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
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
-headlight housings with replaceable H4 inserts.
After that, whatever breaks is what will be upgraded
That's it for my intro, looking forward to getting involved in the community.