Builds Live in Texas, drive a pickup: HDJ79 single cab build (2 Viewers)

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Even though all my parts are here from Canada, I haven’t had time to work on the 79. I’m going to focus a little bit on getting my HJ61 back on the road.

I didn’t have time to figure out the crooked steering column yet, but I did make a steering investment. The used steering wheels that I had were just fine, but when I saw that new gray wheels were available, I grabbed one. I figured my hands will be on this 2 to 8 hours a day, so I splurged.

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Reproduction 1HDFT stickers are finally in hand. They are not printed on metal foil, which is a bit of a disappointment. We are still trying to work it out with the printing company.

However, I’m going to take a bunch of these and stick them in various places under hood and on the motor in various vehicles and see how they hold up.

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I have been focusing on trying to get my HJ61 running. If you’re following my other threads, you’ll see that I sprung a oil leak somewhere around the 12HT turbo oil line. Frustratingbut only a minor setback.
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However, I did get a chance to pick up a set of 285/70 R17 Cooper ST Maxx’s on Hilux rims. This is the same set up that I had on my poverty pack 80, now owned by @davegonz. I mocked up two of them because I just couldn’t help myself. I dig it.

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I remember they same thing on my build with the steering column. Back in the day when Proffits started selling these bodies/building the trucks....they made and adapter plate for the steering column that corrected the angle. I have one on my truck. Doubt they still sell them. If it would help you visualize how to make it strait I can send you a pic of mine.
 
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I remember they same thing on my build with the steering column. Back in the day when Proffits started selling these bodies/building the trucks....they made and adapter plate for the steering column that corrected the angle. I have one on my truck. Doubt they still sell them. If it would help you visualize how to make it strait I can send you a pic of mine.
Interesting.... @Onur If I recall you were at Proffits near the end, back in the day... know anyone that might know??
 

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We never did anything special to the #1 truck. Column went right in on the factory spot. Column was a RHD that we converted to LHD as I recall. Perfectly centered.
 

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I’ll bet that I can just elongate the holes in the mounting bracket a little bit, and it will line right up. We will see once I get the whole dash in.
 

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Interesting.... @Onur If I recall you were at Proffits near the end, back in the day... know anyone that might know??

I try hard to not remember that debacle. :lol:

But no I don’t recall.

I would just purchase and use the correct steering column tube. :meh:
 
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Hectic couple of days coming up but I will try and get a good photo of adapter plate.

The column not lining up has to do with using an older column in a newer body. If you have a newer column (I think 2008 and up) it bolts right in. I used a 90s column an it was cocked to the passenger side by a few degrees or so.
 

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