Driving noise is something you have to live with when owning a classic land cruiser, even more when owning a diesel version. That’s why Toyota assembled the Diesel cruisers in some markets with a factory silence pad under the hood. Not seen that often, since these were mostly issued to countries where heat is not really an issue, like Europe, Japan and Canada. You wont find these in African, Australian and South American diesel trucks.
You can recognize the absence of the silencer pad, when you have 2 brackets on both sides of your hood. Here the pad will be mounted with black plastic clips.
My Japanese BJ44 was originally equipped with one, but probably trashed by the previous owner some time ago. These were hard to get, and if still available pretty expensive for what you get. So most of the time the owner left it that way.
I placed a request for a silencer pad on the forum of the dutch Landcruiser club (www.landcruiser-club.nl) and only a few days later got a reply I could pick one up for only 25 euros. Yeeeh.!
The pad did not win the beauty contest, and came from an old BJ40 that had been parked outdoors for a while.
After some blowing with pressured air, and gluing the loose fabric ends, it already started to look decent.
Then I applied my magic black stuff (see window weatherstripping post ) that makes everything looks like new again. Took me almost a full bottle, but the pad looked like new again, at least good enough for a 30 year old car.
See for yourself, I think this is a great addition to the car… and since its a stock item, the car is now even more complete than before.
Enjoy the pics!