70 series Troopy expedition build - Frame off. (3 Viewers)

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Had to trim the fender aprons for the shock towers. Engine bay is boxed so I can start plumbing. Body is in really bad shape and being operated on.
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Have to fit these 3 radiators and have an extra inch of space. Will build a custom bracket and hang them off it. Still thinking about it…
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I agree that the 80 is an awesome vehicle, but you'll love the interior space of the Troopy.

We almost never take our 80 on trips now that we have a Troopy.

Great build. Wish I had the space to tear mine down.
 
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Intercooler intakes flanges removed and also the 90 deg 3” to 2.5” reductions. These will be TIG welded so we don’t need the bulky silicon hoses going across the bib. There is just enough room for the condenser between the two.

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What Intercooler is that?
 
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What Intercooler is that?
I used this. It’s 25”x 11.75” x 3”. It’s a bit high and I’m struggling with the hood latch. May need some mode or remove the top row of the intercooler.
 
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Thanks. I sent an inquiry to PDI, for a 'kit' for my 14B-T, but have not got a response. I may just piece something generic together.

I also read through your blog post, thanks for the link.

I’ve written a more detailed blog on the 80 on Overland Bound. It has all the details of the build including links to all the parts.

I see you used 1/2" square steel tubing for your cabinet framing, but you said you skinned it with aluminum sheet? Looks like you welded it. Did you end up skinning it with steel, or did you VHB the aluminum to the steel?

I used aluminum 1" square tubing and plastic press-in fittings to build a fridge support, but now am thinking of doing an entire build-out of the Troopy and that stuff is expensive, I'd rather do the steel tubing as its cheap in comparison.

Dan
 
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Thanks. I sent an inquiry to PDI, for a 'kit' for my 14B-T, but have not got a response. I may just piece something generic together.

I also read through your blog post, thanks for the link.



I see you used 1/2" square steel tubing for your cabinet framing, but you said you skinned it with aluminum sheet? Looks like you welded it. Did you end up skinning it with steel, or did you VHB the aluminum to the steel?

I used aluminum 1" square tubing and plastic press-in fittings to build a fridge support, but now am thinking of doing an entire build-out of the Troopy and that stuff is expensive, I'd rather do the steel tubing as its cheap in comparison.

Dan
Hey Dan,

All panels welds on the cabinets are sheet metal 18 gage. All moving panels (drawers, door, latches) are from 2mm aluminum. I glued the the aluminum panels to the drawers with RTV. I don't like the 80-20. It's heavier, bulky and much much more expensive. Real estate is so expensive that you loose 2" of space across the car if you have two cabinets - one on each side using 4 bars. I can build as fast from steel if you have a 90 deg vice, a welder and a metal chop saw. The galley cabinet is lighter then the 2nd row seats (without the fridge).

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Oh, I see That would open the door for many more orders :) Have you ever used a universal intercooler before on your other setup?
I have done 2. On a 40 with a 1HDT and a 62 for a friend with a 1HDT. Easy peasy and cost about $600. First photo is the 40, the other 3 are the 62. All aftermarket parts including the intake adopter from AUZ. On the 40 I had a spare PDI adopter.

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Since I am STILL waiting for the axles, figured I can start working as a plumber. Exhaust is next. Bought three 3” stainless V bands and a kit of 3” stainless mandrel pipes on Amazon for the exhaust. Placing it with tape and marking it with a sharpie. Cutting it with a 4.5” grinder. I’ll take it for TIG welding but first just tack weld it and make sure it is still sitting right.

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Wow such great re build ! well done and keep the passion mate
Thanks Amir. It always takes twice as long as you expect. Can’t wait to start building the camper in the back. I saw yours. It’s epic!!!
 
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Awesome build! and great attention to detail! I'm tackling a similar project with my 75 troopy.

I've been looking for more info on the coil conversion up front. Glad you posted about it.

I'm assuming you are using the chassis components off a 79 narrow nose?

What axle are you going for? and what one didn't fit?

If you go with a narrow nose 79 series front axle, you'll get the same track width as the rear. You'll just need to swap out the hubs.
 
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Awesome build! and great attention to detail! I'm tackling a similar project with my 75 troopy.

I've been looking for more info on the coil conversion up front. Glad you posted about it.

I'm assuming you are using the chassis components off a 79 narrow nose?

What axle are you going for? and what one didn't fit?

If you go with a narrow nose 79 series front axle, you'll get the same track width as the rear. You'll just need to swap out the hubs.
Thanks for the kind words.

I bought the panhard, radius arm brackets and coil towers from Toyota. I’m using the 79 axles and they are being rebuilt, converted to 6 lugs and e-lockers. I wish I had an FT like my 80, but that is just being greedy… in my opinion it’s the best engine Toyota ever built. No electronics, smooth, quiet and power. I get on the 80 22-25 mpg.

We have another 1HDT in a 40, but it is such a light rig, that it’s not really a challenge for the engine.
 
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Which 79 axles are you using? 2007+ those were wider to accommodate the V8. If you are using the later, you will need to correct the track width in the rear. The 07+ 70 series had wider front axles than rear.

So when you swapped the rear to the center 3rd member, you also changed your crossmembers to make room for the rear driveshaft? 70 series to 1999 had offeset front and rear axles.
 
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Which 79 axles are you using? 2007+ those were wider to accommodate the V8. If you are using the later, you will need to correct the track width in the rear. The 07+ 70 series had wider front axles than rear.

So when you swapped the rear to the center 3rd member, you also changed your crossmembers to make room for the rear driveshaft? 70 series to 1999 had offeset front and rear axles.
The doner 79 based on the VIN is a 2003.
 

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