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  1. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    After a trip to Home Depot to get some slotted angle, I began some more measuring, and then cutting. (Actually I measured twice.) Here's what I came up with: By putting longer bolts in place of the originals for the exterior tie-down hooks, I was able to keep from drilling any holes to attach...
  2. PajEvo

    '99 Land Cruiser 90 Series diesel (Canada - JDM import)

    I thought it might be fun to share the video taken of my truck in Japan before it was exported to Canada last year. The original export company was Pacific Coast Auto. I had seen this on youtube a few months before the original Canadian importer decided to sell it... once I realized that the one...
  3. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    So having sorted bikes, its time to deal with the inside. Eventually I'd like to have a tarp made. This means everything needs to stay below the top of the tub rails. My sportsman"s trunks fit perfectly across, with a little room all around to fit your hand down to grab closures, etc. But my...
  4. PajEvo

    '99 Land Cruiser 90 Series diesel (Canada - JDM import)

    No real updates on this one, beyond getting it out and using it. I've hauled my new overland trailer a few times now, and it really does disappear behind the little diesel. Here's a story I wrote (part 3) about driving the Prado across the country in July, to get the trailer...
  5. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    Ultimately, if this was going to work for more than a single day trip, I need to haul the bikes outside the trailer. There isn't enough room on the tongue, so they'd have to hang off the back. Yes, I know what you're thinking: you're going to ruin the handling. Tongue weight is key. I know. Not...
  6. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    We settled on a 24 hour blast out to our local FLUZ (forest land use zone) and I strapped down my Action Packers. I took it down some narrow, off-camber switchbacks, up some steep rocky climbs, and through some windy forest paths. Once I got used to seeing it opposite camber to my rig in the...
  7. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    So - paint. I went through all manner of plans and schemes, but wowsers paint is expensive these days. And finding something in a flat finish is not easy if you don't want all black. I did do the tub that way, but I really wanted a dark gray for the rest. Ultimately, I came back to tremclad...
  8. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    https://www.thegearheadproject.com/2020/adventures-in-trailering-part-3/ The whole story of acquisition is in "part 3" above. Essentially, I had to drive all the way to Ontario to find one reasonably priced, AND in decent shape. It was all part of the experience. 😉
  9. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    Time to address paint. Condition-wise, I'd call it fair to pretty good, for something almost 30 years old that's meant to be used hard. A little surface rust, and a couple of small holes on the front inner wall where the sealant had given up. I began by removing all the sealant (pick and hammer...
  10. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    So last update, I realized my ladder rack was too high to get out the door. A chopsaw made sort work of this issue, as I cut the uprights down about 4 inches or so. Finally, the top of the tent is around 83" overall height. Still fits kayaks or bikes inside, and the annex is still usable...
  11. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    Time to get caught up. First off, part three in the Trailer Trilogy... The journey to go and get it: https://www.thegearheadproject.com/2020/adventures-in-trailering-part-3/
  12. PajEvo

    '99 Land Cruiser 90 Series diesel (Canada - JDM import)

    My snorkel story at the Gearhead Project - https://www.thegearheadproject.com/2020/installing-a-snorkel/
  13. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    This brings us to the present. Its home. Its fabulous. Time to go to work. Originally, my plan was to use it for the summer and then decide in the fall what I wanted to do in terms of mods. But then the day after I got it home, I did this: Nope, even my little sidekick can't believe it. I...
  14. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    Here's part two of the story, which gives a little more history about these little gems. If you are only here for the fancy fabrication, you may find this thread sorely lacking. Sorry about that... Adventures in Trailering (Part 2): The small but mighty M101CDN2 And a sneak peek of where we are...
  15. PajEvo

    Finally snagged an M101CDN2: (a modest build up)

    I've been wanting one of these for many years. A buddy had one, and I loved the form factor, its tough build, and its Canadian heritage. At the time I had too many projects (my wife might argue that hasn't changed), and no real justification to own one. UNTIL NOW. The back story aka...
  16. PajEvo

    M101 CDN2 Build. Requesting Specifications.

    Okay - I've found it, but there's a catch. Its a file in a FB group (rolleyes). I can send you the link via PM if you want, you can join, then download the pertinent file. But you'll have to promise you'll come back to update on your progress... ;)
  17. PajEvo

    M101 CDN2 Build. Requesting Specifications.

    I have the 120 page manual and would be happy to share. I'm pretty sure it's already hosted somewhere, but if I can't find it, we'll figure out a way to get it to you. Can't speak to the spindle but I do know that standens made the axle originally. Oh. WELCOME! Cheers Phil
  18. PajEvo

    1997 Pajero Evolution (Old Betsy VII)

    I actually got to do something on this rig for a change! Not a big thing, but something. I recently got a Canadian military trailer, and the RTT will live on a rack on top. My Landcruiser 90 will be mostly the one towing it, but on occasion, the Pajevo would like to do some hauling, right? So...
  19. PajEvo

    '99 Land Cruiser 90 Series diesel (Canada - JDM import)

    I tried all manner of magnets, extensions, etc, but I couldn't even get the nut started, let alone turning. It didn't help that it was a nylon lock nut. I switched to a serrated flange nut, and came at it from a different angle. By standing in front of the snorkel, and reaching back and down...
  20. PajEvo

    '99 Land Cruiser 90 Series diesel (Canada - JDM import)

    When the dust and cigar smoke cleared, and the paint dried, I was left with this: In case you're wondering, yes, I had to also cut a quasi-rectangular hole to relocate the indicator, and no it was not a walk in the park. Also, the stud hole in the top right corner would prove to be a...
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