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1993 LJ79 from Malta

Discussion in '70-Series Tech' started by malteser, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. malteser

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    Hi guys, my name is David and I'm from the tiny island of Malta (for anyone who hasn't ever heard of Malta before, its in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, some 60km south of Sicily). I've had my Land Cruiser for the past 2 years, bought it completely un-modded and with 130k on the clock. It's an LJ79, which is very similar to the LJ78, but has a 2.8ltr 3L engine rather then the 2.4ltr 2L-T engine. The following is the list of stuff I've done to it till now, and other mods I'm planning on doing.

    2" Ironman suspension lift
    Castor correction bushes
    33" BFG mud-terrain tyres on 10" -32 modular wheels
    Snorkel
    Turbo system off a 2L-T engine

    Still to be done:
    Intercooler
    Gauges (EGT, water temp & oil pressure)
    Winch bumper
    Rear bumper

    Now some photos.... :)

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  2. malteser

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    & this is with my camping gear on...

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    So that's what an LJ79 is! I had seen the designation before, but couldn't figure out what the difference was between it and the LJ78. I would definitely prefer the 79 over the 78 just to be rid of the 2L-TE.

    Sweet Cruiser!
     
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    You loose a lot of power 3L vs 2LTE. So people turbo them anyhow. Same head, so it can still crack. Not really any different in the end IMHO. In fact, the 2LTE bottom end has tougher pistons designed for turbo....so better in that way.
     
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    Yes without the turbo its really sluggish! But with the turbo on its a totally different truck.. my mate has an lj73 with an intercooler & boosted and mine still feels better (also considering the difference in weight from LWB to SWB).. infact it feels like (but not so good as) a KZJ. Can't complain :)
     
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    beautiful cruiser, I've been yearning to go to Malta some day - maybe I'll write for some local advice.
     
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    Hey guys, thought I'd update this thread with the stuff I've done since I last posted in it. I had a lot of mechanical parts changed since I'm planning on some long travels so currently undergoing a mechanical overhaul. Following list is what I have changed till now:

    Timing case & all timing parts
    Water pump
    Remanufactured fuel pump
    0il pump
    Pulleys (some completely new, some just changed bearings)
    Engine mounts
    Radiator & hoses
    82 degree thermo
    Clutch kit
    Polyurethane bushes
    Rebuild steering swivels
    Wheel bearings
    Brake discs
    Brake master cylinder
    Rebuild calipers

    Also had some gauges installed in a custom 3D printed pod. Had to print it twice since the first one deformed in the sun, so had to change material. The gauges are turbo pressure, egt & water temp.

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    My rear bumper also needed replacement since it got hit from underneath quite a few times so was looking crooked. Decided to remove it completely and just add simple 'bumper-ettes' to the chassis.

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    Currently also fabricating a front bumper. I designed some templates using CAD and had them cut on a cnc plasma and folded accordingly. Still need to assemble it though, hopefully by next week it'll be done.

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    Also going for a water-air intercooler setup, basically replicating what you guys (sorry forgot the names) have done. Had the intercooler and pump ordered and fabricated a custom rad to go behind the grill. Waiting for the silicone hoses to arrive so i can start fabricating the pipe work.

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    Looking great! I like the work you do. Rear bumper-ette's are a great idea; simple and effective.
     
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    Thanks! Yeah they're really simple to fabricate and look really good aswell. Might add some protection to the rear sides though, some 5mm plate that braces to the bumperettes and under the sides to the chassis. Gotta finish my other stuff though first.
     
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    Want to ask you a question about your a/w intercooler setup if you don't mind. As you can see i'm practically copying what you did, and i'm currently figuring out how to mount the intercooler securely. Did you use the lower mounting thread or is it just hanging from the top (and holding with the pipe work) ? Thanks in advance!
     
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    It's all hanging from the top. It works well this way, because it allows the intercooler to shift freely when the engine moves (idle vibration for example).

    Make sure you mount your pump low in the system so it is easy to bleed the air out. That was my biggest mistake (I put mine up high).
     
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    RHD .. where it came from .. ?
     
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    Great! Thanks :)
     
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    It's been bought new locally. Here in Malta we drive on the right (been under the British from the 1800 - 1964).
     
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    Finally got around at finishing my front bumper. Will be sending it for powder coating in semi-matte black.

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    Bumper painted and all cleaned up :)
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    Now back to the air / water intercooler system.. finally got the pipe work done, still deciding on the location for the pump.

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