i never knew there was such a following with these land cruisers. i never even knew there was any clubs or forims like this. ive only been online for a couple years now, and never checked up on it. i bought my 71 about 6 years ago and havent done a whole lot to it since then. mountain biking or dirt bikes have taken all my time. i have always liked off road stuff and when i saw it i jonesed out pretty hard and bought it. i couldnt believe how heavy duty it was and pretty tight all around. not only that but it looked bada$$...i was mainly jeep shopping....then i came across this cruiser. i havent looked at jeeps since hahaha. i thought maybe someday id do some work to it....when i get more time or whatever. ive had to replace the alternator and battery in the last 6 years, but thats cake anyways. we heat the house with a woodburner so i do alot of woodcutting in the winter. the cruiser has always gone on these excursions....usually just pulling a splitter or small trailer with saws and beer and stuff. if anyone has 4 wheeled in kansas, then they know that there is some bottomless mudpits. no matter how bad these guy's trucks would get stuck...i could always get them out with the cruiser. it put a smile on my face when id see their expressions...they couldnt believe it. "that little thing is AWESOME!!" we didnt take it so much as to haul wood, as we did to get people unstuck. it was almost like cheating!! anyways....i have taken a season off from hare scrambles to get some other things done. working on my cruiser was one of the main goals. some surface rust is starting to appear...it needs attention. plus it sat since last winter when the alternator died...ruined the battery too...so i replaced both last week. i found all my manuals...bought an oil filter and some oil....battery and alternator and went to work. for some reason the choke seems to kick off before the motor is wamr enough....so i wanted to tighten the spring a little and get it right before winter comes. i wanted to mount sopme kind of bench seat straight across in the back like a jeep has. i dont like those sideways seats much. i also wanted some buckets for the front. i called specter and they want like 500 bucks apiece for the seats and brackets. i about crapped myself, but maybe how much this stuff really costs. i was going to see if i could find something out of a honda or toyota car..even a pinto i dont care. i dont like the front seats much either. i like buckets. that project might take some work since i might have to do some fabricating, but it kinda makes it fun that way. just a few things i wanted to get done around here and i found my jones from years past again. i started doing some searches online about land cruisers and got bombarded by stuff. i found this forum and cant stop reading....now all i can think about is checking out all the local junkyards around here...seeing what i can do to it!!! i need to get the steering box tightened up and i havent found a place around here who has messed with them. it looks kinda intricate for me...but maybe its not that hard. i think i need to remove some shims. i have about 5 inches of freeplay on either side of the wheel.