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Fred's 1996 4WD Toyota Carib Z-Touring Wagon 
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This car used to belong to a friend of mine, but failed a WOF on a couple of minor
things and he knee jerk reacted and took rash actions to deregister it (expensive
to make road legal again with new plates) and bought a new car.

I got a text message asking me if I wanted any parts off it and recalled another mate
having one with broken rear window. Then I realised it had the 1.8 litre 7A-FE engine
that can be used to make a higher capacity 20v engine for the KP and the plot was
born to take it from him in whole and part it out between us at the mate's place. I
"owed" him 50 bucks, so I paid 150 and he paid 50 and we went and picked it up.

Then I was thinking about the 4WD that it had and realised it would make a good bush
whacking car so I don't have to abuse my Stagea in amongst the trees to climb my hill.

My mate took the rear hatch and right rear light from it and tried to take some engine
parts, too, but they didn't fit his vehicle with 4A-GE in it. Which left the back of it open
and wet and not very secure. Not ideal for lonely weeks in the bush without supervision.

It sat at his place for a couple of months before and after he took the parts and is still
there now.

Comments welcome! :-)

Original photo: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8957248512

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:04 am
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I head around one day a month or so back and discovered that the battery was dead flat.

Why? He didn't turn off the interior lights when he removed the tailgate/boot! Bummer.

A few desulphation attempts were made, but in the end the battery died. Damn it. I needed that.

I also measured up for tow bar fitment front and rear and posted some photos of it then.

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Jan 5 without boot/light: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4817947649

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Feb 3 without charge in battery: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4177931264

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:05 am
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I headed over again yesterday to sort out a few things:

1) Install new tailgate that I picked up from zebra for 80 bucks and fit broken light from mate's car
2) Attempt to add tow bars to it

Ended up doing:

1) Fitted new hatch to it, minus wiring which is different plug wise
2) Fitted broken tail light from my mate's car back in place, looking good enough
3) Pried the left front guard out so the door didn't hit it while opening
4) Adjusted the bonnet and lubed the hinges and latch for one-man opening
5) Installed the new used battery that I got from zebra for 45 bucks
6) Warmed up the engine and took it for a drive noting some hesitance at various RPMs
7) Cleaned threads for the front tow bar setup and greased them and selected three bolts to hold it on
8) Failed to drill and install the tow bar receptacle box/tube because I couldn't find the pattern piece

Earlier in the day I bought the parts from zebra and cut the box section to length after having measured
it the evening before when I went over to fix the car trailer and pick it up for a WOF on Saturday morning.

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Night before checking stuff: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4890496001

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Net result of night before: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4553859074

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Donor located: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3182941184

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Hatch removed: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7447102464

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Hatch in 240 boot: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6352875521

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:05 am
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Today I went back with the pattern piece (left it at home yesterday, doh) and all the other gear, and some fresh oil to throw in it.

Got the following done:

1) Checked filter part number
2) Went and bought filter and bottle of flush
3) Cleaned PCV valve, and oil filler cap
4) Added 0.5l of fresh oil and warmed up with a drive around the block (less hesistance!)
5) Added flush and half a can of degreaser to the engine and ran at 1500 RPM for 10 minutes
6) Drained old oil and flush/degreaser blend and blew out crank case
7) Cleaned dip stick and tube and removed filter and cleaned filter housing
8) Reinstalled bung with mercedes copper washer and new bigger filter with a bit of oil on the oring
9) Filled up with quality semi synthetic mineral oil to 1cm over full mark with 4.5l
10) Fired it up with fresh oil and ran it up to temperature and took it for another drive
11) Drilled and fitted the box section to the engine member with 3 bolts
12) Drilled the box for the locking pin/bolt and test fitted the tow bar insert
13) Removed rear sway bar for greater articulation and more traction (my first off-road centric mod!)

Then cleaned up and headed home.

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Drilling: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3996114944

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Front bar: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4474928128

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Minor mod to removable bar: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7223123968

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:05 am
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So the car is now ready to be delivered to its new home!

Tyre pressures could do with checking and topping up

Could maybe do with some lightening, but I doubt it'll matter

Needs snow chains fitted and a path cleared to the top! :-D

Comments are welcome! This should be a fun little project.

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Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:08 pm
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Older pics of tow stuff:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7474482176
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7934568448
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5312267268

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Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:18 am
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Managed to find a rear tow bar for it - a bit hefty, but ample strong to do any job I need from it. Pics:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8476853249

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Also picked up a big bruiser 730CCA battery for powering the next thing I'll be posting below:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2445366273

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And the next pics will be enough to give ToxicGumbo an erection, or at least make him pitch a tent:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6125590528

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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5788241920

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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6838551552

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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 0287007744

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https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2254711808

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In summary:

It's big enough to pull the future 3.5 tonne (3500kg) tiny house up the 30 degree slope even if attached to a 2.5 tonne tow vehicle
It's big enough to operate at higher than recommended duty pulling the Carib and another metric tonne up the same hill

30 degrees makes for 50% of mass in linear force on the ropes and winch.

Carib is about 1250kg or so, maximum load with trailer mass would be about the same, so maybe 2500 total mass, 1250kg linear pull.

Will have to see how we get on when the snow chains hit the dirt :-D

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Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:01 am
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Nice choice! My father has the sedan version and i fit it 4efte! Now i have it for daily with lpg!
I think this car i would never sell..


Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:25 pm
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It's a bit too nice for a bush hack/utility vehicle, but that's what it is, nonetheless.
Once deregistered here, it's too expensive to reregister and not worth the coin.
About 800nzd to put back on the road and the whole car is only worth maybe
1500 plus the bushings/ball joints/rack ends would have needed doing, too.

So into the forest it goes! :-D

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Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:03 am
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Progress on the bush hack!

Found it low on coolant, but not very. Found the radiator cap was pretty grubby, tried to clean, crumbled. Found a fresher 1.1bar job in the garage this evening, will fit before I run it next.

Fitted the rear tow bar.
Scraped the stickers off the windows.
Cleaned out the spare tyre well.
Measured up for the winch mounting cradle.
Recorded mileage for giggles - it won't be covering many kms from now on.

Pics:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6812321792
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 0466871297
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9375705088

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