Any Land Cruiser head here???

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by mustardfj40, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  2. wallache

    wallache Been here awhile

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  3. Red J

    Red J C'mon, spring!

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    Well, it may have good patina but it's a bitch to live with, esp. when you drive it in the winter. Last time I did that, I had a small snowdrift on the dash. :lol3

    Right now the frame is sitting on jackstands but pretty in black and awaiting axle overhaul. Upon which time I will install those axles with new OME suspension kit. Motor is fresh from cover to pan, trans/xfr resealed and installed with o-hauled driveshafts.

    At which point I will be out of money and you'll get some of your wish whereupon the body will go back on, looking much as it did before.

    The bodywork will come another day. Rear sill is toast and the doors are not far behind, but the cost to fix it all is not in the budget. Someday...
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  4. drwest

    drwest Been here awhile

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    Hey Duke,

    anytime you want to twist some wrenches on a fj40, I am just down the road in Hygiene. I have a 76 fj40 restore in process with a Cummins 4bt conversion.


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  5. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Great thread. I have a late friend who had one of those in the '70's. It would go anywhere. Great memories.

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  6. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    I will take a Hardtop, Vinyl Top and a Wagon. It would be a smidge above $10K.

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  7. buickid

    buickid Lets ride!

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    I don't know... here are the pictures I promised. The first two pics are a '73 soft top, 3 on the floor, with the PTO winch option, the tub is pretty much gone. The floor looks like swiss cheese, and the tailgate is almost non existant. The third is a '70 hard top with a 3 on the tree, vaccum operated front drive option. The hard top is pretty rotten, the flip up half of the hatch is going to fall off soon. Yes, I know the grill is upside down... Both were farm trucks, so relatively low mile, but very hard miles. They're project trucks, just waiting for the right time...

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  8. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    My cruiser is getting closer to being on the road.
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    Been trying to find out what the largest tires I can put on are with the stock suspension?
    Thinking about BFG ATs 31 x 9.5 but not sure of the fit.
    235 75 15s on there now.
    The Toyota forums are deep to navigate as most people have gone with 33s and lifts.
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  9. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Reformed and former Cruiser-head of ill-repute. I still dream occasionally. Had two '79 FJ's oh so many moons ago. Traded 'em in for ATV's. Great thread! Thanks
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  10. Barnstormer

    Barnstormer Polar Bear Wrangler

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    I get to use a bunch of LCs at work. Unkillable.

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  11. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    I've been looking for a 4wd as a second vehicle for a while. I'd use it on road trips, local in the mountains, off road or hauling stuff.

    I like the Subaru Outbacks, but with high mileage they seem to have a lot of issues, head gaskets, wheel bearings, cv joints, timing belts and ? There are LCs out there for less than a 4runner and offer more off road, just wondering if I'm missing something besides a loss in mpg.

    So I've been looking for something capable off road and doesn't require a lot of repairs and routine maintenance is manageable.

    I'm looking at Land Cruisers from the mid-90s, probably over 150-230K. If one is found with that mileage that has been well maintained, is it usually a good bet that it will keep running well? Any years that are better to look at, features to get? I've been looking at 94, 96/97.

    What are the major problem areas? What to look at when buying one?

    If it needs service are the labor rates higher to work on an LC? Are the older ones ok to do some work on your own? I'd like something I can work on.

    I'm also assuming the LC offers more cargo room than a 4runner or Subaru.

    Thanks, Looking forward to the advice.
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  12. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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  13. JasonH

    JasonH Been here awhile

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  14. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    This "Free" TLC has been surprisingly expensive.
    Currently tied up in DMV purgatory.
    It ran real good but it was tweaked to pass smog. Now a hard starter :scratch.
    Also the clutch pedal has to go the the floor to engage.

    Starting to question the wisdom of the whole project
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    Sure is cool to drive though, 14MPG!
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  15. 'Rett Butler

    'Rett Butler Happily Married

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    1978 FJ-40 purchased by my father in 1993 and I learned to drive it that same year (13 yrs old). I bought it from my dad a few years back and added Chevy TBI, mini-truck PS, Vintage Air AC, Tacoma wheels, Tuffy console w/stereo, Bestop rollbar speakers and full Autometer gauges.

    Value: Pricele$$

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  16. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I'm not intimately familiar with LC's so I could be way off here. But my guess would be they most likely leaned out the idle. Meaning it is not getting the fuel it used to at idle for starting. Possibly the idle speed was adjusted as well.

    Good luck hope that helps
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  17. 'Rett Butler

    'Rett Butler Happily Married

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    If its a CA car (by the plate) even if the truck was brand new it would barely pass their emissions standards.

    When my FJ40 failed emissions we moved to Northern Arizona and ripped the SMOG shit off. Then I did the TBI conversion and its never run better and the MPG improved. :clap
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  18. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    PO never non op since 08. CA wants it titled, tagged and to pass CA smog before they will release it to Nevada! WTF? Broke ass commie state BS.
    Oh and title was lost :baldy
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  19. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Check ignition timing. It's often fiddled with to pass smog.
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  20. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    My brother in law had one of those and just ate brakes and rotors, but he's hard on brakes and drove San Francisco a lot. Maybe check into a Trooper instead? I have a 2000 and it's never given us any problems even though it only has 104K on it. The fetch way less money than any LC's. I'll post up the one photo I have of my old FJ55 when I figure out my scanner.