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Weak points of 1988 HJ75?

Discussion in '70-Series Tech' started by jvoelcker, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jvoelcker

    jvoelcker

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    Hi,

    I am going to be looking at a 1988 HJ75 for sale on eBay for a friend of mine and was wondering if there was anything in particular that I would need to check on this vehicle. I know the 80 series inside out and am familiar with various other 4x4s, but know nothing about the peculiarities of this particular model.

    You can see the full details of it at:

    http://tinyurl.com/a3g2j (item 4565743791 at http://www.ebay.co.uk).

    Any pointers towards the weak points and items to check would be appreciated.
     
  2. Satamax

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    Hi Julian.

    Well, it's more isues than real problems, exept rust, but since it's from australia originaly, it might not be as bad as a 88 UK truck! Things to check, have the iddler bearing axle and bearings been changed along with the T case bearings? About the shifting,? Has the gearbox been redone? The rear springs seem to be sagging. Look into the air filter box, where you can see dust, it must have seen some in AU!
     
  3. roscoFJ73

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    As Max said there is nothing wrong with these.
    Except they dont go forever and with 355000klm its up for a major component replacement in the near future.
    It may go a lot further but it would be foolish to take it for granted.
    The seller also says you can get parts for it anywhere there is a Toyota dealer. Not true!

    Of course it all depends on the final price paid.
    If your friend wants it then he will need to become an enthusiast.

    Make sure it starts easily. Try and see it start first thing in the morning before the owner has warmed it up.(Feel the manifolds for warmth)
    Generally the quicker and cleaner it starts,the better the compression.
     
  4. jvoelcker

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    Thanks for the replies guys, I have now had a bit more info back from the vendor:

    The background is that the vehicle was purchased from the
    secretary of the AA there, but he doesn't have the service history.

    He said the engine is totally sound as are the wheel bearings and CV
    joints. As stated in the ad, there is a new Toyota installed clutch.

    There is a little bit of rust around the wheel arches. He said that we
    might choose to upgrade the brakes. He put on new pads last year, but
    we might want to change the servo. It has a twin auto-swapover battery
    system. He has an EARS (Electronic Anti Rust System) unit installed,
    but he's got it switched off now.

    The suspension has a 30cm rise, 9 leaf installed by Opposite Lock (an
    Australian Firm) and gas shocks, because he was carrying heavy weight
    (his own fire wood on his trans-Australia trip). He said it is quite
    bouncy when empty.

    He replaced the alternator with a non-original part a while ago.

    The roofrack is an alloy system, also manufactured by Opposite Lock in
    Australia. All the mods were done in Australia.

    I am planning to go and see the vehicle tomorrow AM (GMT) unless I hear major alarm bells from anyone.

    Any further feedback would be appreciated.
     
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    Troopies are great trucks, I'd deffinately go for it if everything checks out.
     
  6. honk

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    All long range pictures - can't see any detail. So there's only his word to go on?

    BTW: his requirement, "If paying by pay pal please add pay pal fee to final price" constitutes a surcharge to the buyer and is not allowed in ebay. If anyone were to report it to ebay they'll stop the auction.
     
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    oh rust round windscreen....
     
  8. jvoelcker

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    Thanks one and all for the feedback.

    Having had contact with seller he is genuine, however we have decided to give it a miss due to a high reserve price (7,500 GBP) for the high number of miles.
     
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    At that price you could probably get diesel 80 in the UK

    Thanks for coming back and telling us what happened.
    We like a finale:D