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Submitted: Thursday, Sep 25, 2003 at 22:13
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Hi all. I own an old Toyo landcruiser, a BJ 42 to be exact. It has a 3B diesel engine. I think the vehicle is great and have been on a few adventures already however it does lack a bit of speed. I was wondering what the cheapest and easiest ways of getting a little more power out of him would be?
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 00:52

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 00:52
There isnt any options I know of except add a turbo. Even the petrol version in that year is flat out at 110 klm.
If you think about it,before the mid 80s only Range Rover or american V8 4x4s could maintain a speed approaching what a family car could do.
Earlier 4x4s had more in common with trucks than cars and were not thought of as passenger vehicles,mainly being sold to farmers,miners and the military.
Dont get me wrong I love BJ 42s,I looked at one today as a project but Ill stick to my FJ73 on road.If your BJ 42 is in reasonable condition you might be able to upgrade to a HJ60 for not too much. You would have a much nicer ride and more power and room for those long trips and still get excellant fuel economy.My friend says he spent $450 on fuel from QLD to Perth in his HJ60.
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Follow Up By: Bruce - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 06:31

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 06:31
Some blokes in the demo industry warned me to avoid turbos in the older Toyo engines. Don't know if the newer turbos are more reliable...

Might be an upgrade is needed..
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Follow Up By: Joe - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 08:26

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 08:26
Extracters and a two & half inch exhaust with a straight through muffler will get you a little bit more, also check injecters & pump. Next option, probable better & cheaper to find a factory turboed engine than rebuild yours & put a turbo on.
Next option V8 Chev diesel. Power cost $$$$$

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Reply By: chopper - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 07:49

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 07:49
6.2l chev V8!!

or maybe a snorkel and bigger exhaust.

--smaller tyres--
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Reply By: BJ42turbo - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 17:33

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 17:33
I turboed mine .........Dazz
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:31

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:31
Get rid of it and get something with a bit of petrol grunt unless you're doing a lot of country k's diesel hassels are not worth it not to mention the cost of a rebuild.My Best Mates
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Follow Up By: Hellbelly - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 23:42

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 23:42
"GET RID OF IT"......No way hosay...I do a few country K's in him. Its trouble free so far but as I said, I just wouldnt mind a little more go. I might go the extractor option and the clean up etc. Thanks for that fellas.
As for price, I paid $6000 for it and was happy to do so. It might be old but it gets some looks hahahah....
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 14:07

Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 14:07
These motors didnt go that well and do respond to a turbo ok, but the cost is prohibitive and the life of the old girl will be shorter. I would start with a descent aircleaner/snorkel with air ram and muffler, extracters if you wish but again, cost is prohibitive, because lets face it, you wont get enough difference to have bothered.
Best value for $$ would be buy a wrecked bj73 with 13bt/5 speed that will bolt straight in, and sell the other bits including your donk to make a profit. Another option is to drag the old girl into the 21st century with a surf 2.8 or 3.0 turbo motor/5 speed/transfer from a japan transplant.
Check out damaged cruisers at
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Hellbelly - Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 18:11

Saturday, Sep 27, 2003 at 18:11
Thanks for that Dozer. I think I'll go for the snorkel etc but would love to get the 3 Ltr turbo option. I was surprised when I bought the vehicle that it was 5 speed with power steering and air con.

While I'm here. I read in another post about the little cylinder under the vehicle about half way down. The post said this was some sort of water catcher and that it should be drained every now and again. Well I undid the bolt today but nothing but compressed air came out, not heaps but enough that I could hear it hiss. Should I be worried?
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Sunday, Sep 28, 2003 at 12:22

Sunday, Sep 28, 2003 at 12:22
OK, it is probably ok, and you have not taken the petrol...oops diesel cap off beforehand.
You see there is two ways to drain these water traps, an easy and a hard. The easy way is to take off the diesel cap, then remove that bung...what comes out should be collected for inspection, and this way, no bleeding of your fuel system is required.
The proper way is to remove the top plug aswell as the bottom, and drain the cylinder. Then rebleeding of the injecter pump and filter is required aswell.
Andrew ps if nothing comes out next time, prod inside with a suitable piece of wire with a gloved hand :-)
wheredayathinkwer mike?
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