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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      UCTRONICS -30-800 Degree Centigrade Digital Temperature Meter Blue LED Display K-Type Thermocouple Temp Sensor 2-Wires Reverse Polarity Protection with Black Case UCTRONICS -30-800 Degree Centigrade Digital Temperature Meter Blue LED Display...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      That’s so smart. I was just going to use a sensor and led screen and do it manually. I’m plumbing a short piece of copper pipe between the tank and the pump on the outbound side and attaching the sensor with marine shrink tubing just like you did.
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Thanks for the feedback Ofer. The pump is self priming and is rated to 140F. That’s the same as the polyethylene tank so the idea is to never heat the water to more than 125F. The pump pulls water from the tank and sends it through the exchanger...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Pretty early on in my build I decided that having some sort of hot shower capability would be a worthwhile addition. There are lots of different approaches to the problem and I spent a lot of time considering the options. I was initially...
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      I keep telling my wife about the roundtoit shortage but she’s starting to get skeptical.
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      Curious if my security system fixed your issue?
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      Went camping for the week and only got one pic of my rig:/
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      Pulled the trigger on a shortbus after looking at them for years...love it.
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      Watch a video on how to use MOLLE panels. You need to weave the straps throught the MOLLE panel. When done correctly they will support a lot of weight.
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      Drove my new-to-me 80 home from AZ to MD with a few fun stops along the way in Sedona, Grand Canyon, Friends place in CO, etc....3050 miles to her new home! And my son already swiped my tires, but I think I got the better end of the...
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      Now you can freak out about your water temps just like us OBDII people. 😜
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Mine are from a South African manufacturer named Rugged Bound. There are several similar varieties available. I went with this one because it has a divider in the middle that gives it extra strength and rigidity.
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Another big item on the agenda was to increase the storage capacity of the rig. This included putting in a tailgate storage lid and installing MOLLE panels over the rear windows. The MOLLE panels give me a lot of flexibility when it comes to...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Next up was a top end rebuild for the engine to replace the head gasket. I had a few people tell me that it made no sense to replace a HG that was showing no signs of imminent failure but given my need for reliability on the trip down south and...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      The rig came with a 4x4Labs dual swing out bumper. The previous owner had a custom mount fitted on the passenger side to carry a chainsaw and a propane hot shower can that I had no use for so I left it with him. My real need for the passenger...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      I figure this is the last chance to install some real world experience in him before I send him off into the world.
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      I decided to go with the Bowfin roof rack. It's got a low profile and IMHO it has a better attachment system than the similar Prinsu. I like the versatility of the 8020 style crossbars. The previous owner had already cleaned up the factory roof...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      The motivation behind the purchase of the Land Cruiser (and the first of many justifications) was the need for reliable offroad transportation on an upcoming trip to South America. I've travelled a lot and have been fortunate enough to check off...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      Since the vehicle had been pretty much baselined prior to my purchasing it I had the luxury of not really needing to do anything to it immediately. Early on in my planning for an overland vehicle I had decided that it would need to have a bed...
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      69 Pigboy replied to the thread 1996 FZJ80 Pan-American Build.
      I had been looking for a late model 80-series for a while but it hadn't worked out. This rig had several features that appealed to me. The lift, long range fuel tank and armor in particular. The bed platform, fridge and water tank were all really...
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      It's kind of a strange way to start out a build thread but I'm going to start out by giving credit to the often maligned Previous Owner. I saw Nate's beautiful 1996 FZJ80 on here and was blown away by the attention to detail reflected in the...
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      I have a MOLLE panel attached to the back of my passenger head rest with a Velcro tear-away trauma kit. It’s a super handy organizational system.
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      There are a wide variety of MOLLE based pouches and bags that I can load onto the panel as well as quick fist straps. I went with the largest panel that Gray Man Tactical had in the more rigid aluminum. Link here. Mine relies on both the second...
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      Detail of the brackets for @Vulkyn
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      Managed to get a couple of quality of life additions to the rig taken care of. Infinity 6x9s in the back add much needed bass and depth to the sound system. Rod holder fits perfectly on the jerry can holder.
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