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The challenge remains on the actual AC unit that will power my vents. Looked at all the common units that people are using. They either take to much space or are ugly as hell. Had seen a thread on MUD about the availability of these Denso heaters online and thought how cool it would be to use the casing somehow to cover an AC system. So managed to get one and waiting for Seb and his ingenuity to make it happen.

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Having decided to upgrade the drivetrain on this build it only made sense to also upgrade the steering components. So it was decided to use an 80 series booster and master and steering box. That needed some modifications that altered the LV for life. A change worth doing in my opinion.
The first thing to do was to modify the chassis to relocate the steering box from an 80 series which we found at the junkyard. After that, we needed to modify the firewall to match an fj40 to be able it install an 80 series booster because the LV firewall had a support in the wrong place.

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The transmission tunnel cover was also modified in such a way that we could service it with just removing the top cover without having to remove the original large one. Great Idea by the workshop.

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Went with an IDIDIT steering column.

Ordered these parts to make it happen

Borgeson order
  • 24" Telescopic Shaft - Part Number 450024 - $82.87
  • Universal Joint 3/4"-DD X 11/16"-36 Spline - Part Number 014925 - $83.70
  • 1DD X 1DD - Part Number 015252 -$83.70
BTB order
  • STEERING COLUMN DASH SUPPORT MOUNT FJ40 2" DIAMETER - Part Number 40-4229 - $ 69.95
  • IDIDIT 2401300010 - IDIDIT Steering Column Floor Mounts - Part Number 2401300010 - $ 49.99
  • IDIDIT 32" TILT COLUMN 2" PAINTABLE STEEL (NO END WIRING PLUG) - Part Number 1120320010- $429.99
  • End Plug, Harness Adapter, Female, Each IDIDIT - Part Number 3106050010 - $20.78
  • COLPLT - 4+PLUS COLUMN PLATE W/SAGINAW CONVERSIONS - Part Number COLPLT - $ 19.54
The Shop machined an adaptor to be able to use the original steering wheel. will post a picture when I find it.

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At this point in the build, we started talking about colours and it really took us a while to decide on the colour.
Was a very confusing part of the build. We started looking at the factory colours but wanted more torques options so we started looking around for options to decide as we liked the spring green and would decide between those two when we had done this exercise.

Did some photoshop samples to get an idea of how these colors sat on the body.

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Some pictures of the final selection. Yes its, not a Toyota colour. Seafoam green GM colour because we could not find spring green.
Loved how it changes colour in a different light.

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Then Corona Struck. So just having bought the paint the lockdown was inforced and the shop couldn't spray the colour. If I remember correctly they had sprayed the white and had the car masked off but couldn't go to the shop. At some point, they were allowed to go for a few hours a day and during this period the car got sprayed.

So when the lockdown was lifted and I was allowed to pass by the shop to see the colour I was shocked. It took me a few minutes for it to sink in. Was it the corona time gap or the colour its self was off, I really don't know but it took me some time to accept the colour? We rolled the car out into the sun to have a good look at it.

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The axles got the new spring mounts installed and got cleaned up and painted along with the chassis for the best part of any build.

We ordered these parts for axle spring mounts

Ruff Stuff order
  • Toyota Crossover Steering Kit - Part Number R2192 - $235
  • Landcruiser 3" Rear Axle Simple Swap Kit - Part Number LC3-RSS - $125
  • FJ/FJ60 Diff Cut Spring Perch - Part Number FJ-DIFCUT - $65
  • Landcruiser Front Spring Over Kit - Part Number LCFTSOA - $130
  • 1/2" X 3" Bolt x4 $13

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With the body and doors on, the truck is starting to take shape.

So now we are up to date. Nearly 2 years in 3 days. I have highlighted all the major milestones thus far.

Waiting for sound and heat shields to go into the doors and roof. Brake and fuel lines, New SS exhaust, electrical work, Interior upholstery, Battery tray, AC, Glass and weatherstrip. I'm sure there are a bunch of other things that I have failed to mention but when they come up I will share them.

We are so close but still far from the end line.

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Below is a list of the remainder of parts I have ordered for the project. Will update this thread as the project moves along.


SOR Order
  • BRAKE LINE KIT - Part Number 086-200E - $310
  • STAINLESS STEEL BRAIDED BRAKE HOSE KIT- Part Number 086-30CA-KIT - $122.68
Mud Member orders
  • a set of window weatherstrip kit from Chris ( c2dfj45 )
  • a set of exterior door hinge seals from Terry ( Arthog )
  • used rear Landcruiser Rear emblem and inner door handles from Chad ( wileycoyote )
  • remanufactured Toyota Landcruiser Rear emblem and an fj25 emblem from Mike ( mmcinnis )
Other Random orders
  • Ididit adapter 3 bolt - part number 2209330040 polished - $80.99
  • Pair of tail light lenses - $200
  • NOS steering wheel emblem
  • NOS fj40 steering wheel 69/72 - $ 225
  • Toyota Fj45 LV vent window and tail light weatherstrip set - $ 399
  • NOS rear light assembly
  • NOS fuel tank cover and ignition keys set
  • NOS in-dash ignition cylinder and keys
  • Fj40 cluster gauge harness
  • NOS Painless Fj40 Weatherproof wiring harness that I had for another project was donated.
  • Front bucket seats from an fj60
  • BFG 33x10.5x15 tires
  • x1 15 rims from the states to complete the set that came with the car
  • X2 Body can mount pad cushions set 58/78 - $ 250.18
  • Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45LV Rear Reflector Base / Gasket PAIR 3D printed - $119
  • Round fender turn signals
 
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Having decided to upgrade the drivetrain on this build it only made sense to also upgrade the steering components. So it was decided to use an 80 series booster and master and steering box. That needed some modifications that altered the LV for life. A change worth doing in my opinion.
The first thing to do was to modify the chassis to relocate the steering box from an 80 series which we found at the junkyard. After that, we needed to modify the firewall to match an fj40 to be able it install an 80 series booster because the LV firewall had a support in the wrong place.

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Do you have more pics of the steering conversion?
 

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