After weeks and weeks of looking, haggling, cajoling, yelling and screaming I finally landed an 80 all for myself (and my wife, son and daughter). I've been super impressed with this website and have been lurking around for quite a while for inspiration as to what we should get. We were going back and forth between a 4Runner or LC. Today I bought my first-ever 4x4 vehicle and I think I did okay. It's a 1991 FJ80 with 186,000 miles. Carfax shows it's only been sold in here in Arizona and California so it doesn't have any rust at all. I'm so impress with this truck already... it's 21 years old and it doesn't have one rattle or squeak or anything, amazing. The engine smells a bit funny and it shakes a bit more then we're used to in our cars, but overall, for what we paid for it, we couldn't be more pleased. Plus it has some sweet FJ Cruiser wheels already installed!!
The first step is to get it back to the original condition as much as realistically possible. The PO had some kind of crappy sound system installed and from the looks and sounds of it it wasn't a very professional operation. I'll be removing the stupid subwoofer cable running from the battery to the rear hatch tomorrow. I don't mind the head unit and speakers but the rest has to go, now!! Also, the steering wheel makes a minor noise when its completely turned one direction or the other and it's already driving me nuts, so the bearing (bushing?) will be replaced. The brakes felt a bit spongey so I want them replaced front and rear just to make sure they're working properly. The biggest issue i have is the "play" in the steering wheel. It seem much more sloppy then the 4Runners we tested. I think some new bushing should help tighten it up. Hopefully.
...after that it's gonna be a lift (it looks like it may have had a lift already but I can't tell) so it can fit 35's without any rubbing. I need to find some 35" tires too but I have no idea where to start (other then just poking around on this forum). ARB front bumper for sure and maybe the too pricey rear bumper. I need to find some nice sliders too but I haven't had any luck yet, suggestions?
The main purpose of this rig is to go and be capable of doing everything Sedona has to offer with some relative ease, so nothing too insane. I still have to use it to drop the kids off at school and get groceries. We live in Mesa so its not asking too much from the Legendary LC. I'm really, really looking forward to this journey.