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Hulk
01-03-2011, 06:14 PM
I was thinking this weekend about Rising Sun and TLCA, and how the FJ40 played a huge role in the formation of both clubs. As the 40 becomes older, it's less and less likely that our members own, or have ever owned, an FJ40. So I thought I'd start a poll to see if this is true.

corsair23
01-03-2011, 06:29 PM
Need an "Own a FJ40, but it is rarely driven and I should really sell it" option :hill:

art hog
01-03-2011, 06:47 PM
I've never owned a 40, But I have a 55 which is, I think, about the same in this context. I did have a 45LV, 2 in-fact, but they never ran. I would like a 40 and prefer the older land cruisers. It just does not seem like wheeling with the new models.

jacdaw
01-03-2011, 07:51 PM
I will never own a 40 and wouldn't drive one if it were given to me. I owned an early Bronco in the nineties and my kidneys hate a 90ish" wheel base. But my savings towards a 55 continues to grow.:thumb:

All that said, I love to look at 40s, and photos of RS members 40s grace my screen saver.

Inukshuk
01-03-2011, 08:10 PM
I had a rolling chassis for a few weeks and briefly took care of the white one that someone now owns (I forget who, sorry). But it was the 40 that got me to buy a 60.

PhatFJ
01-03-2011, 08:27 PM
Proud owner of 1970- Heavy Mods trail rig and a 1975 stocker.. I just love going out on these COLD days, pulling the choke cable and hearing the straight six pop, sputter a bit then smooth out happy to run.. Wow how I missed this!! What a great feeling :D This is all after I owned a 2007 FJ Cruiser and drove it for 1.5 years.. I will stay with the classic..

FJBRADY
01-03-2011, 08:28 PM
Got one and it runs :drumsticks:

nuclearlemon
01-03-2011, 08:28 PM
i voted yes since i still have an fj45

FJ40zen
01-03-2011, 08:56 PM
It took my over 30 years to finally get to a place and time when I could have a 40 and you'd have to pry my dead fingers away from it to get it away from me...;)

DenCo40
01-03-2011, 09:29 PM
Like a fool I sold my 76 fj40 in 1989. Took me almost 20 years to get another one. Now I have it and it's like having a brand new truck. Only I am constantly shopping for new stuff for it..

nakman
01-03-2011, 10:33 PM
yeah I think 45's count, Terry.. and if there was a "don't own a 40 anymore but want to get another one some day" selection that's the one I'd have picked. :beer:

Uncle Ben
01-03-2011, 10:37 PM
I will always own a 40. Nuf said....

Shark Bait
01-03-2011, 10:47 PM
I've owned one or more 40s since 1990. I don't drive the one I have any more. All this talk about 100s has got me thinking. Hmmm..... :rolleyes:

Caribou Sandstorm
01-03-2011, 11:34 PM
I would have selected the "don't have one but want to own one someday", if it was an option..

DanS
01-04-2011, 01:52 AM
Does an HJ-45 count?:p:

When it runs (fingers crossed less than a year from now) it will do daily driver duty for me.

I'll also DD Dad's 40 for a month or two to "work out the kinks" after all I've done to it. I figure with that much work, I'm bound to have forgotten a hose clamp or five, and I'd rather have it act up on me than him.... That's really just a way to justify stealing his 40 for a while. ;)

Dan

Dr. Schlegs
01-04-2011, 02:03 AM
I have had my 40 for over 15 years at this point. I love old iron:)

Corbet
01-04-2011, 04:03 AM
I've had one since 1998. Was my DD until totaled by engine fire in 2001. :bawl: Has not run since but will again one day, I promise. :thumb:

farnhamstj
01-04-2011, 09:30 AM
Owned a 78 fj40 and was my daily driver for 6 years. Then I had kids. I choose to spend my free time interacting with my family instead of in the garage nursing my trusty old steed.

Air Randy
01-04-2011, 09:43 AM
Can you vote more than once if you've had more than 1 40? :D We currently have a 69 and a 74 in the stable, had a 1980 for a short time as well as a 76 pig.

nick in nebraska
01-05-2011, 08:42 AM
I own a total of 3. Only one runs and is my trail rig.

LETSROLL
01-05-2011, 10:35 AM
I have one. But I made a mistake. It's so clean and almost no rust that I feel like I can't modify it without ruining it. Now I have a 40 that bsacially goes to the mall. (that's a bit of a lie as I did the 40s run last summer). Oh well. Another 40 maybe? Probably not, I'm more likely to round out the collection with an early 4Runner or a 60 Series!

PabloCruise
01-05-2011, 10:46 AM
No option for "I own an FJ-40 AND the majestic FJ-55 Iron Pig"?

:D

PabloCruise
01-05-2011, 10:49 AM
Owned a 78 fj40 and was my daily driver for 6 years. Then I had kids. I choose to spend my free time interacting with my family instead of in the garage nursing my trusty old steed.

Sounds tough on the nipples! :D

PhatFJ
01-05-2011, 01:59 PM
Now here is the REAL question.. Do we own our 40's? Or, do they own us?? :eek:

SteveH
01-05-2011, 04:18 PM
I've had my '78 FJ40 since 1990, when it almost qualified as 'young'. In the intervening years, I've owned a '45 LWB pickup, '55, '60, '80, 1st gen 4Runner, 3rd gen 4Runner, and a few assorted Fords and Chevys - but I've always kept the '78. I'm restoring a 1980 FJ40, so now I have two FJ40s in the stable. I"m not sure what I'll do with it when I'm done restoring it. After the time I've put into it, I may never be able to part with it - sniff!

subzali
01-05-2011, 04:48 PM
I was thinking this weekend about Rising Sun and TLCA, and how the FJ40 played a huge role in the formation of both clubs. As the 40 becomes older, it's less and less likely that our members own, or have ever owned, an FJ40. So I thought I'd start a poll to see if this is true.

I think this poll blows your theory. At least for now. :D


Glad to see the 40 is still running strong!

Kenon698
01-05-2011, 05:11 PM
I have always liked to 40s. Now I am the proud owner of one and LOVE it.

Hulk
01-05-2011, 05:36 PM
I think this poll blows your theory. At least for now. :D

Glad to see the 40 is still running strong!

Yes, I think you're right. I'm surprised at how many folks still own a 40.

Uncle Ben
01-05-2011, 05:57 PM
How many are on the road and importantly daily drivers? That's the real question. I was a FJ40 owner but it didn't scratch the itch. Spending 14 hours driving to Christmas with the family struck me as punishment and coming from a 22R-E Hilux driver that is really saying something. Betcha the number of people who drive them daily is a single hand affair.

Why does that matter? I don't even drive my 80 daily. The question was who has owned or owns. Resist the PE urge of adding "what ifs" and just let the question lay! (....yes, I am down on PE's again...sorry....it's not personal!"

MDH33
01-12-2011, 01:01 PM
A better question would be; how many people own 40's and drive them on a trail at least once a year? There's a lot of parts rigs, projects, and garage queens out there. :hill:

corsair23
01-12-2011, 01:26 PM
A better question would be; how many people own 40's and drive them on a trail at least once a year? There's a lot of parts rigs, projects, and garage queens out there. :hill:

I think I resemble that last one...:o - although I'm not sure my 40 qualifies as a "queen", maybe just a lowly princess...:rolleyes:

Does it count that I started it up last weekend and backed it out of the garage?

rover67
01-12-2011, 01:51 PM
I've been driving mine every day for a few months now...

:D

Jacket
01-12-2011, 06:05 PM
A better question would be; how many people own 40's and drive them on a trail at least once a year? There's a lot of parts rigs, projects, and garage queens out there. :hill:

You mean that having a bezel hanging from a hook in your garage doesn't count as "owning a 40?" :flamingo:

jacdaw
01-12-2011, 06:15 PM
You mean that having a bezel hanging from a hook in your garage doesn't count as "owning a 40?" :flamingo:Depends...is it hanging upside-down?:D

BreckBJ44
01-13-2011, 11:06 AM
I boomeranged to the 40. My first car I bought myself was a 40 and then I went through other land cruisers and back to the 40(4).

'81 FJ40 -> '87 FJ60 -> '95 FZJ80 -> '81 BJ44

go figure!

subzali
01-13-2011, 11:42 AM
I've been driving mine every day for a few months now...

:D

Pictures?

rover67
01-13-2011, 11:52 AM
Pictures?

dosen't look too different than the last time.. the body is still the same...

subzali
01-13-2011, 12:01 PM
You don't have the PP tub on yet?

rover67
01-13-2011, 12:05 PM
You don't have the PP tub on yet?
Nope, no time lately...

it sits in the garage and waits.

I need to focus on some other things right now unfortunately.

OK, back on topic!

Rezarf
01-15-2011, 12:56 AM
11 years as my DD.

sardi55
01-15-2011, 10:54 AM
opinion needed. I have and 80 and a 60 right now but have the oppurtunity to buy my first 40 will I love it or hate it? Should I sell the sixty and devote the 40 to being my trail rig?:confused:

TIMZTOY
01-15-2011, 12:28 PM
opinion needed. I have and 80 and a 60 right now but have the oppurtunity to buy my first 40 will I love it or hate it? Should I sell the sixty and devote the 40 to being my trail rig?:confused:

Get a mini ! :D

bomber22
01-15-2011, 01:32 PM
I have owned my 1978 fj 40 since 1999, dosn't run now do to a spun crank rod bearing. also own a 2000 toyota tundra limited. have owned a 1982 toyota mini 4x4 , 1986 toyota mini 4x4 and a 1999 toyota mini 4x4. You could say I LIKE TOYOTA 4X4'S.

sardi55
01-15-2011, 03:27 PM
I've had my fair share of minis and love them, just looking for something a little different this time.

Air Randy
01-15-2011, 07:50 PM
opinion needed. I have and 80 and a 60 right now but have the oppurtunity to buy my first 40 will I love it or hate it? Should I sell the sixty and devote the 40 to being my trail rig?:confused:

Depends on what you want to do with it. The 60 will probably ride smoother and be more comfortable during inclement weather.

But I love my 40 :D there is just no substitute for the way they ride, handle and smell. Not to say any of those things are good, just unique. They are far from perfect but if you really like old school you will enjoy a 40.

PabloCruise
01-15-2011, 09:30 PM
Nothing like going topless!

nattybumppo
01-15-2011, 11:04 PM
Now here is the REAL question.. Do we own our 40's? Or, do they own us?? :eek:

Love this comment! A 40 was my first four wheel drive back in my college days. The one I have now is the same model year. The color is different, but the smells, sounds, and ride is the same. Getting another 40 made me feel 30 years younger in a snap. I love my 40. It is THE ICON! There is no substitute. For all you "I want to own one someday" guys, get busy. They, and you are not getting any younger!

MDH33
01-16-2011, 09:38 AM
Depends on what you want to do with it. The 60 will probably ride smoother and be more comfortable during inclement weather.

But I love my 40 :D there is just no substitute for the way they ride, handle and smell. Not to say any of those things are good, just unique. They are far from perfect but if you really like old school you will enjoy a 40.

Well said. :thumb: :zilla:

Old40Dog
01-16-2011, 10:39 AM
But I love my 40 :D there is just no substitute for the way they ride, handle and smell. Not to say any of those things are good, just unique. They are far from perfect but if you really like old school you will enjoy a 40.

Well stated Randy!

I've own my '72 40 since 1990. Its been a project for quite a few years now, so I bought the '69 40 so I had a 40 to drive until it's complete cause just missed driving it.

The first time my daughter Rachel (Minimidna) rode in Zach's pig (Zironpig) last year she said "it smells smells just like dad's old Landcruiser did when I rode in it as a kid". We now have a mini, taco, 3fe 80, 1fz 80 and a 55 in the family and the 40 is still my fav to drive. Of course I'm old school....what else would you expect from an old 40 dog!

sardi55
01-17-2011, 08:15 AM
sounds like a 40 has exactly what I am looking for. That good old school truck that is easy to become emotionally attached to. Thanks for the input guys, now the search begins for a 40!