Buying, PM & Advance Maintenance of 100 series.

Discussion in '100-Series Cruisers' started by 2001LC, Feb 11, 2018.

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    2001LC

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    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:
    Brakes:
    Coolant:
    Engine:
    Fuel systems:
    Head lights:
    Spark Plugs:
    Steering:
    Transmission & transfer case:
    Wheel bearings & Knuckle:
    Work on some local rigs:
    The King 01LC w/167K my daily drive for 14 years.
    Restore projects:

    The most complete overview of a restore with engine replacement:
    My first restore project had P0155, P0133 and P0325.
    2001 LX470 w/215K "WhiteLady" :
    Garybear 00LX w/274K, bought for parts ended up fixing.
    The Redbaron: Restore 2007 LC w/174K.
    A must read for general & advanced maintenance:
    So clean:
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    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:
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    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: 1950_Buick_Roadmaster_Estate_Wagon.jpg

    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
    Velam_isetta_crop.jpg

    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.
    1968-gto-for-sale-phs-certified-brand-new-engine-watch-the-video-3.jpg

    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.
     
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    Paul- this will be an excellent resource.

    I bet you miss that GTO
     
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    Thank you for doing this.
     
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    subscribed. Honestly this could be its own website, but glad you have it here on mud. Ever consider running classes for locals?
     
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    Yeah no kidding. Can't think of how many times I thought, "Man, I sure wish I knew someone in town to help me with this..."
     
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    Nice work yet again. Thank you for your contribution. MUD is a great recource not only for cruisers but info learned here can be used for other vehicle applications as well.
     
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    Thank you. Your posts are truly inspiring.
     
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    Excellent. Thank you for spending your time helping others figure out their 100's!!!
     
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    Hopeful it's helpful. ;)

    I do miss the GTO, it was fun.

    The Velam I never did get running, it had a missing part which I now believe was the starter. Couldn't get any info on it back then. Wish I had it today, it's worth more than the GTO. It went in the trash, as I couldn't even give away:bang:

    Your more than welcome!

    Local members come over all the time, and I talk their ears off.

    Come by anytime your in Denver.

    Your welcome. It is a great resource, one I learn from every day!

    You're too kind, thank you!

    Thanks and your welcome.
     
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    Wow I love this, thank you for consolidating all of your build threads and how-to’s into one! I’ve used a large majority of them in the past and they have always helped tremendously since you have the best pics and also the best videos on YouTube. I admire your thorough work and the love and passion that you put into each and every one of your LC’s. Keep up the exceptional work!:cheers:

    I think this qualifies for an FAQ sticky, what do you think @e9999??
     
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    I'm so glad you've found my stuff useful. Thank you for such kind words.

    I don't know about my videos being best. I've not even taken the time to figure out how to get my camera to film longer than 7 minutes. Makes for incomplete how to's.

    FAQ has links to very specific procedure. This being a collection of links, I don't know if or where it would "fit" in FAQ.

    A little bit about terminology:

    "Build Thread". Not a word I'd use for any of my threads or post. To date, I've have only done stock work on these Toyota's. But I do learn a great deal from the many build threads. Those guys (threads) are the pioneers, pushing the envelope of the 100 series capabilities.

    Restoration: A term I've probable used to loosely for what I do. A full restoration would be a frame off all fasteners removed IMHO. Estimated cost would be around $70,000 dollars and thousands of hours. Making every single component showroom or better condition.

    Restore, what I strive for: This is bring all PM up to date. Fixing all issue that are out of spec and replacing parts that are no longer serviceable. Bring back to near showroom fresh is my goal.
     
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    Subscribed! Thank you so much for consolidating this and your many contributions to the forum!!! I also enjoyed reading about your background, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Looks like it will be a valuable resource, appreciate the effort.
     
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