Scored 2007 Unicorn. The holy grail of 100 series. (26 Viewers)

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Yep the search is over, I scored a Silver 2007 Unicorn Land Cruiser w/Thunder Cloud trim and stone interior.
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I started this hobby of restoring 100 series, after getting the bug! A bug perpetuated reading mud, as a distraction from the stress of trading oil futures contracts 23 hours a day. I'd already been a 100 series owner since 2004 (01 LC No Nav The King), and a wrencher since birth.

I then decided to find a high mileage minimally maintained 100 to see what it would take to bring back to near showroom ready (restore). I found the "WhiteLady" 01LX w/215K, bought it, went to work/play. While playing with it, needing a hood I searched the internet daily for months and months for paint matching hood. While searching I found a few others that turned into project like "Graybear" a 00LX w/274K. One rule I laid out from day one (only way girlfriend would tolerate) is hobby must pay for itself. Second was a goal to work my way up the food chain, one day getting a Unicorn to play with. Got it!

For those that don't know, all 2003-07 series 100 import through normal channels into the lower 48 states of the USA, came with the NAV optional system. With the NAV option also means, the climate controller is integrated into NAV.

Here's the Unicorn's climate control, which has had an aftermarket radio and backup camera installed. Notice the differences, like it has a fan control.

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For comparison here is a typical 07 USA 100 series.
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Can't tell you how excited I was to pull this off the auto transport with The King:
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Below you'll find what I did to bring this back to as close to factory spec as I reasonably could. Basically going through the Toyota recommended Preventive Maintenance (PM) from 0 - 120K miles. Replacing parts that are no longer serviceable according to Toyota Factory Service Manual (FSM).

Additionally; Correcting or improving issue that I've learned are best practice.
As example: Painting between #3 crossmember and frame. This is a rust location that can lead to a very expensive repair beyond the Toyota designed 25 year life.

Also doing extras.
This is replacing parts that are still serviable, but will fail or reduce driving experience now or in near future.
Example; Replacing front Drive shafts and hub flanges to get ahead of the game and yield a better driving experience.

Had this not pre-sold and I'd kept for myself as was intended, much of this would have been done over next 3 to 5 years as time and budget allowed.

INDEX:

Fuel Tank draining, by removing fuel pump. Page #1, post #7.
Engine removal. Post #7
Engine tear down to near barebone long block starts at post #62 page 4
Assembling 4.7L 2UZ-fe VVt engine from bare long block to conform to a 100 series. Starts at post #74 with Oil pan.
Oil filter bracket, oil cooler and cooler block to oil cooler hose starts post #77 (also see post 233 & 234 for resealing while engine in bay)
Exhaust manifold install starts at post # 81 page 5
Oil sending Unit post # 87.
Thermostat post # 87
VVT difference and use post # 90.
Fuel injector rebuilding, cleaning & testing at post #95
Intake manifold install starts on post # 96
Throttle Body Post #97
Fuel Injector & fuel rail install and fuel crossover pipe with union bolts starts at post #98
Fuel pressure regulator (FPR) and vacuum switches post # 99
Vacuum lines and hoses. page #6
Flushing heater cores with a 12 volt pump. Post #105.
Water bypass pipe & water bypass joint rear hoses connecting heater cores via "heater Tee's" replaced Post #105
Head cover (AKA: valve covers) bolts. post #112
Coils & spark plugs post #113
Main Wire Harness ECU to engine. Starts at post # 114
A. I. exhaust air tubes, LH & RH install. Page # 7, post #121.
Oil dipstick guide tube with new O-ring. Post #122.
NEW OEM Engine Insulator (AKA Engine Mounts) installed. post #123 & #139
Attaching AC compressor post #124.
On Engine stand ready to install. post # 125
POR-15 painting a few small spots in engine bay. post #126
Engine install. starts at post # 137
Finishing up engine install. Page 8.
New pipe flange to manifold Exhaust Gasket and Nuts. Post #145
New pipe flange to manifold Exhaust Gasket and Nuts. Post #146
Transmission cooler lines along engine block attaching to bracket. Post #147
Drive plate (AKA Flexplate) to torque convert bolting up. Post #148
Generator Assemble (AKA Alternator) install. Post #149.
ECU wire harness pushed through into cabin, hook up to ECU and buttoned up. Post #150
Fan & clutch assembly & install. Post #151
Fuel return line & VSV vacuum hose LH side connected. Post #153
PCV valve & hoses. Post #158
Heater Tees install. Post #159
Fuel line from filter to fuel rail and fuel pressure pulsation damper install. Page 9, Post #161
New Air filter & MAF sensor cleaning. Post #162
New radiator (aftermarket) being ready for/and installed. Starts at post #163
Air box install & hooking to hoses, Battery wires, Fluids and Customizing a transmission fill plug. Starts post #166
Transmission ATF level procedure. Post #174 INCLUDED TSB for lower ATF temperature range to use when setting level.
Power Steering, Rack NEW OE rubber mounting bushings pressed in. starts at post #175
Steering system rebuild continued page 10. Vane pump install post #181.
New suction & return line at reservoir. Post #182.
New Double vacuum hoses on Vane pump (steering pump). Post #183.
Power steering flush. Post #184
Front differential bushing replacement. Post #187
Reconditioning #3 crossmembers bolt, bolt guide and contact points are rusting. Post #190
Front Drive shaft (new OEM) install. Post #194.
Steering Knuckle install. Post #197.
Dust Cover reconditioning & install. Page 11, starts at post #202
Wheel bearings hub flange cone washer removal. Starts on post #209
Cleaning Wheel hub. Post #211.
Wheel hub & bearing packing with grease. Post #212
Wheel hub install. Setting breakaway preload with spring scale. Post #213
Hub flange install. Post #214.
Snap ring of hub flange, setting the gap is so important. Post #215
Snap ring of hub flange inspection & replacement with wheel & tire on. Page 17, Post #327.
Brakes, disc (rotors & drums) replacement. Starts at post #216
ABS to booster pump wire inspection & repair. Starts at post #218.
ABS to booster wire, new nuts & screws install. Page 12 post #221
All gearboxes flushed. Post #222
Fuel filter installed. Post #223
Battery post cleaned & greased. Post #224.
Starting engine and Dealing with Issues. Starts on post #233.
AC; oiling, vacuum testing and charging. Post # 235 lining to: So now I need to oil and charge the AC system?
Oil filter bracket & cooler resealing, Staring post #233.
Video of engine running, flushed the AHC, engine oil add 44K. Post #236
First long test drive. Post # 239.
Cabin Air filter door retrofit. Page 13, starts at Post #244
Cleaning the HVAC cabin sensor. Post #248.
Steering telescopic motor replaced. Post #249.
Firewall antenna wire hole sealed. Post #250.
AMP battery wire fuse block custom bracket. Post #251
AMP location under PS frt seat, clean up. Post #252.
AMP cover (molding) bracket and footwell carpet PS. Post #253
Carpet ripe repair DS front seat. Post #255
Front seats, under and sides clean up and installed. Post #257
Center console pulling apart and cleaning. Starts on post #258.
Center Console removed. Page 14, Continued post # 261.
Console upper panel & cup holder removal. Post #266.
Interior minor repairs as I clean inside. Post #267.
Rear Vent Switch bulb replacement. Post #268.
Rear tail light LH replaced. Post #273.
Turn signal blinking rapidly. Post #273.
PM of lower windshield molding (rust preventing). Post #275.
3rd row seat clip. Post #280.
Body fuel door color match replacement. Page 15, Post #281.
Coil (COP) going bad. Post # 287. Also see When to replace Ignition coils.
Rust PM. Front bumper support and fender leave traps. Post #294
Wobbling rear view mirror, interior. Page 16, post #301
B1153 DTC "seat position sensor assembly" wire repair. Post #302
No more DTC, but one tire pressure sensor no reading. Post #303
Door interior courtesy light lens replaced. Post #304
AHC, reading pressures in tech stream. Post $305
Coil spring spacer installed. Post #306.
Stabilizer links and bushing installed front and rear. Starts at post #307
Skid plate rust PM and bottom radiator foam ("cooler pack") pad install. Starts at Post #316
Updated final parts list. Post #317
Perfecting body paint. Post #320
Cutting paint with correction compound. Page 17, post #321
Paint chip repair. Starts post #323
Snap ring of hub flange inspection & replacement with wheel & tire on. Post #327
Fuel door replaced. Post #329
Windshield molding rivets replaced. Post #331
Cleaned the leather seats. Post #335

Parts list:
Total count>> 307 Parts
Various 200 Miles driven for parts & Machine shop
3/21/18 1 Engine 2UZ-fe Vvti w/shipping,$2,175
9/30/17 1 Engine $500 for 4runner engine (bad purchase)
4/2/18 1 Shipping Shipping
8/31/17 0.2 FSM Pro rata
1/15/18 0.5 Window wash Fluid top off from shop
Engine
Air filter
4/6/18 1 17801-50040 Air filter element
Drive Belt
4/11/18 1 National 203-ff Bearing, tensioner drive belt
1/18/18 1 16604-0F010 Idler Pulley & bearing
Spark plugs
4/5/18 8 SK20R11 Denso SK20R11 or NGK IFR6A11 (AA $9.99, $5.94. Last yr. $4.49, $$4.48 w/$20OFF)
Fuel
5/23/18 1 44k
4/6/18 1 23300-50090 Fuel Filter engine compartment
3/22/18 1 77285-60540 Clamp,3 Fuel tubes below brake master
11/27/17 1 77169-33020 Gasket, Fuel Suction Plate (fuel pump to tank)
Fuel rail
4/6/18 1 23280-50050 Fuel Pressure Regulator 2004-07
4/13/18 8 23291-41010 2329141010 INSULATOR, INJECTOR VIBRATION
4/6/18 1 23232-41081 23232-41081 (GASKET (FOR FUEL PUMP HOSE to damper))
4/6/18 1 90430-12026 90430-12026 GASKET(Fuel hose to rail held damper union bolt)
4/11/18 4 90430-12026 90430-12026 GASKET(Fuel crossover pipe to rails) 4)
4/3/18 8 Fuel Injector Specialists - Home - Wheat Ridge, CO Fuel injector clean rebuild & test
Intake manifold
3/30/18 2 17171-50030 Gasket intake manifold to head (2)
4/3/18 1 22271-50050 Gasket, throttle body
Vacuum Hose
4/5/18 1 23829-50161 2382950161 HOSE, FUEL VAPOR FEED
4/6/18 3 90999-92003 Toyota Vacuum hose 2' section
AI
3/30/18 1 17342-50180 Hose AI No. 2 (longer RH water)
3/30/18 2 17376-50010 GASKET (2), AIR TUBE No 1 (Exhaust)
Oil
3/30/18 2 15692-50020 O-ring (figure 8, filter bracket to oil pump)
3/30/18 2 90301-67004 O-ring (large FOR OIL COOLER)
3/30/18 1 15777-50030 Return Hose
5/23/18 1 Oil Filter M1 filter
Oil pan
5/22/18 1 EPR BG
5/23/18 1 MOA BG
4/5/18 6 5W-30 Advanced Auto synthetic oil for 15min warm up with ERP BG oil flush
9/1/12 8 M1 5w-30 Oil
3/30/18 1 90430-12031 Gasket, Oil plug Drain washer
3/30/18 1 96721-19010 O-ring, oil dip stick guide tube to pan
3/30/18 1 15147-50011 GASKET, OIL STRAINER (pickup tube)
3/30/18 1 00295-00103 FIPG 1207B Sub is 103
Mounts engine
4/21/18 2 12361-50121 1236150121 INSULATOR, ENGINE MOUNTING, FRONT
Exhaust
4/6/18 2 90080-43036 Pipe Gasket
4/6/18 1 17198-50010 GASKET, EXHAUST MANIFOLD TO HEAD, LH
4/6/18 16 90179-10070 16 Nuts exhaust manifold (non reusable). 9017910070
4/11/18 6 90080-17187 6 Nuts Exhaust manifold pipe to front pipe (3 nuts each side) Look like
Timing Belt
4/5/18 1 13503-0F010 13503-50011 Idler pulley (Koyo
4/6/18 1 13505-0F010 13505-50030 Tensioner pulley assy (Koyo)
4/4/18 1 13540-50030 1354050030 Tensioner (Asisin BTT-502)
PCV
4/6/18 1 12261-50070 Hose, PVC DS
4/6/18 1 12262-50080 Hose, PVC PS
11/25/2017 4-18 3 Coolant SSL pink 50/50
4/5/18 1 Dist. water Dist. water
4/5/18 0.1 08826-00100 Seal packing 1282B (shop supplies pro rata)
4/5/18 1 90916-03100 Thermostat
4/5/18 1 16346-50010 gasket, Thermostat-Water inlet housing.
4/4/18 1 16210-50102 Clutch, fan May 05-07 VVTi (Aisin FCT-075) Amazons looks good
4/5/18 1 16307-0F010 Bracket, fan (Aisin FBT-002)
Radiator
5/22/18 1 G1000130859CSF Radiator CSF
4/5/18 1 16401-67150 Cap
5/23/28 1 16572-50150 Lower Hose
9/1/17 1 16571-50150 Upper hose
6/5/18 1 88578-60100 Packing, Cooler (Foam between #1 & radiator)
Heater tee's
4/6/18 2 87248-60460 8724860460 PIPE, HEATER WATER
Water by-pass
4/6/18 1 87245-6A220 87245-6A220 HOSE, HEATER WATER, INLET A Bypass to tee inlet to core
4/6/18 1 87245-6A191 87245-6A191 HOSE, HEATER WATER, OUTLET B Tee out to bypass pipe
3/30/18 2 16341-50020 GASKET(WATER BY-PASS JOINT, REAR & front 2 each)
3/30/18 1 96761-24019 O-ring, PIPE SUB-ASSY, WATER BY-PASS
AC
5/2/18 0.2 MISC Tools & Oil
4/27/18 2 90069-08007 O-ring, pipes on compressor & pipe "H" to/at radiator RH side
07 2007 Toyota Land Cruiser A/C Receiver Drier - Climate Control - Denso - PartsGeek 24067-05169619 A/C receiver drier
5/1/18 1 R1043393863ND Drier Desiccant Elem Denso
Drive train
3/16/18 1 Propeller shafts & spiders Grease shop supplies
Transmission
6/1/18 1 35178-30010 Drain & level check washer
4/5/18 8 00289-ATFWS Qtrs.. WS ATF
AHC
5/12/18 2.5 08886-81221 Suspension Fluid (2.5qts from shop)
9/28/17 5 49177-60010 AHC accumulator bleeder cap
Transfer case
3/16/18 2 90430-A0003 drain and fill washers
3/17/18 1.5 Qtrs.. M1 75w-90.
Rear differential
3/16/18 2 12157-10010 drain and fill washers
3/16/18 3.6 Qtrs.. M1 75w-90
Front differential
3/16/18 2 12157-10010 Gaskets, drain & fill washers
4/5/18 1 90311-47013 Axle seal, LH
4/4/18 1 90311-47027 Axle seal, RH
5/7/18 1.8 Qtrs.. M1 75w-90
4/6/18 1 41651-60010 Cushion, Differential (front press in)
4/6/18 1 41653-60010 STOPPER DIFFERENTIA (front top cushion)
4/11/18 1 41653-60020 STOPPER DIFFERENTIA (RH rear top cushion)
4/13/18 2 90105-12240 90105-12240 Bolts, #3 crossmember plus side bracket (4)
Front Drive shaft
4/6/18 2 43430-60040 Axle Assembly (snap ring included)
Steering knuckle
4/6/18 2 90316-A0001 Oil seal (inboard)
5/5/18 0.1 Shop Supplies grease
5/5/18 0.1 Shop Supplies Marine grease
Axle Hub / Wheel bearings
4/6/18 2 43421-60060 Hub Flange
5/5/18 2 43422-60070 Hub Flange gasket
4/6/18 12 42323-60030 cone washer
4/6/18 1 90520-31007 snap ring 2.4mm. To Hub flange D
5/1/18 0.3 Shop Supplies Solvent
5/1/18 1 Shop Supplies Wheel bearing grease
Power steering
4/15/18 1 ATF Qtrs. M1 MV full synthetic ATF
3/16/18 1 44327-30040 Hose & tube assembly LH gasket, Power steering HP line 03-07
3/16/18 1 44327-30030 Hose & tube assembly RH gasket, Power steering HP line 03-07
returned TAB-UZJ100-KIT Steering rack mounting bushings, (Febest rubber) Quality iffy)
4/12/18 1 Rubber Mount bushing CVJ $42 or eBay deltaap57 $54.95
4/6/18 1 17030-50150 Vacuum hose assemble
4/6/18 1 44348-60320 Power Steering Suction Hose
4/6/18 1 44412-60280 Power Steering Return Hose
5/21/18 1 89232-60022 8923260021 8923260022 Motor power telescopic
Brakes
5/9/18 4 31478-30010 31478-30010 CAP, BLEEDER PLUG(FOR REAR DISC BRAKE)
47715-60020 PIN, Cylinder slide (slave lower pin w/rubber spacer) Rear
3/16/18 4 93319-15008 Screw w/washer ABS wire leads
3/16/18 4 94130-60500 Nut, ABS wire leads
Front Brakes
5/1/18 2 43512-60171 43512-60171 Rotor DISC, FRONT each
5/1/18 1 04465-60230 04465-60230 PAD KIT, DISC BRAKE, FRONT both side (4 pads)
4/28/18 1 04945-60010 04945-60010 SHIM KIT, ANTI SQUEAL, FRONT both sides (all 4)
4/27/18 1 04479-60040 04479-60040 CYLINDER KIT, DISC BRAKE, FRONT
5/8/18 4 90240-06024 PIN, w/hole
Rear brakes
5/2/18 2 42431-60281 42431-60281 Rotor DISC, REAR
5/1/18 1 04466-60070 04466-60070 PAD KIT, DISC BRAKE, REAR
5/1/18 1 04946-60031 04946-60031 SHIM KIT, ANTI SQUEAL(FOR REAR DISC BRAKE)
4/3/18 1 04948-60010 04948-60010 FITTING KIT, DISC BRAKE, REAR
4/27/18 1 04479-60250 04479-60250 CYLINDER KIT, DISC BRAKE, REAR
4/27/18 2 47493-0E010 Plug, E-Shoe adjusting rear rotor drum
Aftermarket Brakes
5/2/18 4 DOT 3 or $ synthetic
5/1/18 0.2 Shop supplies Caliper lube & cleaning solutions and brushes & sand paper
5/3/18 1 Custom Brake line set frame to diff Whisler RH 15 1/2" & LH 14"
5/9/18 1 STF1089 SS brake Line 6 pc SLEE OFF Road
Body
4/6/18 2 Struts hood Hood Lifts Monroe Max Amazon
7/1/18 3 wash/cleaning Shop
10/5/17 1 Paint detail 1F7 Sliver
6/13/18 1 Paint chip Detail sup paint chip & wind molding ploy clean
6/11/18 1 77350-60061 Lid Assy, Fuel filler door Used from LX with 1F7 (silver) Door
6/6/18 1 75730-60041 Molding assy, RR D
Windshield
6/1/18 6 90467-08108 Clips windshield lower weather strip
Lights
4/6/18 1 81561-60680 LENS & BODY, REAR COMBINATION LAMP, LH
5/1/18 1 Bulb Rear tail light
6/4/18 4 Bulbs HL HB4 Low beam 51W
6/4/18 2 Bulbs HL HB3 High beam 60W
Interior
6/1/18 1 Carpet Carwash shampoo at car wash
58297-50020 Grommet, for floor mat hook
Seats
4/3/18 1 88891-60040 Cover, Cooler unit, face plate w/filter door hatch
4/3/18 1 88891-60060 Door, cooler unit face plate door
Door
5/30/18 1 81231-33010 Lens, Courtesy Lamp RR
DASH
05/24/18 1 84999-10310 Bulb, DASH wing window light
Undercarriage
6/11/18 1 Hatch Oil filter hatch
6/11/18 2 Hatch bolt Oil filter hatch bolts
6/14/18 Oil drain plug hatch from shop stock.
Stabilizer systems'
4/6/18 4 90948-01003 Cushion, link
4/6/18 2 94184-61001 Nut, link top
4/6/18 2 48820-60032 link w/bushing lower pressed in
4/6/18 2 48815-60111 Bushings, Stab Bar
4/6/18 4 48817-30010 cushions, link
4/6/18 2 90385-11021 Cushion, Bar to link
4/6/18 2 90560-10275 Collar, Bar to link
4/6/18 2 48815-26250 Bushings, w/AHC
5/4/18 2 OME80PR05 5mm OME spacers
5/4/18 2 OME80PR10 10mm OME spacers
MISC
6/1/18 2 Running boards Each side 1D2 used (local)
6/4/18 4 Running boards Nut 8x1.25
5/8/18 1 85143-60110 Grommet, RR Wiper
6/1/18 1 Bumper skin Front bumper skin 1D2 used (from SLC in 2017)
 
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I actually didn’t know I was buying a Unicorn when I made the offer. I was just buying a relatively low mile (~127K) with a blown engine to play with.

Being a 2007 makes it the rarest of all Unicorns (The Holy Grail) and the most sought after. Why, 2007 being the last year of the 100 series in the USA has a special interest to those wanting the final in a great line up. 2007 also had the fewest number imported into the USA of all 100 Series, make it most difficult to find.

First thing I did was a photo shoot of undercarriage, body and interior. I was amazed at how clean, especially the undercarriage of the Unicorn was. I suppose being a Unicorn extra special care was always taken with it by PO’s, that and fact it being a rig from the Southern states (GA & TX).
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I really didn’t have time to do any work on The Unicorn. I was finishing up Snowy, which was my biggest restore to date with ~300 parts & 700 hours. It was under contract to a buyer from nearly the beginning and I had a schedule to meet, with order of the day being "10 year & 100K miles".
Scored a 06 LC (untouched Jewell restoration)
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Work other mud member's rigs came next:
When I finished with Snowy, I had some promises to keep working on a few local mud members rigs. You see a few locals had asked me to work on their rigs, offering to pay me. I was able to save one member of mud about $4K on an ABS job. I'd been finding the typical shop, including Dealer (Toyota/Lexus), were doing many job wrong, leading to more expensive future repairs. My hobby was turning into more of a business.

Then “The Black Knight” pop up on my radar, I had to have it. It was the cleanest I’d ever seen, even cleaner than the Unicorn or The King when I first bought them. So I made a very good offer for it, head to SoCA to close on the deal and drive it home. Even with its supper low mile and OMG clean, it needed some correcting and PM. With winter coming it move ahead of the Unicorn, so the Unicorn had to wait once again. I need more garage space with climate control, as winter was really going to slow me this year with so much on my plate.
Scored 2006 LC w/58K OMG Clean!
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There is No vehicle I like driving more cross country than a Cruiser. But I had to have auto transport bring to me from GA, as it had a blown engine. I’ve my work cut out on the Unicron:
 
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Wonder what the story is on that non nav rig. Had to be a slip up in the order. I don’t think the regions would allow a special order LC in those days.
 
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After a great deal of work finding, buying, swapping parts and replacing/installing engine with a long block from a 06 GX470 with just under 100K miles on it. You can see and hear it running. As you read through the thread, you'll see all the parts that were needed to swap in a GX470 4.7L 2UZ-fe VVT into a 100 series (Land Cruiser or LX470 06-07).

Sounds good now!
 
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Wonder what the story is on that non nav rig. Had to be a slip up in the order. I don’t think the regions would allow a special order LC in those days.
I really can't say. But it's my understanding some No NAV were imported to Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

It has a 10/06 manufacturing date and is listed as a VX model.

1/19/08 The first history entry from Toyota.com is at Mike Calvert Toyota in Houston on 1/19/08 w/16,803 miles for a 15K service.
  • FILTER, OIL TO90915-YZZD3
  • GASKET TO90430-12031
  • OIL,MOTOR 5W30 QT TO00279-1QT5W-01
  • 15K PLUS SERV PK15KP
  • NON-CHLOR BRAKE C TO00289-2BC00 (not seen this one before)
  • BG ROAD CARD TO00099-99089
  • MOC THROTTLE CL TO00099-MOCTB
  • ELEMENT SUB-ASSY, TO17801-50040
Carfax thanks to a certain member for getting to me fast, shows vehicle shipped & inspected to/at original dealer:
11/06/06 source NICB. Texas;Inspection Station Alvin, TX. Emissions inspection performed & Passed safety inspection.
11/30/06 Ron Carter Toyota Alvin, TX. Pre-delivery inspection completed.
12/14/06 SouthwestRe Houston, TX Reinsure.com Service contract issued.
1/09/07 Texas Motor Vehicle Dept. Houston, TX Title. First owner reported.

Second owner:
11/23/11 TX. Vehicle offered for sale. Fort Bend Toyota Sugar Land, TX
11/25/11 GA. Georgia Motor Vehicle Dept. Vehicle purchase reported. (sold very fast)

Carfax also showed and accident, which PO disclosed up front. He explained to me; a miniVan skinned his passage side while he continued with forward motion.
11/2/15 Minor damage reported. Airbags did not deploy. This is what I did most of my DD at first. When I found it had ~$10K in repairs I feaked and called the body shop. Shop manager remembered how clean it was. I was very concerned scanning the work order report, when I saw A, B and C pillar painting. I became very concerned pillars may have been damaged. I was relieved to find pillars had not been damaged at all. They're one of the top body shop in the South. They paint inside doors so that they don't leave paint lines. They did minor repair to front door skin and 1/4 panel on PS. They also replace rear PS door. Then paint PS side. I'm good with minor damage that is properly repaired. So I made my offer on the rig, still not knowing it was a Unicorn.

:popcorn: I can't wait to see the progress on this.
I hope to have as near showroom condition as your 2006 TBK. It's killing me waiting for weather to warm. I only get an hour or two occasionally now in the garage.

Draining Fuel from gas tank:
Draining fuel from gas tank by removed fuel pump, so I could get a look into gas tank and siphon out old fuel. I was concerned with age of old fuel and look (crudy) of gas cap area. So I wanted to inspect and put in fresh fuel with a stabilizer. With so much work to be done, I didn't want a potential bad fuel issue at first engine start up.

Pulling Engine:
I did manage to pull engine out yesterday after making use of the occasional hours of warm weather to perp. I had planned on pulling pan, but it took longer than it should have to pull. So I'll wait for next warm day.
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This is back of the VVt engine, which has tubes coming from the exhaust headers going into the A.I. #1 & #2 switches. Switches connect to the rear water bypass joint.
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So, Paul the $64,000 question is: Will you keep the Unicorn when she's all done???

I would really like to, it's why I sold The King. But it's become painfully clear I need a shop with lift and climate control. The right offer could get me what I need.

Like vs need.

The right offer will make decision for me.;):(:)
 

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That's one way to get to the steering rack...

My first thought as well.

I really can't say. But it's my understanding some No NAV were imported to Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

It has a 10/06 manufacturing date and is listed as a VX model.

1/19/08 The first history entry from Toyota.com is at Mike Calvert Toyota in Houston on 1/19/08 w/16,803 miles for a 15K service.
  • FILTER, OIL TO90915-YZZD3
  • GASKET TO90430-12031
  • OIL,MOTOR 5W30 QT TO00279-1QT5W-01
  • 15K PLUS SERV PK15KP
  • NON-CHLOR BRAKE C TO00289-2BC00 (not seen this one before)
  • BG ROAD CARD TO00099-99089
  • MOC THROTTLE CL TO00099-MOCTB
  • ELEMENT SUB-ASSY, TO17801-50040
Carfax thanks to a certain member for getting to me fast, shows vehicle shipped & inspected to/at original dealer:
11/06/06 source NICB. Texas;Inspection Station Alvin, TX. Emissions inspection performed & Passed safety inspection.
11/30/06 Ron Carter Toyota Alvin, TX. Pre-delivery inspection completed.
12/14/06 SouthwestRe Houston, TX Reinsure.com Service contract issued.
1/09/07 Texas Motor Vehicle Dept. Houston, TX Title. First owner reported.

Second owner:
11/23/11 TX. Vehicle offered for sale. Fort Bend Toyota Sugar Land, TX
11/25/11 GA. Georgia Motor Vehicle Dept. Vehicle purchase reported. (sold very fast)

Carfax also showed and accident, which PO disclosed up front. He explained to me; a miniVan skinned his passage side while he continued with forward motion.
11/2/15 Minor damage reported. Airbags did not deploy. This is what I did most of my DD at first. When I found it had ~$10K in repairs I feaked and called the body shop. Shop manager remembered how clean it was. I was very concerned scanning the work order report, when I saw A, B and C pillar painting. I became very concerned pillars may have been damaged. I was relieved to find pillars had not been damaged at all. They're one of the top body shop in the South. They paint inside doors so that they don't leave paint lines. They did minor repair to front door skin and 1/4 panel on PS. They also replace rear PS door. Then paint PS side. I'm good with minor damage that is properly repaired. So I made my offer on the rig, still not knowing it was a Unicorn.


I hope to have as near showroom condition as your 2006 TBK. It's killing me waiting for weather to warm. I only get an hour or two occasionally now.

I did manage to pull engine out yesterday after uses the occasional hours to perp. I had planned on pulling pan, but it took longer than it should have. So I'll wait for next warm day.
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Great photos- dont often get to see this levelnof detail with motors pulled.

Thanks for posting.
 
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That's one way to get to the steering rack...
That's what I was thinking. Be so easy.:hmm: I will be looking over that very closely, but so far I've no indication it needs a rack replacement or even mounting bushings.


Congrats on finding your unicorn. What a nice surprise.
Thank you, it was a very nice surprise.
 
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My first thought as well.



Great photos- dont often get to see this levelnof detail with motors pulled.

Thanks for posting.
Thanks! I have a bunch of pictures I'll be puttin up. I chose those to show parts we don't see everyday and how I did some stuff. Keep in mind it's a VVt so a few difference on engine.

BTW: One shop said "It's only a two hour job to pull" Man I'm I slow took me six months...LOL

That’s exactly what thought!
Yep my first thought as well.

If I've any doubt it well be considered.

I believe I saw that one when it was offered. If I had the room for another one, I would have tried to beat you to it. :)
No doubt you did, was a member of mud that post it up. I too didn't have room, especially for a no run condition with winter coming. I moved fast doing DD, making offer within two hour of listing. But still I was second in line.

Then too learn it's a Unicorn, WOW wow WOW

Even a blind squirrel gets lucky now and then!
 
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Curious what futures trading software you use, I take it you work in risk mgmt?

Mark to market!
 
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So just for clarity, you have no title? Or is the PO applying for a lost title and signing it over down when they get it?
 

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