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I got word from chapelgate that my 1HDT is shipping out on the 27th of this month! Yay! Looks like it should show up just before Christmas.
 
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Got out in the shop for a little bit this evening. Mission? Remove under seat toolbox. Got it out after a little bit of persuasion from the cutoff wheel. As typical, there was a shoddy repair at some point. Glad to get rid of that.

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Spent the afternoon chasing rust. What a PITA! Not my best work, but it won't show, being behind the under seat toolbox.

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Driver side floor pan welded in. The glare from the light makes it look horrible on the transmission side. Also, as shown in the pics above, I had to leave the area bordering the transmission hole because the new floor pan just had a raw edge that did not contour the existing floor.

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Good work sir! I just found your thread and will be following along. Do you have the parts to repair or replace the heater? I think I have a correct spare. What are your plans for the SBC?
 
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Good work sir! I just found your thread and will be following along. Do you have the parts to repair or replace the heater? I think I have a correct spare. What are your plans for the SBC?

thanks! I don’t have the parts for the heater. I just have a heater out of my 78 that’s pretty roached out. I won’t be putting a heater in the rear. Just one in the front. I’ve sold the small block Chevrolet to a friend of mine.
 
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After a long day of work on this Wednesday, I decided to take a break from it over the holiday weekend. Now I'm back at it, and got just a little accomplished this evening. With the driver's side lacking only a little finish work, I decided to start on the passenger side. Got my bad floor section cut out, and removed. Kind of a pain removing the section that was spot-welded to the support channel, but it finally gave up after some persuasion. Cut my new panel to fit, and trimmed a few additional places to get it in. That's about all the time I had, so I shut it down for the night. Didn't get the new panel welded in yet, but there's always tomorrow.

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Man, I don't know if I'll ever import another engine for something like this. I've imported a few non-automotive things in the past, and it wasn't too much trouble or money. This was an absolute PITA, and customs/cargo company just hit me up for over $1200 in fees.
 
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My original plan for the transmission/transfer case, was to go with an H55F/Split Case Combo. However, after pricing that out the other day, I'm considering alternate plans. I priced it out on Cruiser Outfitters' website, and for what I wanted, it was nearly $8000. It was $50 alone just for the transmission ship knob. Well, that's just not going to happen for me for a transmission/t-case setup. I'm open to other options if anyone has any suggestions. I was wanting to go with a 4:1 t-case, but I'm sure I don't necessarily need it to be that low for what I will be using it for. I just really liked that ratio on my Samurai.
On a side note. My 1HDT should be arriving tomorrow. I'm going to stash it in a pallet rack at work until I'm ready for it. I'll try to take a picture or two.
 

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I would suggest getting a price for the H55 and t case from your local Toyota dealership.
 
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I thought about that, but I’m really not familiar with these, and as I understand it, you have to open the y-case in order to put them together. (hence the term split-case)
 

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