I was assured that it still ran, and sure enough, after a little bit of fiddling with the ignition system, it started right up and sounded really good. So now I had a good running 1965 Land Cruiser engine without a home. It sat on the engine stand for about 6 months or so. And then something interesting happned--a missionary working near Goroka told a friend of mine that he had a "dead" Land Cruiser sitting on his property that he needed moved and that anyone who wanted it could have it just for the price of moving it off of his property. He had no idea how long it had been sitting, but it had been a long time, there was a 20 foot tall tree growing through the frame in the back. Well, my friend didn't want the truck, so I took it. Now I had a good running Land Cruiser engine and a "dead" Land Cruiser. Here's what it looked like when we got it back to Ukarumpa:
So! without me even really looking for one, a classic Land Cruiser has fallen into my lap. Yes, it does need quite a bit of work, but it's all stuff that I can do here. I've never had a pick-up/ute here, and I am looking forward to getting this one going. I hope to build it up to be good enough for road trips, as right now none of the cars we have is really suitable for that kind of thing. Here it is after I've started cleaning it up. In this shot the original engine has been pulled out, the seats removed and about 3 tons of mud cleaned out of the cab. Because this truck sat for so long, it has dozens of peoples' names scratched into the paint. I would like to preserve that graffiti if I can, just because some of it is interesting, some is funny, and a lot of it is cryptic in the way that PNG graffiti so often is:
All for now!