ROTW: 80krazE

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by 80krazE, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. 80krazE

    80krazE

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    First off, let me just say thanks!! To Woody, Cdan, Beowulf, and all, thank you for the help and support. Not sure if my rig qualifies for ROTW, but being a contributing member it bothered me that 5 weeks went unclaimed last fall. I figured that I'd step-up. That said, here's my ROTW.

    Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted a 40. To me it was the "coolest" thing on the road that stood out in the late 70's, early 80's, and I had just never liked Jeeps, as all of my friends and lots of others did. I loved the white roof, rounded back and windows, and the fact that the rear passengers faced each other. I have always been an expedition hiker and camper and had owned stationwagons, modified with sleepers, for all of my college years and dragging my two dogs along with me. A few years after college, I quickly realized that it was no longer fun to "rough" it and that we outgrew the wagons, so I decided to look for a Land Cruiser, a 40 in fact.

    I had never owned a 4x4 or a truck and at that point in my life, at 26, I had only driven a truck once or twice. Quickly into my 40 search, I realized that for a daily driver, it might not be such a good choice. Set on getting a Land Cruiser, I quickly started eyeing the 80's as I had always liked those as well. Without much research, I grabbed the first good deal that came along: a 1995 "puke" green 80 with damage multiplier and tail light guards, gold emblem kit, no lockers, that had 60,000 miles for $14,000 in 2000. Sorry I couldn't find any pics, but I loved it and I thought it was the greatest vehicle I had ever driven. I beat the hell out of it and since I had never owned/understood a truck, I tore it up and ran it into the ground, thinking it was indestructible (I now realize that they are, if you take care of them and know how to drive).

    I used to talk to every other 80 owner I came across, and some I chased down. Somewhere during ownership of my first 80, someone directed me towards Slee/Acme offroad. I set his website as a bookmark in 2002, and longed for a solid rig. During my various drool sesions of other 80's, I came across MUD in 2004.

    In March of 2006, my 1995 was on it's last leg, including a rapidly approaching HG replacement, and I decided to get a solid 80 to baby, mod, and keep for life. My search led me 400 miles and 6 hours away, to a Toyota dealership in Odessa, TX. I made the deal over the phone, drove my 1995 out, and my new 1997 back.

    1997 FZJ80: 87,000 miles/ one owner(little old lady)/ no lockers/ $9,000 w/ trade-in

    Here it is as I got it:
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  2. 80krazE

    80krazE

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    My design for this rig is expedition. I do like to rock crawl, but I am more interested keeping it safe on the road, but take me in the jungle if need be. My first set of mods, included an OME 2.5" heavy lift, with a Slee single-hoop front bumper w/ IPF 900 series driving lights, and the light and aux upgrade yellow harness.
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    First day, Devil's Canyon, Co.:
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    Next came the running boards:
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    And thus to date, BFG 255/85 Mt's and CDL/7-pin;

    Tire height and ride height differences:
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    Before/After:
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    Track width and stance:
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    Spare profile:
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  3. 80krazE

    80krazE

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    Just received a package from Cdan. Dan, thank you so much for the time, effort, and great pricing. Next on my list is to baseline my rig, so that I will know where she stands and will have a date/milage to start clocking from. The previous history is not documented, but known. The included list of PM is:

    Front axle rebuild
    Rear axle rebuild
    Plugs
    Wires
    Distributor cap
    Rotor
    Fan clutch
    Fuel filter
    Thermostat
    PCV valve and hose
    PHH
    Starter contacts
    All hoses
    Drain/flush/fill fluids
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    I also got wiper inserts for all three wipers and a case of the 20004 oil filters, should get another one too.
    Can you think of anything else?
     
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    80krazE

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    And lastly, my list and plans for future mods. Since this is an expedition rig, the list will be modest, but expansive. I do like to rock crawl and feel that my rig will ultimately be set up so that I would have a fun time doing so, but I am looking to have a rig that is safe on the streets and that could get me in and out of a jungle. The list includes some definite mods, i.e., ones that will happen within a year, and some that I have either not decided on or that will happen some time in the future.

    Definite:
    Slee rear bumper with tire carrier
    Slee step sliders
    Aux tank
    Dual battery set-up
    Winch w/ synth line and thimble

    Maybe:
    Suspension upgrade
    OBA
    Power inverter and outlets
    Drawer/fridge set-up
    Lockers
    Can you think of anything else? I have a CDN M101 that will house my tent/gear and I take my three dogs everywhere.

    Mod I want to do, but will never:
    Switch out headlights to Oz double lens and switch out front grille to pre-95 TOYOTA versus the now sombrero.


    This will be my next mod:
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    Since this game has been popular lately.............any guesses?
     
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    Are you running 285's on this picture?
     
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    Beowulf

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    That us a beautiful truck, just the right color, and LOW miles! Great find and a great start on the build-up.

    The only thing that I would add would be a radiator cap. That is a great selection of parts for base lining a new-to-you rig.

    -B-
     
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    80krazE

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    Yes, those are 285 Revo's.
     
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    Romer fatherofdaughterofromer Moderator

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    Thanks for taking your turn. Nice truck. I recognized the front of Christo's shop and then saw the pic with Sleeoffroad in the window
     
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    Bluetribal SILVER Star

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    Why is the grill something you will never do? Is it completely over priced? I really want to do this mod! Does anyone know if it's a direct bolt up 94 to 96 grills?

    I also want to get rid of the sombrero on the rear but I hear there are holes in the sheet metal holing it in. But just recently saw someone with the old school Land Cruiser logo in it's place and I am assuming it is sticky back and covers up the holes. Can anyone confirm.

    Sorry not meant to Hi Jack but to help us twin cruisers get the old school look! :grinpimp:
     
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    Tool sleeve :grinpimp:

    You might also consider alternator brushes and rebuilding your front calipers.

    Nice rig, and great dealing!
     
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    WOW! that is quite the spread:eek: so if you dont mind me asking what is "baselining" your rig going to end up costing (fluids included)? I need to attempt to do some of those someday...:doh:

    great write-up look forward to the rest of the week

    barrypt5
     
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    Remind me of my own spread... :D I am ordering some more stuffs.... Thanks Dan!!

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    Do a lot of ppl store fluids in the battery tray? Or is that just temporary?
     
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    Nice rig.:cool:

    Thanks for contributing.:cheers:

    Your parts order has made me realize that the list I was assembling is slightly incomplete. That ain't gonna make the :princess: happy with me or Cdan for that matter.
     
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    It's a Christmas miracle! :bounce:
     
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    pbr streetgang Supporting Vendor SILVER Star

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    Nice rig!
    Really great parts pile!!
     
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    Nice 80.
    That list of PM parts has some of use squirming.
    Dooo, I need to order some parts.
     
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    Slomo It's Complicated

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    Rear bumper corners/wings?


    Nice rig and great write up. That display of PM parts is a beatiful sight to see. Must be pretty cool but expensive to live that close to Christo. :D
     
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    PabloVTA beside La Caja China SILVER Star

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    goin on nine and a half years of "temporary" storage there.
    oil rags, oil, whatever....great spot.

    sweet rig!
     
  20. 80krazE

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    It would be very costly. It is NOT direct "plug-and-play". There are several components included in the swap, including the grille itself, headlamp assembly, trim pieces, etc., Very costly!!

    Yep!

    Around $1100....no fluids.

    I store oil and ATF there all the time.

    Me too!! I left out a couple of items and don't want to bother him again for such a remedial mistake. (Of course I will!)

    Nope!
     
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