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cbmontgo
07-05-2012, 11:24 AM
Basically just a repost from 'Mud, but I just picked up a 1980 here in the Denver area; she has some tub rust, but lots of potential. I've seen 79+ models that were a lot worse on the rust side than this one.

I bought it from a real nice guy who has some knowledge of Rising Sun; he really likes this site like I do and (like me), rarely makes meetings. Anyway, he listed it on Craigslist last weekend and it was a good fit for what I wanted.

OME suspension/greasable shackles with BFG T/A 33x10.50s mud terrains. Aftermarket grey wheels. 200 miles on everything. Drives great. Lots of service records starting in about 1983. Original paint and interior.

My plan is to camp and wheel her starting this weekend. By the end of summer, I will have a light cosmetic restoration done on the body and probably go back to the stock steelies for 1980. The Bestop soft top is also gonna be sold soon, as I have a Paki top and bows on the way. Other than that, just gonna be a fun rig.

Oh...and it is the exact color of my '76, so the neighbors will be very confused.

Uncle Ben
07-05-2012, 11:41 AM
Very very cool! Wheel that sweet machine!!!!

FJ 432
07-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Once I bought the Bestop I found out about the Paki top and always thought they were better looking. I would be interested in seeing the transformation of my old to me/ new to you FJ.

Take care Carson. It was nice meeting you.

Randy

cbmontgo
07-05-2012, 12:20 PM
Once I bought the Bestop I found out about the Paki top and always thought they were better looking. I would be interested in seeing the transformation of my old to me/ new to you FJ.

Take care Carson. It was nice meeting you.

Randy

Likewise, Randy. I will keep you posted for sure. It is a nice rig; thanks again!

Hulk
07-05-2012, 06:49 PM
Great 40! Congrats!

Rezarf
07-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Now we are talking, its awesome to see some new cruisers (cough, cough 40's!) around here. Looking great.

SteveH
07-06-2012, 09:41 AM
Nice truck! I restored a Jan. 1980 FJ40 2 years ago. I might have a few small parts - running board(s) for sure, and a left rear quarter panel (patch panel). Per my article in TT this month, it likely won't fit as a fender, but could be used for patching.

cbmontgo
07-06-2012, 10:09 AM
Nice truck! I restored a Jan. 1980 FJ40 2 years ago. I might have a few small parts - running board(s) for sure, and a left rear quarter panel (patch panel). Per my article in TT this month, it likely won't fit as a fender, but could be used for patching.

Thanks, Steve.

nattybumppo
07-06-2012, 01:06 PM
nice! congrats.

Shark Bait
07-06-2012, 08:41 PM
Very nice. I'm envious. :thumb:

nattybumppo
07-07-2012, 08:31 PM
Is this the one that was off the 6th ave frontage road? It sure looked nice from the highway.

cbmontgo
07-08-2012, 10:16 AM
Is this the one that was off the 6th ave frontage road? It sure looked nice from the highway.

Hey Sascha...I picked this one up on Craigslist over in Littleton.

cbmontgo
08-20-2012, 10:56 AM
Well, the rig is done. Just need to paint the hard top and doors, which should happen this week or weekend...

Also doing some fine tuning on the engine and replacing the cap/rotor/plug wires/etc this week with some good OEM parts.

Uncle Ben
08-20-2012, 11:03 AM
Shaaaweeeet! :)

Romer
08-20-2012, 11:34 AM
Shaaaweeeet! :)

Just what I was thinking:thumb:

subzali
08-20-2012, 11:39 AM
Lookin' good Carson!

FJ 432
08-20-2012, 12:01 PM
Wow. It's never looked better.

Can you tell me what you did?

Randy

cbmontgo
08-20-2012, 02:20 PM
Wow. It's never looked better.

Can you tell me what you did?

Randy

Randy,

Here's the rundown:

Cut out body rust
Installed Aqualu smooth corner panels (etched them prior to paint)
Stripped tub down to bare steel
Treated all surface rust with Eastwood Rust Encapsulator
Installed OEM wheels
Installed JT Outfitters front winch bumper (looking for an 8274)
Installed full-size spare
Installed new/used bib/grille
Painted her with Dupont single-stage

The tub is still far from perfect, but she's gonna be a trail rig and that's cool with me.

Lots of other small things, but that's the main chunk of it. Fine tuning the engine this week. Put in some new NGK plugs yesterday...

FJ 432
08-20-2012, 02:28 PM
Carson,

It looks fantastic. You're quite the painter. Did you do anything with the driver's floor? You could almost do a Fred Flintstone stop when I had it.

BTW, I got your text, thanks for keeping me up to date.

cbmontgo
08-20-2012, 02:37 PM
Carson,

It looks fantastic. You're quite the painter. Did you do anything with the driver's floor? You could almost do a Fred Flintstone stop when I had it.

BTW, I got your text, thanks for keeping me up to date.

Thanks, Randy.

I cut some sheet steel and painted it the same color as the body and then riveted it in. Serves the purpose...no more Fred Flinstone stops. I will kinda miss the exhaust heat that came up from that hole this winter though! :lmao:

rover67
08-20-2012, 02:58 PM
wow, looks really good! Congratulations!!

Rezarf
08-20-2012, 05:11 PM
That came out great! Makes me want to get aggressive on cleaning mine up a bit.

nattybumppo
08-20-2012, 08:43 PM
Man, Carson, that looks GREAT! Nice job.

Corbet
08-20-2012, 09:07 PM
beautiful. :thumb: When can I drop off mine for a quick resto?

SteveH
08-20-2012, 09:39 PM
That was speedy - looks great! Congrats on a great looking rig.

farnhamstj
08-21-2012, 09:39 AM
That looks awesome.

cbmontgo
08-21-2012, 11:06 AM
Thanks, guys.

subzali
08-21-2012, 11:20 AM
Thanks, Randy.

I cut some sheet steel and painted it the same color as the body and then riveted it in. Serves the purpose...no more Fred Flinstone stops. I will kinda miss the exhaust heat that came up from that hole this winter though! :lmao:

I've found that the cold air outweighs the radiant heat from the exhaust coming in, even in the winter :(

cbmontgo
09-04-2012, 01:43 PM
Well, I planned on taking the rig on the Ouray trip this past weekend, but had a carburetor issue that I needed to resolve. So, I rebuilt the carb and took the rig on Hidden Valley Road in Pike National Forest and ran low-range for the first time to give her a real-world test run on some of the wash-outs down there.

Running like a champ now. Rig does great with the OME lift. Kids had a great time.

RicardoJM
09-04-2012, 01:47 PM
Nice clean looking carb. Did you polish that Idle Cutoff Solenoid?

cbmontgo
09-04-2012, 01:49 PM
Nice clean looking carb. Did you polish that Idle Cutoff Solenoid?

Thanks. I bought a new one through Toyota. Pricey, but wanted to do it "while I was in there" as the old saying goes.

FJ 432
09-04-2012, 02:28 PM
Carson,

Are those the same seats? And could you take a picture of the front of your rig. I want to see the type of front bumper you put on.

As I mentioned before you really did a good job on the body. I'm impressed.

cbmontgo
09-04-2012, 02:51 PM
Carson,

Are those the same seats? And could you take a picture of the front of your rig. I want to see the type of front bumper you put on.

As I mentioned before you really did a good job on the body. I'm impressed.

Thanks, Randy.

Those are the same seats; the backs are in good shape, but the bottoms are pretty rough. When I bought the truck from you, it had seat covers on it, but I like the OEM look better (even when they are in bad shape!).

Here is a pic of the front. I bought the bumper from JT Outfitters; I really like the way it fits.

FJ 432
09-04-2012, 04:24 PM
Thanks for the picture and I like the front bumper. I lost my virginity with one of those seat springs so beware.

Cool plate number!

cbmontgo
09-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the picture and I like the front bumper. I lost my virginity with one of those seat springs so beware.

Cool plate number!

Ha! I'll keep that in mind. I need to get them reupholstered.

subzali
09-07-2012, 12:08 PM
Hey Carson, treeroot has repro OEM license plate brackets if you want one. I used one on mine and I really like the way it tucks it out of the way...
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=9687&stc=1&d=1215666296

corsair23
09-07-2012, 02:02 PM
Hey Carson, treeroot has repro OEM license plate brackets if you want one. I used one on mine and I really like the way it tucks it out of the way...


Nice :thumb: - About how much? My front plate sits in the cab but that is just begging for trouble IMO...

subzali
09-07-2012, 03:04 PM
Nice :thumb: - About how much? My front plate sits in the cab but that is just begging for trouble IMO...

I'm just passin' on the message - you'd have to work out the details with him ;)

corsair23
09-07-2012, 03:07 PM
I'm just passin' on the message - you'd have to work out the details with him ;)

That would be too easy :hill:

nattybumppo
09-07-2012, 03:43 PM
Ha! I'll keep that in mind. I need to get them reupholstered.

I have a guy for that. He is in Denver at 50th and Ivy. Did a good job on mine for a fair price.

cbmontgo
09-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Hey Carson, treeroot has repro OEM license plate brackets if you want one. I used one on mine and I really like the way it tucks it out of the way...
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=9687&stc=1&d=1215666296

Might look into that...definitely need one.

I have a guy for that. He is in Denver at 50th and Ivy. Did a good job on mine for a fair price.

Thanks!