The objective here is to inform some others who are new to or who may be considering the purchase of a 1990’s cruiser. If you’re not hunting for one, the objective is for some time-killing entertainment- so enjoy. Like so many other things, this isn’t a be-all end-all but rather a collection of things I’ve had to do. I’m sharing with the hope that it helps others who are or will be in my situation.
I spent a great deal of time reading up on many different vehicles (80 series, 100 series, 60 series, Samurai, Tacoma, Range Rover Classic, Joop XJ CJ TJ YJ SJ, Isuzu Trooper, and a few I’m forgetting.) And I visited a great many corners of the interwebs before deciding on an 80. I came across countless threads on what to look for, what to baseline, when and what to flush/change, etc etc. If I’m being entirely honest, the huge support and culture backing the Land Cruiser series was extremely comforting. The community did have a measurable impact in our decision making process. Some of the better bits of wisdom are posted here for reference.