I've been a Land Cruiser fan since 2001 and owner since 2004. I first found ih8mud in 2005. Reading its threads since, I've learned and still learning everyday so much from the many contributors of mud. Thank you all! First thing I learned is 100 series are tanks that just keep going, but even tanks need maintaining. This thread is dedicated to Finding, Inspecting, Buying and Maintaining the 100 series, hopefully all will find useful. This thread will also help me organize and review stuff I've done. I've thousands of post in mud and have started many threads. I'll be linking my most recent projects in my signature and others here. I'll post some of my previous restore projects, as well as worked I've done helping out some of the local mud members with their rigs. Additionally I'll post links to threads I feel will be helpful that I may have contributed too. I'll keep adding links here: AC: So now I need to oil and charge the AC system? Brakes: Brake Booster Whine Toyota DOT 3 Brake Fluid Composition ? Brake pipe Flare nut stuck, Installing SS Braided Brake lines Brake Caliper guru's Coolant: Best replacement radiator for the money today... OE heater core and T's busted Radiator Change Today- Questions Heater T blew Engine: Engine wash What are the differences between 2UZ-fe VVti engines, & where can I get one?? Engine Block Identification number decipher? Fuel systems: Draining Fuel from gas tank? When to Clean or Replace fuel injectors Fuel Trims Head lights: The best Headlight bulb on the market today. Spark Plugs: Spark plugs Alert Alert Alert! Steering: Steering rack / bushing opinions Steering Flush & Cleaning Leaky power steering reservoir hoses 98-02 100 series. See post # 26. Leaky power steering reservoir hoses 03-07 100 series. See post # 182 Transmission & transfer case: Dexron III or Toyota WS ATF transmission fluid. What ATF are you using? 2001 LX 470 - won’t drive in ‘High’ Wheel bearings & Knuckle: Wheel bearings & knuckles, the most complet overview with videos starting on post #196 Bearing repack GURUs Wheel Bearing; FSM Torque to Light or just Right. Front Bearing Replacement Work on some local rigs: Coolant leaks at Water inlet. Drive belt tensioner & idler R&R. Power steering leak and hose R&R. Inspection and more 00LC w/169K. Ball joint inspection video, and replacement. Ball joint boot R&R. ABS master control replacement. Front drive shaft replacement. Brake bleeder replacement and bleeding. Hub flange, snap ring & cone washers R&R. Idler bear & tensioner pulley R&R and more. 98LC w/151K. Spark plugs. LOF. Brake flush & bleeder R&R. Inspection and more. 00LX w/195K. The King 01LC w/167K my daily drive for 14 years. Bye Bye to The King: Windshield rust repair ++ CDL light not working this was helpful. Early sign of battery at end of life and wire upgrade (The big Three) needed. "The Big Three" Electrical Upgrade Dead Battery (3x in 2mths) - 30A BAT Fuse has 500mA draw - what next? Emblem Ideas When & how to replace stabilizer bar, bushings, cushions & links (AKA sway bar) Transmission Drain plug Stripped: ...best practice? Wheel Bearing; FSM Torque to Light or just Right. Air filter filtration test, engine. Cabin air filter conversion - LC100 to LX470 Antenna Mast Replacement - How To Toyota DOT 3 Brake Fluid Composition ? Restore projects: The most complete overview of a restore with engine replacement: Scored a 2007 Unicorn. The holy grail of 100 series. My first restore project had P0155, P0133 and P0325. 2001 LX470 w/215K "WhiteLady" : P0325 Knock sensor & wire splicing tips. Best starter for the money today When to Clean or Replace fuel injectors Pictures: Inside of Intake Manifold, Fuel Injector cleaning & testing When to change spark plugs? When to replace Ignition coils. Idler Pulley Bearing, Drive belt (AKA Serpentine or fan belt) Videos of how to replace Drive belt tensioner bearing Soft Rack & Pinion Steering bushing, which replacement is best? Replace ball joint boots, what to do with the kit's wire? Front Axle Hub Flange backlash? Steering Flush & Cleaning Body trim polishing & correcting compounds SOLD - SOLD in 5 mintes on CL -----2001 LX470 Golden Pearl Denver Garybear 00LX w/274K, bought for parts ended up fixing. No brakes, how do I get home? Removing frozen; lock lugs w/o a key, wheel, caliper. Who manufactures our Spider Joint ( AKA U-Joint) Front Drive Shaft / Differential leak; Oil Seal & dust cover replacement The Redbaron: Restore 2007 LC w/174K. Coolant leak front water by-pass. Intake gasket. Fuel injector service. Dipstick oil seal R&R. Tee's. CV Reboot. Wheel bearing, hub and knuckle service. Stabilizer R&R. Timing belt. Much more. A must read for general & advanced maintenance: Snowy 06LC w/194K ~300 parts 700 hr. So much info in this thread So clean: The Black Knight 06LC w/56 OMG clean. A little history: I first started this "hobby" by looking for a newer 100 series then my 01. I wanted to see what changes Toyota made in an 03 plus. Like the 4 speed transmission (4 speeds plus OD), but did not want one with a NAV. I quickly learned that all 100 series from 03-07 imported through normal channels into the lower 48 of the USA, came with the NAV option. This means the climate control is integrated with the NAV screen. That an 03-07 without NAV (No NAV) is called a "Unicorn", as it is rare find. I also learned the biggest change to powertrain came in May of 2005 with the addition of the 2UZ-fe VVT-i. That the 2007 had the least (3,251) of all 100 series imported into the USA. I ended up finding the Whitelady, not a Unicorn, but an affordable No NAV as my first restore project. At this point I wanted to see what it took to fix up a high mileage minimally maintained 100 series as a hobby, then work my way up to a Unicorn one day hopefully. The WhiteLady: A little about my mechanical background. I've worked on cars on and off as time allowed since the 1950's. I started in the late 50's helping my dad work on car's, well, probably more of getting in the way. During the Airline strikes, my dad a pilot, would make some extra money restoring cars. We go to the Denver police auto impound auction and buy 2 or 3 Buicks. Take them out to a field next to a metal scrap yard (recycle as they're now called), fixing one with the parts from the other(s). Then scrapping the metal (lead, aluminum, copper) of the remainder that we could pull off. Then load up the bodies & frames on a trailer after burning out the interior. Kind of fun to toss the match in gas soak car then watch burn, at about 8 years old. This was to get as much fabric, vinyl, leather, rubber, etc off the cars to get highest $$ per ton. Then haul to the Compress Yard (car crushers) to have press into a 3'X3' cube. Then selling the one restored car and start over again. I vaguely remember one he kept for sometime as his DD. It was the first car I ever drove (wee, 30 feet in backyard) on my own. Here's a random picture I found online of one like it: Even did some Aircraft salvaging in the 60's with my dad. Pulling crashed small aircraft out of the Rocky Mountains for parts & scape. What and adventure that was. Snowshoeing to crash sights in the winter, high in the Rocky Mountains near places like Aspen CO and pulling out pieces using wings as sleds. In fact our first plane was my first time to Aspen. It was to find & recover my Dads' friend Dr. Randy Lovelace (pioneer of Aerospace medicine) crashed plane. Later I would pull apart lawn mower engines, like Briggs & Stratton single cylinder engine and rebuild them for my go-karts and mini-bikes. Also I worked on cars like this Velam (my 1st car) and 54-57 Chevy's. My second car was a 1955 4dr 3 on the column Chevy Belair, I bought at auction for $35 at age 14. Sold for $200 after getting running a painting with spray cans. My Velam was orange In the early 70's after been honorable discharge for the US Army, I worked on mostly GM, Ford & Chryslers at a local gas station. I rebuilt my first V8 engine while attending auto mechanic school in Denver. The engine was out of my 1968 GTO, a 400 C.I. w/4 on the floor. Nothing wrong with the engine, just did for the fun of it. I had the help of a heavy duty mechanic (from local Pontiac Dealer) that built stock race GTO's. We did some slight modification that really gave it a nice power boost. It was unbeatable in the illegal streets races of Denver. My GTO had large collectors tubes for exhaust headers hanging down, otherwise looked like this one. Later in the 70's I gave up on American cars as they just didn't hold up long term. Started working on Datsun 240Z, had 6 of them. I've now come back to my roots. Finding the 100 series the best engineered vehicle I had ever owned or worked on. But my GTO is still my favorite, a sex beast on road and a great "Chick" magnet as we say in the not so politically correct vernacular of the day.