Project Landcruiser 60 Series Part 2

Wow, time flies when you’re lacking inspiration on a project. It was back in April when I first wrote about this and I’ve not really laid a spanner on her since. Well, I did say it was going to be written in real time..

So to the lists. There are two of them, an ‘Essentials” and a “Desirables”. Essentials are the things that simply must be done before it can pass a UK MOT test and get road legal again, plus other stuff that’s probably going to fail if left.

Desirables are the other things that aren’t vital, but would enhance or update the truck and make it easier to live with in 2010.

Essentials
It’s an import to the UK from South Africa many years ago, so no rust proofing at all. This means that the bodywork is now desparately in need of repair. The big issue is panels. Genuine Toyota metal, where available, is expensive as no repair panels are available, so you’re buying a large panel to replace just one rusted section. ~The main areas are:

  • Tailgate lower section
  • Rear wheel arches and the section from the rear wheel to the bumper
  • The sill sections on both sides
  • The lower part of the front wings (fenders)
  • The chassis itself needs a small amount of welding but is surprisingly good.
  • We’re going to try to make up repair sections, but if anyone knows of a source of Landcruiser 60 Series repair panels, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

    Mechanical Stuff

  • The oil seal between geabox and transfer box has failed. A common thing, means that it happily pumps out whatever gear oil you may add.
  • The gearbox needs a rebuild. There’s a slight crunch on the downshifts and a few whines in various gears that have developed over the last few years, but it still drives and refuses to die.
  • The steering is sloppy and needs the steering box overhauling.
  • The front swivel castings and bearings need sorting – the upper bearing on one has failed. Probably due to the casting being filled with gear oil instead of chrome molly grease when the seals were replaced. That looks like a messy job.
  • New shocks are needed and the leaf springs are now pretty much flat with no curve. Time for some new ones.
  • An LPG conversion. Here in the UK with fuel now at over £1 per litre, the old 3F carb engine is just too heavy on fuel. A decent single point gas kit should help make it a viable daily driver again.
  • It’s got Standing Itis – been stood now for over 15 months, so most things like brakes etc are going to need an overhaul.


  • Desirables

  • New wheels and tyres. The steel wheels are looking scruffy, but they work. However, a car’s wheels make or break it and a new set from somewhere would be a big improvement
  • Roof rack. Supplies of racks for 60 series Landcruisers seem to be drying up, so I’d really like to nail one down while I still can.


  • Desirables Two

  • A V8 conversion. Not a small block American engine, but a Lexus V8. The all aluminium 4z-GE is stunning in it’s power and smoothness and I can just imagine one of those with a stainless exhaust and running LPG making this a great all round truck. Still, we can all dream…
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    If you know if any companies still manufacturing products anywhere worldwide, please get it touch, as the winter is nearly upon us and we’ll need to get her under cover soon to remove glass and begin the anti-rust attack!

    Comments

    1. Tiyezx says

      I’ve an HJ60 truck which has a 2H engine. Living in a fast world my truck appears to be sluggish with an old style body but I want it pimped and improved on speed. The lights are also not too good especially in the winter and spring nights.
      Where do I get the desireables to achieve my objectives? E.g. Engine/Gearbox conversion, good headlamps and a roof-rack.
      Kindly get in touch

    2. Tiyezx says

      I’ve an HJ60 truck which has a 2H engine. Living in a fast world my truck appears to be sluggish with an old style body but I want it pimped and improved on speed. The lights are also not too good especially in the winter and spring nights.
      Where do I get the desireables to achieve my objectives? E.g. Engine/Gearbox conversion, good headlamps and a roof-rack.
      Kindly get in touch
      tiyezx@gmail.com

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