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Old40Dog
11-10-2009, 10:02 PM
We bought my son Zach's first Landcruiser tonight. :cool::cool::cool:

It's an all original, one owner 1978 FJ55 and he's flyin'high. Zach is 15 and is just ready to get his permit. He's helped me with my '69 FJ40 last winter getting her ready for Moab. I think I got him hooked!:D

He'd like to take the "Iron Pig" to Moab and Area BFE next spring if we can get her ready in time so I can take him on some of the beginner trails. It only has 116K original miles on her and the engine sounds great. It previously passed emissions in June (2,500 miles ago) with no significant oil leaks visible. Of course, I only had a limited run with her. Most of the issues seem to be with the rust on the body, :weld: but we'd like to know of other potential problems to look for. Interior is in great shape and drive train seems to be sound.

I don't have any pics yet, but with any luck, he'll bring her to the next RS meeting.

He's thinking of the forum name "ZIronPig" and would like to hear from you on this and any ideas about the 55. :thumb: We'll get him set up on the forum in the next few days, but post here for now and he'll look thru mt username.

Thanks for you input!

Romer
11-10-2009, 10:05 PM
Congrats

BTW - membership here is a family membership. PM Hulk his screen name and he will notate him as a member. Also PM Carlton to include him as part of your registration

TIMZTOY
11-10-2009, 10:05 PM
Congrats zack. Now just get your dad to fix his pinion:thumb:

Old40Dog
11-10-2009, 10:08 PM
I'm focused on Moab and several other rear axle items i want to address. Besides, I can hijack his 55 now until I get mine fixed, hehe:D

RockRunner
11-10-2009, 10:09 PM
Congrats Zack, that is a great rig. Have fun building it up and driving it once you get your license :D

Old40Dog
11-10-2009, 10:16 PM
Yeah! I don't think he's going to sleep tonight!

He's kinda bummed that he's got a Boy Scout outing this weekend and won't be able to help with the pick up. Guess Idelle and I will have to get it and take her for a ride after we get her home.;)

I'm so glad I didn't have any influence over his final decision:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Hulk
11-10-2009, 11:09 PM
Sounds really cool. Just don't get too attached to the Pig yourself -- first cars usually get wrecked. At least, that's what I did, and so did most of my teenage friends. Of course, I had zero money, so I used to buy mismatched tires from wrecked cars at the junk yard. That might have had something to do with it.

Old40Dog
11-10-2009, 11:24 PM
I understand! I wrecked my first car, run into the rear of a 65 Mustang sliding doen an ice packed road in PA on my way to school to avoid a collission with an uncoming school bus. Not a fun call to may Dad. Then promptly repaired the damage and drove the car the next 5 years. But that's why he got a tank to drive for under $1K. No big $$$ loss. Plus there will be a lot of his sweat in this project which might make him more cautious and I hope it doesn't get destroyed if he does hit something.

Gotta say though that he has had many items (bike, motorcycles, guitars) growing up...and all of them are in pretty good shape after much usage. Been a great kid. He's currently workng a a great life achievement that he should complete in the next 1-1 1/2 years. If he's successful, and I believe he will be, then I gotta top the 55 as a reward...don't know yet what that might be...maybe an 80? But he's really like the rare stuff...so we'll have to wait and see.

Thanks!

Shark Bait
11-11-2009, 05:35 AM
Very cool! I miss my FJ55. Can't wait to see some pics. :clap:

FJBRADY
11-11-2009, 06:52 AM
Congratulations ZIronpig!

RicardoJM
11-11-2009, 08:10 AM
Congratulations Zach - very cool and unique truck. Enjoy your new project.

Corbet
11-11-2009, 08:16 AM
Congrats on the purchase. I can't wait to start building a truck with Bridger but at 6 1/2 weeks old I've got a time to wait. At least a year or two anyway :D

I've thought about getting some vanity plates "Bridger" for the 60 next spring when its registration comes up. Put them on and wait to see how long it takes the :Princess: to notice.

I'm a pretty firm believer that if a kid has some sweat equity into a vehicle it will make them appreciate it more and in theory maybe think twice about doing something too stupid behind the wheel.

MDH33
11-11-2009, 08:56 AM
Very cool. Congrats on the Pig acquisition Zach and Dave.

POST PICS when you get it home. :)

PabloCruise
11-11-2009, 11:36 AM
We need Pig Pics!!!

Uncle Ben
11-11-2009, 11:44 AM
We need Pig Pics!!!

Be careful of what you ask for!

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/art/PigArt.jpg http://www.liveeverett.com/Portals/3/flying%20pig.jpg http://www.evangelicalright.com/pig-races.jpg http://sugarmtnfarm.com/blog/uploaded_images/GanderWithPetPigCDSCF3270-725184.jpg http://boingboing.net/images/pig-kisserwegweg.jpg

Old40Dog
11-11-2009, 12:30 PM
We're working on some REAL Pig pics.

Zach should be on the forum tonight for a bit. He's getting his screen name registered today "ZIron Pig".:risingsun

wesintl
11-11-2009, 12:33 PM
We're working on some REAL Pig pics.

Zach should be on the forum tonight for a bit. He's getting his screen name registered today "ZIron Pig".:risingsun

so much for "New55Dog" :lmao:

Old40Dog
11-11-2009, 12:43 PM
so much for "New55Dog" :lmao:

But we now have both dogs and pigs in the club too :cool: Obama would be so proud of us!:bowdown:

PabloCruise
11-11-2009, 07:40 PM
Be careful of what you ask for!

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/art/PigArt.jpg http://www.liveeverett.com/Portals/3/flying%20pig.jpg http://www.evangelicalright.com/pig-races.jpg http://sugarmtnfarm.com/blog/uploaded_images/GanderWithPetPigCDSCF3270-725184.jpg http://boingboing.net/images/pig-kisserwegweg.jpg

Those are quality!!!

SROR/AKA 2BAD
11-12-2009, 10:25 AM
another cruiser in evergreen.....:D

MDH33
11-12-2009, 10:59 AM
another cruiser in evergreen.....:D

Speaking of cruisers in Evergreen, are you opening up shop here?? :)

Old40Dog
11-12-2009, 03:10 PM
So here's the long awaited pic....in all of its rusty glory. Drum roll please!!!:rant:

PabloCruise
11-12-2009, 03:22 PM
Yippee!!!

Congratulations!

Nothing beats a Pig -:thumb:

farnhamstj
11-12-2009, 03:41 PM
Cool, did it come with a plow?

SROR/AKA 2BAD
11-12-2009, 04:21 PM
Speaking of cruisers in Evergreen, are you opening up shop here?? :)

nope, i'm using a buddy of mines shop in denver.
i wish i had a place to work at home.

MountainGoat
11-12-2009, 05:02 PM
:cool: Nice ride! :thumb:

Old40Dog
11-13-2009, 05:26 AM
Yep! Working Meyers 6.5' plow included.

The PO used it for plowing his drive in Evergreen for many years. The clutch master cylinder was bad and he thought there was a problem with the transmission. So he wanted to get it out of the drive before winter and now its Zach's. New clutch master cylinder and its fine. :lmao:

farnhamstj
11-13-2009, 08:36 AM
Sweet, Zach can start a plow & shoveling business. Drivers License? We don't need no stinking license.

Hulk
11-13-2009, 12:19 PM
Awesome truck!

timmbuck2
11-13-2009, 12:55 PM
nice!! always happy to see a piggie on the road

Old40Dog
11-15-2009, 11:52 AM
Now for the first real tech question...

2F engine, one jet in the carb with fuel going through it when you pump the accelerator the other is completely dry. Anything short of a complete carb rebuild to correct this?

riderjgs
11-15-2009, 03:14 PM
Looks like at least some body rust. If you have rusty doors, I have a complete set of 4 late model doors (rounded upper front corners, no vent windows on the fronts) showing no rust and what appears to be original paint. Glass and mechanisms intact but no interior panels or hardware. I'm in Grand Junction...delivery could be arranged.
Good luck...you'll find the 55 fun and educational.

ZIronPig
11-15-2009, 07:23 PM
Hey everyone i woulod like to thank you guys for all of the coments you've left about the 55. I can't wait to bring it to a meeting soon. I know I am going to have a lot of fun with it and I am looking forward to it. :D

Old40Dog
11-17-2009, 10:40 AM
Got the carb problem fixed. :)

Vacuum line on what looks like an advance that runs down the side and connects under the carb was removed from the underside of the carb and plugged with a screw. :hill: Tube where it's supposed to connect on the underside of the carb was open.:hill::hill:

We'll install new spark plugs this weekend and then take 'er in for emissions next week! :thumb:

subzali
11-17-2009, 12:11 PM
you can check here to see if your engine is original to the truck (or at least have a certain level of certainty that it is):
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/82256-2f-serial-number-info.html

Then you can go here and make sure the carb is the right year for your engine/linkage/emissions equipment:
http://www.sor.com/sor/cat042.tam?xax=17170&page%2Ectx=cat042%2Etam

I and others would recommend getting a Toyota FSM, including the emissions manual, or else a Haynes is an ok substitute I have found. Then you can trace your emissions and vacuum controls and make sure all that stuff is working before you take it in.

Good luck, great project! Like UB said it would be nice to have a swimming pool of electrolyte to do a full body rust removal from these bad boys!

60wag
11-17-2009, 12:20 PM
Now for the first real tech question...

2F engine, one jet in the carb with fuel going through it when you pump the accelerator the other is completely dry. Anything short of a complete carb rebuild to correct this?


The accel pump only puts gas down the primary barrel. The secondary is opened by a vacuum diaphram that has likely failed.

Old40Dog
11-22-2009, 11:36 AM
you can check here to see if your engine is original to the truck (or at least have a certain level of certainty that it is):
http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series-tech/82256-2f-serial-number-info.html

Then you can go here and make sure the carb is the right year for your engine/linkage/emissions equipment:
http://www.sor.com/sor/cat042.tam?xax=17170&page%2Ectx=cat042%2Etam

I and others would recommend getting a Toyota FSM, including the emissions manual, or else a Haynes is an ok substitute I have found. Then you can trace your emissions and vacuum controls and make sure all that stuff is working before you take it in.

Good luck, great project! Like UB said it would be nice to have a swimming pool of electrolyte to do a full body rust removal from these bad boys!


01/1978 FJ55 Serial #84495, Engine #238208 which checks out on the SOR 2F Engine weblisting for production date/engine match. So, I'm even more confident that this is original truck/engine combo. Thanks for the info on checking this out.

I have a Toyota chassis manual, but never picked up the engine manual as both of my 40's have chevy transplants. Guess it's time to try and find one.

Rust removal begins Thursday while the turkey is roasting :thumb:

rover67
11-22-2009, 02:17 PM
Super cool!! Have fun!!

PabloCruise
11-23-2009, 11:23 AM
Rust removal begins Thursday while the turkey is roasting :thumb:

Keep the pics coming!

jacdaw
11-23-2009, 11:31 AM
I've bveen watching this thread with great interest. After much flip flopping, and even test driving a couple 60s, I've decided that of all the FJs, only a Pig actually fits my personality. As soon as my MC sells, a Pig will be mine.:D

MDH33
11-24-2009, 09:52 AM
I've bveen watching this thread with great interest. After much flip flopping, and even test driving a couple 60s, I've decided that of all the FJs, only a Pig actually fits my personality. As soon as my MC sells, a Pig will be mine.:D

Seen this one John?

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22503

:thumb:

jacdaw
11-24-2009, 01:50 PM
Seen this one John?

http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22503

:thumb:Too rich for my blood. I have expressed interest in a local example with a really nicely built 2F (and admittedly some rust to fix), but I'm still a little short on the funds. If the owner does not give up on me, we'll be keeping it in the family.
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n204/johncleirigh/FJ55/piggie.gif

Old40Dog
11-25-2009, 07:55 AM
Too rich for my blood. I have expressed interest in a local example with a really nicely built 2F (and admittedly some rust to fix), but I'm still a little short on the funds. If the owner does not give up on me, we'll be keeping it in the family.
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n204/johncleirigh/FJ55/piggie.gif

John,

You may want to check this one out if you haven't already. It needs some interior work in addition to the normal rust stuff that Zach thought was too much for him to undertake. No power brakes and 3 on the tree. It also has a dent in the rear gate (repairable) where PO backed into a tree. Seems to be in fairly decent mechanical shape (some work already done) for a 1970. Its actually located in a storage yard near E470 & Iliff. Its been on CL for sometime now, so I believe Larry is open to offers on this pig.

http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1455953212.html

jacdaw
11-26-2009, 02:22 AM
Thanks Dave, I have a CL widget looking for Piggies, and saw that ad. Tempting, but I need to not give up on the one that first got my pulse racing. I'm a monogamous luster. ;) But a guy can have a back up plan.

John,

You may want to check this one out if you haven't already. It needs some interior work in addition to the normal rust stuff that Zach thought was too much for him to undertake. No power brakes and 3 on the tree. It also has a dent in the rear gate (repairable) where PO backed into a tree. Seems to be in fairly decent mechanical shape (some work already done) for a 1970. Its actually located in a storage yard near E470 & Iliff. Its been on CL for sometime now, so I believe Larry is open to offers on this pig.

http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1455953212.html

ZIronPig
11-28-2009, 02:53 PM
Here are some pics of me with the Iron Pig!:)

Thinking I might start a thread on the project. Whatca think? :confused:

Zach
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MDH33
11-28-2009, 04:11 PM
Zach, That's a beauty. What's the plan? :thumb:

ZIronPig
11-28-2009, 05:26 PM
Zach, That's a beauty. What's the plan? :thumb:

At this point the rust repair :weld: is what I am concentrating on. The running gear seems to be in ok shape for now.

My dad said that you live near by and if you want to take a look, you're welcome to come by. Just send me a PM for directions. If not, we'll see you Wednesday at RS.

subzali
11-28-2009, 06:49 PM
Zach, if you're going to be spending much time in those positions I will suggest you buy some knee pads. Your knees will thank you. Or maybe some rolling stools...

ZIronPig
11-28-2009, 07:25 PM
Zach, if you're going to be spending much time in those positions I will suggest you buy some knee pads. Your knees will thank you. Or maybe some rolling stools...

Good point Matt. I think my dad's got a pair of pads hanging around somewhere.

PabloCruise
11-29-2009, 11:14 PM
Here are some pics of me with the Iron Pig!:)

Thinking I might start a thread on the project. Whatca think? :confused:

Zach
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Yep! You need to start a thread on this!!!

PabloCruise
11-29-2009, 11:17 PM
Zach,

In response to your PM - this is a very good resource for troubleshooting rear window gremlins:

http://forum.ih8mud.com/fj55-iron-pig-preservation-society/323706-rear-window-article-available-gary-s.html

ZIronPig
11-30-2009, 10:14 PM
Zach,

In response to your PM - this is a very good resource for troubleshooting rear window gremlins:

http://forum.ih8mud.com/fj55-iron-pig-preservation-society/323706-rear-window-article-available-gary-s.html

Thanks a bunch! Turns out the safety switch was bad. :thumb: Not that hard of a fix.:D

ZIronPig
12-07-2009, 01:30 PM
Yep! You need to start a thread on this!!!

Here is the Project thread :cool: http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=11584