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Nov 1, 2004
Memphis, TN
HERE'S my Gen IV 5.3/4L60E swap thread that I have over in our clubhouse.

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Jan 22, 2014
View attachment 894582 View attachment 894579 View attachment 894578 View attachment 894572 View attachment 894561 I am new to the site, but have referenced it for valuable information. I am also new to the vintage LC's and quickly found out what a following they have, while I am not new to the vintage or car world at all, I chose to "build" an 85 Land Cruiser FJ60. I found this 60 locally and had been keeping an eye half peeled for a few years for a good prospect. I drove into the business park where my office is one morning and there it sat "for sale", sun beams shooting off of it, calling my name. I actually drove by it a few times and about the third day was realizing just how straight the 60 really was. (147,000 miles)

I ended up negotiating a deal on it and set out to build what I needed, which is a reliable FJ60 (remember I am not new to this so I had no preconceived notions as to what reliable is) I had about 90 days to complete it and get it to my place in Montana where it will live out the rest of it's life.

I did some checking around and in my home area in northern Ca. (2.5 hrs. away) the name Mudrak kept surfacing, I gave Gary a call and discussed the project with him, he was willing to take the project on and meet my schedule. When not doing the work myself I am a firm believer in using a quality shop with a good reputation. I certainly found this in Gary Kardum @ Mudrak.

So we don't get long winded and give an explanation for every decision made, here is my list of items addressed on this build.

1. Full ARB OME suspension*
2. Front axle rebuild*
3. Rear axle inspection and seals*
4. Brakes complete*
5. Clutch master & slave*
6. Mirrors*
7. Marker lights*
8. H55F 5 speed*
9. Clutch pack*
10. Transfer case kit*
11. Tie rod ends*
12. Rear main seal*
13. Head, valves etc..*
14. Belts, hoses and vacuum line replacement*
15. Tuffy console*
16. 4plus front bumper*
17. 4plus rear bumper with tire and can racks*
18. 8K winch*
19. ARB slider steps*
20. Carb rebuild*
21. ARB tradesman roof rack*
22. ARB head lights*
23. Water pump*
24. Alternator*
25. Thermostat*
26. Timing cover gasket*
27. Front timing seal*
28. Battery*
29. ARB Intensity lights, 1 beam, 1 spot
30. Dash cap
31. Aussie inclinometer
32. Aussie grab bar
33. New carpet kit w/ pad
34. New seat covers
35. 2- 12v outlets ran in 10ga
36. Aux. fuse terminal
37. New 16 x 7 US wheels 3.75 backset, powder coated
38. BFG LT235 85 R 16*
39. Sony blue tooth head unit with new speakers
40. Hush Mat sound deadener entire floor, doors, kick panels and rear panel areas
41. New windshield
42. Tinted all windows
43. ARB 50qt. fridge

*Work completed by Mudrak

Mudrak did not perform all of this work, the mechanical, bumpers, suspension, roof rack was performed by them*, all other work was done by me or one of my buddies. My buddies cannot stand it when there is a project going on, especially when it's something all of us have not worked on before. I've always been a street rod, collector/correct car guy and race a 500hp to the wheels STi in SCCA club racing, so this was a nice departure and a relatively simple project. It helps starting with a nice example.....and parts availability was great. A great group of enthusiasts and suppliers in the LandCruiser community.....



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Aug 9, 2016
Cascade Foothills above Eagle Creek, Oregon 🇺🇸

Hojacks Cummins 4BT/ NV4500
SOA- Chevy 63s and FJ80 FF rear axle. Marlon Crawler High Steer, ARP studs, Ruff Stuff SOA Kit, trail gear knuckle rebuild, chromoly axle shaft, Harris E-locker, trail gear hydro assist.
Hutchinson DOT beadlocks with 37” Cooper St Maxx tires.
4plus front bumper.
CVT Mt. Baker Hardshell Rooftop Tent
Seatbelt Planet rear retractable seatbelts


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Jul 15, 2007
Cave Creek, AZ

its an older one but good!! Thx

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