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  1. Sounds awesome, and cool that its got some whine to it
  2. I pulled the roof off the BJ tonight - it's farken hot and have no AC obviously. Any reason this isn't legal? It's a factory setup but obviously reduces the integrity of the cabin... Am also wondering about going further, the windscreen folds down and whole midsection of the tub comes off on these trucks, but would then lose the shoulder height seatbelt mounts. Would quite like to build a rollbar outside the cab but closer to the body than the existing one so could pick up some new mounts off that, I assume there are rules about where those would have to be relative to where they are currently? The mounts might work off the position of the current rollbar but would be 20-30cm further back... Cabriolet lyfe
  3. So good, fizzing for a sound check when you got it going...
  4. Ah yeap, might give it a crack with my multitool then (since I don't have an orbital sander). Previously I've just used the flapper disc which is OK but always leaves the surface rougher than I'd like and the 'grain' ends up messed up when you have to come at the workpiece from different directions
  5. Nice. How did you finish the flat surfaces? They look sandblasted? Whenever I try and buff aluminium (to hide scratches from welding prep) I never seem to be able to get a uniform finish. Was making some brackets yesterday that needed that treatment...
  6. Did a nice job on the cam covers man, 3mm ali sheet with welds ground back?
  7. This is what I did for this one that I built for my old cruiser, did all the metal work made it strong AF and then took it to a pro towbar place to mig it up and make the tongue. Got a load sticker that way too
  8. Loving the period steelies, and loving that looks like your still using the truck for work.
  9. Is the transfer case mounted handbrake factory on these? I have the same (factory) on the BJ and look forward to one day ridding myself of it
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    I have one that I'll be looking to move on, will be replacing with the 8.8 that as of last weekend have finally pried out of the explorer. Has discs, is LSD and came out of an AU allegedly
  11. So awesome, and loving the snorkel - you should swap the top for a copper downpipe elbow for max future patina. How does she handle highway speeds?
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    Ah yeap, different length axles is another thing that dawned on me today re these diffs. I was under the assumption they were centre pumpkin style but after having a measure up the passenger side is ~100mm longer than the drivers side (as measured from the yoke centre to the leafs). This is not so bad in my application as gas tank is on passenger side and driveshaft in old setup was touching cloth so this would give a bit more clearance there, am wondering what impact this might have on harmonics though? The Hilux hanger (is a 2 piece d shaft setup) is actually also 30mm offset to the drivers side, but still not enough to allow front and rear shafts to run on the same axis... Any comments from you diff gurus whether this is likely to cause problems?
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    It's actually ~40-50mm too narrow, so was just gonna adjust with spacers (cheap) or new wheels (not cheap). Mostly after the 8.8 as a cheap way for extra strength and discs to boot. Are you running the same in yer Valiant?
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    Yeah, was thinking could just flick the arb carrier and compressor, switches etc and use that to fund one of the carbon clutch Ford performance LSD units ex the US, they pretty cheap so potentially break even for a brand new inside bits diff. Thing is the housing is also drilled for the air fitting so might be better to just sell as a complete diff for someone's offroad project and try and find another standard one for the hilux, hmmm...
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    Major diff sharn for this weekend... So I bought a new diff, and it came attached to this: Explorer was in Aucks with a dead trans for the same price as wrecker wanted for a complete disc to disc diff outa the same, so thought I'd drive up from Hams and transport back. Ring the dude up and get him to climb under the truck and check the tag, 3L73 yuss it's a 31 spline LSD 3.73 8.8, perfect. Mad mission up there showing up after dark, bundle it on the transporter without really any inspection getting home late last night. Then while basking in the 90s luxury Ford cockpit this morning I notice this on the centre console: Initially super excited holy shit has a moonbeams air locker in it, but then dawned on me I drove all the way to Aucks to pick this thing up and now I still have no LSD, as open/full locker setup less than ideal for what's sposed to be a fast road ute. So now can't decide if it's a win or loss, prolly come out ahead if I sell it to fund another diff (or new internal bits for this one) but mo time and wheeling and dealing while I should be trying to get this damn ute finished... As an aside also found this wedged under the truck, looks like someone's been explorer red necking