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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:49 AM
1959 Fj25!

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treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:55 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, 04:57 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, 05:00 AM
She needed some style...

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

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

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baja1d
05-30-2013, 06:49 AM
Rad

MountainGoat
05-30-2013, 07:01 AM
That is an awesome truck Mike. :thumb:

DenCo40
05-30-2013, 08:10 AM
Very Nice!

FJCDan
05-30-2013, 08:30 AM
Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!

Fishy
05-30-2013, 08:42 AM
Rad

Super Rad!

nuclearlemon
05-30-2013, 08:52 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, 09:04 AM
What a classic!

LXBRADY
05-30-2013, 09:54 AM
Very nice.

DaveInDenver
05-30-2013, 09:55 AM
That's pretty awesome old iron.

treerootCO
05-30-2013, 03:32 PM
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Jacket
05-30-2013, 04:10 PM
It looked good in an urban environment as well. :cheers:

treerootCO
05-30-2013, 04:44 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, 06:23 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, 08:27 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, 11:56 PM
:cool:

Rzeppa
05-31-2013, 10:11 AM
Wow, that's too cool! Any under-hood pics? What did the fluids look like?

rover67
05-31-2013, 10:37 PM
thats sweet. jealous.

TheHoneyBadger
05-31-2013, 10:51 PM
Far out.

Rzeppa
06-01-2013, 12:43 PM
I showed the pictures to my wife and she reminded me that it was made the same year I was...

Pighead
06-06-2013, 09:49 PM
I think the '62 makes a more reliable DD...did you fix that smoke issue yet?

treerootCO
06-07-2013, 12:59 PM
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, 05:09 PM
I removed the hitch today. I'm thinking that looks a lot better...

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simps80
06-09-2013, 10:25 PM
nice work with the hot wrench, looks grrreat!

baja1d
06-10-2013, 09:08 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, 11:25 AM
Man, it looks super clean.

It's crazy that it is so rust free.

treerootCO
06-10-2013, 01:50 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, 05:51 PM
dude that things got cool all over it

baja1d
06-11-2013, 08:17 AM
No problem Mike. That looks even cooler now!!!

treerootCO
07-27-2013, 06:17 PM
Thanks to Travis and Ige... no more sketchy steering!

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simps80
07-27-2013, 06:23 PM
Nice!!!
Love watching this one.

simps80
07-27-2013, 06:24 PM
Do I spy freshly plated hardware there ?

nuclearlemon
07-29-2013, 10:22 PM
nice...going to be at 40s only?

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

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

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

treerootCO
08-17-2013, 07:13 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, 10:37 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, 10:46 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, 06:03 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, 08:04 PM
http://cosprings.craigslist.org/pts/4140550774.html

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

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

treerootCO
10-21-2014, 01:35 PM
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Rzeppa
10-21-2014, 09:06 PM
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I saw that when it came out. Congratulations Mike!

treerootCO
10-21-2014, 09:21 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, 09:41 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, 09:48 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, 09:49 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, 10:00 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, 10:54 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

treerootCO
10-28-2014, 10:49 AM
Simpson, Ige, and I 25ed the 25 a little more...

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Hulk
10-28-2014, 11:17 AM
Very cool. Someday when I have the money and time for an FJ-25, I will have to buy one of your discards (because you will own most of the 25s in Colorado).

wesintl
10-28-2014, 03:19 PM
where did you find OEM screen :D

60wag
10-28-2014, 09:50 PM
Is the screen homemade or OEM? Pretty sweet either way.

Those aren't halogen bulbs are they? Can you find any NOS headlights?

treerootCO
10-28-2014, 09:54 PM
Is the screen homemade or OEM? Pretty sweet either way.

Those aren't halogen bulbs are they? Can you find any NOS headlights?

OEM screen... I have a set of Hen's teeth :)


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Rock Dog
10-30-2014, 12:03 AM
Root, you never fail to impress with what you find ... :bowdown:
That little Red 25 looks AWESOME! Can't wait to see it on the trails..

We need a Red FJ25 emoticon!

treerootCO
11-02-2014, 03:41 PM
Rebuilt the hydraulics for the FJ25...

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Here is the break down of the FJ25 brake Master Cylinder. The big nut on the end is 38mm or 1.5".

The internals appear to be original as the rubber cups are marked TEQ.

Clutch Master:
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Brake Master:
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nakman
11-02-2014, 03:42 PM
so does it stop better?

treerootCO
11-02-2014, 03:48 PM
so does it stop better?

I'm waiting for a migraine to fade before I can put the parts on the truck. My vision is just a pinhole at the moment...

Cocarlisle
11-02-2014, 08:25 PM
That stinks
Sweet rig for sure
Love reading about it!

treerootCO
11-04-2014, 07:21 PM
Simpson and I 25ed the 25 a little more today with the red rims and brakes!

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simps80
11-04-2014, 11:02 PM
Awesome post on the hydraulics.
Looking very nice..cant believe how tight that truck drives

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treerootCO
11-04-2014, 11:37 PM
Awesome post on the hydraulics.
Looking very nice..cant believe how tight that truck drives

:thumb:

Thank you for your help getting everything figured out and put back together.

Jacket
11-05-2014, 11:27 AM
Damn that thing looks good. Is the front end of the frame painted red as well?

treerootCO
11-17-2014, 12:14 PM
Damn that thing looks good. Is the front end of the frame painted red as well?

The frames on FJ25s were painted red. I am thinking the bumper needs to be silver though the more I research it.


Soft Top Fuel Filler Grommet McMaster-Carr 63595K41

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treerootCO
02-14-2015, 06:36 PM
good day for a drive

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Crash
02-14-2015, 06:42 PM
It definitely was. Is that the shop just west of 38th and Harlan? A picture of the 25 next to their ancient John Deere would be cool shot too. Old iron.

treerootCO
02-19-2015, 10:54 AM
It definitely was. Is that the shop just west of 38th and Harlan? A picture of the 25 next to their ancient John Deere would be cool shot too. Old iron.

It is.... only shop in town that will mount 10.5" tires on a 5.5" rim these days as well.

Here was the drive a few days later...

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rover67
02-19-2015, 11:37 AM
WHOA! Look At yer Beard!!

simps80
02-19-2015, 11:49 AM
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Wheat Ridge. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret ... driving his land cruiser in snow storms with only his epic beard to keep him warm.

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Jacket
02-19-2015, 01:44 PM
Lolz.

Rezarf
02-19-2015, 07:43 PM
Best thread evvvvver!

treerootCO
07-12-2015, 01:06 PM
25ed the 25 a little more today. New shocks have been ordered as well as a set of OEM spring bushings.
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To the parts horde!
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Both sides were chamfered to give as much surface area and penetration to the weld.
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The driver's shock tower needed a little help as well. Replaced the bolt with the OEM shock mount parts.
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treerootCO
07-12-2015, 05:52 PM
Simpson and I went to the hardware store and sourced 9.5mm stainless steel rod to replace the hood pins. I tried to weld the hood shut but luckily he pointed out I couldn't weld both sides of the pin :o

There is a copper washer between the two to keep everything operating smoothly. The cool part is that was one of the biggest rattles on the 25. I added some weather stripping to the tool box lid to silence the only other rattle she had.
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Crash
07-12-2015, 08:59 PM
Good job. I need to do same.
Which hardware store or do you have a lifetime supply of the right stuff?

simps80
07-13-2015, 02:16 AM
JIS bit for impact screwdriver was the bomb

Post a link to those bits if you know it right off

treerootCO
07-13-2015, 08:37 AM
JIS bit for impact screwdriver was the bomb

Post a link to those bits if you know it right off

http://www.vesseltools.com/hand-tools/screwdrivers/impact/431801/flypage.tpl.html?keyword=impact

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treerootCO
12-12-2015, 10:57 PM
A few updates

25ed the 25 a little more today

http://www.canalrubber.com/pyramid-vinyl-matting.html

http://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/non-skid-step.69657/

Cut on the diagonal so the tread parallels the outside edge.

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treerootCO
12-12-2015, 10:58 PM
JIS bolts that are really close (ACE Hardware) next to what I believe to be stock.

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Ige posted up the part numbers for the Monroe shocks so I picked up a couple sets and painted them black. Next up is to install some OEM rubber shackle bushings.

31000 is correct monroe number for rears, fronts are 32207

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treerootCO
12-12-2015, 11:00 PM
She has new shocks so she has to have new bushings too :)

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treerootCO
12-12-2015, 11:01 PM
Rears

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Fixed the glove box latch as well (and yes she wasn't red originally...)

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treerootCO
12-12-2015, 11:01 PM
Also ran into an issue where the carb was dumping fuel today on the suspension test run.

Found the float had stopped floating!

Stole the float that was in the '64 (swapped it out earlier with a spare I had), fixed a hairline crack, and put it in the 25.


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Here is the FJ25 float before and after:

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Rezarf
12-12-2015, 11:20 PM
Looking awesome Root, its all the little things that make this rig so sweet! Keep it up boss.

Hulk
12-13-2015, 03:48 PM
Wow, those old bushings were in dire need of replacement. Super cool stuff.

subzali
12-14-2015, 01:16 PM
did the suspension feel a lot different with new components on it?

treerootCO
01-19-2016, 11:38 AM
did the suspension feel a lot different with new components on it?

It made a major difference in ride quality and control.

Decided to fix the last hydraulic component on the 25 I ignored the first round. When it failed, I wasn't surprised. I had a bit of a scare when I couldn't find 7/8" bore (1958-9/66) rebuild kits. Luckily Kurt Williams still has a source for these and I'll get one ordered today.

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treerootCO
01-19-2016, 11:39 AM
Honed the old one out, 600, 1200, 2000, 3000, then metal polish

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MDH33
01-19-2016, 12:17 PM
Very nice Mike!

Is that cylinder rebuild kit Toyota Stout by chance?

treerootCO
01-19-2016, 04:31 PM
Very nice Mike!

Is that cylinder rebuild kit Toyota Stout by chance?

Upgrayedd!

Spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping

I'm guessing later model Corolla. So stoked Kurt has them in stock. He is, by far, the easiest to order from. Stevenson won't even look at me if I mention anything pre 69 because their computers won't go beyond that date. If I call Dan, he can get pre '69 but it takes awhile to get the orders in. Kurt for the win!

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DanS
01-19-2016, 11:03 PM
Upgrayedd!

Spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping

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You see, Mike's love is much different than that of a square.....

;)

That's absolutely awesome. Are you just repainting the outside? Leaving a patina on it?

Dan

treerootCO
01-21-2016, 11:40 AM
1958 - September of 1966 clutch slave cylinder

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treerootCO
01-21-2016, 06:36 PM
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treerootCO
07-03-2016, 11:30 PM
watch?v=DkpF2SyDX48

Rezarf
07-05-2016, 01:01 AM
Just awesome man, keep it up.

treerootCO
08-21-2016, 04:10 PM
Blew the oil lines the other day :(

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treerootCO
08-21-2016, 04:15 PM
New hoses from the Parker Store and the 25 is back on the road.

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Romer
08-21-2016, 04:22 PM
at least it didnt happen on a trail run. Glad it was an easy fix

MDH33
08-21-2016, 07:57 PM
What? you couldn't find the OEM parts? ;)

SteveH
08-21-2016, 09:43 PM
How did you catch the blown oil line before you ran it completely out of oil? Most of us would have heard the rod knock as the first indication of a problem....

treerootCO
08-22-2016, 01:28 AM
Parked for lunch and noticed a spray of oil leading to where I parked :hill:

Ige bought the last OEM one. Went with blue until I can find a roll of the OEM looking stuff.