Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.
We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.
Since I have had the Land cruiser 100, I’ve never bothered about Winter tyres. I live in a country where it is debatable to buy some, as wintery conditions are seldom therefore making it difficult to justify the purchase. The LC is not my main transport and on bad weather it can stay on the drive.
All the previous years when I travelled to the Alps in the winter, I was more than happy with the BFGoodrich in the snow. It seems, there is now not the amount of snow on the roads as many years ago and for 2 weeks it is just not worth.
I am planning to drive to the Alps at the end of the month; I will be travelling through mountain passes where winter tyres (and snow chains) will be needed.
I have purchased a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2 on original Toyota steel rims which makes my life much easier when I change them over.
It will be interesting to see how the winter tyres compare to the BFGoodrich that I used previously.
I have raised the pressures in the tyres from 35 to 42 psi. Lets see if it makes a difference on the road handling
I like the way how Nokian put the safety indicators on the centre surface of the tyre. The numbers wear out as the tire wears down. Less the 40% the tyre should not be worn in wintery conditions.
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.
Great to take advantage of the weather as the routes won’t be this dry and green for much longer this year.
Diane really enjoyed her drive in the LC.
Even the Highland Cows are interested to see the Land cruiser and Diane or are they just being nosey?
Finally I have finished the auxiliary tank. Frontrunner claim it takes 6 hours to complete the task, it has taken longer then i thought. Then again my extra paint jobs and the preparation took a lot of time. It was fairly easy to lift the tank in to the prepared brackets and bolting it up. It was also easy to install the spare wheel carrier it was a very tight fit needless to say.
I had great difficulty to fit the supplied hose for the connection between the aux. tank and the main tank. The hose is only 4 inches long and needed to be connected to the original filler pipe. As the connection is to close to the crossmember No. 7, I could not get a proper seal on it and I ended up using my old rubber tank filler hose instead. The hose clamp – circled – was a nightmare to tighten. Eventually I got this right too. I hate to think that one day I will have to replace the hose.
Filler pipe from auxiliary tank to main tank. The small pipe is the vent pipe from main tank which is now connected near to the filler cap.
Main tank with new protector. It is much easier to remove the exhaust to fit the tank in place. I could save myself a lot of time if I had removed it before hand.
Some modification needed on the tank inlet pipe for the extra breather hoses.
The spare wheel is slightly lower to the ground.
The underbody of my land Cruiser has definitely seen better days and I’m not surprised to see the fixing point rot away. In some other Country’s the Land Cruiser 100 is equipped with a auxiliary tank and the same fixing points are used. The bolt holes are unusable which ment I had to cut the rotten material away.
This must be the cheapest available weld-on nut what Toyota’s money could buy. I’m not surprised the thread was not existent.
To make a strong connection I used a mild steel box section which I have welded a nut inside and bolted on to the rear underfloor panel reinforcement. This should last a long time.
Everything is painted with chassis Lack, connected and bolted up. Before fitting the tank I sprayed on some underbody and cavity wax.
Next step is fitting the tank.
Finally, I have completed the refurbishment of the main fuel tank and managed to fit the tank back in place. It took me far longer as I have anticipated. Now I want to fit the auxiliary tank from Frontrunner which are made in South Africa. Frontrunner claims the tank hold 62 litres which is more than sufficient for my purpose.
The tank is much smaller than the Long Ranger which is made in Australia and hold up to 182 litres. The advantage of the smaller tank is; it is much cheaper and I can place my spare wheel back under the LC as the original layout was.
The tank came with all the fittings and painted. The paint job is probably good enough for South African roads but definitely not for Europe with all the rain and road salt in the winter.
I rough sanded the surface, then I slapped a couple of coats zinc primer on and after ample trying time a generously amount of black chassis paint.
Finally, I covered the surface with DINITROL 3125 HS wax which can be used for surfaces and cavities. This should prolong the life of the tank significantly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.