Not every 12HT gets the @roma042987 treatment. And that one is Hanko’s GOOD motor. When you look at it by itself, it looks totally normal. Then you put it next to the bright shiny rebuilt one, and it makes you want to take it apart, paint and clean everything.
I just vacuumed an actual birds nest out of the front fender. I keep telling myself this is not a concourse truck, this is not a concourse truck, this is not a concourse truck. It’d be so easy to lift the body off and do a frame off restoration…But seeing as how I have three (4?) non-running Land Cruiser projects, I think the goal is going to be to get this one drivable… Time to bite the bullet and put it back together.
In an unbelievable move of cruiser charity, my wife actually helped me put the hood back on. No pictures exist, which is a shame.
I replaced the bottom heater hose which was 30 years old and completely crusty. As I yanked it from its historical home, I blew disgusting black coolant water all over the bright new shiny engine. I promptly freaked out and cleaned it all up with brake cleaner, trying to preserve the shiny 12HT’s virginal cleanliness at least one more day.
Hose was replaced with a Terrain Tamer from the set, and stainless City Racer clamps.
@shanko came over this morning bearing two gifts: coffee and breakfast tacos, but also a running, driving RHD HJ61. After sucking down tacos and coffee, we were able to hook up the fuel lines, the power steering pump, and the mess of electrical and vacuum spaghetti using his running truck and his spare 12HT as a template. It was a total godsend because I did NOT document accurately 2.5 years ago!
I attached the shifter seat to the shifter, and put it into the h55 to make sure that it was in neutral. I had a hard time seating it, and when I removed the shifter, the seat was gone. Fark. I dropped the transmission crossmember while keeping it supported with a jack, and peered down into the shift tower. There it was, sitting on the shifter rails.
After a lot of manipulation and a little bit of luck, I fished it back out. I snapped it back on the shifter, inserted the shifter again, had trouble seating the shifter in the cup ...and the forking thing fell off again. And this time it was gone for good. That means I am going to have to drop the transmission and t case off the back to get that thing out.
But wait, there’s more.
In good news, I fire up the truck, it coughs a few times and then idles beautifully. I look up underneath and oil is just pouring out of the turbo oil line. I had gone back and tightened them, and they were already tight, and I hand tightened them just a little bit more. I couldn’t visibly feel any cracks, but oil was just pouring out.
At this point, needing to drop the transmission, and with it being a total pain in the ass to access the turbo and everything on the left side of the motor, I’m just going to yank the whole drivetrain out again. I just don’t have it in me to start tonight.