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Old 04-04-2013, 03:45 PM
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Been lurking around here a while and thought I better introduce myself since the weather is getting nicer and mountain runs are calling.

I've owned a couple of toyotas now. I had a 99 Tacoma extended cab 4x4 when my wife and I were first married and loved it. But along came kids and it just wasn't practical anymore so I sold it and bought a 97 Ford F250 4 door Powerstroke. It was a dream to drive down the highway, but always missed climbing up things, down things, and around things.

Sometime last summer I got the itch again for an off-road capable 4x4 that I could load the whole family in and hit the mountains. After some research I quickly gravitated to Land Cruisers.

Being cheap and able to fly just about anywhere for very little expense, I began searching around the country for the best deal. In October I came across a 96 White FZJ80 locally on Craigslist that looked interesting. But decided against calling because the PO described the rig as "needing engine work" and he said he planned to put a diesel engine in it. I figured the engine must be toast.

A few weeks went by and it was still listed, so I reluctantly when to see it. The body was in great shape, interior was in above average shape with the typical driver seat wear and tear. It would crank but wouldn't start. The PO said he had a mechanic friend come and look at it and they just couldn't get it to run. To me it seemed most likely a fuel delivery problem and not a trashed engine... but what did I know. I went home and did some research on i8mud. I became fairly certain it was either the fuel pump or the EFI relay.

I decided to roll the dice and offered him 1/2 of what he was asking since I was taking the risk of buying a vehicle in non-running condition. I figured, worst case scenario, with the OME lift and ARB bumper I could still part it out and make a little coin. The neighbors had been hassling him to get it off the street so he took the offer.

I figured the EFI relay was a cheap fix to try first. I tried to find one at the local dealership. No luck. Before calling a tow truck, and after the PO left of course, I decided to pull the EFI relay, scraped the terminals for a better connection, popped it back in and.... volla, the truck fired right up. . Drove it home that day and have never had a bit of trouble with it since.

I feel a little guilty but... . I figure I got a pretty good deal. I basically paid what the upgrades would have cost me anyway and got the rest of the Land Cruiser for free. But wait, theres more... he had most the maintenance paperwork since it was purchased new.

So far i've washed and polished it, changed the oil, cleaned the K&N filter, ripped out the ugly wood grain dash trim, installed a Scion T1819 head unit and that's about it. That's the good.

The bad is- it's not locked, it does have an old leak. It doesn't leak much oil on the driveway, but the bottom of the engine is covered. I'm sure all the other fluids should be changed, maybe time for a new belts, plugs, wires, disti, head-gasket, etc. etc. etc. 199,xxxx miles on the odie.

I hope to make it out to a club meeting soon and get to know you guys better. Until then I'll go rub my new favorite vehicle in the garage with a diaper.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:49 PM
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Good story, nice rig!
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:53 PM
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Welcome. Body looks great on that one.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:58 PM
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Awesome score, and welcome!

That oil leak is likely the front crank seal, if you take off that little skid plate then wash the engine off you should be able to verify.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:01 PM
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Welcome - Nice looking 80

If I were you, I'd dump the K&N filter and return to stock OEM. There are a few threads on MUD discussing this. My 80 came with a K&N and when I changed it out with OEM I posted up some measurements etc. to MUD. Some people love them so to each their own.

As for the rest, sounds like you have good records so start with a good baselining of the fluids, a tune up, and go from there
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Awesome score, and welcome!

That oil leak is likely the front crank seal, if you take off that little skid plate then wash the engine off you should be able to verify.
Thanks Nakman, that gives me a good place to start with the oil leak. How tough is it to replace that crack seal if needed?

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Welcome - Nice looking 80

If I were you, I'd dump the K&N filter and return to stock OEM. There are a few threads on MUD discussing this.
Jeff, I'll have to do some research and reconsider that K&N filter. It came with the rig so no big loss to dump it. The good news is, after taking off the air cleaner housing to check for gunk in the inlet, it's totally clean. No dust or other particulates. Maybe got lucky.
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- 3" OME Lift / Front: 850J, Rear: 860+30mm Spacers
- 315/75r16 BFG All-Terrain T/A KO's
- Wood Gain Dash Trim and Exterior Pinstripe Removed
- K&N Filter
- Scion Head Unit (Pioneer T1819) w/Polk Audio Speakers
Planned Mod's:
- Winch
- CDL Mod
- More to Come

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Welcome, nice rig
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:39 AM
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Thanks Nakman, that gives me a good place to start with the oil leak. How tough is it to replace that crack seal if needed?
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Can't help too much there, I think a competent shop would be in the 2-4 hour range, as I paid someone to do mine. I suspect though that it's been fairly well documented though, as it's one of the few known issues on these.

And another vote to ditch the K&N- when you clean your throttle body, take a peek at your MAF sensor and carefully remove the oil from it, without damaging it. Curious, is there any dirt in the little tuna can below the main air filter housing? If it's squeaky clean, that's actually more suspicious to me than if you see some dirt in it..
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:44 PM
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another vote to ditch the K&N.

heck, I run a Gm v8 in my 80 and still have the stock Toyota air filter assembly in place. It's the best option out there and is very effective.

love your truck though. Sometimes I wish mine was white.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:30 PM
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Great story.....guilty schmilty!

Welcome! We'd love to have you come to a meeting and see if Rising Sun is for you, and we'd love to have you in the Toyota Land Cruiser Association as well. http://www.tlca.org/
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