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PhatFJ
10-20-2011, 05:00 PM
As some and maybe many of you know, I have been working on my 1975 for about a year now on and off between this and my 1970 trail rig. I still have some mechanical issues to work out but cosmetically she is in pretty nice shape, I have tried to keep her as original as possible within limits. She is by no means a concourse restoration, I just wanted to give her a new lease on life, removing all the rust I could find and putting on a fresh coat of paint (single stage urethane PPG Shop Line). I was VERY pleased with how the top turned out, I pulled it removed the gutter and re-riveted, sealed and painted it, it will not leak. New interior SOR and headliner, new dash pad. I left the 5" speaker holes in the rear that the PO had cut and installed some new Sony's in them, the stock radio does not work right now, I have installed a newer radio in the pocket for now. Anyhow, here are a few pics..


http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0923.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0924.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0925.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0895.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0891.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0910.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0903.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0911.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_0899.jpg

Romer
10-20-2011, 05:29 PM
can't see the pics. Must need a log in

RicardoJM
10-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Very nice Brian!

wesintl
10-20-2011, 06:21 PM
wowsers that's awesome Brian. Perfect for the TBP!

subzali
10-20-2011, 06:28 PM
Brian, that looks much better than I remember! You must have been putting a lot of work into it! It looks great! Did you fix the door with what you had or did you buy replacement panels etc.?

Romer
10-20-2011, 07:09 PM
Really cool. You have put a lot of work into it

PhatFJ
10-20-2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks guys!! I have really enjoyed this build. After I rebuilt the hinges, painted and resealed the doors with new weather striping I could not believe how solid they shut and how much quieter it was ( the new headliner helped also).

Wes, what is the TBP?


Brian, that looks much better than I remember! You must have been putting a lot of work into it! It looks great! Did you fix the door with what you had or did you buy replacement panels etc.?

Matt, I did replace the door, I found one in Vegas, the guy boxed it up and shipped it to me for $95.00, it had been tweaked a bit but was really easy to fix. I repaired the rest of the panels, cutting out rust and welding new material here is a link if you are interested with lots of pics, there is also an album for the Sill Plate replacement, it is really stout..

http://s274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/

SteveH
10-21-2011, 09:11 AM
Very sharp - congrats on a nice restoration!

corsair23
10-21-2011, 02:18 PM
VERY nice :thumb:

rover67
10-21-2011, 02:39 PM
Wow, that thing looks bitchin' Brian!!!

Nice work!!!!!!

Jacket
10-21-2011, 02:57 PM
Geez - holdin' out on us with this project. She's beautiful. So what was going on with the right rear quarter panel? It looks like a sill repair, except that it's too high to be the sill.

And was there something special you did with the gas tank pit, or did you just put down some extra primer to protect it for the future.

Seems like you started with a pretty nice body, but definitely made it 1000x better.

PhatFJ
10-22-2011, 08:31 AM
Very sharp - congrats on a nice restoration!

VERY nice :thumb:

Wow, that thing looks bitchin' Brian!!!

Nice work!!!!!!

Thanks Guys!!

Geez - holdin' out on us with this project. She's beautiful. So what was going on with the right rear quarter panel? It looks like a sill repair, except that it's too high to be the sill.

And was there something special you did with the gas tank pit, or did you just put down some extra to protect it for the future.

Seems like you started with a pretty nice body, but definitely made it 1000x better.

Matt, the right rear in addition to the sill repair had rusted through at the wheel well, as you will see in this pic, I had to replace the inside lip of the well along with the exterior panel patch.

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj265/briansci/1975%20FJ-40%20build/IMG_9816.jpg

Gas tank pit as well as some areas in the bead required some fill, I used an aluminized metal fill after wire brushed, alumina blasted and treated the rusted area with a rust convertor product.

She was in really good shape for the year, completeness and cost. My wish was to try and put her back as original as I could within reason. I think she will get many more years.

Caribou Sandstorm
10-24-2011, 09:34 AM
Man that is awesome! I really want one, some day.... Maybe I can just roll one over to your place for the resto work!!

PhatFJ
10-24-2011, 10:22 AM
Man that is awesome! I really want one, some day.... Maybe I can just roll one over to your place for the resto work!!

Hi Chris, thanks man! You get one, bring it over and I will help you as much as you want... :thumb: