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  1. WideAngleWandering

    Wanted  WTB: Rear seats & seat belts for 75 Troopy

    I'm looking for a forward-facing rear seat with rails and seat belts for my hzj75 troopy. It's got the 6 seat RV configuration, but I bought it without the rear seat (had a custom storage shelf/bed built into the back). I can see mounting holes and the VIN plate shows it should have a 6 seat...
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    1HZ Education

    I've owned a 2H w/turboglide turbo for a few years now but just picked an 1990 Australian HZJ75. The 1hz has 240k miles on but runs smooth. It recently had the timing belt and water pump replaced. It's now at Valley Hybrids getting the leaking injection pump and injectors...
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    Bought a 1990 HZJ75 Troopy

    Well, I went ahead and bought it. The seller was a real cool guy who'd brought it over to the US from Australia a couple of years ago, driven it around the US and Mexico, and wanted to sell before heading home. This worked out well for both of us, since my HJ60 (now for sale!) needs a...
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    For Sale  FS 1984 LHD High-Roof Turbo HJ60 - SOLD

    Sale pending to a lucky new owner in the central valley. I hope to see her on the trail again soon. Do you dream of a LHD turbodiesel wagon but don't want to spend $15k? Maybe you're looking for a vehicle for a 1HZ, 1HD, or some more exotic engine swap. If you already have a 60 and want...
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    HJ60 Engine Knock

    I'm driving my 1984 HJ60 (2H, h55) on a road trip, about 2000 miles from home. All of a sudden it developed a significant, loud, sudden knock. It's RPM dependent, transmitted through the shifter, and quite loud. When it first happened there was a bit of a stumble in the engine but smoothed...
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    HJ60 Broke down in Springfield, IL

    I'm on my way to St Louis and my HJ60 just developed a sudden and impressive knock. I'm holed up at a motel in Springfield, IL to figure outnext steps. After some roadside troubleshooting I think its in the bottom end (bearing), or possibly the clutch. Anyhow, I could drop the pan or clutch...
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    Options for Pop-Tops for HZJ75 Troopy in the US?

    I'm planning an HZJ75 troopy build. I'd like to have a pop-top roof, but it doesn't look like anyone makes anything like this in the states. In fact, I'm not sure I can find anyone making a pop-top for these older troopies anywhere in the world. Does anyone know of any currently manufactured...
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    Drive Belts for my Honduran HJ60 (1984 12v 2H w/AC)

    My belts are old. I popped the p/s belt on my last trip, and it's been running on a used spare ever since. I'm having a really hard time finding parts that will fit here in the states. I haven't bought a set of belts in 5 years so my notes are old. From what I can tell there are about 3...
  9. WideAngleWandering

    Repacking wheel bearings - front & rear - full floaters

    Howdy folks, It's time to repack my wheel bearings. I've been digging through the forums looking for a write-up. I've found a few accounts on fully servicing/rebuilding the fronts but I've found nothing on the rear. To start, I just want to make sure they are greased and adjusted. Do I need...
  10. WideAngleWandering

    What's that sound? Redux. 12v 2H.

    So I was driving my '84 Honduran HJ60 a few months ago when I noticed a return of the tapping/ticking noise, audible from the cab, and very reminiscent of the sound that eventually had me getting the engine rebuilt in Nicaragua. That was not a planned part of that road trip but it all worked...
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    Rack for HJ60 Hi-Roof

    I've been through several incarnations of roof rack. From simple Yakima bars: To the full basket: Which had a nasty tendency to snag bamboo: So I removed the basket and two of the Yakima mounts so it was just big enough to hold the solar panels. I ran cables down the front to deflect...
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    How will my HJ60 handle a harsh winter?

    I'm getting ready to wander on over to Bozeman, MT for the rest of January. Temps are usually 22 to 35f (-5 to 2c) but with the crazy weather we're getting in the states right now, it could be as low as -5 to 5f (-20 to -15c) or even lower. I have a new starter and spare glow plugs. It's a...
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    Maintenace after submersion in water and mud

    My HJ60 spent about 6 hours nose-deep in water and mud in the hills outside of Portland, Oregon this weekend. Because of the angle, the LH side was more submerged than the RH side. It was deep enough to mostly submerge the fan, alternator, starter, etc. Tailpipe was underwater. Truck...
  14. WideAngleWandering

    Brake / Vacuum Light

    Everytime I press the clutch pedal, the brake light comes on. As far as I can tell, the light comes on under 3 conditions: 1) low vacuum (there is a sensor on the reservoir) 2) hand brake set 3) low brake fluid Are there any others? I think that it my case it is a vacuum problem as I can...
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    Hey, I broke something new (motor mounts thread)

    Howdy all, I need to quit going out with the local 4x4 club. I am spending a couple days hunting for parts and making repairs for every day I spent on the trail with them :) That said, I'm on a quest for motor mounts. I had one in my box of spares but I managed to thrash both of them pretty...
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    Air entering fuel lines but only on rough trails

    I joined the local 4x4 club here in Guatemala for a ride up to Cerro Las Minas north of Guatemala City. The trails were pretty rough - steep, rutted, rocky good stuff. About 10km in, my engine started to stumble and then died. It wouldn't start back up, just cranking. We cracked the bleeder...
  17. WideAngleWandering

    main seal or oil pan?

    I have a pretty good leak going on my 2H. It's dropping down the back of the oil pan and leaving some nice stains on the concrete. I figured at first that it was probably the oil pan, since I had a mechanic in Guatemala pull and replace it after inspecting the bottom end. I showed it to a guy...
  18. WideAngleWandering

    What's that sound?

    Howdy all, I'm driving my '84 HJ60 (2H, turboglide turbo) around Mexico & Central America. A thousand miles or so into Mexico I noticed a bit of clacking/clicking that I figured was just some valve train clatter telling me my oil was low or old or maybe a reaction to Mexican fuel. I gave it...
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    Help identify these Tie Rod Ends (greetings from Baja)

    I'm diagnosing some play in my steering linkage from sunny Baja Mexico. Don't have any plans to be back in the states anytime soon so I'm getting my facts straight should I need to track down parts locally. Vehicle is an '84 HJ60 but with a 4x4 Labs hi steering setup using 80 series TREs on...
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    Tie Rod End / Ball Joint options (in Mexico)

    I'm in Baja Mexico specifically, and don't plan on returning to the states for at least several months. Vehicle is an '84 HJ60. My driver's side tie rod end has a bit of play in it. If I give the driver's wheel a good shake I can feel it move and there's a bit of click. The passenger side...
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