Mucking around with cars...

This is about as far as I have got with it, will update in a few weeks when I get home from work, assuming the thread has any interest.
Maybe an alternative from the footy stuff 

So, a fair time back after a bit of to and fro about getting hold of "her" car to pull the boat down the ramp I decided it's time to get my own rig and sell the Hilux.

Being the sort of bloke who cant just get a loan and buy one (never borrowed for a car or boat) and needing something to carry my 5 kids and tow 3.5T at times there was limited choices anyway.

Decided the best option was to look for a cut down 105 Landcruiser.

Not a fan of the 1hz so when this popped up on Gumtree I made the bloke an offer subject to inspection with 300ks on it, stat write off HDJ100.

These are generally accepted to be the "Landcruiser Toyota should have built but didnt", due to their engine policy of only 2 or 3? choices on any model.

It'd been t-boned at the rear.

Was thinking I should be able to pick some holes in it and knock it down a bit further when I look at it.

Grabbed a trailer and drove to 450ks, chucked a battery in only to find it had actually only had 220.

Price was about half what the wrecks sell for at auction so drove it round the paddock and grabbed it.

Started sniffing around for a 105 wagon or dual cab, and after a few months came across this...

Looks pretty rough but it actually only had a couple of small bits of rust, $1500. Plus already chopped from new and been rego'ed though it'd been off the road since 2010.

Someone elses abandoned project.

Downside was that if Id picked one up already on the road and driving I could have sorted it in a few weeks, but hey, wheres the fun in that 

Pulled body off and stripped to literally every bolt on chassis. Ute had been a miner, but pretty well every inch underneath had been heavily coated and protected.

Nightmare to get off, but like new underneath, this is actually after the diffs and shit were swapped for 3.9's and refitted.

Body similar, not a single wire or bolt on component left on it, then off to get painted.

And here is where it ground to a stop...

Took the bloke around a year to complete, there was some feisty texts and calls.

Meantime I stripped the wreck and put the chassis stuff together.

Stripped off all the intake gear etc and cleaned the clag out of the manifolds etc
Finally got a call to come and help with the last of the bodywork and brought it home. He did do a pretty good job of it, same dark grey as many later toyotas (1G3)
Starting ripping everything out of the GXL wreck and fitting, every wire, dash, AC, door internals
The dash was quite a big job, as its not as simple as pull a part of one and fit to the other.
It ALL has to come out, then be fitted in the same correct order. Leave a plug disconnected etc, and shit dont work...
So, I started on it and just went pretty much non stop with a couple hours sleep over 2 days until it was done.
Didnt want to fuck it up so limited beer to about 3/4 of a carton 
This is whats behind your pretty vinyl facade...
Into here...
And under the bonnet...
 Finally got to the point where I thought "better drop the body back on", so off to a mates well known boat building facility with a handy hoist and on she goes.
Connect up brakes (used the ABS from GXL), looms, fuel tanks in, chuck in a battery, bleed her up, crank her over and..
Fuck all 
This is right between my last 2 Abrolhos trips, came home after 4 days with my boys, had 2 nights home and then was heading back for 5 days with mates.
Reluctantly started pulling out sections of the dash to see where the mystery security light was coming from. Found 2 plugs Id left unplugged, still nothing after 6 hrs.
Good old Facebook,
"sure you've got the key transponder plugged in"?
"yeah the grey wire"
"no the black one"
Fucking hanging right in front of my f-ing face a black wire that plugs into a socket facing to the firewall at the key...
Started straight away...
Drove it out of my shed finally under its own steam after a long time as can be seen by how dusty it is.
Back at work now, gathering up the last few bits to complete, then onto the tray.
Still a few months of tinkering to go, and I'll update this further.
But like I said all those years here when I made my bait board;
"if you have to ask why, you wouldnt understand haha!"

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Sat, 2019-05-11 17:52

Yup, that's a fair old project.....Nice work.

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Sat, 2019-05-11 18:24

Best of both worlds, 1HD-FTE, ute and solid front end! Would love to do the same if some one rear ended mine, Gturbo, 3 inch exhaust and a big intercooler and that would be perfect.
Nice job mate!



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I am in total awe

Sat, 2019-05-11 18:30

 Whilst it is a word I hate to use as it is greatly overused bloody amazing skills and work you are good at jigsaws 

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I take my hat off

Sat, 2019-05-11 18:42

to you and others who embark on these sorts of projects.  I don't possess the knowledge or the required skills. 



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 Still adding to this tonite

Sat, 2019-05-11 18:43

 Still adding to this tonite while Im at sea at work


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Look like a fair project.

Sat, 2019-05-11 18:51

Look like a fair project. Coming together well. 


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Sat, 2019-05-11 18:56

Wow, what a job, better you than me Rob.


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Awesome build

Sat, 2019-05-11 20:15

love it 

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 Jesus  thats a fair effort 

Sat, 2019-05-11 21:21

 Jesus  thats a fair effort  mate ,huge job enjoyed  reading  that and the pics ,cheers for that 


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Now that’s dedication

Sat, 2019-05-11 21:29

That is truely dedication to a project when you get things stripped down to that level. Well done on the rebuild it’s looking great 

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Nice work!!

Sun, 2019-05-12 00:56

 I got a 100 series Kakadu turbo diesel. Absolutely love the 1hd-fte. That project looks like a lot of work, but it should be bloody rewarding at the end of it all! Take it camping in the middle of nowhere when done, crack a stubby’s d reflect on the good work for which you have done. 




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Aside from the painting saga

Sun, 2019-05-12 08:50

Aside from the painting saga and waiting/chasing missing bits, I reckon I could have knocked it over in 2 off swings (6weeks) if I didn’t go to the islands


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 Nothing like a good project,

Sun, 2019-05-12 06:19

 Nothing like a good project, and at least you know what has been done to it and how reliable it should be.  That’s a nice colour I painted my hz79 series similar colour to that recently 

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Nice work Rob, I've done a

Sun, 2019-05-12 09:01

Nice work Rob, I've done a rebuild but mine was an 1972 Holden....way less

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 You’re a better man than me

Sun, 2019-05-12 09:36

 You’re a better man than me Gunga Din. I struggle pulling a reel apart ! Great work.

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Top work

Sun, 2019-05-12 14:58

 Well done! Nothing like building your own. I 'rebuilt my 80 series after a roll over. Didn't bother to fix the wagon, I just chopped it off, turned it into a dual cab. Best move I ever did. Now it's been moved on, it's only a matter of time befor I chop the 100 series! Ha ha. Post some pics of the finished product. 

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Labour of love

Mon, 2019-05-13 09:01

 right there, good doogs.


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 Great job there . Bet you

Mon, 2019-05-13 17:58

 Great job there . Bet you will need to build up the brownie points after this project. At least you know its going to be done properly not a dodgy brothers job


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 Looks awesome rob. I wish I

Mon, 2019-05-13 19:16

 Looks awesome rob. I wish I had the skills, time and workshop facilities to do something similar 

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Mon, 2019-05-13 21:52

 Alex, you go way deeper than that, you have the skills to reassemble the people that do these things!



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That’s a labour of love right

Fri, 2019-05-17 12:36

That’s a labour of love right there. Well done Rob. 

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F*rk me

Mon, 2019-05-20 21:14

 That is an awful lot of work. I HATE getting into dashes. Apart from any of the other work. Kudos. i have been looking into a new vehicle, but am really put off by all the issues around the new ones. Main reasons were-425,000 on the 2000 GU 4.2, and the 2.5 tonne tow limit on that model. But I think I'll stick with it--just did 2,000k return to the Fortescue, towing the Reefrunner,  and never missed a beat. It'll go til it blows.