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  1. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Tie rod ends. That’s what he’s talking about. Parts are cheap. Fair amount of labor. If you don’t have time to do it you can buy the TRE kit and bring it to a local suspension and steering shop. They should be able to install them and align your steering properly. If the gear box itself is wonky...
  2. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Oh, jeeze, it's got arms now? LOL Steering is generally sloppy compared to a new vehicle. I've done just about everything I can except replace the steering box with a brand new one and it's still sloppier than I'd like. I have a feeling that even when new they were sloppier than a modern rack...
  3. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Yeah, that's the key...A good partner. If I thought I was even close to being in a position to own an other land cruiser I would buy your 55 in a heart beat. Lol I haven't gotten mentally ill again yet, so I can't justify two projects. lol the bees issue! lol
  4. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    I completely understand. At one point I owned a very broken, beat up, rusty 84 fj60 that was leaking all the fluids down the driveway. I also had my 87 fj60 that wouldn't pass emissions and was being triaged by robbing parts from the dead 84. All while I fixed up my old mustang to be sold. As...
  5. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    This sounds like it's gonna get resolved with just a little bit of effort. Then you can figure out why the transmission sounds like a bee hive and we can get this thread back on track.:rofl::rofl::rofl:
  6. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    That’s good news! Glad you found the right folks!
  7. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    There's probably some literature from Toyota for all those specs. It's a lot to print in the FSM so things that are not seen as important probably don't get printed to the wider consumers. I wonder how many times Toyota expected engines to be rebuilt. It's possible they imagined they'd be...
  8. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    I don't think there is a standard head height spec. They all vary within a tolerance range. I believe you have to measure from the center point of the crank shaft to the top of the block and then do some geometry/math to figure out how much room you have to work with. I am not a machinist and I...
  9. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    That's exactly what hes saying. If you take too much off the bottom of the head the pistons become too tall for the cylinder depth and could slam the top of the cylinder bore in the head. That's an extreme case and would cause immediate failure. Most of the time it's just enough to prevent you...
  10. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    https://forum.ih8mud.com/forums/mo-gateway-cruisers.138/ I'd start perusing through the MO clubhouse and start making some new local friends! It's a big weight off the shoulders knowing there are others around you who've been through it before and are absolutely willing to help out and love...
  11. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    If the head gasket blows it’s not the end of the world in most cases. Where you end up with problems is when it heats up the engine block enough to cause things to warp out of spec. If it overheated when the PO blew the gasket and they just rebuilt the head and slapped it back on and lower block...
  12. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    it pours... Before you go and dump a bunch of cash into it and depending on how much you've already got into it, you might be able to post it up for sale 'as is' and be 100% up front and honest about the condition. Perhaps someone will buy it willingly and it will be a good deal for you both...
  13. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    That’s all the head work☝️…. I wonder if he used OEM Toyota parts? I doubt it. For $414 I can’t imagine he replaced everything with real Toyota parts. I also wonder if he actually surfaced the head or if it was just polished? Do you know what shop did the work?
  14. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Gotta take it apart to see what's happened. It's tough not knowing who did the head work last.
  15. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Well, good news is that a lot of this work can be done with bare minimum... things. I replaced the suspension, rebuilt both axles, changed the transmission... desmogged and installed EFI and a whole bunch of other things, but I did it all in a public parking lot while sleeping in the truck with...
  16. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    He just had the head rebuilt because it blew a head gasket 1,000 miles before he sold it. He claimed the drivetrain was operating flawlessly, but that's not what you're experiencing less than two months after owning it.... Yeah he dumped that truck because it needed a lot of work and he wanted...
  17. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    They beefed up some things after 85. They worked out some bugs and fixed some engineering issues. Not that pre 85 are bad trucks... it's just Toyota thought they could do better and they switched to "better" after 85.
  18. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Changing a head gasket isn't the hardest thing to do. The head is heavy and it's kind of a pain to get it all apart, but it could be done in the driveway or even on a trail if you had to. The question is why did it blow out? You could replace it and maybe it'll be fine for years. But I've also...
  19. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Well, shid....
  20. cps432

    Sounds like a beehive is in my gearbox while driving in 4H.

    Probably a combo of everything wearing out.
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