Land Cruiser

July 4, 2019


Early morning ride, like all my out and back rides, I tried to negative split the ride. Out avg was 17.5 mph and back was 19.8 – good start to the day.


This was the crew we camped with – or at least did pot luck lunch with.


Loaded up and heading home… the Land Cruiser did a great job, but I want my Tacoma/Flippac back!

June 27, 2019


Since the Tacoma/Flippac are down, I need to drive the Land Cruiser, but it needs brakes. The rotors are scored, so I order pads and rotors… but look at that rotor, it is not a remove caliper and slide on a new rotor like every other Toyota I have ever worked on, NO! It’s a remove hub assembly, use a soft blow hammer to get some stupid cone washers off… screw that throw in new pads and call it a day. Why have the last 18 hours sucked!

July 24, 2018


A complete failure! After 4 hours trying to get the alternator out of the Land Cruiser, I gave up and took it to the shop, they removed it and I replaced the brushes… but despite the alternator checking “Good” at Advance Auto, the Land Cruiser still isn’t charging right, so I still have to get a new alternator. The only positive, the mechanic that removed the alternator said it was a real pain, even asking the service writer, “I thought you liked me,” as he finished the job! Made me feel a little better.

Feb. 25, 2018

(Photo by Jay Capers)

Part of our time loss yesterday was after bolting on the first caliper, the Land Cruiser rims I have been using on the Tacoma rubbed, I knew the 4Runner rims I normally use on the Tacoma rubbed, so we had pick up a set of rims Clay gave me and drive back to his house. As part of this merry-go-round of wheels I was left with the wrong lugs nuts and a leaking heater hose on the Land Cruiser. So another day working from my tailgate, I really don’t know how people survive without tailgates!