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02-13-2012, 08:21 AM
Guess its time for me to do a little logging.
For a little over two weeks ago I took the railway to pick up my new, unseen pickup. 1994 4x4 x-cab Hilux (Toyota Pickup) powered by a still lazy 2.4D "2L II".

One of the pictures from the advertisement.

It was a lot more snow (20") when i picked it up, so you can call it a fun trip home after a half year without my old truck :wings:

02-13-2012, 09:03 AM
Its some rust here and there, so I'll change the doors after I've done some sanding and a new paint along with the tailgate, two new front fenders, the bonnet from my spare car, and fender flares from Iceland.

Picked the truck up on a saturday and drove to the most hilly mountain in the southern Norway to do some Red Cross "work". Went home on sunday and worked on the car until 05.00am (for 12 hours). Slept for a few hours and went to work near Oslo, 3 hours from home.
The few days I was home, I got the old 90s stickers rubbed off. Did a weak try of polish the whole car (Have to be redone with paint renovator).
Afterwards i changed the headlight windows in the grille and the exterior mirrors to chrome.


02-14-2012, 06:08 PM
Looks sharp!

03-01-2012, 07:16 AM
Thank you!

03-01-2012, 07:43 AM
Had 11 days off and most of the time went to lift a mates truck with OME. Got to do some work on my too including mounting Arctic Trucks role bar.

Took the Recaro seats from my earlier pickup and just wired them up with the original seat heater.

Meanwhile I changed to the cup holder I also installed four switches from Hella - still missing two.
Winch ON/OFF, winch in (spring loaded ON), winch out (spring loaded ON), fog lights, driving lights in front, driving lights on role bar

The old, rear dampers were worn out, so they had to be changed. Out with the stock Toyota and in with almost new Old Man Emu.

Just some pics from that day.

03-01-2012, 12:48 PM
Nice rig you got there. Where did you get the Expo Portal banner on your windshield from if you don't mind me asking?

03-02-2012, 08:47 AM
Well I try to do my best with it...

The sticker I had to custom order from a company here home. Just told him how I wanted it and discussed it through the 15 min job by prosessing it. Wanted a bigger one than what's sold here.

03-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Nice looking ride.

03-02-2012, 11:11 AM
Well I try to do my best with it...

The sticker I had to custom order from a company here home. Just said how I wanted it and discussed it through the 15 min job by prosessing "the Sticker".


03-02-2012, 12:37 PM
Nice truck!

03-28-2012, 08:32 PM
Another 11 days at home has passed. By that time I got to do a little.

First I picked up a pair of rain defelctors I got from the UK. Unfortunately one of them was able to transform itself into three pieces ... Mailed the seller and got it back together - for now. They're from a LN130 SSR-X Hilux Surf/4Runner.
As the deflectors had been mounted I was in a mood of trying to get it look more like an expo truck. Resulting in a 3" hole in the front fender and me saying "glubb glubb glubb" while driving :D

Mounted a pair of old, Bosch foglights and did some wiring, including making the switches come to life.

What it looked like when I went to work for a half week ago.

03-28-2012, 08:42 PM
Just came from the phone with a painter. Its all set. In two to three weeks the car will get a new paint. So when I get home I'll have to do a hell of a job welding, sand blasting and chopping the rust away. Luckily, for me, there stands an another pickup at home just waiting to donate some metal.

The OME had to wait another month due to a slow mailman ...

04-25-2012, 12:27 PM
Got a mail if I was interested in a a set of Good Year MT/R 37x12,5x15" and picked them up a few days later --- now smiling from ear to ear! :wings:
Big size tires for 15" rims are hard to find used in Norway atm..

Tried the tires on but had to take the BW flares off to lower the car off the jack stand. Meanwhile taking them off, unfortunately more and more rust appeared behind. The paint job has to waint another month. Had a long discussion with some friends and ended up putting the BW flares on again. Thought I could drive on the 37" same day, but due to all the rust and the production of the new icelandic flares I had to mount a set of 31x10,5 BFGoodrich AT instead... For now.

A new bed from Texas was ordered for 2 days ago arriving in the middle of May.

Pictures will be added soon.

04-25-2012, 12:46 PM
Wow, shipping a truck bed from Texas to Norway.

04-25-2012, 02:16 PM
Yeah, its (maybe for some) weird. The price is good for an almost unused bed. A truck bed here costs $2500, but they have been welded. So by buying a bed with no rust is a great deal. Prices on original Toyota parts begins at $2000 + work + paint and even then, only the sides of the bed is in good shape. The rest could be junk as well as the old side panels. If you wonder I gave $1500 for it including transport and taxes.

EDIT: By unused i mean no rust or no junk. Only in worst case scratches and small bumps from 20 years in service.

04-30-2012, 06:45 AM
First off.
Had to change the torsionbars as the OME is soon to be written into the cars registration papers. A hell of a tight and uncomfortly job. Used 1 hour on left side and 3 on the right due to the driveshaft, exhaust, brakelines, dustcovers, electronics, rear diff snorkel and so on. The diff snorkel will be changed soon.


37s :D Not the real height as its still on the jack, but not far either.

The rear lowered. Just the 31s 3" in the air. 2" OME will be added too. Just takes tiiiiiiiiiime to get those parts.

Guess thats about it. Home in about 10 days so no updates until then I'll think.

05-22-2012, 07:06 AM
New update and a large modification overwith

Came home and began to chop just a few hours later. Chop to 37s.
After 14 hours alone the RH was finished. Next night the LH was finished at 0530 with help from my brother. Did it at work (gas station) so got to do a little in the quiet hours while I watched the store. Getting payd and work on my car - so worth it :)

The result is awesome! Ground clearance by 15" and with 8 lbs of air they rock.


A friend's Arctic Truck on 35".
My brother's original Hilux 2003 (same chassis as Tacoma '97, just with a D4D diesel) on 31"

06-11-2012, 11:43 AM
Had a few days off last week after a field trip so by those days 3 boxes from Low Range and Trail Gear got picked up with a letter from the register office. Installed a bomb proof gearbox mount and took it for a drive in the woods. I'll drive back home to night to have two weeks off. Preparing to paint the frame, tow hitch, rear axel and the drive shafts. Got the fender flares, but have to finish them up with paint and stuff before mounting. The US bed arrives this week and I hope to pick it up.

Next order from Low Range Offroad is soon to be sent with new calippers from V6 Pickup/Hilux, rotors and more brakes.

the register office :D
Got a letter from the register and the swap to 1KZ-T 3.0TD (from 4Runner and later on LC90) was approved. Guess the swap will be done in July, but we'll see.

06-27-2012, 06:13 AM
Welded up a new mount for the shocks as the original minimizes the out-flex.

Got the new used bed, but didn't have the time to go pick it up in Oslo, but managed to pick up the fender flares and paint them up along with the fenders up front. Snorkel, side markers and badges has to wait just a few more (2) days.



07-30-2012, 08:31 PM
For a few weeks ago the final touches to the OME were done.
Began to change the leaf springs. To get it all down I had to chop the bolts and burn out the old bushing, and I can tell you - it was one hell of a job.
Popped the old shackle bolt out of the shackles (splines), drilled an 18mm hole to fit the new greasable bolts and got it together. The springs got out and were changed out with the new OME leafs.
While I was at it, the shocks were moved to forfill their purpose even better off road as on road.

Flex test 40 cm (16")

07-30-2012, 08:53 PM
Next project, codename: engine swap

Had a few weeks earlier gotten the "new" engine out from my old truck and I got more and more tired of 82 horses struggling to keep the speed.
It's not much to write about this as it's just a regular engine swap on a Toyota.


Note to self: Have to buy a new camera :rolleyes:

11-13-2013, 11:05 PM
The last year not that much has happened. Bought a LC60 which has costed me a lot in parts and hours. Allthough I managed to change the bed a few days after the engine was istalled. The engine got new exhaust this summer. 3" downpipe and the rest in 2,5 inches. Began to make a new wire harness under the bed, but it just stopped.


11-13-2013, 11:12 PM
More pictures. Don't ask; the bed is still blue.

http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n583/BrageGundersen/LN110%20Hilux/374521_10151301978706161_667214271_n_zps1e9b9eb3.j pg

11-14-2013, 12:05 AM
I like the blue bed. Very Cool build!!!


11-14-2013, 12:52 AM
I like the blue bed. Very Cool build!!!


X2! I can't wait to see what comes next...

11-14-2013, 03:30 AM
Guess its time for me to do a little logging.
For a little over two weeks ago I took the railway to pick up my new, unseen pickup. 1994 4x4 x-cab Hilux (Toyota Pickup) powered by a still lazy 2.4D "2L II".

One of the pictures from the advertisement.

It was a lot more snow (20") when i picked it up, so you can call it a fun trip home after a half year without my old truck :wings:

Norway?? That is awesome! I love this forum. Welcome, from a newb to this great forum.

11-14-2013, 06:02 AM
Truck looks awesome. Great job.

11-15-2013, 03:26 AM
Thank you guys! It has been quite a transform if I may say so.

The truck is for sale at the moment, but if ino one wants it I'll just keep it and do some more mods. Have a long list, but lets just see how it goes on.
Most of the big parts is finished, so now it's ready to get all the accessories like lockers, lights etc. As I said, let see how it turns out :elkgrin: