1986 HJ61 Land Cruiser Build Thread - Vegas

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Hello All,

I wanted to start a build thread documenting all I will be doing to my HJ61 Land Cruiser. I started with a 2018 ORP 4runner, Land Cruiser 80, and now my latest interest... 1986 HJ61 Turbo Diesel Land Cruiser.

2018 ORP 4runner
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1994 Land Cruiser 80 3xLocked
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1986 HJ61 12HT Turbo Diesel 5spd
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I posted a couple new videos of the HJ61 from
us picking it up and walk-thru, to a quick cold start video. Got a lot of plans and not enough time and money!


Cheers!

*I suck at taking pics!
 
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What I did this past week 5/3-5/7.

- Added Kilmat sound deadening to the interior floor from the under the driver seat to the rear trunk & all four doors. Spent about $150 in sound deadening material. Probably could have gotten away with $100 bucks of material, but once you get going you just start applying it everywhere. This took a better part of 2.5 days to remove the interior and install & making sure not to cover up any holes you shouldn't. Not something I really enjoyed, but I'm really happy if it reduces the road noise down any better than stock. So incredibly noisy inside the cabin compared to my 4runner and 80 series when on the highway. This install really helped me with learning a bit more about the interior, cleaned up the cabin, sprayed PB Blaster/oiled up on some needed areas, etc. It was well worth the time IMO.

- New Sony head unit w/ 5.25" and 6.5" Kicker CS speakers & $90 hideaway sub from Amazon lol. Kicker or any other name brand hideaway sub was $300. Worth the try IMO to save a couple bucks. I'm not far stereo snob, just needed some deeper sound. The aftermarket system that was installed was only a 2 channel, and was a bit dated. Wanted something new and also wanted to see all the wiring behind the dash. Glad I did... I was able to clean up the wiring a bit and see how it looked behind the dash. Also a great learning experience. I also never realized what the plastic sheeting was behind the door cards. Didn't realize that was for moisture barrier. The old ones were crap, so I bought new 2mil plastic and butyl tape and re-wrapped all the doors.

- Replaced the old speedometer cable, as the needle was bouncing - hopefully this addresses this issue. Really annoying staring at the needle on the highway! This was a PITA replacement. Now that I've done it, it would be easier the next time around. But geez, hopefully I don't have to lol.

- Received most of the stock AC parts to install a full OEM AC system. Missing one bracket and condenser. Should have those next week. The car didn't have AC from Toyota when purchased by the original owner in Germany. Very rare I guess, but not something I can live without in Vegas.

I'll update the post with a couple videos when I'm done editing.

Throttle cable sucked!
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Kilmat everywhere. Makes a huge difference in the interior noise level!
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Cheers!
 
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Updates from the past couple of weeks.

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- DIY goose bear base plate out of 3/4" plywood. I had to split it in half because I didn't want to risk scratching my $500 window tint lol. I'll add some 1/4-20 inserts once I know what fridge slide to go with. I did try to use some t-slot aluminum rails, but didn't like it... so I'll be putting rows of inserts equally spaced, just like a CNC base plate. I may use frontrunner bins as my storage system, so I'll probably space the inserts accordingly and lay down some vertical and horizontal square pcs to lock everything down.

- I had a small issue with my radio bracket harness that shorted out a switch/ACC relay. So I took the opportunity to make a better rear mounted stereo bracket and upgrade the 24v-12v voltage step down that was in the car. That old thing is HUGE, compared to the new one from Amazon.

- Purchased a Bowfin rack. This rack is amazing and kind of like Prinsu, but better in every way. I'll have a review of the install up on my YouTube this week. I'm loving the rack.

1st trip out to Lake Mead 8 mile road. It was a fun first trip with the family n rig! Super easy trail, more like a scenic drive haha. Made me realize a couple more things I need/want.

- Air compressor - wish I could of air down a bit... ride was bumpy. Airing down from 33psi would have helped. May go with m240 portable or viair 480c mounted to read. Trying to stay around $200.

- Need a water system. Going to pickup a waterport. Family found some mud lol, no easy way to clean off the crocs!

- I've putting of getting some Maxtrax / recovery boards. Don't want to spend $300 on boards, may go with Rototrax since it uses the same mounting system... or go Xbull / knockoffs.

- Want to start my 3rd battery rear cargo (completely isolated from my 24v system) setup with a 100ah LiFePO4 battery, 100w+ Solar panel, Victron controller, Blue Sea fuse box, Blue Sea rear electrical panel (couple USBs and cig port), pure sine inverter (not sure which one?). So I can run my compressor and fridge. I'll be going with an Engle 40qt or CFX3-35 or 45 series. Pretty much the max width size with slide I need to equalsplit my rear hatch perfectly.

Quick new video update from the past couple of weeks.

1986 Land Cruiser HJ61 - One Month Update
Cheers and happy Sunday!
 

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Updates form the last couple of weeks.

- Added CVT 94" awning from the guys at CVT Vegas.

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- Also picked up a set of Maxtrax recovery boards and a Rotopax 2.5 gallon tank with mounting hardware.

Some driveway pics because the kids need some shade haha...

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Hello All,

I wanted to start a build thread documenting all I will be doing to my HJ61 Land Cruiser. I started with a 2018 ORP 4runner, Land Cruiser 80, and now my latest interest... 1986 HJ61 Turbo Diesel Land Cruiser.

2018 ORP 4runner
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1994 Land Cruiser 80 3xLocked
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1986 HJ61 12HT Turbo Diesel 5spd
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I posted a couple new videos of the HJ61 from
us picking it up and walk-thru, to a quick cold start video. Got a lot of plans and not enough time and money!


Cheers!

*I suck at taking pics!
Daaaang, nice rigs, but that 80 series....mmmm yummy. Do want.
 
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