To repair, restore and upgrade our 25 year old 80 Series Landcruiser into the ultimate low budget family touring 4WD with a total budget of around $20,000 . . . including the value of the car.
I've called this project . . . Project80
What happened this week?
Ok I'm going to come straight out and say that I didn't get as much done as wanted to in the last week or so.
But, that's not to say it hasn't been productive.
I was hoping to have had all of the electrical gadgetry installed by now but a delay in a couple of parts put that on hold and I want to start and finish it all in one go, not be stopping and starting.
But the good news is that I have almost everything I need now other than a handful of electrical connectors which I'll grab from Supercheap or somewhere similar.
Below are some pics of the gear . . . note the number of USB charging points we'll have - that should keep the girls happy with all of their iPhones, iPads etc.
I'll install these USB chargers (below) in the rear passenger doors so the girls can charge their gadgets on the go.
This dual USB charger (below) is already installed in the front console - may need to be relocated to the dashboard as I'll probably take the console out before our next big trip so I have somewhere for the video camera bag. This is what we did on The Big Lap trip.
Another 2 USB chargers in the rear switch panel as well as a cigarette lighter charging socket - makes a total of 10 x USB charge points in the car including the dual charger I have already mounted under the dashboard - should be enough!
I've been spending a fair bit of time in Adelaide recently and I've driven back and forth between Melbourne & Adelaide twice now.
This photo below is me literally in both states at once!
On the last trip from Melbourne to Adelaide I did an overnight stop in a free camp ground called 'Plantation Campground' in the Grampians which gave me an opportunity to test out the rear drawers setup and try actually sleeping in the car in my swag.
Rolling the rear seats forward creates an almost flat surface across the rear drawers and the rear of the folded down seats and with the drivers seat folded forward I can easily roll out my swag fully and it's actually really comfortable.
Obviously this isn't going to work with the cargo barrier there or when the car is fully loaded but for quick overnight stops when I'm going somewhere by myself its great - saves spending $$$ on hotels and frankly I'll take a 'serenity' of a camp ground over a hotel any day.
This now has me thinking about how I can modify the cargo barrier to both reduce its weight but also have it fold up to the ceiling in the back out of the way so I can roll out my swag without needing to completely remove the cargo barrier. I'll keep working on that idea.
Having breakfast on the tailgate the next morning was also a piece of cake. I just need to get a fold up table that I can setup off to the side for the stove(s) and food prep so Im not blocking the drawers by doing it on the tailgate.
Overall it's been good to get out and actually start using things because that's where you find out what works and what doesn't in the real world and ideas about how to make things better start to take shape.
Pretty much what was in the last update!
These are what is at the top of the priority list:
- Modify the cargo barrier
- Install all the electrics in the back & USB chargers in rear passenger doors
- Downsize my toolbox to the bare essentials and store the in the right drawer
- Install some LED lights in the rear area
- Fit the new front sway bar bushes
The budget hasn't changed since the last update but here it is anyway.
|Steering & suspension||Suspension 2 degree offset Bush Kit - Front & Rear||$415||$375|
|New shock absorbers - OME||$800||$750|
|Tie rods x 4||$-||$210.00|
|Cracks around radiator mounts||Weld it up||$-|
|Fuel filter mount broken||Weld mount||$-|
|Steering box leaking||Fixed with stop leak fluid||$-||$-|
|Oil seals||Rear tailshaft and speedo cable leaks||$200|
|Rocker cover leaking||replace gasket - actual leak is from inlet manifold > catch can||$-||$-|
|Rear windscreen leaking||Remove and reseal||$15|
|New Tyres & wheels x 5||Nitto Trail Grappler LT285/75R16 x 5 + rims - Fitted||$1,875||$1,875|
|Body work||Fix rust around drivers windscreen pillar||$50|
|Paint work||Prep body for new paint job||$100|
|Spray gun buy/rent - Borrowed Terry's (Mr Mods)||$-||$-|
|Flare seals||New rubber seals around flares||$150|
|Wipers||Paint front wipers matt black||$15||$8|
|Door locks||New barrels & keys||$100|
|Spotlights||Replace with light bar to save weight||$-|
|Drivers seatbelt||Replace due to fraying||$50|
|New front seats||Good second hand eg. XR8||$400|
|Front seat mounting bracket||Huracan Fabrication||$100|
|Rear door skin||Rear left door inside panel needs replacing||$50|
|Tailgate||Doesn't stay shut tight||$-|
IMPROVEMENTS & ADDITIONS
|Rooftop tent||Darche Rooftop Tent||$1,100|
|Roofrack modification||Remove side rail for tent & paint||$-|
|High Flow Exhaust||$800|
|Rear Drawers||Ordered 23/1/2017 - Installed 12/2/2017||$500||$465|
|Front LED light bar||Mount on bullbar - replace spotties||$150|
|Side & rear LED flood lights & switches||$100|
|New radio aerial||$20|
|New UHF aerial||$60|
|Solar panel||Leave out to save weight||$180|
|Brake & indicator light housings||Replace with new LED||$200|
|Modify rear cage||Cut, weld & paint to fit with rear drawers||$-|
|Rear roof storage shelf||Use webbing sling/mesh to reduce weight||$20|
|USB charge points||Double USB charge sockets for back seat pasengers||$40||$37|
|LED Lights in rear||LED lights on back tailgate to light rear work & kitchen area||$35|
|Battery link cable & switch||Built in jumper cable from battery 1 to 2 through switch||$40||$38.5|
|Dyneema rope in winch||Replace wire rope to save weight||$189|
|Plastic storage boxes||For the rear drawers||$38|
|Rear switch panel and fuse box||$125|
|PLUS Original Value of Car||$12,000||$12,000|
|TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET||$21,369||$15,995|