Project Toyota Hilux YN67
Removing the wiper motor and linkages from a Toyota Hilux is pretty straight forward.
|First you have to remove the electrical plug from the starter motor, followed by the 4 x 10mm bolts holding the wiper motor to the firewall.|
|Next, pull the wiper motor away from the firewall so that you can adjust it so that the linkage is poking through. Now using a 1/2 ring spanner undo the nut that holds the linkage to the wiper motor. Once the nut is undone, I use a large flat blade screwdriver and hammer to tap the back of the linkage to free it from the wiper motor. ( It doesn't take much, just a quick tap to free it from the tappered fine spline)|
|Next, undo the 6 x 12mm bolts that hold the linkages for the wiper arms.|
|Then you have to gently manipulate the linkage so that you can remove it through the hole in the cowl area furtherest away from where the wiper motor is mounted.|
|The linkage assembly removed.|
Started stripping the paint off the ute
|Removed all the glass, window mechanisms and handles, along with most of the other interior bits and pieces.|
|Paint stripping back the doors.|
|Slowly getting there, have done the guards and doors, cleaned up with phosphoric acid and steel wool, should prevent flash rusting till I can get back to it.|
|Today's effort was to pain strip back the cab.|
|Cab stripped back to reveal some rust worm that I'll have to use phosphoric acid to dissolve the rust before I can paint it.|
|A close up of the rust worm I'm talking about.|
|Removing the body sealant, everything is looking good, have to do some research on a good sealant to replace what has been removed.|
|Back of the cab after a bit of a clean up with some phosphoric acid, just a little bit of fiddly work and it'll be ready for undercoat.|
|A close up of the roof, as you can see the phosphoric acid has got rid of the rust worm that was present before.|
I have removed most of the interior apart from the dash at this stage, I have decided to leave this in until a little later on, this appears to be a straight forward process as long as you are aware of a couple of important steps as in this great video by 6th Gear Garage Dash removal
Got my black dog watching over the restoration.
I have removed the front bullbar, grill, and lights, looks like there was a slight hit on the drivers side, I see a couple of make shift repairs to the headlight mount and slight dent on the apron panel. (Small ripple in a big ship)
|The floor pan appears to be in good condition considering the age of the ute. A lot of the colour seen here is old fish oil that has dried. There is a bit of surface rust under the pedal box but they will clean up easy enough.|
|Removed the roof lining, it had a small tear about 5 inches long behind the passenger side, now it's got a few more, so I'm going to have to try and find a NOS or someone that can use the old one as a template and make another for me.|
Ok, It's time to get started on the Hilux.
The first step is to remove the back off the Hilux and pressure wash the chassis and cab, inner guards and doors, so I can get a better idea on what I'm in for.