SHARPE THINK­ING

4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Event -

THERE are some tal­ented folks op­er­at­ing in all sorts of jobs within this group. One such bloke is Drew Sharpe, a tool­maker (among other trades) who loves noth­ing more than nut­ting out so­lu­tions for ev­ery­day prob­lems, es­pe­cially Cruiser re­lated prob­lems.

Drew has re­cently started sell­ing his in­ven­tions on­line at www.shar­petool­ing. com, all of which he has de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in Aus­tralia.

Drew’s spin­dle greaser is a per­fect ex­am­ple of Aus­tralian in­ge­nu­ity and will save both the DIYER and pro me­chanic huge amounts of time hav­ing to grease axle spin­dles of the Landcruiser front hubs. In­stead, the spin­dle greaser sim­ply screws onto the stub axle to aid in repack­ing the spin­dle bear­ing and pump­ing grease deeper into the steer­ing knuckle. While you’re ad­just­ing wheel bear­ings, us­ing Drew’s in­ven­tion will add a cou­ple of min­utes to re-grease these of­ten-for­got­ten bear­ings.

Drew’s flex­i­ble brake line adap­tor re­places a sec­tion of the rigid brake lines lead­ing to the brake back­ing plate and calipers, thereby al­low­ing wheel bear­ing and as­so­ci­ated front-end work to be un­der­taken without break­ing into the brake fluid sys­tem. Sim­ple, but it took a Sharpe mind to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture it.

Drew is on a mis­sion to prob­lem-solve a few other well-known Cruiser anom­alies, so keep an eye on his web­site for more in­ven­tions.

Once an on­line fo­rum, TOA is now a mas­sive fam­ily-friendly group. The Troopy is the per­fect plat­form for the ad­ven­tur­ous

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