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    got the old beast back in it's usual storage spot. rego's back on hold. it goes but it's not a happy machine. need to sort out that wiring loom properly and check out the sensors around the cambelt.

    sparky was very good to me. he estimated he'd done 12+hrs on it, trimmed the bill down to a reasonable price, top bloke.

    got other things to do for now.

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    ...just over three years later...

    ive spent the last few years just doing my best to ignore the old beast. it's been tucked out of sight behind a curtain while i focused on the escudo, my tractor, a campervan, another tipping trailer, and built that white SJ413 ute two years ago. occasionally id sit in the driver's seat & swear at it, but mostly i just tried to pretend it wasnt there.

    about two months ago i got notice that I'd be giving up my shed space in february. seemed like a good time to start thinking about it again. so after a bit of a dig thru old paperwork, i found it had a few things needing to be done with it.

    the tuner that looked at it left me with the diagnosis that it had either a dead CAS or a dead link. i looked for a replacement CAS for a few months till i lost interest. eventually this year i finally accepted i couldn't find one, so got a trademe one for $250, chucked it in, and made it burp. didn't fire, but it hadnt even burped previously.

    drained the old fuel out of the tank, came out stinking of varnish. tried to burn it for kicks and it wouldn't light. also replaced the spark plugs & fuel filter.

    with a decent battery tied to the bullbar, she fired up straight away. flat refused to idle, but certainly ran. with that in hand, i went back thru the list and finished off all the little jobs on it - checked the diff & rear axle swap id done on it while it was parked up, bled the brakes, swapped the wheels for a set from trademe, pre-wof'ed it, made a new battery tray and shifted the remote oil filter mount a bit.

    spent awhile vacuuming all the mouse shit out of it. it's always satisfying finding green mouse shit. means the poison baits worked. smells pretty feral in there at the mo - have used an entire can of oust spray, hung four air freshners, and it still stinks of stale piss.

    took it to town last week for a wof. went straight thru, though it should've - its basically been off the road since it's last wof. the new alloys fitted but jammed the lf wheel solid. took it off to discover the steering knuckle on the LH side is 5mm closer to the wheel than on the right. so needs a better offset. have put the original knobblies back on for now.

    so, net result: after 3 years, ive got a road legal, semi-reliable 1uz landcruiser again. it's ****ing good fun

    im still expecting the gearbox to shit itself. though on the plus side, ive put 160km on it & filled tank with fresh fuel. it's improving every day - already idles again. still runs like arse off idle. have booked it in with the tuner for early feb to get properly checked & dyno tuned, finally. hopefully it doesn't break again before then
    Last edited by 4wd; 25th December 2016 at 3:44 pm.

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    finally fitted new aerial. bit a shit of a job, took about 3hrs. took the guard off as it's too far to reach up from the sill. should've taken the door off, woulda been quicker. it's been given a decent dose of underseal at some stage, thicker than the heads of the bolts. spent ages digging at it with a screwdriver.

    it aint the best looking thing, but not out of place on a cruiser. doesn't tap on the windscreen either, was my only worry with it.

    just ticked over 400km since the wof. still coughs and farts off idle, but it idles nice and hasnt overheated or caught fire in the 30 degree heat. yet. ive let the tyres back down to 30psi, has stopped the worst of the bouncing at 100km/h. need to find another set of alloys asap, the rattling must be shaking the old thing to bits.
    Last edited by 4wd; 28th December 2016 at 11:58 pm.

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    I just spent a reasonable amount of time reading through this thread for the first time, A+, good read

    You've certainly put some quality hours and coin into this thing, glad to see you've got it up and running again.

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    blackbox wrote:
    I just spent a reasonable amount of time reading through this thread for the first time, A+, good read

    You've certainly put some quality hours and coin into this thing, glad to see you've got it up and running again.
    cheers man. yep there's been a lot of time & effort poured into the old bitch over the years.

    nothing major to report. ill probably jinx it by saying it, but this has been the longest continuous stint that it's run without anything breaking since i bought it. i think it might even finally be reliable.

    its still an absolute pig to start on a cold morning. no choke function in the LINK. usually dies at least twice. needs to be warmed a bit anytime it's started otherwise itll stall on takeoff, hot or cold.

    squeaky clutch bearing is slowly getting worse. im picking that'll be the next thing to go. need to hold my foot further down on the pedal to shut it up than i used to.

    between work & lack of interest i still haven't found a replacement set of alloys that'll fit the offset for the left front. will keep looking, have always wanted to try a set of 18" pajero wheels on it, quite like the chunky spoke look. also i haven't got around to sorting out the back diff, it's still running the 4.5 surf diff i had in the pile. need to order some 4.8 rockcrawling gears and get my lsd rebuilt for them.

    between the 32's and the tall diff it takes a fair while to get up to 90km/h, and it's almost painful with a trailer on, poor thing is working it's arse off below 3k. i can't get the tuning done till that's sorted, the tuner doesn't want to be spinning the muds on the dyno (and fair enough too), and the load on the engine will be less with the right diff so its better to just wait.

    if anything, its running a bit rich. judging by the popfart backfires it does on a slow gearshift or when dawdling through town. and the petrol fumes when you start it. rather that than running lean, just peace of mind.

    since i lost my shed space earlier in the year, its been in outside storage. discovered not long after that that the sills fill up with water when it rains. the sliding back side window seals leak like a sieve. never noticed it before, its always been in the shed in various states of broken. so now it gets covered with the old man's boat cover when its parked up. covers it to the wheels, works well.

    overall im pretty happy with it at the moment. will just keep chipping away at the bits left to do as funds allow and bide my time till the next thing goes wrong.