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05 landcruiser. An I screwed?

  • 31-10-2021 7:50am
    Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭ irishguy19772

    Bought a 05 landcruiser privately.

    Thought chassis was fine but my mechanic has found serious corrosion near the front.

    He advised to run through doe and see what they say

    Is this damage significant?

    I know it's my own issue for buying privately and not getting checked thoroughly. Valuable lesson learned.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,240 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    Looks pretty bad to my untrained eye

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,053 ✭✭✭✭ Del2005

    Even it passes the CVRT that'll still need to be replaced. It comes down to what else needs fixing after the CVRT

  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭ irishguy19772

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,183 ✭✭✭ homingbird

    parts that bolt on to body can be replaced go online & get a guide price of those parts once the body is sound its worth saving after all its a toyota you cant kill them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 512 ✭✭✭ sumo12

    Check the whole underbody for rot. Rear trailing arms snap off the axle and rear crossmembers dissolve as well. If it was badly maintained underneath i.e. muck, salt etc not cleaned off properly and not treated when necessary she could be unsaveable.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭ irishguy19772

    Rest of the chassis looks fine.been under it cleaning it a lot. Novice to this so thought she was fine.

    Mechanic took that photo when up on a lift, couldn't find that rot myself.

    Hopefully it's limited to there and I can get those arms replaced if needed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,612 ✭✭✭✭ BorneTobyWilde

    Looks like it needs a power wash, then to hit it will a hammer or chisel , knock off all the loose rust, Could actually be solid, if so treat it will rust killer and spray it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭ irishguy19772

    Thanks. Stupid question but how do I get to that area? Don't have access to lift or pit, so do I need to jack it?

  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭ Whocare

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,760 ✭✭✭ NickNickleby

    To my mind, there's no such thing as a stupid question. What i would say though, there have been some terrible accidents over the years with home mechanics working under cars outside the front door. And if THAT beast fell on you, it would be curtains.

    The mechanic with the lift is the place to go. It'll cost a bit, but might be better than having to scrap it, might be. As you say, lesson learned, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water, it might be salvageable for less then an arm and a leg, and then you'll KNOW its good to go for a few years yet.

    Best of luck.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,634 ✭✭✭ Miscreant

    And today's Unhelpful Comment Award goes to........

    OP: Not a stupid question at all. If you can get the Landcruiser jacked up then you should be able to get at that area reasonably easily. Landcruisers have a decent ground clearance anyway but the jack will give you a little extra height to work with. Just make sure if you are doing this alone, that you block the wheels that are still on the ground; you don't want the vehicle moving when you are under it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,914 ✭✭✭ Vic_08

    Not a stupid question at all. Realistically unless you have proper equipment you shouldn't be going under a car. The sort of jack provided in car kits is only suitable for lifting an already loosened wheel off the ground to change it. Never, ever put a body part, especially your head, under a car up on one of these jacks. They are just not safe and completely unsuitable for doing any work on the underside. Many people have caused themselves horrific injuries due to collapsing jacks.

    Do as your mechanic says, put it through DOE and take it from there. Once you have an overview of what is needed then you will need it properly assessed, Your mechanic really should have informed you of the condition of the rest of the car but for a full assessment any areas of concern will need all the rust and crud removed to see what is left.

    Remember rust expands to many times the size of the steel it has formed from so surface rust can look worse than it is, until it is down to bare steel you won't really know how bad it is. Parts can be replaced but it will be the condition of the chassis and bodywork that is most important. Before spending money on any of it you need to know everything that is wrong, no point getting parts replaced and then finding out it will cost silly money to fix a rotten sill.

  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭ Whocare

    Of course it stupid question. He want to go under it how else he go under it if don't Jack it up (plus went he Jack it up he should use axle stand or something else to stop it falling

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,076 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34

    No one here can give you a comprehensive answer from one photograph. And if they try, I wouldn't be listening to it.

    Take it to a 4x4 specialist, it will be worth fifty or a hundred quid to get it looked over and assist your decision whether to change out components and save it, or sell it for parts.