Refurbishing old 4x4 Hilux in Cape Town

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alexth
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Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:53 pm

I have a 1988 Hilux 4x4 DC (4y). I would like to have it "re-done" by somene who is passionate about these vehicles. I guess the work is quite extensive, from body work to suspension to engine and so on. I also want to make sure that I can go on trips to Nam, Botswana, Moz etc so would require some advice on any modifications/upgrades required.
Can anyone suggest a suitable person/organisation in Cape Town to do this work? I would appreciate any feedback. The vehicle is currently in JHB but as I live in CPT it would make sense to be in a position to oversee the work personally.
Look forward to some replies!
Many thanks

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Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:55 pm

Alan Venter is your man in Cape town. Hoppy on this forum.

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Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:57 pm

Thanks!

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Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:13 pm

Welcome Alex, hope you come right with your truck rebuild.

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Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:39 pm

Alex welcome to the forum. Don,t look any further Allan Venter is the man for you.He is from Brackenfell
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Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:23 pm

Yip... Oom Venter is the man... originally from Pretoria(home of the Blou Bulletjies), now living in Brackenfell... home of the SFA Hilux! :thumbup:

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Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:20 pm

Thanks all, I appreciate the feedback. I have emailed Allan so just waiting to hear from him.
Cheers

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Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:56 pm

Alex, Allan is better with engines than email .... :siffler: :surrender:

If he has not answered by Monday drop him another email. Better still, get his number and phone him. :thumbup:

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Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:10 pm

ChrisF wrote:Alex, Allan is better with engines than email .... :siffler: :surrender:

If he has not answered by Monday drop him another email. Better still, get his number and phone him. :thumbup:
2nd that one, he is like the "Stig", an email is foreign to him, I sure at one stage he though a cell phone was a fancy wheel chock :laugh2:




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Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:22 pm

but he is better with a Hilux than the Stig behind a wheel .... :thumbup:


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Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:40 pm

Hi all. So I took your advice and gave my 1988 Hilux 4x4 dc to Allan Venter in October 2016. I got it back in October 2017. Unfortunately, I am not happy with the result. My 4y has had quite a bit of work done (head skimmed, new hydraulic lifters, big ends, rings etc). It is running really bad. The oil has already turned pitch black after about 500km, it starts with difficulty, it hesitates under acceleration and the fuel consumption is....well, terrible. Compression tests show low compression across all cylinders, with number 2 being particularly bad. If you take the lead off number 2, there is no discernible difference in the way the motor runs. So, any advice would be really welcome. I suspect the carb needs careful attention as I notice that after a day or two there is NO fuel in the float, which is lopsided. Then of course, is there anyone else who can help with the motor? Lastly, the ride is very bumpy....any suggestions on how to make it a more comfortable ride? thanks guys. I really want my bakkie back the way it was!

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Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:57 pm

:blink: That is so unlike Allan. I wonder what happened there. I would of course go back to him with the list of problems and I'm sure that he will be willing to get it sorted for you. Like I said, that is so unlike what we got to know of him over a good many years - admittedly much of it has been on line here on the forum, but by all accounts, the CT guys had good service from him with more than satisfactory results.

As far as the bumpy ride is concerned, that is typical of the old SFA Hilux. Most of the ride comfort comes from the front suspension and with a heavy solid front axle (unsprung weight), the level of ride comfort is poor. (It's one of the reasons why the IFS models were introduced). A big compensating factor is that the SFA's are tough as nails and there is very little that ever goes wrong with the front suspension.

To soften the ride you can fit an after market suspension kit, but they can be pricey, especially if you opt for import stuff. I'm still a die-hard OME fan with good experience of the brand, but local manufacturer Mikem Suspensions has also enjoyed very good reviews at a much more affordable cost. Give them a call. If you are not willing or cannot justify the cost, you might want to consider fitting softer shocks in front, like Monroe, which should help. :winkx:
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Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:29 pm

The 4Y is easy engine to fix.

Don't worry about the oil going black, it can happen. Always do a oil change with filter after 1000km. At the same time I strongly suggest a retorque of the head. I think the low compression can be because the head needs a retorque.

What is the compression at the moment per cylinder, ie the difference between the cylinders?

Then, carb carb always on these these days you do not get guys that can properly/ getOriginal carb kits to fix these anymore. Chinese carbs do not work, don't last. Think of doing a Efi conversion, if you drive moderate you should get 8km/liter.

Suspension like Andy says go Mikem or Ome. Latter just expensive but gives a very softer ride that you have. Mine has Ome but in the past with a few Hilux SFa's I work on had the Mikem setup on too, my opinion its damn close to Ome. :thumbup:

Give Alan another chance to fix up the Sfa, he is good for the work done.

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Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:20 pm

Alex, did you come right this is very unlike Allen, I come out of the southern suburbs to take my bakkie to him so I trust his work
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