woot, i love when this thread gets updated!!
woot, i love when this thread gets updated!!
You really just need to find an allspark and get on with this show already.
So today she turned 340,000 miles and I replaced the washer diverter valve again
I had replaced it once back in 2009 and it started giving me the exact same symptoms randomly since last week (rear washer working when I flip rear on, rear working when I hit front button, both working slowly or not at all, etc.)
Finally got around to flipping the solenoid pack and adding all new cables to the rear winch
Obligatory post to show this thread is still appreciated so more upgrades get posted down the line...
How capable are the Lexus equivalents to your generation Landcruiser? I have been seeing a few around Austin as well as a few Landcruisers. Also, what does the vent on the back pillar do on the ones the generation newer than yours?
The LX got better leather, body cladding, softer shocks, a 90's tech mobile phone and a slightly better sound system.
I actually installed LX shocks all around on my TLC because I wanted a softer ride.
The driver's side rear sliding window is fixed on the LX due to the phone antenna while all 4 slides on the TLC
The subwoofer and CD changer is built into the center console while the TLC's had the subwoofer mounted in the right rear corner.
The good thing about the LX450's is that the majority of them were serviced at the dealer and they usually have good service records, however, they were only made for two years which makes them a little harder to find.
They simply vent the cabinAlso, what does the vent on the back pillar do on the ones the generation newer than yours?
When the HVAC is set to fresh air, it sucks in air from the front and the excess is forced out the vents
When set to recirculate, the vents stay closed.
Dash cam caught a Heep in front of me blowing up while at the BK Drive-Thru
Took the family movie hopping last night and karma kinda bit me in the arse cause on our way home, my charging light came on
Drove 40 minutes home with the lights, wipers and heater going without issue
Then drove about an hour in traffic to my uncle's shop on the Island and found the output lead for the alternator had fried
Wiggled and it snapped right at the output terminal
Replaced both the main charging lead and the fuse panel lead with 6Ga. cables.
Then hacked the old ring terminal and used it as a locking ring washer.
Wasn't able to get a new fusible link, but everything seems to be working fine
I had panned on driving to Orlando this morning, but this gave me a reason to stay another night, so off to the movies we go again
OK, so Friday I decided to replace the bleeder valves on all four calipers and the one on the LSPV
They were a bit tough to loosen the last time I bled the brakes, so I just ordered up new ones and had been putting it off for about the last 5 months
Had to heat them up a bit with a torch, but I managed to remove them all
Toyota doesn't sell the valve fo the LSPV separately, so I just picked up a speed bleeder, which, unfortunately, was a little too short, so I just cleaned out the old one and stuck in back in there
Bled the brakes and all was good until the next morning when I felt a hard pedal
Bled the brakes again (both vacuum bleeding and 2-man bleeding), but it still had the same hard pedal
Turns out she needs a booster now
I figure it was probably on its last leg and just gave up from all the bleeding
Got a new one on my desk and not really looking forward to replacing it
It's only a few bolts, but it's a tight squeeze under the dash for my fat arse
OK, followed the FSM to make sure the booster was the culprit and although it passed the "Operation Check", it didn't pass the "Air Tightness Check"
When I shut the motor down with the pedal depressed, after a few seconds, it just suddenly pushes back up with break leg force
My local dealer wanted $400 for a new one, but that was way too much cheese, so I just ordered a new OEM hose and as much as I hated to do it, I had VatoZone drop off a reman
I was able to R&R without removing any lines
The lines were flexible enough to give me more room than I needed
The hardest part for me was actually squeezing my fat arse under the dash to put the top left nut back on
I refused to take off the Cruise Control box, which would've made it much easier, but I'm too lazy (and stubborn) to walk all the way back to my tool box to grab a 10mm socket
All is well and the whole job took about 40 minutes
Awesome rick. Did that fix the problem? You didn't say or maybe I missed it lol
Edit - you said all is well. Good deal, Never mind lol
Yeah, everything is running tip top again.
Should be hitting 355k sometime today or tomorrow (depending on how much I drive the Road Runner)
That is awesome!! I want to see this thing go to 500k....get to driving Rick!
Should have used that as an opportunity to do a hydro-boost swap.
A few guys that did 4BT or 6BT conversion went with hydro-boost and it worked fine, but I actually have more faith in the stock system
My buddy had a hydro-boost setup on his Rustang and nearly took out my T/A in a back road drag race when he threw a belt and lost all braking
Not that I'd have that problem since my P/S pump is gear driven
New hose just arrived
Old hose held pressure fine, but showed some cracking, so I ordered one anyways
Nice keychain Rick.
Still take $3k for that RR? I have the 'want a weekend toy' bug now.
Nice, where do you get those from? I would like one of a C5
i hope one of us misread his question and you didnt pay $400 for a hot wheel
Sorry, for some reason I thought he was asking about the horns
As for the key chains, just find a matching car, drill a hole and rivet a chain to it
A few teaser shots of the new roof rack I'm building
what happened to the old roof rack?
Hit the nail right on the head
Remember when I made the original rack, it was done on a budget and I used leftover EMT and cheap mild steel that was sitting in the back of the shop
The EMT held up great over the years, but the square tubing has rusted badly from the inside out
It's still on the roof, but I wouldn't go walking around on it like I used to
I've been planning out a new hybrid design (aluminum and EMT, no raw steel) that's more user friendly and will remain rock solid for years to come
I must say, welding galvy is NOT fun
Even though I'm using a vacuum respirator, that smoke still manages to get to you
Some of the laser work came in, so here are a few test fit shots
Do I sense some led lights going in behind the laser etched panels?
Just took the old rack off
Truck feels so naked now
I dunno how I'll get through the next week without train horns
OK, I pulled the trigger on a pair of flood beams for my bumper
I figured if I was satisfied with the quality, I'd order a set of 5 for my new roof rack (still under construction)
Did a test fit on the rack and it looks like I'll be splitting a couple of millimeters within the loop I made
So now I'm on the hunt for 5 matching spot beams, but it's gunna bit harder than I thought cause the style is being phased out due to legal reasons with the HID logos on the front
Pics of it in water deep enough to need the snorkle?
Notched some braces for the light loop
Gotta wait until the other lights come in before I weld them up
New spots arrived earlier today
OK, the tube welding is done and the lights are all mounted up
Gunna do one last test fit either today or tomorrow to mark the mounting points for the limb risers and once those are welded in, it's off to the spray booth
crocs and socks...
The sign of a beaten man, I know, I know
Test fit today
Still gotta drill for the front mounts, weld up limb rise mounts, then size up the relay box and weld that too
Should be in the booth this weekend if there's room
How many Amps do all of those lights pull?
Yikes, you plan on Rally racing your Camaro?
Even though they're 9", they actually measure about ~10.5" and the housing for the HID controller makes the whole thing about the size of a 10 subwoofer, so you'd be cutting up the nose quite a bit if you want a flush fit
Got those on EBay as well, but they're getting hard to find
The ones with the red ring that say HID all around are no longer being made due to some legal reason
The two mounted on the front bumper are flood beams and I got them from this EBay seller (who just happened to change the listing to the newer/uglier style they currently sell)
The ones on the rack are spot beams and I got them from Amazon, but the seller also switched his listing over to the newer/uglier style lights
Threw her in the booth and got her coated on Saturday
Big thumbs up!!! Awesome project and work!!
Looks awesome. Can't wait to see it all together
Rewired my winch cover lighting with waterproof LED strips and also wired up a pair of 9" HID flood lights
Damn things are bright as hell already and I've got 5 more going on the roof