Rising Sun Member Forums  

Go Back   Rising Sun Member Forums > Toyota 4x4 > General Tech Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 06-04-2009, 09:08 AM
FJBRADY's Avatar
FJBRADY FJBRADY is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 2,053
Default Looking for reliable/honest mechanic on the South Side

The 40 sprung a leak last night. Small puddle in front of the firewall on the drivers side tight to the fender. Brake fluid fine, engine oil fine. I suspect it is related to the clutch as the PO mentioned he replaced the clutch not long ago and the oil is fresh.

Please advise.....
__________________
Steve Brady
TLCA # 19524
KD0JVZ

97 LX450
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-04-2009, 09:36 AM
RicardoJM's Avatar
RicardoJM RicardoJM is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 2,310
Default

I don't have a mechanic/shop reference for clutch work. How is the fluid level in the clutch master reservoir? If the leak is in the clutch system, I would expect to see the clutch master reservoir low. As the leak is recent, taking a look at the slave cylinder, hose between the master cylinder and slave and the master cylinder should might be a good next step to determine what has failed and needs to be replaced.

When sourcing cylinders for the early 70's there are some specific things about the fittings that you need to keep in mind - Jeff Zepp has some good information on his website about replacing the master cylinder. Rebuild kits are readly availalble. All that said, there are upgrade kits - new cylinders and hose available. If you want to go the upgrade route, take a look at part #CHC40 from JTO Outfitters.
__________________
Ricardo Maestas - Bio Page
KD0CAW
1999 LX 470
SOLD - 1971 FJ-40
TLCA #18941
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-04-2009, 09:59 AM
subzali's Avatar
subzali subzali is offline
Rising Sun member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Denver CO
Posts: 7,630
Default

Toy Car Care is a pretty reputable shop. I think they're kinda south side.

Or Rocky Mountain Cruisers
__________________
Matt Miller
TLCA# 13684
Rising Sun Bio
1977 FJ40 2F "Brahma" + Lockright, tach, Warn 8274, FJ60 Power Steering, soon to lose the Sanden OBA to go back to factory emissions
1996 FZJ80 1FZ-FE factory lockers + Safari Turbo , CDL switch, cup holder, Metric TLC leather, heated seats and JDM switches
2000 Tundra Limited TRD 2UZ-FE SOLD
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-04-2009, 10:23 AM
FJBRADY's Avatar
FJBRADY FJBRADY is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 2,053
Default

Thanks Ricardo, I will check what you suggest. The challenge with this truck is that is has parts from multiple years and multiple manufacturer's. I think the only thing original is the steering wheel!

Matt, thank you for the suggestions....I may be setting up an appointment if I can not diagnose by the end of today.

If any one else has idea's/suggestions please post.
__________________
Steve Brady
TLCA # 19524
KD0JVZ

97 LX450
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-04-2009, 10:38 AM
wesintl's Avatar
wesintl wesintl is offline
Hard Core 4+
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: in da house
Posts: 7,595
Send a message via AIM to wesintl
Default

pics.. we can help diagnose what year master etc.
__________________
See you on the trail
WØREK
Couple o' FJ40's, BJ70, UZJ100, TDI 66FJ40,82FJ60,97FZJ80
TLCA#4180
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-04-2009, 11:07 AM
FJBRADY's Avatar
FJBRADY FJBRADY is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 2,053
Default

Just took it for a short spin around the block....no leaks, everything is tight and topped off. I will take it out for lunch and report back.
__________________
Steve Brady
TLCA # 19524
KD0JVZ

97 LX450
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-04-2009, 11:22 AM
Red_Chili's Avatar
Red_Chili Red_Chili is offline
Hard Core 4+
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Littleton CO
Posts: 8,409
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FJBRADY View Post
The challenge with this truck is that is has parts from multiple years and multiple manufacturer's. I think the only thing original is the steering wheel!
Huh. Wonder what that is like.
__________________
-Bill Morgan
Heb Dduw, heb ddim; Duw a digon
Abnormally aspirated
KDØRCH
Bio Page
I'm that gun-totin', farm-raised, evangelical, pro-environment, OHV ridin'/drivin', Southern civil rights pro-labor Liberal yo' momma told you couldn't possibly exist.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-04-2009, 11:56 AM
DaveInDenver's Avatar
DaveInDenver DaveInDenver is offline
Hard Core 4+
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Larimer County
Posts: 6,586
Default

Are you sure that it's hydraulic fluid? What's the color, smell, etc? Small puddle could easily be a slight leak in a rad hose or maybe an oil seal weeping a little.
__________________
'91 Toyota Pickup
'09 Kawasaki KLR650
'12 Gunnar Rockhound 29

“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” -- Kenneth E. Boulding
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-04-2009, 12:04 PM
FJBRADY's Avatar
FJBRADY FJBRADY is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Highlands Ranch
Posts: 2,053
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveInDenver View Post
Are you sure that it's hydraulic fluid? What's the color, smell, etc? Small puddle could easily be a slight leak in a rad hose or maybe an oil seal weeping a little.
Lt lt gray in color, very thin fluid and no odor.
__________________
Steve Brady
TLCA # 19524
KD0JVZ

97 LX450
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-04-2009, 12:12 PM
corsair23's Avatar
corsair23 corsair23 is offline
Rising Sun Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Littleton
Posts: 8,698
Default

Should it prove to be a bigger issue that you can't/done want to tackle, for honest mechanics that might be able to help out you could try Three Wheel Ben and/or Squishy on the South side.

For FJ40 stuff I always went to Ron @ RMC first but that appears to be an option that is going away
__________________
Jeff Z. (the "not quite as skinny" one)
TLCA #17037
'97 LX450 - aka "The Whale"
'97 FZJ80 Antique Sage AE #267, stock
12/74 FJ40, 2F, SM420, 4" Lift, ARBs, 33" MTRs

:

"...anything else i can do for you guys, how about i wash your car or mow your lawn while you figure out your firewall system? I am now boarderline insane/unibomber." Kipper

"That assumes I'm even capable of pulling and stabbing..." Jacket

"I really like having a detachable unit." Beater
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.