ROTW: lathamb

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by lathamb, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. lathamb

    lathamb

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    Well, Its my turn so here goes...

    I've been in to land cruisers for about 4 years now. I bought a couple of 40's to combine back in 2003. Only after venturing over into the 80s forum did I start to want an 80 Series. The 40 is still making slow progress.

    I got my 80 back in '05 with 92,000 on the clock. I was looking for a low mileage 96 or 97 with lockers. It was my second Land Cruiser purchase in a couple of weeks. The first one was a cherry '97 white with 114000 on the clock. I bought it from a dealership, took it home, changed the oil and a bearing knock immediately showed up. So back it went. The dealer said he forgot to tell me about it.

    So then I find this 96 from a private owner. Not quite the color I wanted but it was not a common color scheme and real clean and lower miles. So I drove it (I actually showed up for the test drive in the 97) and was sold on it.

    I have added:
    blue top optima
    CDL/Pin 7
    John Deere HIR Lights
    2.5 OME Medium Lift
    ARB Bull bar
    new stereo/satellite radio/mp3 player adaptor/input switch
    Cup Holder
    Goodyear Silent Armour 305/70R16 Tires
    Garmin GPS 10/PDA GPS Unit

    Right now it serves me well as a very capable daily driver. You can't stop this thing in the snow. I don't get out to wheel much here in PA. I've been to Rausch Creek a couple times (sorry, no photo evidence). I am amazed how easily this thing cruises through obsticles. I'll be making the trek to CM08 for my first big wheeling trip.

    I added a Garmin GPS 10 Blue Tooth reciever to my PDA. It works pretty well, but I still only have it mounted (wedged) in between the stereo and the ash tray.

    I also added a switchable Sirius satellite/mp3 player adaptor (headphone plug in) to the audio system. One day I'll have all this hard wired into a fuse box.

    I have to say that the amount of info available on this forum is amazing, and so are the members. (Thanks CDan for all the parts).

    Now that I have some space to work on it maybe I'll get some of the rest of my to-do list done...on to the pics (mostly poseur in nature)
    1. After I brought it home
    2. Posing after the OME Lift
    3. How she looks now in my driveway
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  2. lathamb

    lathamb

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    4. Inside view showing my GPS, Stereo, Sirius
    5. Inside view showing the drivers seat
    6. My sweet new TLCA badge

    Thanks for lookin!
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  3. elmariachi

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    That's a cool color, IMO; one thatyou seldom see. I have only seen one other like that in person, here in Houston.
     
  4. lathamb

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    Thanks, and thanks for the Birfield video. While I haven't performed the work yet, I have watched it and it will proove very helpful. Something anyone doing birfs for the first time should watch.
     
  5. lathamb

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    I did find one of the cruiser in "action" camping in Acadia.
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  6. badmuthatrucka

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    I really like the color scheme! That is one sweet looking rig, and I hope you have a lot of fun with it. Hopefully you don't have the same luck as with the first 80 you owned!
     
  7. trevdawg

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    Your rig looks great, that camping looks fun!
     
  8. Bluetribal

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    You got ripped off! You are missing the wood grain inside..... :D
     
  9. lathamb

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    Yeah, some evil do-er snuck in and ripped it all off, he left some of the adhesive though!
     
  10. cruiser80

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    very nice rig!:cool: camping is the best. i go often with my 80. good family time! thanks for the write up!:cheers:
     
  11. AKcruiserfreak

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    Looks good man!

    TK
     

  12. Skillet

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    Nice ride. Thanks for the contribution.
     
  13. Lugboot

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    Nice truck! Thanks for contributing . . . makes me think I should volunteer for this ROTW thang...

    BTW--did you see the thread about possibly wheeling Rausch the end of December in the ALCA forum?
     
  14. lathamb

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    Thanks for the heads up, but I'll be in San Antonio watching my Aggies beat the hell out of Penn State.

    Next time...
     
  15. Ruadhrigh

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    Great color scheme! Looks like our truck were separated at birth. :D

    here is mine:
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  16. lathamb

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    Nice! Running boards definitely coming off next!
     
  17. peepers

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    ahh.... the good ole acadia campsites... we go every year! except last time i was there my rear heating lines exploded because they were rusted through... :(
     

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