Hodakaguy's Overland Tacoma Builds - on to new adventures.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    Ever use water bricks for back country trips? They hold up well, they are stackable and don't take up much room. You can freeze one and use it for a substitute for block or bagged ice in a large cooler also.

    Thanks for sharing your builds. I have enjoyed following the progress.

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  2. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Um, a 100 is minimum 10 years old now. A new 200 starts at 80k-ish. Both are station wagons.

    I just wish we could get brand new V6 gas trucks for that cheap over here. And camper shells for small monies... A new truck-camper combo runs at 100k US over here, for a small Jap Diesel like my '17 Hilux.

    Anyways, lovely pair of Taco's! I'm enjoying this thread alot.
  3. maloryII

    maloryII ey brah

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    I've been around the 4x4 community for some time now and thought I had heard it all... but to call a Toyota Land Cruiser a station wagon :lol3
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  4. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    You don't really need any welding or fab experience, there are plenty of bolt on accessories that most with basic tools can install themselves. Price would really depend on what you want to do with the truck and how many goodies you want to add to it. I would say $5K to $10K would get you set up very nicely if you can install your own items, if you are going to hire it all done I would double the cost of parts as a rough estimate.

    Hodakaguy
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  5. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I haven't but those look interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

    Hodakaguy
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  6. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    A land cruiser isn't much of a direct comparison between a truck/camper setup as they serve two different purposes. The camper is great for comfort, family trips and cold/wet weather camping. You can also remove the camper easily for more hard core off road trips and run a canopy or RTT if one preferred...trucks are very multi use.

    Hodakaguy
  7. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Every day is a school day I guess.
  8. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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    Hodakguy, if you’re not tired of water storage suggestions, have a look here.
    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.c...kitchen/front-runner-footwell-water-tank.html
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    My wife, a Tacoma driver, likes to remind me of this anytime I refer to my Land Cruiser as a truck.
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  9. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Installing the Solar Controller and Powerlet Connection.

    I'm getting ready to install the solar panels on the roof and it's time to get the Solar charge controller installed. I'm going with a BlueSky Solar Boost 3000i MPPT Controller, I've used this controller in my Syncro and it worked great so decided to stick with what works :-)

    The factory provides a cut out for their controller right above the heater.

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    Removing the cover on the controller cutout.

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    The factory pre-wired the camper for a Solar Controller so install will be simple. The wiring is tucked up above the heater unit.

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    The 3000i charge controller

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    The factory cut out is a little small for this controller so some cutting is in order.

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    Covered the heater unit with a garbage bag to keep the saw dust out of the important bits.

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    Front cut out and here I've marked a notch that needs to be cut for the rear of the unit.

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    Test fitting the controller.

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    Battery wiring is tucked against the far wall behind the batteries.

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    All the wires were marked from the factory making it easy to identify, I went ahead and verified everything with a meter before wiring everything up just to make sure.

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    I used Marine grade heat shrink crimps on all connection. I didn't get any pics but there is a fuse holder wired into the battery area.

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    Connecting the controller. I'll be fabricating a cover for the rear of the controller soon.

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    Time to install the power connection for the ARB Fridge. I absolutely hate US cigarette lighter connections, they always get loose and your constantly pushing the plug back in. I cut the factory cigarette lighter plug off the fridge harness and wired in a Powerlet connector instead, I'll keep the cut off end and make an adapter so I can also connect to a Cig lighter if needed. Powerlet connectors are great, they snap in place and won't get loose as you travel down the road.

    Here is the fridge harness with the new Powerlet end installed.

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    Powerlet socket that will be installed in the camper. The depth of the socket isn't deep enough to pass through the wood on the camper so an adapter will need to be fabricated.

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    Fabricating the Powerlet adapter from a scrap piece of aluminum.

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    Holes drilled and socket test fit.

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    I drilled a hole in the heater unit just above the heater to install the Powerlet. The hole needed to be slightly bigger to clear the nut on the back of the socket.

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    Wiring completed for the Powerlet socket.

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    Controller and Powerlet installed, I painted the adapter black. Looks factory :-)

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    Hodakaguy
  10. manstache

    manstache Jed

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    I really like the simplicity of the FWC. Modifications to is are looking good so far.
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  11. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Is there a reason the solar controller isn't centered over the furnace?
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  12. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Nope, I just trimmed on one side instead of both . I usually make everything Symmetrical but in this case it didn’t bother me :-)

    Hodakaguy
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  13. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Installed the fridge to run it for a couple days and test the battery system, should be able to run for several days with no external power with the dual batt system. I'll be installing 240W of solar soon then battery power shouldn't be a issue.

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    With the top down on the camper there is still plenty of room to get into the fridge at rest stops ect without having to pop the top. I'll be installing mounting straps to keep the fridge secure in this location.

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    Next up fabricate a rear guard for the solar charge controller to protect it from items stored inside the cabinet.

    Starting out with a piece of aluminum plate.

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    Cutting the piece down to rough size.

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    Corners trimmed.

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    Marking out the locations for the air vent holes.

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    Air holes drilled and beveled.

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    Using the finger brake to bend up the guard

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    Fabricating some hidden mount tabs from some scrap pieces of stainless.

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    Factory trim pieces cut down to size and re-installed.

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    Test fitting the guard in place.

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    Guard painted and installed in place. Should keep the controller well protected.

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    Hodakaguy
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  14. ian408

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    Solar install looks great.
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  15. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Looks great, are you doing all of this x2 and doing your dads FWC at the same time?
  16. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    No there is only one FWC, it will get shared between the trucks

    Hodakaguy
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  17. waylongway

    waylongway madmax

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    Have you seen this one....?

    He has a bunch of videos of it and his travels.....:-)



  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Lots of progress today......Picture Heavy!

    Started this morning by installing a 110V NOCO power plug on the side of the camper. This port will connect to a IOTA 15A AGM onboard charger (to be installed soon).

    The NOCO power port

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    I'll be sealing the port to the camper with Sikaflex 221....Good stuff.

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    The port will be going into the battery compartment just aft of the vent.

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    Pilot hole drilled....committed now lol.

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    2" hole drilled.

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    And power port installed and sealed.

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    Next up install the Hypertech inline speedometer calibrator. This is a small unit that goes behind the instrument cluster and allows you to correct the speedometer for larger tires. Drives me crazy seeing the speedo off from the GPS :-)

    The Hypertech unit.

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    Installing the unit. I routed the USB cable down under the dash and stored it up out of the way, if I need to make tweaks to the calibrator to get the speedo spot on with the GPS I can just plug in the computer and easily make the changes without having to remove the dash again.

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    Time to install the new SSO (Sothern Style Offroad) Hybrid bumper. Here I've installed the Baja Designs 30' light bar and the winch fairlead.

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    Installing the synthetic rope on the Warn Zeon 10S. The anchor setup to the spool is pretty slick.

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    We connected the winch to temporary power and with my dad pulling on the cable spooled it in. Once the assembly is on the truck we will properly tension the cable.

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    Mounted on the bumper.

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    Now the fun part....trimming the plastic. Grill removed and laying out the cut lines.

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    A cheap HF Die Grinder and a skinny wheel made quick work of the cutting.

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    Nice and clean.

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    Edge trim installed.

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    The factory bracing for the lower edge of the plastic bumper. This portion of the brace will interfere with the solenoid pack on the ZEON winch, other low profile winches will clear without modification but I wanted the ZEON unit. I really don't want to remote mount the solenoid pack so I decided to cut out this portion of the brace and fabricate some replacement braces that won't interfere.

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    My father starting to fabricate the new braces while I get ready to cut out the middle section of the brace.

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    Brace section removed.

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    New braces built and painted.

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    And braces installed. Lots of room for the winch now :-)

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    With the center brace gone I supported the wiring harness with a snap tie.

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    Bumper in place, trim came out pretty good.

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    Running the winch wiring. I split some rubber hose and placed it under the tie points for the wiring. Drilled two holes and ran the electrical wiring out behind the drivers headlight assy.

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    Outside again :-)

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    More to come.....

    Hodakaguy
  19. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Damn! That looks factory.
  20. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    You n Dad are the Masters.....way cool lookin!!
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