Clints Cruiser Project

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Thu May 25, 2017 3:41 pm

Got a few pics of the finished aux power setup & fridge storage, this was all finished in a bit of a rush before we headed south last month but everything worked mint.

Modified my old boxes a bit at the front to make a compartment for the 60Ah deep cycle gel-cell:

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Kept it pretty simple with a just a combo USB/ciggy socket & the special Engel socket for the fridge.

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The sockets came with inline fuses so I just used them, I have some panel mount fuses to install one day if I'm really bored. The aux battery connects to the dual battery controller under the hood via an Anderson plug & some 8AWG cable, there was even a factory cable tray alongside the door under the sill with space to run the cable.

The alu drawer tray was almost too wide for it's house, but a snug fit meant no rattles. The height is set so it's just sitting on the bottom of the box when it's in so the slides don't take the weight while the car is bouncing around.

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This let us leave the truck for a day or two without running & the fridge kept going no worries. Nice to come back to a cold beer after a couple of days out tramping :D

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:54 pm

All pics now fixed after the photobucket fubar. Test with some pics from our last South Is trip:

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby BlakeNZ » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:32 pm

wow, that is spectacular!!!

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:28 am

Haven't been too busy over the last week or so, so have uploaded all the pics to Smugmug & edited all the links so this thread is back, better than new as I've added in a few extra pics I've found trawling through my old folders. Really liking the Smugmug pic hosting, super easy to use, well worth the money.

The cruiser is now in that happy place where I do more driving of it than working on it but gotta stay entertained on rainy weekends somehow so there's always something going on. Recently finished off the gadget mounts on the dash, made up a holder for the tablet that sits on a RAM mount, then also put a RAM mount alongside it for the phone or the Garmin GPS. The bolt holes for the old temp display/altimeter were perfectly located to just bolt a couple of RAM balls through.

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The RAM stuff isn't cheap but it is really tough & well thought out. Plus I can also use the arms & holders on the motorbike & on the boat as required.

Next big project is to try installing a clutch booster, I don't mind the heavy duty clutch too much, but lighter would be better & the co-driver has voiced her displeasure at the effort required. I couldn't see how I could fit in a booster until Mohawk showed his 70 series internal booster - so it was on to trademe & Dan down in Chch who wrecks a few cruisers had one there, out of a PZJ70 I think.

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Looks like I'll have to move the 4wd control module & drill a few holes in the firewall, it will be tight, but it should fit.

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby wjw » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:37 pm

which topomap app is that? Maptoaster?
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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:14 pm

wjw wrote:which topomap app is that? Maptoaster?


It's called Viewranger. Was $40 for all NZ on up to 3 devices, also have it on my phone, there are other free/cheap mapping apps but I reckon this one is worth the money. Can easily download all the maps for offline use & it just works well.

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Postby wjw » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:16 am

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:41 am



Yep, that's it. The app is free but you have to pay to get the NZ topo50 maps. I think it has a free NZ topomap set which is actually pretty good & can also be downloaded for offline use, but I've been using the topo50 or the previous version since I was a boyscout so I can find my way on one of those much easier.

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:26 am

Time for a 2018 update.

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Mostly just been using it. Always need to have a few improvements planned for when there's a rainy weekend in the shed though. Recently I pulled the seats etc out & Dynamatted the floor to cut some of the whine from the noisy Marks Adapters transfer case gears. Also replaced the rear cobys in the exhaust to some louvered ones to quieten that down.

Had one too many snarl-ups with the wire rope on the winch so finally bit the bullet & ordered some plastic stuff off Aliexpress. Got 12mm which might be a bit excessive, can only fit 30m on the drum, but it's really strong.

Over a year after getting the boosted clutch setup I finally got around to putting it in over the weekend.

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It looks to big to fit in the cramped space under the dash but it does just fit. I had to take out some heater ducting & the brake pedal assembly to get in there.

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The rear mount on the bracket bolts on but at the firewall end the main hole needed to be enlarged & two more bolt holes drilled. Fairly simple as the new bracket can be bolted on through the one common hole then used as a template. Just a lot of contorting to get positioned under the dash to work on it.

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The master cylinder for the boosted clutch is 3/4" vs the 5/8" stocker on the LJ71, so some of what you gain from the boost is lost to the bigger diameter, but it's still a much easier clutch than it used to be. I initially made the mistake of just plumbing the vac line into the hose off the intake, which meant all the boost disappeared with the engine off. A closer look found a vacuum accumulator & non return valve thingy under the brake booster. Connecting the clutch booster in the hose on the other side of that lets it hold enough suck for a few pedal strokes with the engine off.

The weekend's other job was to fix the broken fuel door release handle thing which has been rattling around for years. The wee lathe rocks for stuff like this. Yet another broken plastic bit replaced with billet aluminium :D

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby skid » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:38 am

Clint wrote:Time for a 2018 update.

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Is this on top of the hill up Handcock Road

Still got a few tracks up there ?
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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Clint » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:38 pm

skid wrote:
Clint wrote:Time for a 2018 update.

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Is this on top of the hill up Handcock Road

Still got a few tracks up there ?


You got it. All the tracks are still there although I need to do some digger work on the north side as it's getting a bit tough to go up over winter. Will have a club trip sometime over summer.

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Re: Clints Cruiser Project

Postby Checkerhead » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:23 pm

Sorry for an almost pointless reply, but just wanted to thanks for the update. It's nice to read stuff on here from time to time. So much better than FB.
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