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    bumper looks good, very beefy

    It should be able to handle those pesky refrigerators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    bumper looks good, very beefy

    It should be able to handle those pesky refrigerators.



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    Bring on the home appliances




















    The laser shop is still backed up, but the top plate should be ready later this week

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    Lol that's a big fucking bumper! And there is only one name for that truck... RIDICULOUS!

    Love it!

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    Wonder what it weighs at this point?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by HybridZ28 View Post
    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
    No, it is a little high

    I had it made that way so that there would be zero interference with the headlights, but it also had to be higher because any lower and the sides would've had to be bent in too far, giving more of a heart shaped V

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    Quote Originally Posted by HybridZ28 View Post
    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
    Yea I was thinking that as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Bring on the home appliances




















    The laser shop is still backed up, but the top plate should be ready later this week
    red x.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    red x.
    wat

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    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)









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    lol, that thing is awesome.

    How do you remember what all the 200 switches do

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS2iwish View Post
    lol, that thing is awesome.

    How do you remember what all the 200 switches do
    Since I'm the one that put them all in, there's no way I can forget




    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS2iwish View Post
    lol, that thing is awesome.

    How do you remember what all the 200 switches do
    You remember back in high school when your buddy would leave his car unlocked so you'd turn on every switch and move every knob you could find?

    Damn that could get interesting with this ride.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potent68 View Post
    You remember back in high school when your buddy would leave his car unlocked so you'd turn on every switch and move every knob you could find?

    Damn that could get interesting with this ride.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potent68 View Post
    You remember back in high school when your buddy would leave his car unlocked so you'd turn on every switch and move every knob you could find?

    Damn that could get interesting with this ride.

    Tom

    This is what happens to people that mess with my Cruiser






    Anyhoo, I added some plexi today















    Ready to install as soon as I have the lighting wired

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    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

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    That looks awesome.

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    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

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    So wait, how's that like jumper cables again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soul TKR View Post
    So wait, how's that like jumper cables again?
    Jumper leads with another Anderson connector plugs in



    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

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    Oh I see now... Pretty slick!

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    how many batteries do you have in that truck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beatles View Post
    how many batteries do you have in that truck?
    Only two

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Only two
    Double A right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soul TKR View Post
    Double A right?
    Pair of Optima Blue Tops




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    1000Amp HD clamps came in today, so I soldered up 17ft. of 2Ga. cable









    Gunna add some Braided Expando to keep them together

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    That's one impressive rig. You got some free time on your hands or what?

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    Seriously.... The only thing from what I can tell hasn't been replaced or upgraded on this thing is the old ass motor!

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    Prototype for dorkel emblem










    Working on other materials to make them more user friendly

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    Added some expando (snake skin) to the jumper cables





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    How much cash do you think you have invested?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swoll View Post
    How much cash do you think you have invested?
    Not sure, but not as much as you'd think

    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)

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    awesomeness!

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    Did the guy you helped out give you anything for your trouble or was it just fun for you trying out your toy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenLq9 View Post
    Did the guy you helped out give you anything for your trouble or was it just fun for you trying out your toy?
    Both guys and the wife offered to pay, but I just told them to pay it forward and help out the next person they see in need

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98 SNAKE EATER View Post
    Both guys and the wife offered to pay, but I just told them to pay it forward and help out the next person they see in need :
    That is pretty damn nice of you Probably makes you feel better than getting a few bucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenLq9 View Post
    That is pretty damn nice of you Probably makes you feel better than getting a few bucks
    It does

    I actually want a job as a Road Ranger because all those guys ever get is love from the people they help

    Unlike my usually customers that piss and moan when I hand them a bill

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    After a few weeks flopping around in my rig, I picked up the nifty little cable bag





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    "flopping" "my" "rig"

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    98snakeeater is them macgyver of cars. awesomeness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heracles View Post
    98snakeeater is them macgyver of cars. awesomeness!
    Hes a black professional and rapper on the side?

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    Orlando to NYC in 5 Minutes







    Currently @ 299,xxx miles, so keep an eye out for the big "3" video

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    Nice! My dads 77 Camaro has about 338k on it

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    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

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    That turned out awesome.

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    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

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    Im no stickler about oil change intervals, but why so long on the oil change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70Chevelle View Post
    Im no stickler about oil change intervals, but why so long on the oil change?
    On my last Blackstone report, they suggested pushing my intervals to 12,000 miles based on how clean the motor runs

    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

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    Blackstone Report 19,xxx mile interval @ 309,xxx miles (a few questions inside)

    *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)

    Remarks:
    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

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    real real real real long shot... but did that cocoa butter include a SPF protector? Often that is titanium dioxide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87f383 View Post
    real real real real long shot... but did that cocoa butter include a SPF protector? Often that is titanium dioxide.
    Actually, I just spoke with Bill at Blackstone and he said liquid Titanium is the latest additive that oil companies are starting to dump into their mix, so basically anything on the shelf that is current will have high levels of the stuff

    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
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    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

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    So jealous of your lift. I'm doing a rear main seal on my ramcharger on the pavement. blah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    So jealous of your lift. I'm doing a rear main seal on my ramcharger on the pavement. blah.
    I've gotten so spoiled that I don't even check the oil unless I'm at the shop lol


    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

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    You've got 100k miles on a set of BFG mud terrains? Holy shit.

    Umm, how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly Deluxe View Post
    You've got 100k miles on a set of BFG mud terrains? Holy shit.

    Umm, how?


    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....

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