Builds Canada - 1999 KZJ90 Land Cruiser "build"

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Time to move to the next phase...

A business supply company a few hours north of me sells steel drawers, and I always thought they'd make a great budget solution for an overland storage system.
Uline packing table steel drawer

I bought two, and have had them on hand for this build. If I was removing the back seats, these would fit as is, stacked two high. Even with the seat back folded, there appeared to be room. But I wanted to be able to keep everything in place if possible.

This would require some modifications to the upper drawer, which didn't quite fit, when you allow for the rake on the seatbacks.

By flipping the end wall, and cutting the sides down on the outer shell, I was able to effectively shorten the drawer's foot print without changing the inner drawer itself.
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Time to install the drawers!

First up... The frames:
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The slight cut I made to the length of the upper drawer (in my post above) allowed the seat backs to be pulled back and sit at their deployed angle. Job done!

So... I made a cardboard template and used it to cut a plywood top. This only attaches the the drawers, which are bolted to the base. So my plastic knurled knobs I referred to earlier hold the whole business to the floor. Under a minute can have this truck back to stock, if need be...

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Dometic CC40 fits length wise next to them - just needs to be secured.

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Or, for DD mode, I can just use my little carry-all, which sits pretty much level.

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When the rear seats are folded flat, the whole business is pretty much level all the way forward.

Also, after careful measuring, I realized that even with the back seats in their passenger readiness state, I could still fit a Camp Chef Sherpa bag/table on top. So I got one!

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This was challenging to make fit in a 2 door, while making it easily removeable, and able to fit with the rear seats upright. There is also room along the sides for water jugs, tow straps, soft shackles, etc. Very much looking forward to testing out my setup in Utah this spring.

Still many details to work out, but I'm feeling good about the progress in getting everything to fit, so far.

My plan going forward is to use the upper drawer as my overland kitchen, since a stove will fit in and slide out for use. The lower drawer will hold my chair, and anything else that's not stored in the C/S Sherpa, above.
 
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Sometimes, CB is still the comm method, so I figured I'd install it in a place that was heretofore useless. Since I'm a non-smoker? You guessed it. The ashtray.

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Removing the center fascia allowed me to remove some of the rear framework behind the ashtray, and then I simply screwed the CB to the tabs left behind the fascia. Quite secure, and mostly out of the way, although the underneath section is completely open, allowing the underside speaker to do its thing.

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I still have access to the pocket underneath for odds and ends.
 
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She's been a little rumbly in the cold lately if I don't plug her in, so I decided to order new glows. I'm generally an OEM guy, but HKT glowplugs were about the same for four as one Toyo one, so I thought I'd give them a go. And the cheapie VIC fuel filter? Well, that is in case I need to swap one in a hurry. Nice to have a backup in the winter. We shall see? The reviews I found for the glow plugs ranged from indifferent to decent, so I figured it was worth a shot. I'll report back after I screw them in. The deep freeze doesn't appear to be over yet...
HKT CP-22 for reference... (Special effects added for silliness)
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So I pulled intercooler, replaced glows... But then the lockdown began. So suddenly I had more time, and less need to drive. So here's the story of what happened:
"While you're in there..." - the slippery slope of preventative maintenance.

The Coles notes version? Pulled the intake. Egr. Intercooler. Starter. Fuel lines. Cleaned out the carbon buildup. Rebuilt starter solenoid. Put it all back together.

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This is coming together quite nice.
Thanks! Suddenly I've got more time for mods.

So I'm back to the bumper again... To recap, it's an ARB Sahara bar that I got for cheap. But cheap means it needs work. Lots of work. Missing the mounts, the light buckets, and the spacers on the top edge. I got some mounts direct from ARB but even with matching numbers, they were for the deluxe model.

I made some brackets to make the whole thing work.
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So with spacers missing/broken on top, I removed what was left and mocked it in place. The space below the grille and lights was glaringly obvious. Bumper looked like it was falling down. So I had to do some adjusting... After massaging the back edge with a grinder and hammer I was able to adjust the position to a place where I think I'm happy with it. Here's my latest mockup:
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So then I pulled it off again for sand
/Prime/paint… that's where we are at as of today. First prime coat:
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Bumper is painted, massaged (cough cough) and is now bolted firmly in place. Waiting on fog light inserts to fill the holes. Still need to bolt on those lights that are sitting there at the moment.

Swapped to my BFG AT's as well, on 17 inch American Racing wheels (not my pick, but the previous owner had bought the combo prior to selling, and had put maybe 3 km's on them, AND they came with the truck so... might as well put them to use?)

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And in case you're wondering, no, they don't really fit. Pretty sure he didn't actually run them. I've got a daystar 1.5" spacer lift on order, because I have no shame, and I'm impatient. Also I "lightened" the factory flaps, and "streamlined" the body seam. Which means not only can I run bigger tires, but I'll also get better fuel economy. Yep. No doubt... 👨‍🍳
 
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