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So I've been trying to make up my mind over the last year whether to stick with the auto, or go manual. The auto TCU was missing, so that was going to be a pain, but the W series boxes are just so pricey!  I was looking at the Spitronics trans controllers till I spotted this old girl at the local wreckers. Looked in and sure enough, 5 speed!



So I thought, stuff it. Manual is cooler. Haven't counted if it's a W55 or 57, but I'll be happy with ether. Also grabbed pedal box & driveshaft.

The guys were happy for a swap with my old 5M & trans, everyone wins!


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Good ol' Toyota gave me provision under the dash for the clutch pedal box, just a slight difference in the upper hole spacing between it & the Cressida setup. IMG_2368.thumb.JPG.e1293f5e17c7b52ceae76a76007ad1c0.JPG



Which didn't take too much to rectify...



But there is quite a difference between the MS112 & RX60 brake pedals, so I'll stick with the original for now. I'd like to cut down the auto pedal pad area, but I'm aware this will require cert. Since it's the original brake pedal, just cut down, do you think I would have issues getting that mod certed?


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Had a good crack at the wiring last night. It's a good feeling pulling all the auto trans loom out! Also deleted the traction control. I think this engine has been sitting for a long time. All the injectors are stuck, the fuel rail stinks of rotten fuel and there was a small rats nest in the valley...image.thumb.jpeg.430610f2add496574ac3968c60680575.jpeg


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Ticking a few more boxes in the engine bay. I'm taking it further than I was planning on, but it is fun making everything like new. Seal kits are still cheap for the master and the booster just needed a lick of paint.






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I have to confess I gave Super Cheap's colour match rattle cans a go on the fender. Its the Lyndar stuff and I think it looks pretty good after a few coats of clear. It matches fairly well considering the rest of the paint is 30+ years old.


Also got the firewall sanded down ready for a coat, no more rust found yet...



The clutch line & bracket off the Cressida fits nicely with a few minor tweaks. I'll drill it & hopefully get some paint on this weekend.


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The front brake rotors arrived outa Aus and they look good! Ended up being a real pain to get wheel bearings. All the remaining stock had been on the shelf so long it took me 3 goes to get some that weren't damaged or had bits missing. 




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The callipers were in a bad way. Both pistons were frozen in and pitted, but Safe-R-Brakes managed to cross them over to a Mazda piston of the same size. IMG_2966.JPG.e2c86f78d83b5357375aca1faa7e8e0a.JPG



Having the genuine pads was a life saver. It has all 12 separate anti-rattle clips, I think I was missing most of them. Should stop nicely now too!

I see Repco has the Ferodo GP2 pads on clearance for $10 a set, anyone have experience with them being noisy/dusty etc? Thinking of getting some for the future. 

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Mount time! I didn't have much choice with engine positioning. I've got maybe 10mm ether side. I'll take a threaded casting off the steering box to give it more room. The steering center link means I can't go back any further without cutting the sump but the crank pulley already sits a little further back than the 5m did.




The remote filter housing just clears the factory mount position, it'll be easy to change from underneath.


The gearbox mount for a RNZ147 Hilux has a greater offset than the factory mount, bringing the auto cross-member close to its original position.


With all that lined up the chassis mount position is about 90mm offset to the 1uz mount position. The engine mounts from an FJ40 fit really nice in the limited space, have limits to catch the engine if the rubber fails & also have a female thread on the bottom which will make installation a breeze. The Mount Shop were super helpful with tracking those down.


My father-in law came by, took some measurements & drew up some sweet brackets to bring it all together. Looks much nicer than I would have cobbled together, should make for a tidy job!





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Coming up to 2 years since I got this engine, I'm hoping I can get it moving under it's own power this month. The engine is bolted in for the last time now and the gearbox crossmember is all sorted. The lengthened driveshaft fits beautifully, the clutch is bleed up and the pedal feels great! 




Next up is finishing paint on the front fenders & radiator support so I can put the dog box back together & rewire the engine bay. Getting painfully close to making some noise!

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