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    Default My LC 79 v8 Journey

    Hi All,

    I never quite understood the love people had for the 70 series land cruisers as they alway appeared to be so basic and old aged. Especially since I had a built Ford Ranger 3.2 with alot of kit on it and I thought it to be a very capable vehicle. Well I can noe say I was wrong and now understanding teh love affair with the land cruisers and the abilities and capabilities of these vehicles. I also now understand when drivers of land cruisers said once you go land cruiser you never drive anything else. I get this feeling now and understand it totally.

    I have a Sandy coloured 79 V8 DC with a couple of extras fitted and have built it with the help of my Local LA Sport dealer in Port Elizabeth to what I see as a dream vehicle and can tackle just about anything there is to tackle on this continent and more.

    My list of things done to it thus far and by no means complete yet is a suspension lift with tough dog leave springs and coils, Fox 2.0 shocks and wheel spacers at the back. I have Rockstar 3 rims and 35 inch BF Goodrich KM3 tyres and a Rhino 3D front bumper and 12000 pound Rhino winch on remote and Stofpad rear bumper and wheel carrier. The exhaust is a 76mm De Graaf system and a LA Sport snorkel and K&N Filter and teh ECU has been flashed with a stage 1+ ATM tune. The clutch is being changed out with an Exedy heavy duty one and the interior has full sound system and seat covers are by Cantech. An Alu-cab canopy is out back and the bin has been double lined and rubberized. The lights up front are 65 watt LED and super bright and awesome distance.

    I must say i love the look of my cruiser and she is by no means complete yet as much more will be done to it. I will post as more things get done to it.

    Hope you all like it.
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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    Good looking Cruiser

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    Very nice Roughneck.
    By the way were you ever a Roughneck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LC Man View Post
    Very nice Roughneck.
    By the way were you ever a Roughneck.
    Iím the Chief Mechanic now on a jack up. Have had my short stint helping out on the rig floor. Glad to be in maintenance rather 🤣
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Good looking Cruiser
    Thanks. She has come quite some distance from looking stock. The power and the off-road ability is what makes it such a pleasure to drive. Looking forward to get her in the dunes soon.
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    Very nice setup Roughneck, looks the part. Do I miss my 79 V8, yes of course

    Interesting, why did you go all the way up to 35's and not the more common 33's?

    It will provide you many years of fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCTheron View Post
    Very nice setup Roughneck, looks the part. Do I miss my 79 V8, yes of course

    Interesting, why did you go all the way up to 35's and not the more common 33's?

    It will provide you many years of fun
    I wanted the reduction in final drive ratio and above all the off road ability and this cruiser is being built for over landing and extreme off road trails where they can be found.

    I did not want a case where a year down the line I wished I had fitted 35ís so I just decided build it right the first time with everything done right and top products and she should reward me and the kids for years to come.

    These 70 series will be the last of the solid axle heavy weights on the market and want to be one of the lucky ones to own from new.
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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    That looks so bad as*. Keep sharing your journey with her, would love to see more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roughneck View Post
    I wanted the reduction in final drive ratio and above all the off road ability and this cruiser is being built for over landing and extreme off road trails where they can be found.

    I did not want a case where a year down the line I wished I had fitted 35ís so I just decided build it right the first time with everything done right and top products and she should reward me and the kids for years to come.

    These 70 series will be the last of the solid axle heavy weights on the market and want to be one of the lucky ones to own from new.
    With 35`s you are on the same ratio as the 5th gear ratio change. My next mod on the 76. The advantage of 35`s offroad is not comparable with smaller tires. I have gone places with the Yank Ranger and 35`s where others failed going with lockers.

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    Nice, now you need to start looking at the space between the seats. A nice little fridge is very handy.

    But yes, one of the best parts about owning one of these, is modding it up to suit your tastes and needs. You'll probably never be completely done with that.

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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    i made that mistake, bought from new as well, but went 33 inch tyres, now wish i had just gone the 35 inch from the start, but have spent my budget so it will have to just get in the line as one of the future mods. but that's part of the journey.
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    Yea that is the pleasure of owning a 4wd and building it up to your needs and lifestyle requirements.

    I spent hours upon hours reading forums and posts from all over about how people have built their 70 series and what they classified as mistakes and what works. And using all that info I incorporated it into what I need from the vehicle and build it right the first time.

    Itís a very personal thing to build up a 4wd and one takes a lot of pride in seeing it standing in the bush or parking lot and know thatís my baby.

    But she is far from done. She can handle any obstacles now but is now in the next phase where I have to build her to now be able to live out of. So all the kit now for that. Kitchen, rtt shower and drawer system and my fridge and so on.

    Canít wait to get her complete and in the wild enjoying every minute with the kids.
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    The nice thing about Cruisers is you can bolt on what you like. No nanny Manufacturer peeping over your shoulder with OEM approved prescribed accessories and threads of loosing warranties.

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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    Very nice rig there Roughneck. Where did you get the door pods and who makes them? They look awesome.

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    https://www.facebook.com/pg/WROffRoad/posts/

    if had a bigger budget i could drop a few ronds at there shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenskind View Post
    Very nice rig there Roughneck. Where did you get the door pods and who makes them? They look awesome.
    Everything I have done on the Cruiser I had done at LA Sport Port Elizabeth. They supply all the parts for the cruiser and do all the work to my vehicles. I have built 2 builds with them and they have done some decent work.
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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    If you are going to Overland 2 more very good mods is a Racor second diesel filter and a oil catch can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LC Man View Post
    If you are going to Overland 2 more very good mods is a Racor second diesel filter and a oil catch can.
    Agree, and seemingly, the quicker you fit the catch can, the better.

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    Default Re: My LC 79 v8 Journey

    Hi, nice looking rig...., very similar to mine.

    if I may, i did something very early on in my ownership in 2015. I put the vehicle on blocks and drenched the chassis and all steel parts (excl Exhaust) in Tectyle. Its a rust preventative, and will keep you car rust free for decades. I used about 5L in total with a spray gun and compressor, dont be shy. The product is made by Valvoline, but I'm not too sure who imports it now.

    You keep these vehicles so long, that looking after it from day one with some love, goes a long way down the road.

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    i do the same with wd40. i spray it on everything under the cruiser, under the wheel arches tha lot , in all the chassis holes as well. looks like it soaks into everything and just makes cleaning so much easier,
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