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Back in the market for a cruiser

Discussion in 'VA/DC/MD- Capital Land Cruiser Club' started by fjman, May 12, 2017.

  1. fjman

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    I was briefly shopping for a land cruiser last year but ended up getting something else (it was basically free! Who can say no to free!?).

    Now I'm starting to look again and thought I'd see if anyone here was looking to sell. Pickings are somewhat slim on CL at the moment. I'm looking at a 100 series this afternoon and an LX470 tonight.

    What I'm interested in: a DD'able 60,80 or 100 series. Might consider a 4Runner, 4 door Tacoma/tundra or Lexus GX. Mods are fine. Needs to be clean with minimal to no rust. I'm not looking for a project, I've already got one of those. $10k max.

    bonus points if the seller will let me run it through MD inspection before purchasing.

    If anyone knows of something, let me know!
     
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    How far are you willing to travel to look at one? Not that I have a line on one but I often jump around regions on CL to places I have family or friends in case something pops up that I can't live without.
     
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    Maybe, but I'd prefer to stay closer by. A big consideration is the whole Maryland inspection process. I'm sort of padding $ 1-2k for repairs into what I'll offer.

    Im setting my CL search to a 150 mile radius. Finding half a day to go check out a truck isn't always an option so closer is nice.

    I looked at 200k mile 100 series yesterday but the guy couldn't find the key to start it! It was rougher looking than the ad! But he did say he'd sell it for $4k
     
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    You'll have better luck finding a rust free 80 than a 100. The 100 series frames are terrible. Check the passenger sway bar bracket at the frame and the cross member above the rear axle on the drivers side. Listen for an exhaust tick when starting cold. The manifolds crack and it's not a fun job.
     
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    Good to know where the most rust prone spots are. Thanks Ryan!

    I drove the $4k 100 series and despite driving wonderfully, it had a long list of needs. I'm seeing a lot of clean looking 100 series trucks near philly.. no sure I want to travel that far.

    Last week I started thinking "land cruiser" and there was a really clean dealer serviced 100 series and practically new looking LX450 in Bethesda. Figures!

    I've got a couple to look at on Monday. Hopefully find one sooner than later!
     
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    I wouldn't touch any 100 series north of VA.
     
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    Eek. That bad huh!
     
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    the frame repairs that Vince and Nathan were doing....was that on a 100 series?
     
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    I'm pretty sure their working on a 70 series. Almost every 100 that comes in needs a passenger side sway bar mount. I do enough of them that I had the shop next door burn we off replacement bracket kits on their plasma table.
     
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    Yes, I've seen several of their jobs on 100's.
     
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    I've seen a couple Tundras that have had frame replacements under a recall. I'd imagine similar frame construction with the cruisers?
     
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    Have you considered a 120?
     
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    That would be a Lexus GX, correct? Possibly.
     
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    Yeah that is the GX470. I am doing research myself so when the time comes I'll have figured out what I want and know what to look out for. The 470's are much more plentiful than the 100 series and are still very capable. They are sold as a Land cruiser elsewhere in the world, so they still count right :)
     
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    @OTRAMM How much does a timing belt service on a 100 series usually run?
     
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    It's right around 1100 for the full shebang. T-belt, water pump, tensioner, idlers thermostat, cam and crank seals, and heater tees.
     
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    This one looked reasonably clean from the outside. I think it was 130k-ish.

    upload_2017-5-16_10-11-1.jpeg

    Passenger side front sway bar mount was broken off:
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    crossmember behind the axle, driver side:

    upload_2017-5-16_10-12-55.jpeg
     
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    ...more crossmember pics:

    upload_2017-5-16_10-14-8.jpeg

    upload_2017-5-16_10-14-25.jpeg

    upload_2017-5-16_10-14-55.jpeg

    It was a lot of cutting to get to solid metal.

    upload_2017-5-16_10-15-26.jpeg

    This is just an FYI for ANYONE looking to buy a 100 in a place where they are exposed to salt.
     
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    well a picture(s) tells a thousand words! This pretty much makes me not want to buy anything sight unseen!
     
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    2000 Toyota Land Cruiser

    This was just posted on CL. Price is tempting, might be worth checking out. A few issues at the bottom.
     

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