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  1. Robert Franzke

    What did you do with your 60 this weekend?

    Thats where I got mine as well. Painted it with some texture coating and brown paint to match the texture and color of the original center console. My console is pretty sun baked so would look better on one thats not as faded:
  2. Robert Franzke

    Hella 500 Black Magic Lights Using Factory Defrost Switch

    Some shameless shots of the system working:
  3. Robert Franzke

    Hella 500 Black Magic Lights Using Factory Defrost Switch

    Thanks to @John McVicker for his wiring information here on the defrost switch. Saved me a ton of time setting up mine. Thanks John.
  4. Robert Franzke

    Hella 500 Black Magic Lights Using Factory Defrost Switch

    So after years of taking from this great forum, I thought I would finally try and give something hopefully useful back. About a year ago I wired up some Hella 500 Black Magic aux lights and set them up to be switched on and off using a factory FJ60 defrost switch. At the time I couldn't find a...
  5. Robert Franzke

    4 wire trailer plug and play kit

    So they don't flash for either side? In that case I am not sure its a grounding issue. Without seeing your actual light, the ground should be common for all functions. If stop and tail work, then turn should work as well at least from a grounding perspective. If you are using a standard 4 flat...
  6. Robert Franzke

    4 wire trailer plug and play kit

    So my lights are maybe a bit different than yours and do have a ground lead. Using some LED lights which are mounted using a rubber grommet, so the case itself can't ground to the frame: Luckily they provide a dedicated ground lead which I tie into the ground lead extended from the front of...
  7. Robert Franzke

    4 wire trailer plug and play kit

    I got sick of messing with frame grounds that never worked reliably and now run wires direct for all grounding duties. I run ground wire off the 4-pin ground front to back and tie it in direct to the lights ground wire. Overkill maybe, but its not even a thought for me when lights randomly don't...
  8. Robert Franzke

    What did you do with your trailer this weekend?

    Finally added a front tire carrier and gas can carrier to my '46 Bantam T3-C. Had the tire mounted to the tongue flat before but always wanted a proper tire carrier so I could make space for an eventual battery system to go on the tongue. Made it out of some big box super strut steel. Clamps to...
  9. Robert Franzke

    Completed! Offroad utility trailer build

    Sorry if I missed this somewhere in here......any details on the electrical setup? See a battery and some gauges of some sort, shore power plug and maybe a NOCO Genius charger in the shots posted. Just curious about how the electrical is arranged. Nice setup for sure.
  10. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    I checked this when I had everything apart doing cooling system work (WP, thermo, timing cover, etc.). That was about a year and a half ago. It felt fine to me then so I skipped messing with it. Could be broke now, but if I understand correctly here, since the idler spins all the time, and my...
  11. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Thanks @Seth S. This is what I was thinking that the idler pulley couldn't really cause the noise I am hearing if it only happens with the AC on, but wanted to fact check. I don't really see how the noise is coming from anywhere other than the compressor and to see what the deal is would require...
  12. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    OK sorry for dragging this thread out, but thought of a few things I wanted to try and understand about this A/C system. So with the idler pulley bearing idea, doesn't the idler pulley spin all the time regardless of if the A/C is running or not? Since my growl stops when the A/C button is...
  13. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Yeah the one other 60 series A/C system I have heard sounded quiet too. Don't know why this sounds so loud. I guess I am not understanding how a denso reman'ed could be potentially going out so quick (if thats indeed the case with mine), but won't go against @OSS's input. But who knows. Run A/C...
  14. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Musical or noisy like mine?
  15. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Glad I am not alone in this sound. Thanks for confirming. I am not going to go looking for trouble here as suggested. It blows cold just makes noise. Worse things in the world I guess. Did notice something on the invoice regarding work done on the A/C system: So good to know. Change anything...
  16. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    So noticed today that the compressor is quiet when first starting the truck. After some time it gets loud. Would that change things for anyone with regards to why its making noise? Low on oil and as it cycles on and off gets louder and louder because of lack of lubrication? AFAIK there is no...
  17. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Yeah I thought about this too. I thought about replacing the bearing while I had the cooling system apart last year, but it seemed to move freely enough with the belt off so I decided to leave it as it. No noise with AC off. Only when compressor cycles on which may rule out the idler pulley...
  18. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    So got a shot of the label on the unit. Definitely reman'ed, which may be, like starters, is all thats offered for A/C compressors. See below: So with a reman'ed replacement, don't those come filled with oil? Surely the guy wouldn't put back the used oil in there right? Maybe @OSS is...
  19. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    So no reason to have someone check the oil level? This compressor was replaced in 2017 so pretty fresh. It does appear to be a denso unit I believe is OEM. Not sure if there were new options or only reman'ed in 2017. Cost of this unit on the invoice was some $450. The noise does not really bug...
  20. Robert Franzke

    Whats the Factory FJ60 A/C system Supposed to Sound Like?

    Stupid thing here. '84 FJ60. A/C system completely redone by PO through LandCruiser Specialists down in Austin Texas with AFAIK factory parts. A/C works great, but has always had this odd groan to it when it runs. Sounds like a loud condenser fan whirring or something. I just always thought...
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