bumper looks good, very beefy
It should be able to handle those pesky refrigerators.
bumper looks good, very beefy
It should be able to handle those pesky refrigerators.
Bring on the home appliances
The laser shop is still backed up, but the top plate should be ready later this week
Lol that's a big fucking bumper! And there is only one name for that truck... RIDICULOUS!
Wonder what it weighs at this point?
everything looks awesome Rick, only thing that stands out for me is I feel the top bar on your new bumper is too far high up Maybe I'm just looking at it wrong or something, I dunno lol
A little photo update....
Added a toggle switch and light under the dash....
It controls a PAC500 main cut-off solenoid mounted under the hood that sends power to both front and rear winches...
Each winch has their own safety cut-off key switch that sends sends power to the controller circuit which can be used by either the hand controller or the interior control switches (seat heater switches)
lol, that thing is awesome.
How do you remember what all the 200 switches do
A little update on the top plate
Still baking in the booth, but the plan is to back the Land Cruiser logo with a plexi filter and back light it with either LED's or a neon tube whenever the main power solenoid for the winches is powered up
OK, another little update....
Found some LED ricer lights we had sitting on the shelf and they seem to fit well
Pulled the spotlight bar, dropped in the cover plate and it was good to go
I'll take more pix when it gets dark
A few more
Added an Anderson connector to the rear wing for jumper cables
Didn't have room to drill, so I had to yank the tailgate off
It uses the same relay switched source as the winches so I don't have to worry about kids and paperclips
So wait, how's that like jumper cables again?
That way, I never have to bust a U-Turn on the highway or even pop the hood to jump someone
The connector will only see power when the main power solenoid is switched on, so I don't have to worry about hood rats shorting them out with paperclips
And best of all, I don't have to worry about people wanting to borrow my jumper cables only never to bring them back cause they will only work with my truck
Oh I see now... Pretty slick!
how many batteries do you have in that truck?
1000Amp HD clamps came in today, so I soldered up 17ft. of 2Ga. cable
Gunna add some Braided Expando to keep them together
That's one impressive rig. You got some free time on your hands or what?
Seriously.... The only thing from what I can tell hasn't been replaced or upgraded on this thing is the old ass motor!
Prototype for dorkel emblem
Working on other materials to make them more user friendly
Added some expando (snake skin) to the jumper cables
How much cash do you think you have invested?
On top of getting an amazing deal through my guy at CarMax (less than half price), the majority of the mods were either built from scraps in my shop or bought using insurance money
Anyhoo, I went to New Smyrna on Sunday and had to recover an Expedition that got beached while trying to load a busted PWC
Winched him out twice, but he kept getting stuck and since the tide was coming in fast, I just hooked up a tow strap and hauled him 2 miles back to the beach ramp
What's funny is that the driver's wife and drunken mother in law were fighting the entire time and the side and rear cams got the footage
I couldn't make out what they were saying in Spanish (except for a few choice bad words), so I just added some subtitles to the video (FFWD to 6:20)
Did the guy you helped out give you anything for your trouble or was it just fun for you trying out your toy?
On the way home, they saw me at a gas station and offered to fill up, but I already pumped
Not that I would let them anyways as I always refuse money, but there are a few occasions where some people insist and I cave
I remember pulling out a cargo van full of Mexicans stuck in a ditch near my shop and the lady that was driving (didn't speak a word of Engrish other than "thank you") shoved a wad of cash down my pants while I was reeling in my winch cable and took off before I could give it back
After a few weeks flopping around in my rig, I picked up the nifty little cable bag
"flopping" "my" "rig"
98snakeeater is them macgyver of cars. awesomeness!
Orlando to NYC in 5 Minutes
Currently @ 299,xxx miles, so keep an eye out for the big "3" video
Nice! My dads 77 Camaro has about 338k on it
Had some leftover LED light strips from my RC Hexacopter, so I soldered them together and stuck them under the winch cover plate
Sorry about the crappy cell pix, I didn't have my camera on me
That turned out awesome.
Replaced the oil pump seal a couple weeks ago and had to make a few tools to get it done....
Cleaned up the undercarriage and noticed another leak (Power Steering)
Turned out be the pump, so i replaced it a couple days back along with a new pressure hose (didn't need the hose, but installed a new one anyways)
During the test drive, I did a few WOT runs and got an MIL
PO401 (EGR Flow Insufficient)
Checked the valve and it was good, checked the modulator and it was kaput
Been leak and code free ever since
During the pump change, I had to pull the oil filter to gain access, so I thought it was a good time to change the oil (which has over 19k miles on it), so I grabbed a sample and will be sending it out to BlackStone for another report
Currently @ 309,1xx miles and I'll be traveling back home to NYC on the 14th
Im no stickler about oil change intervals, but why so long on the oil change?
During this last interval, I had to add 5.5 quarts due to the leaky oil pump seal, so I kept going based on how golden it looked on the stick (which as you can see by the oil in the oil pump cover, still looked pretty good, even though it's well past their suggested interval)
I have a feeling the next report will say the oil still has plenty of life left, but I changed it anyways since I had to pull the filter in order to gain access to the power steering pump
*Notes sent in with my last sample*
Engine Make: Toyota (Original Engine)
Engine Model: 1FZ-FE 4.5L Inline 6
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Sample Date: 11/28/12
Mileage at previous interval: 290,102 miles
Mileage on this interval: 309, 123 miles
Mileage on oil: 19,021 miles
Oil Added between Interval: 5.5 Quarts (see note)
Oil Type: Toyota Brand 10w-30 Conventional Oil (bottled by Exxon/Mobil)
5 Quarts of make-up oil was added over time due to a leaky oil pump seal.
The Oil Pump seal was replaced at 18,796 miles and 1/2 Quart was added at this time.
I was advised to push my intervals to 12,000 miles based on my previous analysis, however, I pushed this interval a bit further because the oil still appeared to be golden on the dipstick (obviously due to the added oil).
1) Was the oil changed when sample was taken? (YES)
2) Are you interested in extended oil use? (YES)
3) Have you used any additives? (NO)
4) Would you like a TBN (Additional cost of $10.00) (YES)
Additional comments and Question:
Over the last few weeks of this interval, I've noticed a slight hint of blue smoke on acceleration, but only after the engine has been idling for more than 30 minutes.
I know prolonged idling is not advised, but is necessary in my line of work.
There's no smoke during cold starts or under normal use, only after extended idling and it immediately goes away.
Not sure if this has anything to do with internal issues or just the oil breaking down from all the mileage, but after changing to fresh oil (same type), I don't see anymore smoke, even after extended idling.
Because of this, would you suggest stepping up a grade and/or perhaps a high mileage oil?
I'm thinking about going with Mobil Super High Mileage 10w-40, but would like to hear your thoughts on this first.
Now a few questions:
1) I've used the same conventional oil since day one @ 81,xxx miles (Toyota 10w-30) without any additional additives.
Why would my report now show high levels of Titanium as an additive
The only contaminants I can think of is when I replaced the oil pump seal @ 18,796 miles into the interval, I sprayed some brake cleaner to clean the mating surface and used a little cocoa butter to hold the seal in place (didn't have any Vaseline or silicone grease on hand).
Neither of which contain Titanium
2) Towards the end of my interval, I noticed just a slight puff of blue smoke only after long periods of idling.
It never happened during initial start ups, so I don't think it's the valve seals
Could it be that oil is just loading up past the rings during prolonged idling?
3) Now with fresh oil (actually about 3,xxx miles into the current interval), there's no smoke at all with zero leaks and no consumption, so I'm thinking whatever the problem is can be helped with either a thicker grade or high mileage oil
Any thoughts on this?
I guess I'm not ready to dive into the motor with a head job, especially since it's running perfectly without issue
real real real real long shot... but did that cocoa butter include a SPF protector? Often that is titanium dioxide.
He also said that since I don't have any smoke or consumption issues with the fresh oil, that he would suggest stepping up to 10w-40 based on the mileage and area of use
Last edited by 98 SNAKE EATER; 12-22-2012 at 01:51 AM.
OK, here I am at 316,xxx miles and the passenger side birf has been leaking slowly for a few months
That's over 100k from the Marlin seal
It wasn't filthy soup by any means, but I decided to tear down both sides and repack anyways
One thing I've learned is that cleaning up relatively fresh grease that hasn't been contaminated by gear oil is MUCH more messy and time consuming than liquid soup
I think I went through two cases of brake cleaner
I went with new OEM seals, repacked the wheel bearings and replaced the rotors and pads while I was at it
So jealous of your lift. I'm doing a rear main seal on my ramcharger on the pavement. blah.
Anyhoo, a couple days ago I felt a bad vibe while on the highway and it progressively got worse
Pulled over, but didn't see much in the tall grass, so I got off at he next exit and took it slow on the local roads until I got to the shop.
When I got there, this is what I found on the LR
Swapped it out for the spare and she's good to go again, but now I have an excuse to step up to 35's
Even with more than 100k miles, the rest still have plenty of tread, so I'll be saving them for my off-road trailer build
Also, since my old drag link won't adjust (even with heat), I swapped it out today and found that the original steering damper was leaking
Compressed it and it pissed out oil all over my face
New one will arrive tomorrow
You've got 100k miles on a set of BFG mud terrains? Holy shit.
See my previous posts....
I got over 120K on my first set of KM's and they still had enough tread to bring in $100 bucks each on CL
The secret is a 5 wheel rotation every 3-5k miles using the guide in the owners manual
And yes, these guides are different for every car, so go by the one in your owner's manual as it makes a big difference
In fact, the RHD Land Cruisers have a mirrored image of my guide in their manuals due to the opposing road crown....