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1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« on: January 07, 2016, 02:24:25 PM »
My Jeep fleet has been tainted with rice...

Just picked up this 100 Series.


1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
- One owner
- 246k miles
- V8 :)
- Timing Belt done at 211k
- Diff Lock (rear locker)
- Small patch of fender rust

It needs new tires and a serious interior deep cleaning. This was a smokers vehicle so I am going to pull the seats and shampoo the carpet and headliner.

Now the fun begins!
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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2016, 04:33:29 PM »
So awesome, does it have the live axel or independent front end?
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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2016, 05:41:42 PM »
The 100 series has the independent front end here in the states.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 07:48:42 PM »
Bugger... I assume with the v8 only?
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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2016, 08:04:58 PM »
Yup. No diesel :(

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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 06:23:52 AM »
Yup. No diesel :(

Bugger. I'm actually considering a new updated 200 series at the moment with the TDV8...

Mmm diesel...
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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 06:21:08 PM »
I wanted an 80 series for so long but always got beaten to them by someone else.  Cool trucks.
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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2016, 12:52:49 PM »
Bulletproof trucks man!  Can I ask what you paid for it?  Region seems to be the biggest influence on the price of any year Cruiser.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Landcruiser
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2016, 03:02:10 PM »
I paid $6,500. Not a great deal but better than average for similar trucks. I came in at 1/2 the budget I was allowing for a 100 series, so I don't have any reservations replacing a few worn out parts. I searched everywhere south of the 40th parallel for one. Quite honestly, most trucks were within $2k of each other across the country for trucks in similar condition.

I am gathering parts to rebuild the front end. I immediately noticed it drove like a boat when I got behind the wheel and noticed the front swaybar links were were snapped in 1/2. I replaced the links and noticed a profound improvement in handling. The ball joints are loose, the torsion bars are sagging and it looks like I'll be replacing the steering rack. Even with the worn out parts, the truck is a joy to drive.

I plan on replacing the ball joints, repacking the wheel bearings, replacing the steering rack, and twisting the torsion bars up a little at the same time. Then I'll splurge for new tires, which I am still torn over. Practicality tells me to stay close the stock (31's), but dang these trucks looks good with 33's.

I have pulled the running boards, cleaned the interior and replaced the nicotine stained radio. Also vacuumed about 2" of leaves out of the hvac box and installed LX470 cabin filters.
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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2016, 08:37:11 PM »
I paid $6,500. Not a great deal but better than average for similar trucks. I came in at 1/2 the budget I was allowing for a 100 series, so I don't have any reservations replacing a few worn out parts. I searched everywhere south of the 40th parallel for one. Quite honestly, most trucks were within $2k of each other across the country for trucks in similar condition.

I am gathering parts to rebuild the front end. I immediately noticed it drove like a boat when I got behind the wheel and noticed the front swaybar links were were snapped in 1/2. I replaced the links and noticed a profound improvement in handling. The ball joints are loose, the torsion bars are sagging and it looks like I'll be replacing the steering rack. Even with the worn out parts, the truck is a joy to drive.

I plan on replacing the ball joints, repacking the wheel bearings, replacing the steering rack, and twisting the torsion bars up a little at the same time. Then I'll splurge for new tires, which I am still torn over. Practicality tells me to stay close the stock (31's), but dang these trucks looks good with 33's.

I have pulled the running boards, cleaned the interior and replaced the nicotine stained radio. Also vacuumed about 2" of leaves out of the hvac box and installed LX470 cabin filters.


That is so cheap...

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2016, 11:01:20 AM »
The 100 series Cruisers did not hold their values like the 80 series did.  The change to IFS angered the purists, but it didn't really hurt new sales.  The Land Cruiser isn't a high volume model here.  We don't get the base trim work trucks, just full option luxury rides.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2016, 10:51:00 AM »
This Toyota is a pleasure to work on. Not because it is particularly easy, but because I haven't started bleeding or snapped any important bolts due to rust.

The first job I did was replacing the steering rack. It was damn tight. Ended up lifting the motor 2" to get clearance for the removal and installation.



I then repacked the wheel bearings, greased the spindle bushing and replaced the upper ball joints. I don't think the wheel bearings had been touched in 100k miles. The grease was dried up around the edges yet the bearings seemed to be good. Bearing packers make this job so easy.


Somewhere in there I cranked on the torsion bars. The front end sat 2.5" lower than the rear. Raised the front so it is 3/4" lower than the rear and pulled the running boards. After an intensive interior cleaning and leather treatment, the ashtray/smoke smell inside the cab has almost disappeared.


New tires will be installed this week. Ordered the Cooper AT3 in a 265/75r16. A little narrower and a little taller than the stock size.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2016, 02:35:59 PM »
Looks good. What does that beast weigh?

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2016, 03:27:02 PM »
Looks good. What does that beast weigh?
About 6k lbs. My poor harbor freight jack knows it's weighs a lot more than my Jeeps.
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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2016, 09:49:00 AM »
What is the OE tire size on those?  I'm thinking of building a overland rig and am considering the 100 series. 

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2016, 10:57:00 AM »
I can't say I am building this truck for overland travel since it should be plenty capable in stock form. It should tackle a cross country wheeling trip without complaint. I think the OE tire size is 275/70r16. I know a 285/75r16 fits stock but I forced myself to be reasonable and stuck with a closer to stock tire size. I really didn't want to make the fuel economy worse and wanted to maintain its road performance.

I got the AT3's mounted and am pleased. Even though they are a LT265/75r16 light truck tire, the ride is very smooth and responsive.



After I replaced the steering rack, ball joints and replacked the wheel bearings, I did an 'eyeball alignment' to get it sort of close. After I got the new tires on, I got a real alignment done. The guy doing the alignment couldn't believe I got the measurements so close by eyeballing it.
 

I am taking the 100 to Colorado this weekend for its first trip. Should be a nice comfy ride across the country.
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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2016, 11:16:50 AM »
The trip to Colorado was a success. 1,600 miles. Best fuel economy was 17mpg and the worse was 11.5mpg. I did discover the upper driver door hinge needs replaced as the bushings are worn, causing wind noise when in a 35mph cross wind. There is also some sort of 'clunk' I can hear and feel in the floor when hitting a big bump or dip in the road. Spent a couple of hours prying and shaking the front end but can't find a dang thing loose.

I was disappointed in the lack of snow and dry roads, even in the high country. I really wanted to see how this rig behaved on the slick stuff. I was able to hit the slopes at Monarch where the snow was dismal at best.


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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2016, 07:30:45 AM »
Sway bar and shock mounts have been the source of front end clunks in my vehicles.  I don't think you would have traded off much in going with the 285 tire, but the 16" tire selection is narrowing these days.  If I end up with a Cruiser it will be running 17 inch wheels, only because tires are easier to source.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2016, 01:27:15 PM »
The later model 100's came with 18's from the factory. I can't say I had a hard time finding a tire for the 16's, I actually felt there were more options available today than I found 6 years ago shopping for my TJ.

I decided to stay away from 33's based on other owners opinions who run them. A drop in fuel economy and lack of mountain pass power wasn't worth 3/4" of ground clearance.

I am currently waiting for Mr. Toyota to drop off a box of bushings I ordered. The rear sway bar link has a good 1/4" of play. I suspect this is the root of the clunk.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2016, 02:54:56 PM »
Holy hell. Not only is this truck easy to drive, it is consuming a lot of parts. This is probably due to about 65k miles of neglect. Even with the repairs I have done to date, this is still under what I had originally budgeted for a 100 series.

I am now at 251k miles and it has started to hit the dirt for the first time ever. Did a short Overland drive to a 4wd clubs food drive with a local guy and hit a few neat spots in Kansas.










Also. This. At the food drive they had an RTI ramp for fun. He scored a 1040 on the ramp. Was in the top 5.

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Re: 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2016, 03:47:23 PM »
Nice to see some action pics! 

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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2016, 07:20:08 AM »
Come on, you're not trying hard enough yet lol

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2016, 08:13:43 AM »


Come on, you're not trying hard enough yet lol
Ha! If you can find a public road like that here in Kansas, I'm all ears ;)

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« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2016, 06:02:12 PM »
I'm still loving this Toyota. It is so comfortable and doesn't complain. In 9 months I've put 15k miles on the cruiser, not bad for an 8-5 cubicle jockey.

The newest mod was turning the garage door opener box into usable space in the overhead console.



I pulled the opener box out of the overhead console, did a little trimming and cut a filler plate out of some scrap sheet metal. Then used the top part of the garage door box to hold the new plate in place on the overhead console.. Used a HomeLink module from eBay so I don't have to fumble with loose openers, added a 4.8amp BlueSeas USB outlet and included a Ram ball mount. Now I can mount my GPS and power it without cords hanging all over the place. The HomeLink module is powered from the overhead light circuit and I ran a new switched power source for the USB outlet.

Been to Colorado a couple times this summer as well. Wife and I are planning to head out and enjoy the fall color.

Blocked by snow on Mount Antero in June:

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« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2016, 10:50:38 AM »
My wife and I are headed out to Colorado in 2 weeks. I looked at the weather and it looks like we might run into some snow while seeking the best scenery...so, I decided to get a couple of projects done.

1. Spare tire lift. The Cruiser has a low hanging tire in front of the rear bumper that I have rubbed a few times on the trail. A couple of spacers and longer bolts tucked the spare tire 1 1/2" closer to the body. Every little bit helps.

2. Winch. With the prospect of snow, I wanted to be prepared. Installed a Warn winch behind the stock bumper using an Aussie winch plate.



Clutch and remote access is plentiful behind the grill.