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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:15 am

Gday wheelers. Heres a story about my Hilux.
Its a 1986 dual cab, 2.4L diesel engine.
I swapped my 90 4runner for it.
It was stock when I got it, it had 28inch tyres, alloy bullbar, long alloy tray.
Ive owned it for about 3yrs now, Ive done a bit to it in that time.
The first thing I did to it was fit a set of 31inch ATs on GQ rims, took the alloy bar off the front and chopped 600mm off the tray, then fitted some spotlights to the rollbar.
Heres how it looked after I chopped the tray and put on 31s.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:21 am

It stayed like that for a while.
I was given a 2inch body lift as a present from Mrs D, so I fitted that with the help of my brother in law(who also has a lifted lux, 4inch lift on 35s).
And I got rid of the GQ rims for some normal sunnies, with 31s.
Heres some pics after the body lift was fitted.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:36 am

It stayed like that for about a year or so. I moved the family from crappy Sydney back to the beautiful Central Coast(I grew up in Newy and Ive lived here before and Mrs D grew up here).
So now I have a shed to work in, which makes things so much easier to do, so some stuff has been happening to the Lux.
First thing I did was chop the rollbar off the tray, and removed the thing that holds the spare tyre under the tray, and fitted a work/reverse light under there as well.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:46 am

Alot of wheeling has been done up to this point, heres some pics of a couple of local tracks I took Mrs D and the babies out to one day.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:01 am

I had been collecting bits and pieces for a while at this stage.
Some of the bits I had in the shed waiting to go on were:
- 4x 35x12.5 BFG Muds
- 2x 35x12.5 MTR Wranglers on 15x8 sunnys
- 4x 15x8 sunnys
- front bucket seats from a wrecked Nissan NX Coupe
- spare front and rear axles, diffs, brakes, steering, hubs
- 3inch stainless steel snorkel
And some other little bits.
I replaced the timing belt, water pump, etc, and when I was putting the radiator back in, I noticed a big crack around the mount on the chassis that the torque rod bolts into, so I had my brother in law weld it up for me, and I put in an adjustable torque rod that I bought from Superior Engineering.
I also got some of my 35inch tyres put onto rims, only to see if they fitted in the luxs guards. They fitted very nicely. I cut the sides off the bumper bar to suit the bigger rubber.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:24 am

I rebuilt the front axle because the seals were stuffed, that was a fun weekend. After I finished, I made up some extended diff breathers out of irrigation hose that I got from Bunnings, and the breather caps from the spare diffs. They run up to a small piece of alloy angle bolted in between the tray headbiard and the cab. They are out of the way and protected there.
I made a centre console out of some timber offcuts I had in the shed, doesnt look like a factory console but it works, its got a spot for my wallet and phone, and a spot for my drink to sit.
I had scored a set of extractors and a 2 1/4inch exhaust for cheap, so thats in the shed. Got a steel bullbar and UHF too.
I was driving through Wyong one day when Mr Plod pulled me over for a RBT, he asked me if I had done anything to the suspension, my reply was "No sir, its all factory from 1986"(I was running the 35s), he mentioned that the tyres were outside the guards, I told him the story of my plans to make up some flares using Bunnings garden edging.
He let me go with the advice to make them asap.
My kids brought home an old real estate sign they found in the bush on their walk home from school one day, I immediately saw potential for it.
I cut it to size, painted it black and fitted it to the front guards, front flares done. The rear was a bit harder to do, as my tray has a tie down rail under the side of the tray, I ended up cutting off the front half of the tie down rail, and making it work. It looks pretty bodgy and cheap, but the tyres are covered.
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Postby dudelux » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:44 am

Time for some more action pics. Took Mrs D and the babies out to Ourimbah State Forest one day for some fun.
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Ill continue the story tomorrow.
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Postby thebludger » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:48 am

top thread mate got some good pics there too :D
Im not a gyno but ill take a look at it for you!


Its a GQ thing, everyone understands

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Postby OGJON » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:21 pm

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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:03 am

thebludger wrote:top thread mate got some good pics there too :D


Thanks mate. Everything has been happening slowly, but when I post it all together, it seems to come together so much quicker.

Thanks for those pics Jon. That was a fun day.
Should be some good pics from Sunday.
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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:28 am

Time for some more of the story, get comfy kiddies.

One day, when the older kids were at school, and the babies were at preschool, and both Mrs D and myself had a day off. I took her out for the day, just some fun tracks out at Morisset.
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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:00 am

I fitted some recovery hooks to the back, I just bought 2 hooks from Super Cheap, and drilled out the holes in the rear of the chassis rails that the factory tow bar fits into, and bolted the hooks on with some steel plate on the inside of the chassis rails for some extra strength.
I was planning on competing in Son Of Trials, in Feb this year, so recovery hooks and gear is a must for comps.
Mrs D also came through with 2 new snatch straps for a Valentines Day pressie.
We were good to go for SOT, wasnt quite sure what kinds of tracks to expect there, but we were expecting to have a quiet weekend away with NO kids at all. They stayed with Grandma for the weekend. For your information, it has been almost 3yrs since Mrs D and myself have been anywhere without any kids, so we were really looking forward to the peace.
As I dont own any 33inch tyres, and 35s are too big for the comp, I managed to borrow some 33inch rubber for the weekend off an extremely generous and nice person. Not bad tyres by the way and I was stoked to be using them.
I went to the comp with no thoughts of winning or placing in the top bunch, it ws my first comp in the lux, and only wanted to finish every track. Anything more is a bonus.
Anyway, enough text, heres some pics.
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Heres the comp rubber, that I managed to borrow for the weekend.
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Comp pics from the 2010 Son Of Trials.
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After all the fun of the weekends driving was done, I had finished every track, which was my goal, so I was happy, even Mrs D enjoyed herself. So thats a bonus too.
There was almost 100 entries in Touring Class, and I came 50th, so not that bad, but I was way too fast on all courses, which kept me down the point standings, but Im not fussed.
Next year, I plan on trying to be more competive, but we will see.
No breakages to the Lux, the tyres were awesome, so now I want my own set of Swampers.
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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:21 am

I was driving home from wheeling late one day, and the front end felt really loose, so the next morning, I jacked up the front and checked over everything, after a bit of a search around the wheels, brakes and then steering, I found that the problem was in the tie-rod end bushes, they were completely stuffed.
So I ordered new tie-rod ends, and thought while I had the tie-rod off, and the factory steering damper half off, I might as well replace the damper too. I had been meaning to anyway.
So I ordered a new Tough Dog Return To Centre damper, and fiited it all.
I also bought some new play tyres, I was so impressed with the TSL Super Swampers that I had used for the comp, so I bought a set of my own. 33x12.5x15, and just about brand new, not even any scuffs or scratches on them, and got some new 15x8 King sunnys for them to live on.
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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:36 am

Had been doing a fair bit of wheeling, still hadnt used the new TSLs yet, due to the potential risk of the tyres hitting the guards and either ripping the guards off, or hacking into my nice new tyres.
I went wheeling with some mates out to The Watagans, did alot of fun tracks, some harder than I thought, anyway, there was about 12 of us out there driving around, and we did this one track, I beleive its called Drury Lane, and it took us an hour or so to get everyone through this one section, due to the ruts and holes and sloppy mud, most made it through unscathed, straddling the ruts and holes and making it through, 2 people winched out of this big hole, with one of them buckling and snappung 2 wheels.
Then it was my turn, a bit nervous, but went on starddled the first set of ruts, fine, then crossed to the other side of the ruts to straddle the next big hole, went too far to the side and slid my drivers side into the hole that had caught out the other 2 guys.
No real dramas, got snatched out. But it was definatley an arse clenching moment.
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Postby dudelux » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:49 am

I finally got my arse into gear and started doing some stuff to the Lux.
First up, I got the stainless steel snorkel out of the shed, and took it to the welders at my work, as the welds that were on it were really bad and the joins didnt line up properly, so the guys at my work cut and re-tigged it so it now looks smick. The guys at my work specialise in tig-welding stainless and did it for a case of beer.
Then I fitted it, I butchered the hole in the guard doing it, but I have a spare set of front guards.
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This is how it used to look.
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This is after it was re-tigged and fitted.
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