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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 03:49 AM
1959 Fj25!

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 03:55 AM
Replaced the tail lights with something closer to original and got the wiring figured out. Put in clear bib lights, replaced the speedo cable, replaced the tailgate cables for chains, and swapped in the correct headlight/throttle/choke cables.

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 03:57 AM
Retrofitted the low toolbox seats from the 1960 into the 1959 so I could drive her...

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:00 AM
She needed some style...

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:03 AM
Ige and I have our Christmas cards ready :)

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:04 AM
I even drove her to work after changing all the fluids

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baja1d
05-30-2013, 05:49 AM
Rad

MountainGoat
05-30-2013, 06:01 AM
That is an awesome truck Mike. :thumb:

DenCo40
05-30-2013, 07:10 AM
Very Nice!

FJCDan
05-30-2013, 07:30 AM
Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!

Fishy
05-30-2013, 07:42 AM
Rad

Super Rad!

nuclearlemon
05-30-2013, 07:52 AM
did you do engine yet? did you use this? remember, our old gals need their zinc ;)

you forgot to mention that you did the true test of a rig and wheeled the composte heap too :lmao:

Dirt Claude
05-30-2013, 08:04 AM
What a classic!

FJBRADY
05-30-2013, 08:54 AM
Very nice.

DaveInDenver
05-30-2013, 08:55 AM
That's pretty awesome old iron.

treerootCO
05-30-2013, 02:32 PM
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Jacket
05-30-2013, 03:10 PM
It looked good in an urban environment as well. :cheers:

treerootCO
05-30-2013, 03:44 PM
It looked good in an urban environment as well. :cheers:

Were you surprised when you saw a guy in a 25 waving at you? :)


As of today, she has a name. I named her Hope....

Hope is the state which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life.

Jacket
05-30-2013, 05:23 PM
Were you surprised when you saw a guy in a 25 waving at you? :)



Nah - I've come to expect weird things when I drive around in the 40 - people are always waving/pointing/smiling and saying "nice jeep." I'm just glad for once that I knew who it was.

Hope is a beauty!

Rezarf
05-30-2013, 07:27 PM
So cool Mike, what a wonderful little rig. I gotta get a ride sometime in your fj25... very, very cool.

cruiseroutfit
05-30-2013, 10:56 PM
:cool:

Rzeppa
05-31-2013, 09:11 AM
Wow, that's too cool! Any under-hood pics? What did the fluids look like?

rover67
05-31-2013, 09:37 PM
thats sweet. jealous.

Shotshell
05-31-2013, 09:51 PM
Far out.

Rzeppa
06-01-2013, 11:43 AM
I showed the pictures to my wife and she reminded me that it was made the same year I was...

Pighead
06-06-2013, 08:49 PM
I think the '62 makes a more reliable DD...did you fix that smoke issue yet?

treerootCO
06-07-2013, 11:59 AM
I think the '62 makes a more reliable DD...did you fix that smoke issue yet?

The '59 smokes when I stop quickly. I'm thinking the valve seals are needing some attention and oil pooled on the head gets sucked in. No worries.

Wow, that's too cool! Any under-hood pics? What did the fluids look like?

Here is what the fluids looked like... Pretty sure there was some water in the transmission. The engine oil was good and black and the diffs actually looked green still.

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treerootCO
06-09-2013, 04:09 PM
I removed the hitch today. I'm thinking that looks a lot better...

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simps80
06-09-2013, 09:25 PM
nice work with the hot wrench, looks grrreat!

baja1d
06-10-2013, 08:08 AM
That thing is sooo cool in person!!! Thanks for bringing it down & I'm really glad that some of "Old Blue's" parts will still see the road...

rover67
06-10-2013, 10:25 AM
Man, it looks super clean.

It's crazy that it is so rust free.

treerootCO
06-10-2013, 12:50 PM
Big thank you to Travis :) the tire is mounted and the super sketchy steering will be put back to stock.

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J Kimmel
06-10-2013, 04:51 PM
dude that things got cool all over it

baja1d
06-11-2013, 07:17 AM
No problem Mike. That looks even cooler now!!!

treerootCO
07-27-2013, 05:17 PM
Thanks to Travis and Ige... no more sketchy steering!

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simps80
07-27-2013, 05:23 PM
Nice!!!
Love watching this one.

simps80
07-27-2013, 05:24 PM
Do I spy freshly plated hardware there ?

nuclearlemon
07-29-2013, 09:22 PM
nice...going to be at 40s only?

euroford
07-30-2013, 08:09 AM
wow! that thing is awesome!

Rzeppa
07-31-2013, 06:02 PM
nice...going to be at 40s only?

I thought that was for 40s...only? :p:

treerootCO
08-17-2013, 06:13 PM
Decided to twenty-five the 25 a little....

If anyone has another one of these style rear view mirrors, let me know. I may have offended the Cruiser gods by taking this off the '64.

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There are only a few acceptable bits of chrome allowed on a Cruiser ;)

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gr8fulabe
08-17-2013, 09:37 PM
Hey 'Root,
I can't help with the rear view mirror, but what's the full story on the side view mirror? I have one just like it, that I've had in a box of parts forever, and always assumed I was missing a part, since I couldn't figure out how to mount it to my 76. Is it specific to earlier trucks than mine? Is it OEM? Any other knowledge you can share would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Abe

treerootCO
08-18-2013, 09:46 AM
Hey 'Root,
I can't help with the rear view mirror, but what's the full story on the side view mirror? I have one just like it, that I've had in a box of parts forever, and always assumed I was missing a part, since I couldn't figure out how to mount it to my 76. Is it specific to earlier trucks than mine? Is it OEM? Any other knowledge you can share would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Abe

To answer your question, the early style just happens to match up with the windshield hinges. You can put the early style there even though Toyota never offered it that way to my knowledge. Up until 8/76, a '76 would have had the mirrors that bolt to the door hinge. Your doors would not have the bolt holes unless it was later than 8/76 production. All the early ones were painted the body color. Starting with the hinge style ('68) they all were pewter.

If you have a long arm and not the shorty style, I'll gladly trade you a new OEM shorty for the one you have.

Early style short arm bolted to windshield hinge
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Early style short arm bolted to the cowl - has the correct curve where the mirror attaches to the arm.
'64 to '68
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This is the correct arm and mirror head for an FJ25. The arm is much longer and the end that attaches to the mirror isn't curved. I am going to assume the early 40s used this style until stock was used up at the plant.
'58 to '63?
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There were two flavors with the later pictured here. The early, 1958 to 1963?, were longer arms. The short arms are still available new from Toyota as are the mirror heads (round and square). You can't see the curved end in this pic. I am guessing these are aftermarket and not OEM.
'64 to '68
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'68 to 8/76
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8/76 to 1984 - The bolt holes in the later thick doors showed up in 8/76 as well. Thick doors, without the provision for the mirror head, were the style above bolted to the hinges.
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treerootCO
11-09-2013, 05:03 PM
Big thanks to kbahus for the bumperettes. :)

Decided FJ25 soft top is bend to the inside based on the factory literature. Most trucks with the step (hardtop) the bend is to the outside.
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Jenny Cruiser
11-09-2013, 07:04 PM
http://cosprings.craigslist.org/pts/4140550774.html

treerootCO
11-24-2013, 09:44 AM
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treerootCO
01-03-2014, 10:48 AM
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subzali
01-03-2014, 12:02 PM
Looks familiar!
http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=12904&stc=1&d=1242791714

Jacket
01-03-2014, 12:02 PM
Nice.

treerootCO
10-21-2014, 12:35 PM
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Rzeppa
10-21-2014, 08:06 PM
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I saw that when it came out. Congratulations Mike!

treerootCO
10-21-2014, 08:21 PM
Simpson and I 25ed the 25 a little more. Went back to a generator to fix the charging issues

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1962 wiring diagram for reference ;)

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rover67
10-21-2014, 08:41 PM
somebody put an alternator on that thing??

how'd you come by the wiper motor? did it come with a spare 25?

Rzeppa
10-21-2014, 08:48 PM
somebody put an alternator on that thing??

how'd you come by the wiper motor? did it come with a spare 25?

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

treerootCO
10-21-2014, 08:49 PM
somebody put an alternator on that thing??

how'd you come by the wiper motor? did it come with a spare 25?

Sometimes you have to buy the whole rig to get the wiper arms you need. Three 25s? Nothing wrong with that

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Rzeppa
10-21-2014, 09:00 PM
Sometimes you have to buy the whole rig to get the wiper arms you need. Three 25s? Nothing wrong with that

What's the city of Wheat Ridge going to say about that? :p:

simps80
10-21-2014, 09:54 PM
There is something really fun about ripping off an ac delco alternator..walk 30 feet for an oem generator and bracket..put it on and fire up a 25 over a too hoppy beer..
Old iron is good for the soul
I love your trucks ...three 25s? Nothin wrong with that brother