Builds Project Pikachu: 1977 FJ40

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by cbmontgo, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. Honger

    Honger Joel, TLCA #21509 SILVER Star

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    Your rig is gorgeous man. And the CO/UT trip photos have me jonesing to get my truck over to the States and run it around out west. Just amazing! Well done all the way around.
     
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    Did you detail previously in this thread how you ran power to your fridge? And how did your leafs hold up to your gear weight on that trip?
     
  3. cbmontgo

    cbmontgo SILVER Star

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    Leafs held up just fine. I've become a fan of the CCOT setup.

    This is what I used to run my fridge. Worked great.
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    Thanks! There are more trips to come.
     
  5. cbmontgo

    cbmontgo SILVER Star

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    So maybe this is not really Pikachu-related, but in a way I guess it is...

    A while back, the sun reflected off of the side of my HJ47 just right and I could see where it once had classic pinstripes down the side. At some point, they had been removed.

    Well, after learning a little about how pinstripes are recreated with Pikachu, I finally got around to bringing the HJ47 back to its 1983 glory with the classic orange/red/yellow Toyota. I’m digging it.
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    That’s awesome.
     
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    It looks great.
     
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  8. cbmontgo

    cbmontgo SILVER Star

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    Happy New Year to the mud family!

    The transfer case on this rig has leaked pretty badly for a while. So, @Swannie was in town with his family for New Years and we decided to tackle a project on the 40. Between Napa and O’Reilly, they had enough parts in stock to replace the front and rear output seals. Parts aren’t OEM, but they’ll do.

    We got it done in a couple of hours while the kids played and prepared for a late night of rallying.

    I also broke the 3,000-mile mark on Pikachu since the rebuild began two years ago.
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  9. wngrog

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    If that does not work on the rear you might need the double seal treatment from Mudrak in the speedo housing.

    Congrats on 3000 miles.
     
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    cbmontgo SILVER Star

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    The new front and rear transfer case seals have solved 90% of the leaking. I do still have one small leak that is coming from the top of the case. Is this a common place for a leak? Appears to be at the corner of the seal on that upper plate. Or maybe the breather is leaking above that? The red line is the path of the gear oil.
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    My daughter had a birthday today, so we decided to enjoy the nice weather and drive to Baskin Robbins to pick up her ice unicorn cream cake. 9 years old. Time does fly.
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    If the breather is leaking that would mean you have too much fluid in there or you have a leak between the trans and tranny and it’s pumping your case full
     
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    I checked the transmission a few weeks back and the level was still right at the fill plug. The t-case was a little low, so I topped it off last weekend when we did the seals. So, I’m hoping that they are still sealed apart. I remember running that bypass hose on my FJ60 years ago for that very issue though.

    The dripping also stops after the 40 is parked for a bit, so I’m hoping that it it only leaks when it’s been slinging around during driving?

    The P.O. who had it in the 1990s said that it once had an overdrive. I’m wondering if there’s a leak where it was once mounted up there.

    I may need to remove the transmission jump at some point and look around.
     
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    Pulling the transmission hump to just look around is not really a quick process once you remove everything you need to in order to get it out. Once you've gone that far it's not much more work to pull the trans and t-case to reseal them... or just let it drip and refill every now and then.
     
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    Despite a good dipping and cleaning when I redid the cooling system a couple of years back, my heater control valve has been a little iffy and I have suspected that it wasn’t fully opening and closing. Installed a new one this morning. Gonna drive today.
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    Old one:
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    Clean and crisp:
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    Scored a set of period correct jump seats today just to throw on the shelf since this stuff’s getting hard to find. Steel is in great condition, although they’ll need to be recovered at some point.
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    Also rebuilt the carb on my Honda Foreman in about 45 minutes. Nice little piece of Japanese engineering.
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