ROTW: Marmaduke HJ61

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by The Dude, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. The Dude

    The Dude

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    Well, where do I start?? I guess with my TLCA membership that I bought back in 1998, #8113 after I bought my first Cruiser, a 74 FJ0. I then went on to a 78 BJ40 and met the boys from Calgary and the RMLCA… After that it was all downhill.

    I bought my 61 with the intentions of having a mildly lifted, fairly stock daily driver. I went through the regular steps of adding a Belton suspension, new ARB bumper, bigger tires etc… I then did my first off roading in a wagon. Wow, what a difference from my BJ40. Long wheelbase, lots of overhang out back, and it was HEAVY. I did OK but I knew that the direction for my rig would take a turn.

    The inspiration for my rig was two fold. First from a friends rig, Tippy (also known as TippyR and the Behemoth), owned by Peter Straub. I saw this rig go from stock up to the 54” tires it now sits on. (if he has it on tires these days!) I completely understood the MIBS philosophy that Peter preached. And I liked it!!

    The other rig was Henry’s Princess. Everybody in the TLCA knew about this rig and wanted their truck to emulate what Henry was doing with it. It is the ultimate expedition rig. It was perfection in the eyes of many, including myself.

    So that’s what started this journey. I have come a long ways with Marmaduke, and he is far from done. My ideas and expectations for him have changed over the years, but I am happy in where he has ended up so far. With a little help from some close friends, we have managed to do all of the modifications you see ourselves. And that is important to me. Sooooo, after 50 000km this is where I am at.

    In his current trim, he weighs in at 6300lbs, gets 20+MPG, needs Hydro assist (sitting in the garage awaiting install), OBA, Engel fridge, a propane bottle that won’t upset the po
    po, tire/fuel rack and an intercooler. I want a rig that can drive to the trail and perform well in the mud/rocks/snow. I would also like to be self sufficient so I guess this is my “expedition” rig. Thanks for looking!!

    Here is a list of mods and specs that I can remember with pictures to follow, I will get some wheeling pictures up as the week progresses:

    Marmaduke
    1988 HJ61 VX RHD JDM
    12H-T with an A440 auto
    Homebrew boost control set to 13psi (up from 7)
    3” straight pipe exhaust
    Custom intercooler install
    Extreme Valve body with lock up in 3rd and 4th
    External Tranny cooler running Transynd
    4.88 gears
    Diamond front axle housing
    80 series rear FF with disk brakes
    30 spline longs with custom inners for the locker
    ARP studs all around
    Factory cable lockers
    SOA with cut and turned front housing
    home brew anti-wrap bar
    4runner callipers with hard lines removed
    Brake backing plates remove
    80 series master cylinder
    Stainless brake lines
    OME Dakkar lift
    2” body lift with poly mounts
    4x4 labs arms with one ton ends
    Bilstien shocks with custom shock towers
    Cibie/Bosh headlights with new harness
    Upgraded wiring
    24V > 12V Solar converter running a third battery
    400 and 1000 watt inverters
    Custom bumpers/sliders with tire and fuel swing out
    on board shower
    ExtremeAire on board air
    Factory PTO winch
    Isspro boost/egt/oil pressure gauges
    Custom drawers with bed
    Brown Bread sound deadening
    Yakima roof racks
    Cobra CB
    Yeasu HAM
    17"x8.5 4"BS TrailReady beadlocks
    37x13.5 Toyo MTs
    Full tool set
    Engel fridge

    Canadian M101 Trailer
    SOA with cruisers hubs
    9.00R16 Michelin XLs on split rims
    Quickfist tie downs
    Tailgate
    70 series lights
    Wired for 24V

    Marmaduke as I purchased him. A picture from the auction site:

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    And the first trip to our clubs breakfast:

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    The first of my mods included a Safari Snorkel. It's noisy, it whistles, I think it may hurt my low end power, but damn, it looks cool.......

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    The ARB bumper with the PTO winch, I was very happy with this set up. It went because of the body lift. The lines just didn’t match up.

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    And with the Belton lift on with 255/85R16 and split rims

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    The rear bumper got added with some “wing” protection and heavy duty tow points. The pintle also has a backing plate.

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    After deciding that the rig needed a SOA I got the 4x4 Lab arms on using one ton ends:

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    Got the 2" body lift on with poly body mounts and the ford shock towers:

    I have about 4" of up travel and 10" of down. Which is exactly what I wanted...

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    And installed the 4 runner callipers, removed the disk brake backings:

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    Installed the 9.00R16 XLs. This is where the name “Marmaduke” came from. It looked like a big dog on skinny legs

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    Poser shot of the spring over

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    My first set of big tires. I love the XMLs, they are just too much $$$ and hard to find in good shape. They are also LOUD on the road and suck in the snow.

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    I finally got my brown bread installed. Makes for a much quieter ride.

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    New bumper and sliders to go with the body lift

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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2010
  2. The Dude

    The Dude

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    Best mod I have ever done for driving. They are Cibie high/lows and Bosh highs. I can light up the night sky with all four high beams on. It's great. I gained almost 2 volts with the upgraded harness.

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    From this:

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    Wiring harness is in

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    The drawer system that every wagon should have

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    So, I will now have my blue top charging off of my 24V to 12V converter with a 12V solar panel back up running through a charge regulator.

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    The drawers where designed to pull forward or back:

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    Side compartments house the electronics (above) and recovery gear

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    And the gauges are hooked up permanently and I am running 13psi boost with my new boost controller, made with parts from Home depot.

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    Got the traction par made up. It uses a trussed piece of 1.25" 1/4" wall DOM with bushings at one end and a hiem at the other.

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    And most recently, new shoes for the "Duke 38x14.5R16 Toyo MTs on 16x10 rims.

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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  3. The Dude

    The Dude

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    I also bought a trailer along the way.

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    I welded a Land Cruiser spindle with a birfield shaft to a piece of 3" pipe for my axle. I will use a mini truck disk brake hub and lock out. This way I can "lock" the hub and have "brakes" when the trailer is parked or if I have to dump it on a hill...it won't roll away...

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    Before

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    After

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    New lights:

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    And axe and shovel holders:

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    I got tired of lifting junk up and over so I cut the back for a tailgate.

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    And an OLD video

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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  4. chukardog

    chukardog

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    Wow, thats one bad ride!! X2 on the cool factor because you hunt and youre Canadian. Not enough of you anymore.
  5. calphi27

    calphi27

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    It is awesome to see what you have done to it. Nice work man!

    Will this be a sticky for this week? And are we ready to start signing up for ROTW?
  6. Mace

    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    NICE!!!!!

    Thanks for stepping up!!!

    Can I come up and go goose hunting???
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  7. cajun65

    cajun65

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    X2 on that! Do you have any pics of it out on the hunting grounds?

    Outstanding work on that rig.
  8. The Dude

    The Dude

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    Thanks guys, you are more then welcome to join us on a shoot!

    Geared up to find a duck pond

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    And after one of our field shoots.

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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  9. PAFJ

    PAFJ

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    Dude... your cruiser is amazing! Thanks for sharing. I'm wondering if you have any plans drawn up for the rear storage box? That is the best one i've seen yet.

    :cheers:
  10. cabron

    cabron

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    Great work on the truck and the very first ROTW!!!! Thanks for stepping up, your rig is amazing and very well thought out. Now will you make me that front bumper please? Brian
  11. Max.Powerzz

    Max.Powerzz

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    Your truck truly deserves the title "rig!" I think Princess has got some competition.

  12. CodyRx7

    CodyRx7

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    Awesome rig. It's been my inspiration for my 97 LX450 build. Congrats on the first 60 ROTW!
  13. 84yota4x4

    84yota4x4

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    Wow, amazing rig! Great job on it and the trailer, looks killer and I bet it's unstoppable off the pavement!
  14. weak-link

    weak-link

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    awesome! I've been stalking your rig for to years, good to finally see a build up on it
  15. The Dude

    The Dude

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    Thanks everyone.

    I am bagged (too much sun and garage/yard work today) I am going to bed as I am off on holidays in the morning for a couple days. Hopefully throughout the week I can post up some wheeling pictures. Here's a couple teasers:

    At the River Shiver 05:

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    And BHCC 06

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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  16. Glad to see you get the first spot on the 60 ROTW, your rig deserves it!

    Outstanding!!!
  17. Dirtgypsy

    Dirtgypsy

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    I love this rig. congrats on a fine ride, all your hard work and the ROTW.

    clint
  18. Dave-T

    Dave-T

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    Do those tires suck in the snow?

    Anyways thanks for the write up and all the pictures.
  19. 2badfjs

    2badfjs

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    thanx for sharing

    sweet rig!
    awsome build!
  20. toyotatank

    toyotatank

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    Great Rig. love the armor.

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