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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Time to move to the next phase... A business supply company a few hours north of me sells steel drawers, and I always thought they'd make a great budget solution for an overland storage system. Uline packing table steel drawer I bought two, and have had them on hand for this build. If I was...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    I also did some more measuring in the back. Goals were: Drawers in the back... Room for my small Dometic fridge... Room for a camp kitchen All this needed to be easily removable, and fit in the back with THE SEATS IN PLACE. Yes. This is a shortwheelbase, so no easy task. Easily removable...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    A few updates: Tiiming belt and first steps of maintenance are all done. This includes all accessory belts, upper and lower rad hoses, stat, cap, and coolant. So back to fun stuff... I like to do things without spending big bucks where possible. So I bought some SS all-thread and some nuts and...
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    '97 VZJ95W to Canada - Ontario - Misc Blathering on

    Bill... Its similar to Mitsubishi's winter package. If you run your chassis ID on partsouq, you should be able to see that info. In any event, my research found the following options with the winter package: -dual batteries -heated fuel filter element -idle up switch Mine was non winter spec...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    @billblyca ? I can't believe it! This is "PHIL"… aka PajEvo. From the wire days! I responded to many of your questions back in the day. So cool that you've stumbled onto my build thread for a Prado. I still have two Pajero's in the garage, but now we have a 100 series and a 90 series too...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Thank you sir! Sometimes you feel like you're talking to yourself. Lol. Minus 36°C this morning. Startup with the rad hose heater was a non issue. Now... Shifting gears? Well that was an exercise in patience. Brrrr..
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Quick report on the lower rad hose heater... I admit to always being skeptical on these - I guess I snobbishly looked at them as a poor man's frost plug heater? Kind of dumb since they are actually a little more $ to buy - until you factor in labour if you're paying some poor tech to do it. In...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Now… More fun stuff! Remember my quest for winterization? Well… I cut the new lower rad hose and put an inline heater in place. And, even more interesting, dual batteries are now onboard and functional. I used a coast products 1314 priority charging solenoid. This designates one batt as main...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Glad you chimed in here - this is exactly what I was hoping from this build thread. You should start your own, and then we can compare notes! To have a 2 door and 4 door Canadian perspective on these little rigs will be awesome! Thanks for the resources. I've been on the PradoPoint and am a...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Well, added something fun before I dive into maintenance: Smittybilt Defender platform rack. Still need to add some more legs, but for a lightweight build this will fill my needs perfectly. Got it for a good price too, esp for Canada, so I'm happy with it overall. I won't be hucking water or...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    I'm about to do a deep dive into maintenance, but yesterday I put on a fun bolt on first: Smittybilt Defender platform rack. I do need to add four more legs, but I'm happy with its fit and function for a medium duty rack. Got it on sale, and it is almost exactly the length of my roofline. (I...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    Factory cassette deck is retro cool, but only for a minute. So that had to be addressed: Enter the Sony AVX100 with Android Auto (apple carplay too). Google maps works in dash, as well as Spotify, Goggle Play, Podcasts, etc. Bluetooth phone and radio are an added bonus. Now I can have my...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    If you are interested in the story of how and why I bought this rig in the first place, I've done a 2 part story on my JDM Journeys blog at the Gearhead Project: https://www.thegearheadproject.com/2019/a-jdm-journey-back-to-the-future-part-1/
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    So let's start with winter prep. Many JDM vehicles have a "winter package" available. It includes many different options depending on the manufacturer, and even the model itself. Mine, of course, was NON-winter package. Let's see what we can do to address this shocking omission... Starting...
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    Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

    My particular model is the KZJ 90 from 1999, which means it is a short wheelbase, with the 1KZ diesel. It is also a 5 speed manual transmission. For me this is the holy grail of 90's. AND it has the round lights! Bonus! Here's a shot from the day I picked it up a few weeks ago. Those AR's and...
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