latches arrived from China.

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    I wasnt hugely impressed with the quality of them! They were super cheap but the ebay listing said they are metal, when the casing and knob is in fact plastic. :icon-rolleyes:

    I decided to give them a go anyway.

    Marked where to drill the hole.

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    And drilled it out.

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    And screwed the lock on.

    Knob in is the lock position.

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    Then when pressed it pops out, unlocks and the knob can be used to open the drawer with.

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    I marked the second hole but decided against drilling the hole and fitting it as Im just not happy with the lock.

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    I've ordered a much better quality one from a place in Australia who sell caravan/campervan fittings.

    It will fit and mount through the same hole I put in the first drawer and if it proves to be as good as I suspect it will I will order another 2. :shifty:

    I wasnt happy with the indicators in the bullbar as they looked quite dated.

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    So I changed them for LED side light and indicator ones.

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    Then with my QLD registration running out next week, I registered it in Victoria and got new number plates.

    I just paid for 6 months as I'm hoping within the next 6 months to get this on club/historic reg. :icon-cool:

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    Lexi approved.

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    I still havent got the replacement ring and pinion so the rear diff is still no closer to being fixed. :thumbdown:

    Hoping to get one ASAP. :pray:

    Thinking I will buy the alluminium tube and mesh next week and build the load barrier. :icon-cool:

    6 weeks to go until its maiden High Country trip, so I should still be able to get everything done ready for the trip. :think:

    Then work on this one should almost come to an end and this vehicle can start being used regularly for trips and camping and I can concentrate on getting my LJ70 finished. :icon-biggrin:
     
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  10. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    I hope you have more luck than me with the LED side/indicates lamps Ben.

    Mine worked fine for a year. Now the side-light on one side has stopped working :icon-rolleyes:

    I’ve checked the wiring connections and all is well, but still no joy.

    Looks like I’ll be ordering another pair to replace them.

    Problem is, you by cheap and get cheap, and IME, when you buy expensive, you still get cheap. :lol:
     
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