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  1. MikePL

    ROTM, my family travel rig. Lots of DIY.

    So I titled my post as Rig Of The Month but for me it's actually rig of my lifetime. This is not only because of all of the mods, but mainly because of all the memories, all the unforgettable moments with my wife and kids which will never happen again. You know, kids grow up... I can build...
  2. MikePL

    Right turn signal not blinking all of a sudden.

    So I have a problem that's got me puzzled. I have been driving the vehicle a few times today and everything worked normally, but in the evening suddenly the right turn signals are not blinking: 1. Right arron constantly ON 2. Front yellow bulb ON, back yellow bulb ON 3. All works OK when...
  3. MikePL

    Options for 1UZ-FE plus which tranny & transfer case?

    I am really into making a 1UZ transplant into one of the trucks. What tranny and t-case options are bolt on? A friend of mine said that 1UZ+A340E (stock LS400 trans)+ Isuzu Trooper t-case. Quite a budget version but it is bolt-on and only requires swapping shafts between the A340 and the A340...
  4. MikePL

    Getting rid of hose mess around engine. Vacuum system etc.

    Today I took apart the intake and found a (OEM and fully functional) mess consisting of hoses, fittings and other stuff. I have removed the EGR and I am wondering if I can remove more stuff to make the whole vehicle more simple. Over the intake there are some hoses which are supposed to hest...
  5. MikePL

    Transfer case weldable or not?

    So we all know that the handbrake is not a particularly reliable and durable piece of equipment. Most of road dirt accumulates in the drum and eats out all the parts. I am thinking of a hydraulic hand brake consisting of a motorcycle caliper (already have one) and a rotor mounted between the...
  6. MikePL

    Why diesel swap?

    I see more and more people swapping the 1FZ-FE for a diesel (usually with a manual trans) and I am just wondering why? I live in a place where probably 80% of vehicles are diesels and the 80-series is no exception. I am sure that even more than 80% are 1hd-t or 1hd-ft. The same with the 100...
  7. MikePL

    Builds My low budget build. Almost like a camper, almost...

    I just wanted to share my expedition build. The truck used to be a daily driver for a few years. Later it was just a truck for emergency situations, when I had no access to our minivan or as a truck for some mudding a few times a year. Last year the family consensus was that either we do...
  8. MikePL

    Building swing out bumper. Use bearings or not?

    So I am wondering how to make the swing out arm. One popular option is to use a pair of bearings and spindle but I think that this is overkill. Maybe I'm wrong. I am planning to use two tubes which fit tightly one over the other, weld caps on both of them so that no water can enter from above...
  9. MikePL

    Where do the transmissions pick up oil?

    I have a question about the A343F and A750F transmissions. I am planning to make an oil flush through the radiator hoses and I am simply curious where the oil is being sucked up from the pan? I would like to make sure that there is as little residual oil as possible. I have two approaches and...
  10. MikePL

    Is blue smoke an urgent problem?

    I am about to make a 5000 mile trip in a week or two. I have had blue smoke coming out of the exhaust for a long time. Either it's worn valve seals or PCV stuff obviously. 1. But is it a problem which will cause instant ka-boom within a few thousand miles or is it just a nuisance which I can...
  11. MikePL

    Center diff actuator install RTH

    I am right under my truck and have removed the center diff lock actuator. My fuse was being blown because the motor got stuck. When I tore everything apart it started working again. Strange stuff but I will try to install it and check in the field. I have a few questions. When I apply...
  12. MikePL

    Is the diff housing weldable?

    Just a quick question. My housing is OK but I will need to weld some brackets to it. To be precise, the flange end of the housing. Is the housing made of a kind of steel which is weldable? I don't want to break it due to the heat or maybe make the bearings out of alignment due to the housing...
  13. MikePL

    1UZFE and A343F tranny

    I am looking for many ways to keep the weight of my camper down, as well as the height of the engine (the 1FZ-FE is very tall). I am looking at the 1UZFE because is it cheap here (around $300), is very durable and delivers similar power. I assume that a bit less torque in low RPMs but once I...
  14. MikePL

    A weird FZJ80 project.

    I have just started a non-standard FZJ80 build. It really means a lot to me so I have prepared a website and a Facebook page. I think it's time to let you know about this, although the vehicle is in its early stages and there are many months of work ahead of me. Feel free to comment on my...
  15. MikePL

    Gauging interest: manual shift for auto tranny.

    So a friend of mine loves electronics (that's his regular job) and off-road. He has created a prototype which enables manual shifting and torque converter lockup on A343 transmission (and A442 probably too). The unit consists of a circuit board with a big LED display of the current gear...
  16. MikePL

    How much weight can it support?

    I am about to build an expedition camper from scratch, but based on the 80-series. Lots of grinding and cutting, a custom made cabin etc... How much 'weight abuse' do you think the frame can withstand? And what about the alloy wheels? My initial assumption is that a rather stock FZJ80 weighs...
  17. MikePL

    Getting rid of PCV tube? And some other stuff

    So I am in the process of doing some external engine maintenance and I am wondering what to do with the PCV tubes. I do not know much about this system but I assume that some gasses might blow by the piston seals and cause pressure which needs to be relieved, and this is the PCV's job. I also...
  18. MikePL

    Exhaust Y-pipe flange anyone?

    I have a pathetic situation. My truck is my only vehicle and I am about to tear it down for exhaust repair, EGR removal, new spark plugs, bumper etc... But when I tear it down I won't be able to drive it in order to buy the needed parts, so I need t complete some parts in advance. My main...
  19. MikePL

    RTH: Denso o2 sensor resistance for LX450

    So I am about to buy two Denso o2 sensors. I remember that there was a difference in heating element resistance between model years. So what's the proper resistance for a '96 LX450/FZJ80? Thanks :-)
  20. MikePL

    Custom exhaust questions.

    So the time has come to change my exhaust. The stock one is so full of holes that I can see through it sideways. It no longer attracts magnets because there is no more steel, just rust. With such a scenario there's obviously nothing to weld. My Y pipes are also a bit punctured. And to make...
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