BJ60 Car Crash


On September 13, 2020, Thumper was involved in a car crash. A Honda Civic ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of me on the highway, causing me to rear end them at approximately 90kph. I was not injured, and the other driver was not severely injured.

Unfortunately, the same can not be said for Thumper – though the damage to Thumper is significantly less severe than the civic. (see the photo album below)

My front right fender was crumpled up and pushed back, taking the inner fender with it. The radiator support was bent inwards, but luckily the body mount kept it from moving the radiator itself. The hood has been crumpled pretty badly, and the headlight door & grille have both been smashed. My right front tire was also punctured, right in the sidewall.

The bumper saved this truck’s life, and also saved mine. It was bent pretty badly, and the solenoid box for my 8274 was smashed, but the winch still spools by hand. The roller fairleads are a bit worse for wear, but after bending back their mounts, they still spin.

The contents of the engine bay thankfully did not experience any damage, and the frame is not bent. After changing the tire over to my (30 year old) spare, I was able to drive home that night, with only a missing signal light and mis-aimed headlight keeping the truck from being officially road-legal.

Luckily, the other driver’s insurance company admitted fault once I showed them the dash-cam footage I had – though it took them 3 months to come to that decision. The driver received tickets from the RCMP for their driving, and there were witnesses.

In the moment of impact, the civic was pushed towards the ditch, where it hit a road sign and continued; clearing the entire ditch before taking out the fence for the near-by property. I was able to come to a stop while staying on the road, and pulled over safely as my tire slowly deflated. The other driver got out of their car and claimed that I also had a stop sign, (I did not) and then refused to say anything else. Instead, they sat on what was left of their car, and smoked a cigarette, amongst the leaking gasoline from their car. Clearly not the brightest member of our species.

I just had my appraisal done for the repairs, and hopefully I will hear back from the adjustor soon. In the meantime I have re-aimed the headlight and replaced the signal bulb, also pulling the bumper back to (more or less) how it was. I replaced the damaged solenoids, and my winch is working yet again. The truck tracks fine on the road, and I have continued using it as my daily driver ever since.

Other than the top half of my seat-belt buckle snapping off, the interior was not damaged. I credit this truck for saving me from serious injury, and it may have even saved my life. This accident serves as a reminder for why I’m proud to drive a BJ60 every day. It may not be the fastest truck out there, or the most versatile, but there are not many vehicles that can be driven home after a 90kp/h crash.

Thank you, Thumper.

3B Oil Change – 13/04/2019


Oil Change – 263,241 KM

~ 7,100 KM since the last oil change

6.7 Litres Drain & Refill w/ new filter

Auto Value Country Hills NW

-WIX 51515MP Oil Filter – $6.23

-5L Rotella T4 10W-30 Oil – $24.47

-2x1qt “                             “ – $11.76

Net Total – $44.82

Grand Total – $47.06

BJ60 Clutch Saga Pt.3: Return Of The (many) Parts

Fuck, this is becoming a trilogy of trilogies at this point. Hence, I’ve renamed the past couple posts to fit with this unintended theme.

Okay, where to start?

Well, I have literally the most inconvenient year of BJ60 that was produced. “sure, yeah right,” you may be thinking – Allow me to elaborate.

Remember how I had an issue with my master cylinder not fitting due to the time it was made? Yeah no, that’s nothing compared to this. The reason my slave cylinder wouldn’t fit on soon became a source of confusion for me.

“surely they wouldn’t have had multiple bell-housings made for one model year, right?”

Guess what.

Yep. One year of BJ60 – 1985 – Toyota used a different mounting point on the bell-housing; not even slightly compatible with other years. I came to this discovery upon finding no record anywhere of a part like mine existing. The only source that even listed it was PartSouq and even then it was out of stock. Nothing else showed any sign of it; the only part anyone had anywhere that could fix my problem, is a genuine rebuild kit.

Out of curiosity, I called Stampede Toyota to see if they at least had a slave cylinder. My conversation with the Toyota Parts Guy ($TPG) went somewhat like this:

$TPG: okay, yours is… ’85 you said?

$Me: Yes, the 4 cylinder diesel.

$TPG: hmmm…

He does that about 6 more times. Over the 4 minute span of searching his catalogue.

$TPG: So as it turns out, your truck is the only year that Toyota used this part. Ever.

$Me: okay….?

$TPG: And that part is now completely discontinued.

$Me: …huh. What about cylinder rebuild kits? Any chance there are any sitting around anywhere still?

$TPG: Well, the catalogue shows one left in all our inventory. All the way in California, for $88. Once it’s gone, that will be discontinued.

$Me: welp. Thanks for searching around, I appreciate the effort

So that was that. There’s one rebuild kit left in Toyota Motor Corp.’s stock, and it costs twice as much as PartSouq’s rebuild kit. Fun. I’ve ordered the part, FedEx claims it’ll arrive at my house by this Friday the 22nd. I can’t goddamned wait.

Lesson learned, I suppose. If you have an old import vehicle, check before you order parts that they’ll be the right ones. I’ll update this when if the parts are installed this weekend. Sigh.

BJ60 Clutch Saga Pt.2: The Clutch Strikes Back


Jeez this is endless. I’ll give a timeline of my past few days:

  1. Last week, no truck because no master cylinder.
  2. Thursday night, I ordered a proper master cylinder from RockAuto.
  3. Friday, drove to Chestermere for a temporary master cylinder from a fellow RMLCA member’s parts truck. (Thanks Peter and Kevin!)
  4. Saturday morning, installed the master cylinder. Went for a test drive. Truck drove, but required the clutch to be pushed many times before anything happened.
  5. Saturday afternoon, looked at the slave cylinder on the bell housing. Drenched in brake fluid. Thank goodness I have a new slave cylinder already, I’ll install that tomorrow.

“Thank goodness I can drive it after I install this new slave cylinder, it’s been two weeks”

… I thought foolishly.

Turns out, the stupid fucking bullshit catalogue, that my Unnamed Local Auto Parts Store™ uses, doesn’t understand a single fucking thing about BJ60 land cruisers.

Once I got over the fact that the slave cylinder was completely the wrong one, I tried to fix the current one temporarily. Nope to that as well. After I thought I’d at least slightly fixed it, I went for another drive; as I pulled off to check the clutch fluid level, I promptly got stuck in a snowbank. Up to the top of my RF&RR tires. In a parking lot. A flat parking lot. Where 5ft away there was visible ground.

After standing in a snowbank for half an hour freezing my feet off hoping for help, I eventually got out with the help of a nice man in his new GMC. Sadly as a result of my earlier attempts to free myself, what was left of the clutch was even worse. It still kinda, barely, slightly worked, but not very well. I got home, and it completely lost all functionality as I got to my house. Upon stepping out, something smelled like burning. I still don’t know if that was my clutch. I don’t think I want to know if that was my clutch.

Come on, world. Gimme a fucking break, will ya?


BJ60 Clutch Saga Pt.1: A Lost Hope


Holy shit it’s difficult to find parts you’d think would be very common.

Last week, it was -35° Celsius here in good old YYC. Naturally, I set the Webasto (my 12v diesel coolant preheater) to warm up the engine before I got outside that morning. Stupid me, however, forgot that the other fluids would still have the viscosity of molasses, and upon pushing the clutch in to start the engine, I triggered a set of events that have caused me irritation and pain for the past week now.

I went to select first gear, but the clutch went all the way to the floor with no hesitation. Okay, annoying. Maybe it’s just cold. I drove all the way to school that morning, and all the way back, with no clutch. That evening, I called my local auto parts store and ordered in a new clutch master cylinder. It would be here the next day.

Indeed it was. But it was the wrong one; in April of 1985 Toyota added a vacuum booster to the BJ60, thus requiring an entirely different sort of reservoir. Guess what exact month my particular 60 was made.

The nearest supposedly compatible proper cylinder was in Coquitlam BC, and would take a week to arrive. Today, it came in, and was also the wrong one. Granted, it was closer to correct this time, but still completely wrong; that one was meant for the non-boosted LC. After the (very helpful) folks at Bowness Auto looked through every supplier they could, they suggested I find the stock part number. I called Stampede Toyota, to be met with news that a new part from them would be…. $350. And Bowness still didn’t have any luck finding anything. Either I get one from FJParts or I call Steve at EBI and see if he’s got something. Fingers crossed. Or, maybe I try to rebuild the old one…?

More to come when I figure more out, but for now – if you have a vacuum boosted Canadian BJ60 built after April of 1985, you need this part number:




3B Oil Change – 21/06/2018


Oil Change – 256,131 KM

~ 6,000 KM since the last oil change

6.7 Litres Drain & Refill w/ new filter

Auto Value 16th Ave NW

-WIX 51515MP Oil Filter – $6.23

-5L Rotella T4 10W-30 Oil – $24.47

-2x1qt “                             “ – $11.76

Net Total – $44.82

Grand Total$47.06