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    Hahahhaa, nice one.
    Chris
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      Fnklol at 2WD on sand and the goon bag.

      I booked for a Moreton Island trip last night, the barge and permit make it a pretty expensive few days.
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        Has Norbie pulled out the engine and put in a 1UZ yet? Has he gone the whole hog and pulled the 1GZ out of the Century and put it in this?

        The people demand answers!
        Last edited by takai; 22-09-21, 04:03 PM.
        Chris
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          I haven't even got the engine into the state yet. If you southerners could stop playing lockdown shenanigans I might have a chance!

          Meanwhile I can't help noticing the 3VZ is chugging along doing its job just fine...
          Norbie!

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            Originally posted by Norbie View Post
            I haven't even got the engine into the state yet. If you southerners could stop playing lockdown shenanigans I might have a chance!

            Meanwhile I can't help noticing the 3VZ is chugging along doing its job just fine...
            Hah, jump to it then. Otherwise I will have turboed the Hilux and finished the MX5 first
            Chris
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              I'm going camping again in 2 weeks so the 4runner is getting some more attention. First, the spare wheel. The hillbilly previous owner mentioned to me that he had "relocated" the spare wheel to the cargo area like it was some sort of feature and not a giant pain whenever you try to load anything else in there. Of course it wasn't mounted or secured in any way, just sitting on the floor. After buying the vehicle I poked my head under the back where the spare wheel should live and sure enough the winch assembly was missing so there was no way to put it back there.

              Anyway I've been trying to find a replacement specific to this vehicle but with no luck so far, so the other day I took a gamble on an ebay listing for an aftermarket knockoff to suit most Hilux models. The 4runner is pretty much a Hilux wagon so I was hopeful it would work. Turns out it kinda does but the bolt spacing was different, so all I had to do was drill an extra hole in the crossmember et voila:



              It seems to line up nicely with the hole where you insert the crank handle so I reckon that should work. The chain is long enough that the tyre reaches the ground when fully extended, but only just:



              This means I have to lift the tyre off the ground a bit to get it free of the chain, but that's not such a big deal. It should work... except after I got it all installed I realised I was also missing the crank handle, and I couldn't find a good way to turn the winch without it. So I've ordered a crank handle "to suit most Hilux models", fingers crossed that works!

              I also realised I don't have any kind of jack, so I'll have to do something about that. I have some spare scissor jacks of that sort that come with most Toyota cars but they won't work with a vehicle this high. From what I can tell the 4runner came with a bottle jack of some sort? So I guess I'll need to procure something like that with sufficient lift to actually get the wheels off the ground.

              Yesterday I had the local AC repair guy swing by to see if he can get the AC running. To my surprise it turned out the system is fully gassed up and mechanically sound, and it's an electrical fault preventing the system from engaging the compressor. He didn't end up fixing it properly but he did give me enough information that I can probably work it out from here. This is where he left things:



              While probing around the various connectors and relays he came across one particular pin which engaged the compressor when grounded via his test light. It's one of the pins in the 4-pin connector in the background of this photo:



              The circuit board is the "AC amplifier" and it triggers the AC compressor on and off, but the relay connected to that 4-pin connector is also involved somehow. When that one pin is grounded everything seems to work fine - the compressor cycles on and off as normal, the main AC switch still turns everything on and off, and cold air comes out of the vents. So one obvious "fix" is to just run a new ground wire to that pin and call it a day! But what I'd really like to do is trace where that wire goes and figure out what the actual problem is. Of course that's easier said than done, especially since I can't find a wiring diagram which matches what I have in this vehicle. All the US spec stuff seems to be different and that's about all I can find online.

              Anyway I'm pretty stoked that the AC system basically works, this will make it a lot easier to live with this thing as summer approaches.
              Norbie!

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                There was a recall on the winches probs 15 years ago.

                All the cable ones were replaced with chain-type ones.
                Originally posted by brewdles
                In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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                  On the A/C thing, is there a pressure switch on the plumbing that has failed? It’s usually a safeguard that prevents the AC from being activated if there’s no gas and would result in pretty much what you are experiencing. I’d almost bet it’s either got some chewed up wiring, or is buried in the engine bay and unplugged.

                  Other though would be a precondition from the ECU like a timer from “cold start” or similar.
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                    Yeah, you could totally bridge the two wires on the pressure switch plug, and see what happens.

                    But that's basic shit the a/c guy could have tested.
                    Originally posted by brewdles
                    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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                      Yeah I did ask about the pressure switch and the AC guy said it checked out fine.

                      Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                      Other though would be a precondition from the ECU like a timer from “cold start” or similar.
                      Interesting! The ECU is very close by so it should be fairly simple to see if there are any wires going from that to the AC stuff. Worth checking out I reckon.
                      Norbie!

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                        First thread update in nearly a month, came to see V8 4runner. Much disappoint!

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                          I'm disappointed too!
                          Norbie!

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                            You gotta do a takai -- a few pages of over-investing in neatening up a hilux bucket, then BAM hit 'em with a turbo conversion when they're not looking.

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                              I have been thinking more about a cheap and cheerful rear mount turbo lately. Everyone says the 3VZ is a POS, but that didn't stop me slapping a shitty turbo on my 22R recently!
                              Norbie!

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                                Originally posted by aerobrick View Post
                                You gotta do a takai -- a few pages of over-investing in neatening up a hilux bucket, then BAM hit 'em with a turbo conversion when they're not looking.
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                                Originally posted by Norbie View Post
                                I have been thinking more about a cheap and cheerful rear mount turbo lately. Everyone says the 3VZ is a POS, but that didn't stop me slapping a shitty turbo on my 22R recently!
                                With the amount of room under these things, you could always go with a mid mount turbo. There is plenty of space where the big barrel muffler sits to mount a turbo, and it wouldnt be that long to run the pipes back through:
                                Last edited by takai; 15-10-21, 10:41 AM.
                                Chris
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