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Paul Stevec (Doonside, NSW)

Allan, I noticed on the 4WD Action DVDs that you’re currently building up an old 45 LandCruiser LV.I’m loving watching it all come together as I have an old Troopy myself and seeing you getting into it has inspired me to pull my finger out and get cracking on mine.

In one of the episodes I saw that you totally pulled apart the steering components including the relay box. Is this difficult for the home mechanic to do or should I be leaving that to one of the pros? From what I could see, it didn’t seem to be that complicated, but having my steering work properly is kind of important to me and I don’t want to mess it up.

Thanks Allan.

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Paul Stevec (Doonside, NSW)

Allan, I noticed on the 4WD Action DVDs that you’re currently building up an old 45 LandCruiser LV.I’m loving watching it all come together as I have an old Troopy myself and seeing you getting into it has inspired me to pull my finger out and get cracking on mine.

In one of the episodes I saw that you totally pulled apart the steering components including the relay box. Is this difficult for the home mechanic to do or should I be leaving that to one of the pros? From what I could see, it didn’t seem to be that complicated, but having my steering work properly is kind of important to me and I don’t want to mess it up.

Thanks Allan.

Allan

Well Paul, the steering is straightforward on your model. You just have to watch the ball adjustment on the pitman arm. You do it up tight, then back it off half a turn plus a little more to fit the split pin.

There are 2 types of idler arm bracket. The late type has a 14mm bolt on top of the housing and the housing is tapered, the bolt is to lock the adjuster disc once you have finished adjusting it. If you have the earlier type, you’ll need to email me again and I’ll describe a cheap way to fix it.