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Bradey Bunch
05-20-2015, 10:57 PM
Hi everyone,

I've been into vehicles and camping/the outdoors ever since I can remember, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I realized that a 4x4 was in my future. Lately I've been into back country camping/backpacking, but I'm looking to integrate some 4x4 action. I'm a mechanic by trade, but I won't claim to know everything.
Anyway, first car was (OK, I still have it... technically) a 1973 VW type 4. Life changed, and I bought a '93 Suburban for a camping vehicle. Great vehicle, slept 2 in the back comfortably (had a nice foam mattress in the back most of the time) but the 454 gas mileage and the fact that is was a 2WD led me to sell it. Initially I wanted a Diesel suburban next, but decided to go a different route at the last minute.
Picked up a '91 Toyota Hilux with 2L-TE and 5 speed on a whim, and here we are. Not sure if the previous owner is on here. I should have checked it over better before buying, too late now haha. Currently it sits on BJ spacers (assuming 1.5", but I haven't measured) and has 4.56 gears (so I'm told, still need to confirm) with manual locking front hubs, and rear disc brakes. First thing I did was rip out the non functioning R12 A/C system to free up some space as well as most of the spaghetti wiring (I'm anal when it comes to wiring). Noticed a diesel leak, pulled the injection pump and injectors and had them rebuilt by Fred Holmes fuel injection - who did a great job at a good price. Replaced T-belt, idler pulley + tensioner, crank + cam seals, all filters etc. while I was in there. Also noticed someone welded the harmonic balancer, so I threw one of those in too. Would have done water pump but received the incorrect part from a supplier. I also removed the home made warm air intake/cone filter and installed the OEM filter. Still need to do a COMPLETE check over of the truck as I've been too busy to even pull the wheels :eek:
After that's done and it's reliable the plan is to take it camping and wheeling, upgrading as I drive, in approximately the following order:

-install OEM lights - no smoked lenses for me
-Front and rear auto lockers, install front diff drop at same time
-Remove sketchy park loc setup, try to find suitable E brake calipers or swap in a gear drive T-case to use a driveshaft E brake.
-255/85/16 or 265/75
-3" exhaust
-Intercooler
-headlight housings with replaceable H4 inserts.

After that, whatever breaks is what will be upgraded lol

That's it for my intro, looking forward to getting involved in the community.

Bradey Bunch
05-20-2015, 11:08 PM
As purchased, directly from CL ad

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af64/bradey_bunch/truck%20as%20bought_zps3h0uwowl.jpg (http://s994.photobucket.com/user/bradey_bunch/media/truck%20as%20bought_zps3h0uwowl.jpg.html)


As she sits now

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af64/bradey_bunch/20150514_170753_zpswetm3sah.jpg (http://s994.photobucket.com/user/bradey_bunch/media/20150514_170753_zpswetm3sah.jpg.html)

Amazed how little it leaks after rebuilding the pump. Diesel was washing down the engine which made it look like it was leaking more engine oil than it was

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af64/bradey_bunch/31b51843-e13c-49dc-be50-a9d5fb42bd5f_zpscyoiwcto.jpg (http://s994.photobucket.com/user/bradey_bunch/media/31b51843-e13c-49dc-be50-a9d5fb42bd5f_zpscyoiwcto.jpg.html)

harvester_sorrow
05-21-2015, 12:49 AM
One of the smart ones, bought a toyota

Lieutenant Johnson
05-21-2015, 09:45 AM
Cool ride welcome!

kingg5
05-21-2015, 10:16 AM
nice wheels. welcome aboard.

Chopstick
05-21-2015, 02:54 PM
:welcome:

Happypants
05-21-2015, 03:37 PM
Just don't let Dorka Dave fix it cause he might put it together backwards!

Welcome to the site, nice rig,

SHITTY
05-23-2015, 10:55 AM
welcome[cheers] nice rig

vajayjay
05-23-2015, 03:21 PM
Some will say I like toyotas

Don't believe them

I only like the drivers

harvester_sorrow
05-23-2015, 06:34 PM
Some will say I like toyotas

Don't believe them

I only like the drivers

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Griswold
06-22-2015, 09:01 PM
Welcome fellow 4Runner owner :D

dirka dave
06-23-2015, 06:52 AM
Just don't let Dorka Dave fix it cause he might put it together backwards!

Welcome to the site, nice rig,
Just because your fat, doent mean you have to be an ass, all the time. :D

Trailjunkie
06-24-2015, 08:21 PM
Just because your fat, doent mean you have to be an ass, all the time.
lol yes it does.

welcome and looks like a gooder rig is appearing there now get out of that city and enjoy BC.

Happypants
06-24-2015, 08:47 PM
Just because your fat, doent mean you have to be an ass, all the time. :D



Your fatter than I am you chunky bitch, and yes I am an ass, fatty!!!

Bradey Bunch
06-26-2015, 08:27 AM
Thanks Guys, been out a bit already (sure is better to be able to drive all the way to a trail I'm hiking instead of walking on the 4x4 trail to get there!) but the truck still needs a few things before I'm 100% confident. Put a spartan locker in the front, power steering system didn't like it the one time I tested out the 4wd, so I have to fix that... Boost gauge is also fluctuating at idle which I really need to diagnose but I'm pretty sure it's a cracked head, would be nice if it was simply a broken valve spring but I doubt it. In any case, I've signed up for 4wdabc and I'll try to make it out to some group runs eventually.
Sometimes it feels like I spend all my time working on it/fixing things...

Honky
06-26-2015, 08:29 AM
welcome Bradey great first post! See ya out there

EIEIO
06-29-2015, 04:10 PM
Welcome to the site Bradey. Intro post of the year! :p

Always broke
06-30-2015, 07:00 PM
Welcome to the site !!!