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Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:55 pm

Righto guys. I have convinced the better half to get rid of her Altezza.

I am looking for a 7 seater bighorn. Preferable to be the newer 3.1TD shape. Manual is preferred but no essential. Must be tidy inside and out.

Ideally not too many issues with it.


I either have my turbo diesel corolla to swap or an altezza and cash. Or maybe just cash.

Will travel anywhere around the country side to get it!!!!!

PS. Nothing wrong with the altezza. Petrol prices make me cry.
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby MrRevhead » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:45 am

Why not another MU?
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby geeves » Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:54 pm

Ever seen a Mu with 7 adults inside?
There was one in a Porirua dealer a couple of moths back Will try and check on the weekend
Sanding your knuckles before starting work can help. That way you cant skin them
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby MrRevhead » Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:57 pm

Sounds like a fun party..... :lol:
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:14 pm

I've found one!!! Picking it up tomoro.

The wife didn't want a two door truck. And it needed to be 7 seater and not a van. A bighorn is all my brain could think of.

The one I found runs rough (someone failed at doing a cambelt and my money is on the diesel pump being out by a few teeth) but reasonably tidy and very cheap.
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby geeves » Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:39 am

hope its not something more serious but then if you buy cheap and the rest is good you can spend a few dollars fixing it
Sanding your knuckles before starting work can help. That way you cant skin them
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:44 pm

It is in dire need of a general service. And a good rugdoctor. Its filthy.

For the price I paid I could part it and not worry.
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby geeves » Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:15 pm

My old bighorn was bought by a wrecker for 1220 If you got it less than that you cant lose
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:03 pm

It was. Plot thickens.... Crank keyway is worn to buggery. No wonder it runs like a lemon. Time to get the mig out
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby geeves » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:33 am

keyway on crank or the spacer thing the crank goes in. Heat from the mig could lead to cracking but then the correct repair is a new crank so you are already half way into a rebuild
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby MrRevhead » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:18 pm

That had happened to my MU. Entech here machined out a wide key way slot and machined the pulley to suit. Saved the crank.
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:36 pm

Did that involve removing the crank?

It was only the gear Geeves, not the other bit.

At this stage I have a fresh keyway and gear and I'm going to weld it into the crank. Obviously replacing the main seal before I do so!

If we still have it after that seal goes then Ill replace the crank/motor

This is what happens when backyard hillbillies do cambelts :(
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby MrRevhead » Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:36 pm

Haha yes the crank came out for that


Sound's like a hill billy is doing the repair ;)
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby isuzurob » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:35 am

it is a common problem, i get new timimg gears made 10 thou smaller and heat them and fit them to the crank, good luck getting them off again
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:37 am

isuzurob wrote:it is a common problem, i get new timimg gears made 10 thou smaller and heat them and fit them to the crank, good luck getting them off again


I take it when the oil seal goes then its tough shit?
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby isuzurob » Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:57 pm

can heat them i guess to get them back off, and i have a special puller to pull the gear off, the crank oil seals last for at least 200,000km
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:06 pm

This goes from good news to good news. I had a weird exhaust noise which sounded like a leak.... Ends up its the manifold to turbo. I have seen so far one bolt is missing.
This is a weird vehicle. The egr has been removed in a professional manor, but other stuff has been bro'd up
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby geeves » Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:03 pm

If its the turbo end it should be easy
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Re: Looking for a Bighorn

Postby Downhillnz » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Is it common for the manifold to turbo bolts to fall out?

Remembering this has done 350ks. Bolts do age I guess
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