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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby gt4tified » Thu May 21, 2020 4:53 am

Thanks for sharing. Your rebuild is looking great. Its a good reminder to me to check my entire rear assembly when I begin my restoration in a couple months time.

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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Mon May 25, 2020 8:48 pm

Disasembled the other knuckle and stripped it down. I only did one side at a time because of the parking brake. Even after 15 years of owning this car I still have problems getting it back together without using the opposite side as a reference.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Mon May 25, 2020 8:58 pm

Also started to reassemble some stuff since I'm sick of having all the parts laying around my house. I was giving it extra time for the paint to cure since it takes like 3-4 weeks for acrylic enamel.

The other thing I'm currently investigating are backing plates. There are a ton of 04-07 highlander backing plates on ebay, rock auto, amazon etc. For around $130 fora pair. I think they will work with a combination of the highlander parking brake, rotor, 2001 highlander hub, and stock caliper. Not 100% sure on this.

Edit: just want to add the holes on the backing plate look like at least 2 will need to be redrilled.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/toy ... plate,1628
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:26 pm

Back to the grind, literally. Took a little bit of time off cause I was burning myself out working a full time job and trying to get this done.

Pulled the driveshaft to check it out. Crusty as everything else. Not much left to pull off the car in the back half now. Need to take care of the undercoating where its cracked and falling off.

Found it easier to partially disassemble the driveshaft to clean it up. Bearings are still in good shape and spin freely. Amazing considering they are 28+ years old with 195k miles. This car was definately overbuilt by Toyota.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby alltracman78 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:07 pm

Damn man, that's a lot of work! Well worth it though.

Where do you live in RI?
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:37 pm

I'm on Aquidneck Island.

Decided to tackle some of the underside today. I've been putting this off till the last thing pretty much. Wasn't really as bad as I expected other than getting completely covered in dust and debris.

It was mostly just surface rust under the cracking undercoating. I didnt find any actual rot other than some surface pitting. Some of the tighter corners I'll need to keep an eye on since I couldn't get the angle grinder in to them and just used a scraper and chisel.

Pictures didnt come out so great but that's ok.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:56 pm

So I thought I broke my ABS sensor on passenger side rear when I extracted it from the spindle, but after putting things back together it was fine.

Before I knew that I had already started shopping for another sensor. Ours are either unavailable or extremely expensive most of the time. I started looking around at other Toyotas to find something close. Turns out the 2001 highlander AWD sensor is a damn close match. The wire is about 3 inches too short with a different plug, but the sensor itself plugs right in to the spindle. The best part is that it's $15.

I'm noticing the the late 90s early 2000s awd highlander rear bits are very similar. I'm starting to wonder what else is swappable.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby gt4tified » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:07 am

yeah that seems pretty close indeed.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:54 pm

Yay the subframe is back in the car. Used my transmission jack I bought from harbor freight years ago to do the clutch in my subaru.

I keep forgetting I need to order 1 bolt for the trailing arm on the driver side.

Broke my fuel line when I pulled my gastank so I used a couple of -6an to 3/16th compression fittings. I'll need to recreate a section of with -6 hose.

Also, Fluid Film is some pretty awesome stuff. Gave the underside of the car a good dosing.

I know my exhaust is a mess I'm looking at options right now. That heat shield has seen better days.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby gt4tified » Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:26 pm

Nice. If you can, get a shielded (braided) hose for the section that you have to replace, to protect it from being torn/punctured/ weathered etc.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby alltracman78 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:37 pm

And someday you'll be able to drive it again. :P
I remember doing all that to my old 92. It was so awesome to drive it afterwards.

You're way down in the southern part. I live up by Cumberland, on the Mass side.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:37 pm

Took a small pause cause I had to get some work done on my Subaru.

Started working my way up the sides only to discover my rockers had been quietly rotting away. The passenger side has holes I can put my hand through. Drivers side is not as bad.

Also discovered my brake lines were almost completely rotted through. I started cleaning rust off them with a green scrubby pad and one of them started leaking. Ordered somr NiCop lines, fittings, and a flaring tool. Try to get it done next week.

Other than that it was in pretty good shape.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:53 pm

And now finally back to the damn reason all of this started. The fuel pump.

Maybe im being a bit too cautious, but I decided to go with 10awg gxl wire. These Supra TT pumps can draw up to 20 amps and I felt like the stock wiring was bare minimum for something like that. I don't know if its 12 or 14 gauge, but I didnt want to take any chances.

I had to make some small modifications to the fuel hat since I had to run a new power lead through it.

Dont judge me on my bullet connectors, its all I had on hand. I ordered some Deutsch connectors that can handle 10awg.

I used what's called a wire gland end. I seems to be made from PA66 gf30, aka nylon glass fibre reinforced, ip68 rated. It should handle the gasoline, but just to be sure I have an extra one soaking in gasoline externally from the car.

So it goes from the battery 10awg - 25 amp fuse - 40 amp relay 10awg to the pump. Using stock fuel pump wiring as the trigger for the relay.
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Gert » Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:31 am

Magroo wrote:Before I knew that I had already started shopping for another sensor. Turns out the 2001 highlander AWD sensor is a damn close match. The wire is about 3 inches too short with a different plug, but the sensor itself plugs right in to the spindle. The best part is that it's $15.

Do you have a part number?
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Re: Project Magroo?

Postby Magroo » Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:35 am

Sorry gert, I've been away. Not sure of part number but it's for a 2001-2004 highlander awd. This is the ebay listing I bought from.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/123561764211
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