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Old January 27th, 2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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It's about time I put one of these together for this rig. It started life as a 1980 mojave limited edition toyota pickup. I bought it in 2009 and it had been a trail truck for many years prior. I ran it the mud a few times and played on some piles of dirt around the farm.
Started out looking pretty much like this except I replaced the 38 ground Hawgs with 37 pro comp xterrains
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In 2010 I bought a house so the wheeling slowed down down for a bit and it got rusty and needed a good going over.
I bought a 82 2wd toyota diesel and I scraped the truck and kept the engine. My intentions were to put it in a 89 truck but with more research I realized the 1L engine is not quite powerful enough to make a 4x4 go down the road nice. So it went in this instead. I ran it with the diesel installed but not really finished. Still had all the gas engine wiring and intake and exhaust were not done. It had a terrible oil leak that had a steady stream coming from the back of the engine. I pulled the tranny just to find out the back bolt in the oil pan was missing and the rear main was perfectly dry. I resealed the transfercases while they were out.
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Putting it back in was quite a job by my self. Ratchet straps were definitely in order.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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We had some hard starting issues and I knew that we had burnt up the original 7v glow plugs running them on 12v I ordered 12v plugs from California and they were the wrong ones
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If anyone needs them they are for sale. I tried to find the correct ones by because these diesels were very limited in quantity in Canada and almost non existent in the US it was almost impossible. Also I needed to replace the original 7v plugs with 12v's and there never was an L series engine to come from the factory with 12v plugs in North America. I had my dad who is living in Germany at the moment buy them for me sure enough, in stock everywhere.
This is how it sits at this point in the build
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Old January 27th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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I had it all wired up and for the most part ready to go. I made a new dash panel for my gauges and switches.
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It is not complete yet and I need to decide if I like wood panels or to use something else. I had a nice sheet of thin plywood handy so I used it.
At this point it is ready to roll out as soon as I get the injectors back from the shop. I own a landscape company an my little workshop is a one project at a time shop and I need to do a bunch of maintenance on tractors and trucks before spring. One night I was having a few beers with my neighbour and he's looking at the diesel and proclaims that I need to turbocharge it. I thought he was talking out of his ass until he walks over to his barn and comes back with a little garret turbo. I am still sceptical but I entertain his plan as we have had a couple beers. We pull the exhaust manifold off and he takes the gasket with him. After lunch the next day he sends me this
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He is a water jet operator/welder and loves fabing custom things. That night we end up with almost a fully fitted turbo manifold.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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The next night we finished up welding the manifold
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I had the intake plumbed into the cab previously which the hole is right behind the turbo manifold. The turbo is getting installed so the cold side is facing the cab and exhaust is going to come out of the hood in a mini stack.
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This is pretty much how it sits right now. We just acquired a flange for the stack and need to support the turbo to the block. I now have the glow plugs and should have the injectors back some time this week. New battery installed but I think I may have starter issues since it still cranks slower than I think it should.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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P.S. I want constructive criticism. I have never done this before and if you see something that can be improved on let me know.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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That stack coming off that turbo is going to look sexy as fukc . sorry if my words where alittle harsh
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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Did you do that whole thing out of sch 40 pipe & fittings?
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Old January 27th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #9
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Did you do that whole thing out of sch 40 pipe & fittings?
What it looks like to me. I see the green weldbend paint on there. Nice work thought. How do you plan to add more fuel.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #10
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Did you do that whole thing out of sch 40 pipe & fittings?
Yeah it's mostly 1 1/2 sch 40 90's. If it actually works good we might go back and make another one out of stainless. I think this stuff has a .200 wall so it is definitely heavy.
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What it looks like to me. I see the green weldbend paint on there. Nice work thought. How do you plan to add more fuel.
Initially we are going to turn the pump up and see how it goes. I don't know if we can get enough fuel at boost or not. Since this is a trail only truck if the extra fuel off boost isn't too bad we might just leave it. It is possible to run a pump off a 2LT that has boost compensation. Also I read recently of a guy who had boost compensation added to his 1L pump.
Mostly though people say the engine is a turd stock and if you add a turbo it is now a turd that whistles. lol
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Yeah it's mostly 1 1/2 sch 40 90's. If it actually works good we might go back and make another one out of stainless. I think this stuff has a .200 wall so it is definitely heavy.
If it works I would keep the steel. Stainless tend to crack over time.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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Old January 27th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #14
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looks sweet so far
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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #15
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If it works I would keep the steel. Stainless tend to crack over time.
That depends if it is done correctly. If you use sch 10 and purge it you will have no problems. If you use process tube it will crack or if you don't purge it properly it will crack.

If you want one done out of stainless let me know. It will not crack because it wouldn't be hacked together without a purge.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #16
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The turbo is hanging from the header so I wanted to make it as strong as possible
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I got the hood cut for the stack
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Got the call that my injectors are done this morning so with a little luck will be running soon!!!!
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Old January 29th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #18
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Got it running this morning. Even if I don't have any extra power it is gonna sound sweet!!
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Old January 29th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #19
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Turbo spool!
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Old January 29th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #20
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Cool build!!
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