I sold my FJ62 to purchase a bike. The bike won't take less money, but I'll enjoy it more at this point of my life.
You'll see it downtown a lot, but it won't be me.
It might be time to replace both of the actuators with new OEM parts. Or change to a manual FJ-60 lever setup.
Don't worry about the T-case. Its a lot simpler and more robust than you think, no mysteries locked in there.
Does it go in to and out of 4-Low pretty easy?
I'm going to make a guess that its the front prop shaft u-joints. If it were indeed the T-case, it would still be making noise. And it would have migrated metal bits all around the T-case, thus trashing it completely.
Simple test: Take the front shaft off. Drive it around. Put in in 4HI...
I did the McNamara gear thing... fixed my clunk. I did the work in the dirt, no special tools other than a larger socket from tool pawn. Buy the OEM gasket set. The parts inside the t-case are robust, except for the PTO gear and spacer setup (which causes the clunk from D to R). Easy 3...
Man, we have a 19ft Coleman and I wouldn't dare pull it with the Land Cruiser. It pushes it around pretty good, not a comfortable feeling at all, even with trailer brakes and two extra leafs in the back.
Which is why I bought the Ram.
Removal is easy, you will need a new belt size, which is a pain to figure out. I didn't notice any performance gain, but it did give me more room to work on stuff under the hood.
I'd get my belt size for you except that my FJ62 is sort of a bastard child of a FJ62/FJ60 engine marriage....
There was a *.pdf available with 8 business like cards where you could put your user name and it had the ih8mud logo on them to put under people's windshield wiper blades in parking lots.
I'll see if I can find it for you.
There are a lot of really cool places to ride.... That pic was taken at Riverside State Park (out near 7 mile off-road park). Good cross country riding there. Turn left after you drive over the bridge.
Iller Creek (up to "Big Rock")
Indian Trails has a few spots too...
$100 in beer money would be like 6 cases for some home made goodness.... and that will help me get the job done (at least that is what I tell myself). :D
I'm hoping to stab in that 4 speed this summer, but it depends on time/money. I have to build a shed first.