HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

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HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 2nd, 2014, 5:36 pm

Hi All,
So I picked up a farm fresh landcruiser of an old cockie for $700 and it even drove home!
Its a 1981 HJ47 that allready has disk brakes and a 2H.
The plan is to rebuild this truck and have it as a daily driver for less then $6000.

Im also going to be keeping track of the costs involved at the bottom of each post.

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Long term plans are for a Power steering upgrade and a turbo for the 2H. I also have a HJ47 troopy with a 5 speed and I wouldnt mind grafting a 5speed onto my new HJ47.

Initial work is going to involve stripping the ute down and removing the rust in the floor and some that I found in the roof, gutter mount.
I pulled the tray of and the chassis actually isnt too bad, not major rust
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'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by MasterInnovator » June 2nd, 2014, 5:46 pm

Awesome, I will be following this closely cos I just inherited a hj45 and want to do it for as cheap as possible but without taking shortcuts so it would be great to see how you go, roger

Cheers MI

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 5th, 2014, 11:31 am

Since the forum has been down I got some work done :), so heres a couple of updates. This thread is also being kept on the 1h8 mud forum.


So I started pulling panels tonight after the rain cleared, pulled the doors, and then went onto the roof and windscreen,

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Also I am now starting to use this wonderful contraption to keep all the bolts I pull, something I have never been organized at before.

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What a pain in the ass those roof bolts were, 1/4' drive ratchet with a 10mm socket was the only thing I could get into the gap and it took an hour of stuffing around to get it off.
A couple of seized bolts, one on the front roof door corner, and the other was one of the front windscreen bolts, had to hit them with the angle grinder. The windscreen one is going to require a bloody easy out to clear the bolt, something Im not looking forward to.
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 5th, 2014, 11:32 am

So This is the chassis after a good hit with the rust killer, and allowed to dry.

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Im going to paint the chassis properly with Kill rust black later, but for now I hit all the chassis holes with a can of black killrust. and got most of the worst sections painted. It can't be seen in the photos but I got a couple of spots where the rust had bubbled cleaned up with a wire brush on the angle grinder.

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'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 5th, 2014, 11:32 am

SO heres the photos of the cab all pulled apart, and the few rust spots I have found, looks like I got to it just in time, most of these spots will only require a hit with the angle grinder and wire brush to be totally fixed :):):):):)

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'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 5th, 2014, 11:35 am

I will sort out the rear diff (still sitting under the car waiting for someone to help me pull it out) and the roof+ bezel (need to be white) and take them out to a mates place for painting.

Total Costs so far:
Truck - $700
New Over engine air pipe - $50
Killrust 4L - $106
Killrust cans (2) - $25
Rust converter - $40

Total so Far - $921
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 9th, 2014, 1:59 am

Still pushing through!
Cut the rear U bolts and started cleaning up the diff housing, but didnt get to far before the sun came down.
I ran into a few stuck bolts today, Im having trouble with the philips head bolts more then the hex head bolts. The phillips head bolts are just stripping away, so I had to drill out two of the bezel bolts.
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I cleaned up the bezel and painted it - finished late so no photos, its not 100% perfect but it will do fine.
I grinded the roof rust and then lightly hit the roof surface with a wire brush to get it ready for a coat of primer.
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I finished by painting the underside of the roof gutters with yet another coat of killrust white, which is what Im thinking of using for the roof, but I will use a proper spray gun rather than the rattle cans.


Total Costs $921 + 25 for more killrust = $946
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 10th, 2014, 1:15 am

So I got a few little things done today,

I painted the roof gutters with kill rust, ready for some filler over the exposed gutter section.
I also sanded back the bezel and painted it, I need to fill a small hole but Im going to be lazy and fill it with body filler before I give it a final coat.
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I hit these rear suspension bits with the wire brush and a quick coat of paint. Its not a proper coat but enough to keep it from rusting away from me while I get my act together.

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Now I did run into one problem while grinding clean my rear leaf packs. The leaf retainer clip piece has broken in the middle, Is it possible to get a new one or should I weld it back together?

This is whats broken
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I finished cleaning up the packs,
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And hit them with the pressure washer.
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'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 28th, 2014, 1:19 am

Sorry Im just updateing this forum from IH8 mud where Im keeping it more current.
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 28th, 2014, 1:20 am

I have made some decisions about how I am going to go forward from here.

to keep on top of the project im going to do it in stages,

1. Rear - Sort out the chassis and the rear diff housing as well as all suspension, electrics in the rear and lines ect.

2. Tub - Pull all panels and remove the tub, Im not sure how I feel about stripping the dash, but I will do my best, remove all rust strip and paint,

3. Front - Sort out the front half of the chassis and diff housing, while the tub is off. Give it all a good paint.

4. Modifications - Fit 5 speed from a HJ60, Fit a power steering box from a 60 series, and check/clean/paint ect everything in the engine bay engine bay

5. Tray - Clean all the rust of the tray and re-make the mounts so it sits without the wooden blocks that were previously under it.

If I keep moving through the stages, and re-assembling as I go, hopefully I wont be to overwhelmed at any stage.
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 28th, 2014, 1:23 am

This stand is perfect for working on the diff, I can swivel it around and thats how I got it all cleaned up.

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The drum pads are worn down, so Im having the drum machined and ordered new pads.

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I got the hubs off after drilling out the bearing retainer nuts,

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And heres the hubs ready to be cleaned up and have new bearings installed.

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I still have to fabricate up a leaf retainer clip for the rear of the leaf pack, repack the rear bearing, and rebuild the rear brakes with 60 series backing plates. New bushes and then put the whole rear end back together!.
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Faolan » June 28th, 2014, 7:02 am

Going to enjoy watching this resto mate, I have an 81 47 next in line for referb so keen to see how you go!
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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Indy Hepburn » June 28th, 2014, 10:00 am

Wow a Good comprehensive read!..good job on the painting! :thumb:

I know the pain of breaking bolts and Phillips head Screws! :lol:

Chassis looks like it came up good with Kill rust paint :)

And 60 Series power steering and 5 speed are great mods for touring..

Will be keeping an eye on this Thread!

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Indy Hepburn » June 28th, 2014, 10:03 am

And Seriously mate I would not bother with the old rock hard, stiff leafs..just get some new ones off Ebay or http://www.bluepacifictrading.com.au/pr ... epac1.html

Will last for many years.. :thumb:

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Re: HJ47 - Landcruiser Ute - Budget Rebuild

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » June 29th, 2014, 11:37 am

So this mourning I got a second coat of killrust on the diff enclosure.
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And the rear hubs, I did the entire outside of the hubs to try and prevent the same buildup of dirt and dried mud that was in there at the start (logic is that killrust paint is smoother/harder to stick to then whatever toyota used in the first place. . . . worth a shot)
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I have the new brake lines, but I need to bend them up myself and I should get that done this arvo.
My bearings and assorted goodies I ordered should be here Monday, so all Im waiting on are the 60 series backing plates to move the handbrake to the rears. If the bloke ever gets back to me :(.
Once I have the backing plates and the bearing retainer screws (Toyota is closed on Sundays here, so probably have them by Wednesday) I can re assemble the rear end and move onto the tray. I have decided to get the tray back on sooner rather then later so I can sort of neaten up the yard.
Nothing fancy planned for the tray, just grind the old paint of and use rust converted + killrust paint for the checkerplate floor. I will change the mounts a bit, so sometime in the future I can get a draw or some other storage under there. Also Im going to lower the step loop at the front of the tray so its a little easier to jump up on the tray.
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

Dont listen to me, Ive got an opinion on everything!

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