Done Right

I went to the family Christmas party earlier and rubbed elbows with some relatives I hardly ever see.

My little cousins husband unveiled the Landcruiser he has spent the last two years and countless thousands of dollars restoring/upgrading.

Holy fuck this thing turned out sweet.

All Chevy engine/ automatic transmission with  overdrive.

He said it has two transfer cases under it for double Granny low range.

I don’t remember ever seeing that before, they must be married together. He showed me the two different shifters side by side down on the floor.

This thing turned out really nice.



He put an on board air compressor in the engine bay with a tank up under the ass end and quick connect fittings on both ends of it.


Completely rewired front to back.


Four wheel disc brakes and a completely new interior and seats too.


It is gorgeous and fully functional.

He did a very nice job on it.



17 thoughts on “Done Right

  1. I am a bit of a purest on restoring a vehicle. I like to keep the drive-train within the manufacturer’s available offerings regardless of year.

    This is nice. The GM Vortec is a design that has evolved into an extremely dependable economic drive-train. I would have like to seen a modern Toy 5.7 shoehorned into the engine bay (it’s a much wider engine).


    • I was right then. Quite the set up. Not cheap I see but I do like that they put serious thought into their offering. Blind bolt holes so no leak points, etc.


    • I’m just a regular guy. I’d love to buy an older SUV. But the trouble you’re having with that Bronco depresses me. What’s a regular guy going to be flummoxed about when a dedicated machinist/mechanic like you has to spend so much time and brainpower figuring out the malfunction(s) of a bunch of little electronic and mechanical doodads that keep the dang thing functioning on a medium level? Love the cousin’s husband’s work, but it looks like that is what will be needed for even a mostly stock project to be a success. A total rebuild with all new components.


      • As much as I love that El Camino, I have been seriously thinking about trying to find another early to mid 60’s Ford or Chevy short wide to fix up.
        They are still out there although getting harder to find and more expensive by the day it seems. You can still get parts for them and it doesn’t get any simpler than those.
        I have had several of the old Fords and my first vehicle was a 66 Chevy full size pick up. I didn’t care for the rear coil spring suspension but even that can be upgraded.
        Keep your eyes peeled, they are still available and anyone with mechanical skills can fix ’em up.

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    • Yeah, he said it rides stiff. This guy is an AVID hunter and fisherman so it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him take it off road after it gets broke in and dirtied up to the point it’s not in show car condition.


    • He said, and I wrote, that it took a couple of years but I know that isn’t right because I can remember him telling me about the project at least five years ago. He also said he had some serious help in the beginning when it was just a rolling chassis, getting the engine in and situated and having a bunch of cutting and welding done. He has a buddy with a huge shop. Just going by my own experience I would guesstimate several thousand hours. It was a frame up restoration and the rig was a rollover when he got it.
      Merry Christmas to you too and thanks for stopping by!


      • That is an intense labor of love as one of the others commented. Every minute of it shows, too. Classic. Take care Phil, Merry Christmas & a great new year.


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