Old to 'Mud, new to the High Desert

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Mar 10, 2007
Hello High Desert Cruisers, I've been in Albuquerque for some time (4 years) and brought my truck back after a recent trip back home. I'd be looking to join and visit one of the meets after it warms up a bit. The truck is an '86 that I've owned since 2008.

It used to be in much better shape after I repainted it in 2010 (Flip's Fantastic reFinish - https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/flips-fantastic-refinish.392509/). I unfortunately had to let it sit outside for ~4-5 years taking a toll on the body. When I went back to retrieve it, it fired right up. I rebuilt the engine just prior to painting in 2010 using the FSM as a guide.

For the past few weekends I've been slowly going through the front axle for a knuckle rebuild and brake service. Stopping power was severely lacking after sitting for so long. CruiserOutfitters supplied most of the parts with a few bits from American Toyota. Glad to hear they are re-visiting the discount in some fashion.

The next stage of the process calls for doing the knuckle alignment with the SST. Would any of the members happen to have a knuckle alignment tool they would be willing to lend out?




I only do simple stuff

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Outside of land cruiser's I also do a lot of woodworking and canoe design. Canoes, kayaks, doors, cabinets, round objects (lathe)- anything made from trees.
That is just amazing. I can't do it. As a result, I have much respect for those that can.
Thanks! It's just a lot of small steps. The tolerances for error are much larger than it suggests.

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