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Old 12-10-2014, 10:28 AM
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Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been around for meetings or other events lately. Lots of work travel at all the wrong times has kept me away from the club.

In any event, I've got an opportunity for a really good deal on a very clean 1989 HJ61 (that's the high roof, right hand drive, 12HT diesel). Although I really like 60-series cruisers, I hadn't given much thought to a JDM cruiser until this opportunity came up. It would mean giving up my 2004 DC Tacoma that's built just the way I want, but I think I'd be getting into a pretty nice truck. The HJ has 110K miles on the clock, has a clear AZ title and a VIN number, and would probably last for ages. I'm pretty well sold on the HJ, but would like to hear from you all.

Other than the obvious trouble finding parts for a 24v, non-US truck, what else am I overlooking?

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Old 12-10-2014, 10:35 AM
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Passing with a RHD can be awkward on a 2-lane road
You have no easy parts support in the US
You also have aftermarket parts on this rig
The 12H-T is no longer in production, and hasn't been for a while so parts can be scarce

To me, something like this is better as a 3rd or 4th vehicle. Keep a US market DD of some sort.

I had a lot of stress in 2007-2008 when my 77 FJ40 was down for maintenance while at the same time my 91 pickup was also down for maintenance periodically for various issues. One of the reasons I bought a 2000 Tundra very soon after. Have one car with low/no maintenance required and the toy as a (as a single guy) 2nd car. For a family, I recommend 1 low/no maintenance DD for the wife, 1 for you, then the toy as a 3rd vehicle.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:55 AM
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Thanks Matt,

Very valid points. We've got a Sequoia and my moto, and then the '66 Dodge (toy) at the moment. The thing you've pointed out - and I'm wrestling with - is whether I want to fidget with a relatively obscure DD. In the summer, the motorcycle is often my commuter, but winter is a different story...
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:18 AM
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That thing is awesome, do it.
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Thanks Matt,

Very valid points. We've got a Sequoia and my moto, and then the '66 Dodge (toy) at the moment. The thing you've pointed out - and I'm wrestling with - is whether I want to fidget with a relatively obscure DD. In the summer, the motorcycle is often my commuter, but winter is a different story...
If this is your 4th vehicle, which it sounds like it is, then go for it. Just start your networking now for parts and sources for the obscure random stuff. Hopefully it won't need much beyond oil and air filters for a while. But figure out where and how to get injectors serviced, injection pump rebuilt, etc. Wes, Barry and Dan S all have experience with owning and operating older Toyota diesels in the States (and Colorado specifically), and Robbie is a diesel mechanic by training. Figure out the part numbers for the common stuff and see if any of the local dealers can get it, if not try cruiserdan or beno, or start saving up for a trip to Japan to go to the dealer

So, on to the important questions - is this thing fitted with the factory cable lockers and factory PTO winch? Air conditioning?
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With Kurt Williams, Cruiser Outfitters, and Land Cruisers Direct (all related), the parts issues are much easier
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Buy it! That thing is super cool.
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So, on to the important questions - is this thing fitted with the factory cable lockers and factory PTO winch? Air conditioning?
No lockers , or PTO winch, but yes on A/C
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It's going to be way too much work and it'll be a huge headache that you'll never want to deal with.


Sooooo what's the contact info on this HJ?
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I think we're pulling the trigger. Fingers crossed...
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