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    AJ's 79 series Cruiser Ute

    In the spirit of "you can never have too many 4wd's" I picked up my self another one yesterday. It should give me something to do in my spare time (which I don't have) over the next couple of years building it into the Rig I want.






    it came already equipped with a Warn XD9000 winch, bullbar, UHF and Long range fuel tanks, but that doesn't mean I haven't got a bucket load of plans for this one.

    Its not meant to replace our Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado but more to compliment it and add another option depending on what our plans entail.

    The plan is to basically do a rolling rebuild over the next couple of years, tackling little projects one at a time and ultimately removing, repairing, replacing, reconditioning, lubricating or improving every part on the vehicle until it is better than new. Oh and I will add a few choice mods and make a few custom bits my self. Plan is for me to do basically everything that needs doing, so hopefully I will know the whole vehicle inside out by the finish.

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    Looks like a great platform to start with AJ , looking forward to a some good reads
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    Nice one mate. Look forward to seeing the fit out.

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    Top stuff AJ, looks like a clean example mate. Did it take you long to find?

    Cheers

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    It will be good looking back at the 1st pics in this thread once its all done
    On Days Like This I'd Rather Be In The High Country

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    Body looks very clean and straight.

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    It definitely had a bit of a "tart up" prior to me buying it, its basically clean enough but you don't have to look too far to see that's its done its share of work over the years, but I got it for what I reckon was a bargain price, and given my budget I couldn't expect perfection. So far no nasty surprises either after the 300km trip to get it home.

    I looked for around a month, this one was later model and less Km's and better condition for significantly less money than a couple of 75's selling locally, so happy days here.

    Might be a bit of a slow start to the transformation as I have my camper trailer project going as well.

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    on the camper front, how is it going? for you working blokes it must be quite a challenge

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    I haven't touched the camper for nearly 2 weeks, I am only supposed to work part time, but have been knocking out 12-14 hours a day the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I get some more done on the weekend.

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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    So I had my first chance to have a closer look around the new Cruiser today. One of the things I am a bit fanatical about is cleaning out the inside of the chassis rails after each off road trip, clearly the previous owner of this one wasn't as fussed about that, so that was the first job using my home made chassis cleaning wand, which is just a bit of copper pipe with a bend on the end and the end flattened to give a good spray. I got a bit of gunk out of the rails and after inspecting the inside as best I could it all looks good. However I will give it a rust treatment just to be sure.

    Here is my million dollar chassis cleaner





    A quick look under the floor mat revealed the not unexpected presence of dirt, but the less than desirable presence of mud, meaning water leaks in somewhere. So I stripped out all the seats and floor mats to give it a good clean. Cleaning was once again using my wand and a scrubbing brush.

    Dirty muddy floor.



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    And cleaned up a bit.




    I found some slight surface rust, mainly on the passenger floor, that should be easy enough to sort out.



    I am not sure where the water is getting in, but I easily found multiple spots that could be the culprit. Some grommets missing from the rear of the cab and it seems at some stage in its life securing various items by screwing tech screws (or similar) through the floor was the go. So there are numerous screw holes in both the floor and the rear panel, so I plan to go through and weld all those up as well as adding the missing rubber grommets.

    There was also one large hole around the size of a 5 cent piece in the floor, I suspect it could be a build fault as it looks exactly like the holes I used to weld up when I was welding at Mitsubishi many years ago, when guys try and spot weld in the wrong spot, holes like this get punched in panels. Anyway, nothing a bit of welding wont have good as new.

    Small holes



    Large hole



    I might keep stripping out the interior whilst I am this far and see what else needs fixing and cleaning before ordering some Dynamat to improve the sound deadening which is almost non existent in the 79.

    Cheers Andrew
    Why would I buy something for $10 when I can make it for $20

    2009 120 Prado http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...AJ-s-120-Prado
    HZJ79 Cruiser http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showth...ies-Cruser-Ute

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