View Full Version : Got a 40 - Frame is BENT

10-13-2009, 07:26 PM
I just bought a 40 and started tearing down and guess what?? THE FRAME IS BENT!

Anyone know a place here in Denver that can straighten the frame without the body on it?

10-13-2009, 08:08 PM
Is Lakewood close enough?

Call Joe at Perry & Terry Auto Body - http://perryandterryautobody.com/

Tell him Chris sent you.

10-13-2009, 08:31 PM
Can't help you with frame shops, but I'm curious about the 40. ;) was it a '78 from the midwest?? I rolled my first 40 at high speed, end-over-end and tweaked the frame pretty good. :o I always wondered what became of it.

10-13-2009, 08:42 PM
a bent 40 frame. You will probably need a couple D9 Cats to straighten that out.

10-13-2009, 11:40 PM
Irbis has a rack.

10-14-2009, 12:42 AM
"irbis has a rack"

are all the 40's the same throughout all the years??? I have a 63

10-14-2009, 11:02 AM
Irbis Off Road in Aurora. He's a vendor here. 720-276-6697

40s are not the same through all the years. The frames are probably pretty close though, except for taillight changes in the later models.

10-14-2009, 09:29 PM
how much do you think it would cost to do the frame if it is straight from back to rear motor mount and then slightly curves from there to the front?

10-15-2009, 04:25 PM
I paid $250 to have my '65 FJ45 frame straightened at a shop in Colo Springs (Mike's Frame and Alignment). It was on the rack most of a day. It was pretty badly bent - it had been rear-ended and pushed into another car and both ends of the frame were out of whack. Some shops prefer to have the body on the truck, for visual alignment, but on an FJ, it might not matter much. I provided the frame dimension chart, but this shop did it by their own measurements and experience.

Air Randy
10-15-2009, 05:23 PM
Unless it's bent so bad that it goes down the road sideways, do you think a little tweak on the frame of a 40 will even be noticeable when you drive it? Were you having issues that prompted you to check the frame or did you discover it by accident?

10-19-2009, 05:39 PM
hey steveH do you still have that dimension chart?? i would buy you some starbucks for a copy of that... well i never drove it except when i backed it in the garage. i started dismantling for restore and noticed it looked bent on the pass side. this is the on that was in nederlands that had a plow on it.

10-21-2009, 10:40 AM
The dimension chart came from an early (say, 1967) service manual. Any of those paper copies (and presumably scanned ones) have the dimension charts. The only one I had was for an FJ45, so no good for your FJ40. I think www.birfield.com used to have those charts - or perhaps Mud. www.birfield.com is gone at this time. Unless the frame is hugely bent, I would do all your other work and (last step) get the frame pulled and have it aligned. If the frame is severely rusted, that could be an issue with straightening it.

10-21-2009, 12:05 PM

Go to IH8MUD.com, click on tech links at the top, scroll down to near the bottom of the page and there you go.

10-23-2009, 03:12 PM
subzali that is awesome!! thank you heaps

10-23-2009, 03:49 PM
There's a thread on MUD in the 40s section asking about whether a '73 and '77 frame are the same - there might be some more useful information in there...

10-24-2009, 01:30 PM
yeah i saw that. still waiting for more posts by others as i have a 63. there were quite a few differences made within those years.