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Post Big Build Time folks - Vit-Lux Little Tank - 3.0TD
35" Maxxis Creepy Crawlers
100" wheelbase
Hilux axles running twin LSD's, rear disc conversion
3.0TD running intercooler and 15psi of boost
Hilux gearbox with twin transfer box
custom transmission brake
new exhaust
custom digital speedo
tubular custom wings
new twin headlights
custom bonnet with custom bonnet pod
custom removable half doors
new bucket seats
custom dash if time (maybe summer job)
custom suspension setup

build time is 2 weeks for initial fabrication time of suspension and axles and engine mounts etc. i expect the build to take 4-6weeks to finish to a high standard ready for the IVA test.

seeing as how so much of the vehicle is changing i need to register for a custom build and this also allows me to name my truck to whatever i want, so could be Scooby Doo Vit if i wanted so I'm thinking of registering as a Vit-Lux.

I'll post updates and pics each day for the next 2 weeks during the build and keep info coming etc, hopefully once finished it'll be good offroad.




looks like it might be a 3.0td in the vit now if so here's a comparison of the engines:

Vitara engine:
77 HP @ 5350rpm
126nm torque @ 3100rpm

Hilux 2.4Td
97HP @ 3800rpm
240nm torque @ 2400rpm

Hilux 3.0TD
130HP @ 3600rpm
289nm torque @ 2000rpm

standard 3.0td runs boost at 7.4 - 9.4psi with the boost turned up to 15psi and an intercooler added the power gains can be significant, but probably not needed.

even so the 3.0td will make one hell of a difference in my truck.



Front axle stripped, spring hangers cut off and cleaned up ready for welding. New spring perches made and welded in place, test fitting of spring and wheel hub to ensure there is clearance and there's plenty of room for the steering tie rod not to foul. Time to start making brackets for the trailing arms.

Most of the brackets are now finished, welded up one side apart from the front hanger as had to go out and get milk etc and spent first part of the morning wallpapering for my parents. A full day tomorrow in the workshop should see the front axle mounts finished and the 3rd link arm mount made up aswell.


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Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:24 pm
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Massive build that. Should be interesting to follow.


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Post Re: Big Build Time folks - Vit-Lux Little Tank - 3.0TD
few more hours in the workshop today, got both radius arm brackets mounted, started on the 3rd link tie rod, it looks like it sticks out abit but once finished and braced it wont be moving or prone to any warp issues etc, I forgot that the steering arms I used today are not the ones that will be mounted when finished, I ordered high steer arms from LowRangeOffRoad which naturally sit approximately 2" higher than standard arms. never mind though it'll still guarantee plenty of clearance on the steering tie rod.

the upper link arm is mounted 5 inches forward from the steering tie rod and will run parallel to this, i'll have to make a drop bracket from the chassis rail to the rod end to ensure things are square and correct.

I was hoping to have had more done today but my pillar drill decided to die on me and I cant get a replacement motor until at least Friday :( grrr

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Post Re: Big Build Time folks - Vit-Lux Little Tank - 3.0TD
got the front axle mounts all finished up, beefed up the front axle case with 6mm steel, I was going to brace the axle but I never bent one a fully loaded hilux so don't think it's needed to be fair so will leave it as it is for now, I might decide to add a brace later. painted it in red oxide so it don't rust whilst underneath the vit as I'm making chassis mounts Friday onwards.

I spent a couple hours stripping the vit down ready for chassis work, front end is clear and just needs the old mounts etc cut off and cleaned up ready for welding.

rear axle was dropped but left connected as didn't have to time to remove the brake lines.

I also stripped the front bonnet mount off and some other crap from the front. I shall be making a new bonnet and wings to suit the new engine plus I shall be changing the headlights to some pretty sick ones I've found.

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Hmm... I expected you to be finished by now? :!!


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Hmm... I expected you to be finished by now? :!!


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lol I expected to be further along for sure but had to cut down some trees for the old folks down the road this morning, plus my pillar drill is still broke awaiting a new motor. but I do plan on having the front axle pretty much sorted by the end of the weekend.

hopefully have both axles finished and suspension all sorted by the end of next week.

been looking for a engine hoist and luckily as it's my 30th Saturday my parents decided to buy me a 2Ton hoist so win win. the surf is being delivered Saturday morning, so once suspension is complete I can concentrate on ripping the old engine out and modding the wiring loom in the surf being lining up for engine mounts.


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enjoying the build thread .. :-bd


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I made up some dislocation cones today and started on the chassis brackets, lined up the axle to see what it looks like and luckily the trailing arms are 1" outside the chassis rails and this has worked out a treat for the chassis mounts as it keeps them close to the chassis rail, only 3 inch drop which will help to keep the underside flat because once the engine is fitted I know the gearbox will sit slightly lower than the vits gearbox and this means I can make a low profile gearbox mount and incorporate this into protection for the chassis trailing arm mounts at the same time.

didn't expect to get much done today as have a chesty cough and banging headache and it don't seem to wanna shift, back to making parts tomorrow. hopefully have the brackets finished tomorrow ready for welding sunday/Monday as Saturday is my 30th and is a day off the project.

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Post Re: Big Build Time folks - Vit-Lux Little Tank - 3.0TD
Great thread and some nice work. :ymapplause:

I will be interested to see how easy the engine is to get running. I bought a 4-runner as my donor vehicle for the 3litre TD engine as there mechanical fuel pump, where as the import Surf's are all electronic and ECU controlled. :-B

Those engines are awesome though, the amount of torque is incredible! :twisted:


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Great thread and some nice work. :ymapplause:

I will be interested to see how easy the engine is to get running. I bought a 4-runner as my donor vehicle for the 3litre TD engine as there mechanical fuel pump, where as the import Surf's are all electronic and ECU controlled. :-B

Those engines are awesome though, the amount of torque is incredible! :twisted:


Thanks

and yes the surfs are electronic but as I'm using the auto box it means I will need the ecu and wiring harness anyway, and I have the complete car to butcher so shouldn't be to bad. if I have problems with the fuel pump i'll swap it out for a mechanical one.


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how much do you think ur going have to stretch the front end to fit the yota lump?

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how much do you think ur going have to stretch the front end to fit the yota lump?

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only have to stretch it enough to fit the radiator, as the engine is almost the same length as the vits engine, just the viscous fan sticks out further than the vits, the width should be ok aswell from measurements.


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not sure if it helps but the 2.0 v6 lwb has slightly longer front end to fit the bigger engine

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not sure if it helps but the 2.0 v6 lwb has slightly longer front end to fit the bigger engine

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I didn't know that, but it doesn't bother me to much about the front being extended a couple inches as I'm putting in custom headlights and new wings and making up a new bonnet etc.


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