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BeatDown84FJ60
07-20-2006, 12:50 AM
Hello my name is Justin, today I went and put down a little cash and by 3pm tomorrow I will own a beat up, dented up, bone stock 84 FJ60. I only had 1000 to work with so this is what I bought. I have had 2 Tacomas, IFS Lifted 89 4Runner on 33's, 854Runner Buggy (mostly just tube with 1/2 frame and front clip kind of lol), 92 reg cab v6 stock, 80 pickup 22re/rockcrawler/moneypit, assorted other unimportant vehicles, and now my 60. Needless to say I love Toyotas and have always wanted a TLC. Ideally wanted an FJ40 but with 1000 bucks, good luck. I plan on building my 60 for tough trails but not necesarrily rock-crawling. I have been lurking here on and off over the past few years as a mini-truck/taco/Runner guy but now that I have a 60 I felt it was time to join. I have already benefitted from the knowledge I have attained here and hope I can help with a little of my wisdom for the few that it can (especially if mini-truck related). Hope to catch one of the gatherings and wheel as long as my stocker can make it. Short list of plans/goals to be achieved in the next 8 months (I know youve heard it a million times before):Frugal SOA (cheap shocks, stock springs, stock shackles/no reversal, mild body repair(you'll see :rolleyes: ), krylon, 35's/cheapest black steelies available 15X10, lockright rear, most inexpensive Hi-steer (real hi-steer) if possible but still SAFE, beefcake crossmember, and a lot more knowledge of a landcruiser f series engine. Maybe eventually a mini-truck x-case with marlin gears but thats much later. Done blabbing for now, Ill try to get some pics around but not sure if I need to be a paying member of the site to post them, either way It'll just take a little longer to become a member. Location is Evergreen, Colorado will be a full member soon. Thanks!

Shark Bait
07-20-2006, 12:55 AM
Wlecome Justin! Glad to have you aboard. :grinpimp:

treerootCO
07-20-2006, 01:14 AM
welcome! :)

BeatDown84FJ60
07-20-2006, 02:16 AM
Im liking Proffits kit so far, just need to get a welder. Lot's of IH8MUD influence here it seems.........

Red_Chili
07-20-2006, 07:21 AM
Us mini fellers try to keep that mud influence in check...
Talk to Dave Rios at General Air on South Santa Fe, he will take care of you on the welder- tell him I told you to swing by. Miller 175 is hard to beat.
Welcome!

Rzeppa
07-20-2006, 08:27 AM
Welcome Justin! You didn't need to wait until you got a cruiser to join, we welcome minis, runers, tacos, FJCs, any Toyota 4x4. Anyway, glad to have ya. BTW, I'm in Kittredge, CJ and Scott are both in Evergreen. I have a decent size garage w/welder too ;-)

nakman
07-20-2006, 08:43 AM
Welcome! Do you know Colorado Toy Specialists in Conifer? Joe knows it all, if you ever get over you head and need a pro.. quick drive up 73.

The more you tinker with that 2F the more you'll like it. Hope to see you at an event or meeting soon! :cheers:

nuclearlemon
07-20-2006, 08:44 AM
welcome justin

BeatDown84FJ60
07-20-2006, 09:00 AM
Yeah I know Joe up at CTS, and Rick up at TLC Auto. Both Really good guys. Thanks for the warm welcome and the offers. It will be a little while before I cut into the beast but Ill be there soon. Ill have my pics today. I cant justify buying an OME lift for 1300 bucks when a spring over can be done for seemingly the same cost so Ill definitely be picking up that welder. Proffit does cut and turn for 400 on the front and the rear is no problem for me so the way I see it it can be done for the cost of a welder, proffits labor, perches, brakelines, driveshafts, tires, lockers, oooohhh no its happening again! That list gets bigger the closer I get lol.

mhdsummers
07-20-2006, 10:23 AM
Welcome. I bought a factory reconditioned Hobart 175 from Tool King on 6th and Simms.
Paid about $400 plus tax. Great welder so far.
Good luck.

IanB
07-20-2006, 11:14 AM
Welcome!

(get a TIG) :bowdown: GTAW :weld:

wesintl
07-20-2006, 11:38 AM
Ill try to get some pics around but not sure if I need to be a paying member of the site to post them, either way It'll just take a little longer to become a member. Location is Evergreen, Colorado will be a full member soon. Thanks!

Welcome :cheers: ,

We do allow pics by non members but for unlimited attachments and access for uploads to the gallery you must become a member. :blah:

BeatDown84FJ60
07-20-2006, 10:41 PM
Ok Ill see how many pics it'll allow me. Thanks for the welcome guys. This truck is going to need some work, already plan on sawzalling the bottom of the quarter panels rear of the back tires below the beauty line, nailing that rust with a grinder and pulling the dents out far enough to make it look ok. A new fender and two front doors are in order as well even though they do all shut and lock the pass. front door is in dire need of replacement. The inner sheetmetal on the front pass. side is bent in a little bit but if I pull it out about 2 inches I can get a straight fender on there without hood interference. Drives straighter than an arrow strangely :bowdown: . I dont have the energy, money or time to restore this vehicle but I do plan on making it my full-time wheeler and for now a full-time dd as well. Enough blabbing on to the pics and then I shall begin a build-up thread soon in a different category. BTW had to say it, it has a little heater under the front passenger seat with controls for the person in back :D :cheers: Gotta get a welder soon, what's the norm for crossover steering on these beasts?? So much to do. Can't get pics to load for some reason.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j8/buggyboy_2006/FJ60fromdayone001.jpg

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Rzeppa
07-21-2006, 08:28 AM
Can't get pics to load for some reason.The usual reason is that they might be too big. Limit is 150kB per photo. When you hit the upload button in the manage attachments screen, it will tell you if they were too big or not. Welcome aboard and happy cruisin'!

wesintl
07-21-2006, 12:38 PM
Looks like it'll be a good wheeler :)

BeatDown84FJ60
07-22-2006, 01:21 PM
I think it'll do pretty well. It's a bigger vehicle than I am used to but I think it should work out, just hope the birfields live through the extra weight, although these do seem to be beefier axles than the mini-truck axles they still look pretty much the same which means I know how to work on them :thumb: . Hope to get the body work done first while I save up cash for spring-over, lockers, tires, and some steel to make some bumpers and rocker guards (square of course I dont know how to bend tube lol). Ill post up when the paint job is done in a new build-up thread. I was also wondering something. Why do people buy OME/Daker, Ironman, and other 4 inch lift kits for these cruisers for $1000 dollars plus when for the price of proffits kit, some welding, and crossover you get more ground clearance below springs, better steering, more flex (it seems through my research), and you can fit bigger tires? Welding is a pita and paying people to weld for you is expensive but it seems more cost effective to me, especially if you can do most of the work yourself.

farnhamstj
07-23-2006, 10:01 PM
I believe there is a rear crossmember issue on soa 60's. Welcome to the board.