Buying a 60 series - any advice ???

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 15:44
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Hi what should I look for when buying a 60 series cruiser? do they have rust problems in certain areas or any specific mechanical weakness? any help appreciated. thanks
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Reply By: andy - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 15:57

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 15:57
Rust in gutters under crome trim. Rust in sils under doors is a problem Lift carpet or floor mats to check this. Rust is also common in the area behind the kick panel. If in doubt get a vehicle inspection. $100.00 well spent. All other usual wear and tear will be common on a 80's model 4WD. Andy
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Reply By: desert - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 16:28

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 16:28
Common fault of the transfer case oil pumping into the gearbox past the inter-seal. Some fixes involved a tube kit between the two boxes filler holes. Cracks in top shocker mounts (front), sagging leaf springs.
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 17:24

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 17:24
Rust, the suspension mounts, Rust, roof pillars, Rust, engine, Rust, they are getting long in the tooth now, so dont buy one without expecting to have to dish out $$ at some time. Could be Small could be motor g;box T'fer case... Then you will be scared! Oh and look for rust too. Did I mention Rust? If there isnt any look for Bog!
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Follow Up By: Diamond - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 21:18

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 21:18
lol and if you find bog remove it and guess what you will find behind it RUST
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 08:56

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 08:56
Rust is a big issue on these - hence why their coming cheap now.

Rust in roofline, under side windows are the real killers - but the bottom of doors, around the windscreen, and in the engine bay are all sure signs to walk away.

Mileage is far less important than body condition - the engines are tough but the bodies rust pretty easily.
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 05:38

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 05:38
Oh what a Rusty feeling......... If you can pick the vehicle up for under $6000 then you can have fun. Knock out the bog and rust and apply some fibreglass. The one thing about a cheap 4x4 is that you can drill holes, cut away rust and attach parts to it without worrying about the paint work. The 60 series was a pretty capable offroader. If you are considering a petrol model then throw out the Aisan carby and fit something else like a Holley or a Weber. The Aisan carby has a design fault which is very annoying especially if you drive over lots of corrugations. I took mine apart that many times I could do it blindfolded!!
When my old Tojo finally went to the tip almost half of it was fibreglass patches:-) Cheers,W
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Reply By: phil - Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:22

Saturday, Mar 01, 2003 at 23:22
Giday Robo,
As the others b 4 me have said ,the 60s do have a rust problem,some worse then others!! I got mine 3 yr. ago,200,ks.& a ''small'' amount of rust in the turret,which has bin cut out.I,ve done a quick trip around Oz.[3 mths. 20ks.] & to Cape York. Its cost about $3ooo to replace tired suspension & brakes etc. Bin diesel u must change the oil & FILTER every 5-6 thou.For my money they,re as good as any of ''the oldies'' & better than most, thats my 2c. worth anyway, hope it helps..
Phil.
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Reply By: Lyndon - Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 09:23

Sunday, Mar 02, 2003 at 09:23
Just don't buy one near the coast! However their will be plenty of good ones left, many that previous owners have accessorized!!

If you can try and get a HJ61RG VX Sahara, that 12HT turbo diesel is well worth having, plenty of grunt, over-engineered to the hilt (oil cooled pistons), mine gets 10.7 l / 100km regardless of driving style (with auto).

Cheers
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