New Pedders springs installed on my Land cruiser

The other day when I had my head under the LC I noticed the left hand spring was broken.  Last year I installed new Pedders shock absorbers but never bothered to change the springs as well. The Pedders shocks are heavy duty but I’m not sure if this had anything to do with the broken spring. It seems to me not so long ago when I have installed the Old Man Emu springs but after I have checked the mileage on it, I discovered it was more then 50 000 miles. So they have not performed as badly as the LC is very often heavy laden and used offroad a lot.

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It did not took very long for a new set of Pedders (7845) extra heavy duty springs to arrive and with a pair of Urethane 20mm Coil Spring Insulator which fit perfectly to it.

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The Pedders springs are slightly higher than the OME’s and definitely stiffer but the diameter of the coil is still the same.

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It took a bit an effort to install the new springs as they not compress very well but eventually I have succeeded. Pedders claim this springs are suited for constantly loaded vehicles but I plan to install an auxiliary tank in the near future, this is not an issue for me as Io will have plenty extra weight on the rear axle.

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I hope the pedders coil springs perform so well as the OME’s. Only time will tell.

Continuous Battery Charger

The Land Cruiser 100 series alarm system continually consumes a lot of power, so when the car is not in use for some time, this drains the batteries.

I had an idea to connect the car on shore power, similar to the marine environment, when the LC is parked up at the front of the house.

I required a specialist charger of which I can permanently fit into the LC, which is also built for harsh environments, and needed to be waterproof.

I purchased a Blue Power IP67 Battery Charger from Victron Energy as it is an Adaptive 4-stage charger (bulk, absorption, float and storage) of which is also maintenance free. I also bought IP68 plugs for the connections.

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IP68 connector

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I added an extra connector to make bumper removal easier, when necessary.

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Blue Power IP67 Battery Charger, designed to charge batteries 14-225 Ah (including a Start Interrupt Function)

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A relay was added to prevent the car from starting whilst it is connected to power. This is an added bonus to prevent me driving off whilst connected.

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This is the layout of the charger on the right hand side of the Engine Bay.

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Connection on ARB front bumper.

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RCD (Residual Current Device) on wall of house.

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Voilà! Continuous charge!

An Alpine Jaunt – Buschtaxi 2015 – Photos

Here are some more photos from the Buschtaxi gathering 2015 in Storndorf, Germany.  A huge variety of Toyotas were present. Toyota  40, 55, 60, 80, 100, 120 and 150 series were on show, along with the FJ-Cruiser which is a bit a rare sight in Europe. I also noticed the trend for Roof tents has abated a bit, with everyone moving towards camper style hinged or tilt roofs. I’m not surprised really, as the weather in central Europe is rather too cold for using the Roof tents throughout the year. I’m also considering getting, in the foreseeable future, getting my 100 series converted. Obviously there is a cost implication to consider, but it is also a big job to convert. For a start the roof will be cut out, and there is no way to restore it back to the original condition once that has been done. As I have no plans to sell the Land cruiser anyway it is definitely an option for me.

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An Alpine Jaunt – Buschtaxi 2015 – Third and final day

We have had an enjoyable time and have been spoiled with the fantastic weather. Also met old friends and have made new ones. The organization and program was perfect. There was so much to see. It would of been great if we could have enough time to see everything. Unfortunately we had to move on, and start our journey back home.

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An Alpine Jaunt – Buschtaxi 2015 – Arrival day

We arrived today on the Buschtaxi gathering in Storndorf, Germany. Around 50 Vehicles have been here before us, despite it will not begin before tomorrow. The weather absolutely lovely. A lot of sun, what a transformation from last year.’s gathering. We checked the forecast and it should stay dry and sunny over the next view days.

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An Alpine Jaunt – Gerlospass

After a view day relaxing in Zillertal (county Tirol) we decidet to travel to the city of Salzburg to spend some time in this beautiful town. As I have been very often in Salzburg and travelled the usual way via Germany, we made the decision to use the longer way over the Gerlospass and further through the Pinzgau. This road is very beautiful albeit sometimes very narrow but if time doesn’t count it is the best solution.

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The Mountain  view is absolutely stunning.

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The Gerlos- Reservoir (Durlassboden)

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It looks like someone ditched his Beetle.