Greenlaning in Northumberland

After all the repairs and modifications of which I have recently done, I wanted to give the Land Cruiser a good test drive to see how he behaved. We took the LC to a mild Greenlaning session in Northumberland with the stunning views and ideal routes.

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Great to take advantage of the weather as the routes won’t be this dry and green for much longer this year.

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Diane really enjoyed her drive in the LC.

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Even the Highland Cows are interested to see the Land cruiser and Diane or are they just being nosey?

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Land Cruiser 100 fuel tank 2

I’m still waiting for the tank protector to arrive. I have now plenty time to continue on the fuel tank.  I removed all hoses and covers and have taken the sender unit out. I would aspect much more dirt on the strainer. Even the internal of the tank was pretty clean.

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On the next step I have spent a number of hours to clean the outside of the tank from rust. Then I sprayed a couple of layers Dinitrol RC900 rust converter on.

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I had a good opportunity to install the balance pipe which is required for the auxiliary Front runner tank which I planned to install very soon.  Also I have installed all the fittings for the tank and a new strainer for the pick-up pipe.

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After a couple of days to let the rust converter work in to the metal I have painted the outside of the tank with chassis lack a couple of times.

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At last I have sprayed Dinitrol 3125 HS over the paint which is a corrosion prevention fluid with has an excellent film building properties on open surfaces and leaves a brown,waxy,water repellent film. This, I hope, prevent any further corrosion.

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Land Cruiser 100 Fuel Tank

Since about 3 years I’m planning to remove my diesel tank on the Land Cruiser 100 but never came around  to do it. There was always something else more important.  Now when I have taken the fuel tank out I’m glad it is done and I hope it was not too late. I’m surprised the tank is not leaking as the condition is not good.

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The under tray or tank protector is so brittle it just has fallen appart when I have removed it. Definitely have to order a new one and new tank straps as well. Now I have to look where I get all the replacement parts.

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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!

New brakes on Land cruiser 3

The post should be called new brakes and new shock absorbers as I end up to change them as well. Anyway the right hand side did not work out so gut as the left one. The caliper was sticking and I had to take the 4 pistons out, clean everything up and build it together again. Luckily the o-rings has been in good condition and I could use them again.

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After the clean up, all the bits a ready to get fit together again.

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New gasket added to the drive flange cover.

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Also on the right side, some slight wear on the shaft but I have used a 400er emery cloth to cleaned it up.

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Just on time my Pedders shock absorbers arrived. They are looking huge compare to the Old Men Emu’s. I hope they performing better then the OME’s.

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Everything build together again. I had the Land Cruiser for a test drive. I could not see any difference from the Pedder’s shocks to the OME’s. Time will tell. I still have to change the rear shocks out, maybe tomorrow… weather permitting.

Hoist for Roof tent

The last 10 years I have lifted the Roof rack and the Roof tent with somebody’s help on to the Land Cruiser. Usually nobody is around when I want to do it. Unfortunately my Garage is not high enough to lift on to the Car. The best bet is to fabricate some kind of a small hoist, which I can dismantle easily and stow away. Also it should save a lot of time.

My idea is to use the hitch receiver from the ARB bumper to connect the crane as the Land cruiser would act as counter weight and saves me having to make a solid stand up.

I purchased 50x50mm Box tube, the reason is the ARB hitch receiver is about the same size and I got my welding gear out.

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It was a bit of trial and error until I found the best solution. First I thought I would make the complete hoist out of the box tube but it was far too heavy to handle it single-handed and if I need a helping hand what’s the point to make it in the first place?

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Only the first section is out of the box tube.

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It is very important the hoist can turn 360 degrees to handle the Roof tent and also the roof rack. I found a cheap bearing and some scaffolding tubes on the Internet that would fit precisely in to the box tube.

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I found a cheap bearing and some scaffolding tubes on the Internet that would fit precisely in to the box tube.

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A simple mechanism, made out of scaffolding fittings. I can add a longer tube if necessary.

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I braced the 90 degrees angle for sturdiness and which can be altered very easily to compensate for the flexing.

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The hoist is built in the simplest manner and can be dismantled in very short time for storage.

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After painting, I have fitted it to the Land cruiser for a trial.

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The bottom part fits in to the ARB hitch receiver.

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I used the roof rack for the test.

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It worked very well. I have no problem with the height for the roof rack but for the roof tent is it probably to low, but I can alter the height of the scaffolding pole. At the minute I won’t be needing to use the roof tent, therefore I can change things around later on.

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I have no problems with the hand winch and cable. Also the brace is more then strong enough.