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Del boy

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Derek from Dublin , I recently got attached to my second Landcruiser LC70 crusade by accidentally stumbling across it on a farm in Co Wicklow, it was lying up for 13 years but a new battery , oil change and a lot of effort to free out the brakes and she drove me home, I won’t say it was plain sailing as crappy fuel caused several unscheduled stops!

this is second landcruiser project , the first was 1984 BJ 40 and like the current project it was pulled from a farm in Cork, my passion is the restoration of these iconic vehicles, I served as an apprentice HGV mechanic working on several BJ s in the late eighties where I think I caught the bug

I learned a lot from these forums the first time out nine years ago so I thought I’ d get some really good advise as I progress through this new project, much the same as the last time what started as minor restoration has now turned into a full nut&bolt frame off project.

I look forward to some interesting conversations over the coming months

Derek

the photo is the LC just before it left the farm after 13 years
 

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Bloody hell Derek find me one please Change your name to Sherlock Cruiser if its not a trade secret how do you know where to look and find these beauties welcome to the club
 

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Bloody hell Derek find me one please Change your name to Sherlock Cruiser if its not a trade secret how do you know where to look and find these beauties welcome to the club

here’s a link to one very similar for sale in south of Ireland, these 70 s are now getting scarce and more expensive so if you want one you need to move fast, BJ s are nearly non existed in Ireland now , there a few on the same website but imported from Aus.

I wasn’t even looking for another project when I stumbled on this 70, I was getting some furniture painted by guy renting space on the farm and it love at first sight , it needed to be recused
 

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I really do wish I had the funds to be able to save a Cruiser alas im trying to build a garage and save for a trailer tent me pockets are not as big as me dreams and in the words of Metallica Sad But True is that Hot Rod Red looking Shi7 Hot
 

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Hi that looking like it is going to be a top job keep it up and keep the pics comeing from Tony.
 
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Del could you put up the link you mentioned for the other 70s it would be nice to see what is available and what sort of price they are fetching on your side of the water and as I mentioned before that colour is amazing are you going to use the same colour for the body for the pictures you have posted so far how long have you had the truck to get where you are and what type of paint are you using on the chassis and what rust treatment have you used as a few different options are available it would be nice to know what works for you
 

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Toyota Landcruiser 2.5TD for sale in Limerick for €3250 on DoneDeal - [Leaving Land Cruiser Club]

Sorry I forgot to attach the link, the site has some BJ s

the chassis and components have been been blasted and powder coated so I guess another 30 years at least added to its life,
grey is Ral 7024 and the red is sort of made up but the aim is a candy apple which I think is achieved , the jury out on the body, a part of me wants to leave as is or even make it more distressed looking

I have also include a picture of my BJ project from 8 years ago
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some seriously good restoration work going on Del .Are you going to keep the body in the comercial style ? do you have to pay the tax if you change ?
 

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A bit wash after getting it home , other than a bit of expected rust behind the rear wheel arch its perfect , up until 10 years ago Ireland rarely salted the roads so it’s basically sound body wise, these pictures were taken on the 24th of October this year and I’m just now starting the rebuild of chassis and axles , all the hardware is due back Monday from Zinc processing , everything else is ready to go, 50mm suspension lift, 40mm body lift, poly bush all round, all new bearing, swivel joints and brakes front and rear .
33x 12.5r15 mud terrain on steel rims will give a pretty good look, that will keep me busy for few hours over Christmas!
 

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Hardware back so ready for some reassembly , just Need to figure out where they all go, I lost the instructions!!
Hard to believe how well the structure was preserved under all the muck and grime
 

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Some more progress
 

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If that is the level of your workmanship on the chassis think I'm going to need my mouth stitched up to keep me tongue in and stop drooling looks just bloody nice can't wait to see your craftsmanship on the body
 

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Thanks Steve, still not decided on the body but the chassis coming together well, here’s the latest photos .
Front axle back in, rear next and then rebuild axle ends
 

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Good lord alive, Del. That is a thing of rare beauty you are creating. And RAL7042 is my favourite colour! Brilliant work. Another LJ70 saved. While you have it all apart, have you considered putting in a 1KZ-T engine instead of the puny 2L-T. There will never be a better time. I'm told its a relatively straightforward swap and you would then have the perfect truck.
 

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Thanks Tel, it’s coming together nicely, no definite on the power plant but do think your correct , it’s the perfect time change it , have you any information or blogs on the change over?
 

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Santa came early for Del with a new set of 33 snow shoes, still rebuilding axle ends but progress is steady , dont Let a bit of rust or dirt put you off, all the main components are the original.
 

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New upgraded vented discs and bigger callipers , had some minor alterations to the back plates but nothing an angle grinder couldn’t sort .
Just wondering has anyone any experience with upgrading the rear brakes to discs? I’ve seen after market options but for some strange reason it means doing away with the parking brake, I don’t think I’d be too excited with this prospect as the alternative of carrying a chain and anchor would not appeal me, any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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