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Jacket
11-07-2007, 02:39 PM
I'm sure this has been debated to death several times over and Mud and elsewhere, but that doesn't mean I can't ask this crowd for their opinions, right? :cheers:

I've eluded in other posts to the fact that I'd like to add a 40 to my stable in the near future as a sort of hobby truck/weekend toy. I've always owned IFS Toyotas with longer wheelbases, but ever since I was a teenager, I've gazed longingly at the older Cruisers. I thought I had it set in my mind to look for a 1976+ FJ40, but every once in a while I'll get a wild hair tell me that a 60 might be a better option. I know they are pretty different trucks, but I'm looking for some of the pros, cons, decision points, and considerations you guys have seen and put forth when buying and owning your 40's and 60's.

I've got the Tacoma built pretty well for my trips and some wheeling adventures, and I plan on keeping it for a while. For me, the Cruiser would be for day trips around town and up to the mtns, and occasionally for 1-2 night camping trips.

I'll stop there. Give me some opinions, or ask me things I need to think about and consider. Thanks.

subzali
11-07-2007, 02:47 PM
removable top. Hands down.

calphi27
11-07-2007, 02:52 PM
chopable top, longer wheel base, and more carrying capacity.... 60 hands down

Red_Chili
11-07-2007, 03:01 PM
Both. 4Runner hands down. :lmao:

MDH33
11-07-2007, 03:06 PM
I have one of each for all the reasons listed. :)

wesintl
11-07-2007, 03:15 PM
You have a taco built for exactly for exactly what a 60 would do for you. For fun day trips , removable top, that retro no frill feel, around town... 40 hands down.

FJBen
11-07-2007, 03:38 PM
You basically got a "60" in real vague terms. Your taco serves that purpose and frankly better than an FJ60 would on most conditions.

I vote 40 :D for a "plethora" of reasons...her's a few


The 40 is "THE" Quintessential Land Cruiser
If it's only a weekend/short wheeler/town...hands down the 40.
Top off, doors off is one of the best feelings around.
Easy to build up, many lifts/choices...
Parts are replaceable (basically everything pretty easily, tub fenders you name it
coolest rig ever :D


CONS:
most are in worse shape than a 60
most cost more initially and to get up to speed
not as much room
not as many creature comforts :Princess:
"generally" don't ride as good although mine rides very nice

CardinalFJ60
11-07-2007, 04:09 PM
I have one of each for all the reasons listed. :)

YUP!! Me too!!!! :cheers:

nakman
11-07-2007, 04:14 PM
40 40 40 40 40.





Removable top, tighter turning radius, removable doors, flip-down windshield, flip-out A/C ;), narrower body... if you're going to get a different truck, get one that's different!



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Nemesis Gnat
11-07-2007, 04:38 PM
ya i want a 40 just for the topless/doorless thing... but the 60 is nice for sleeping in since you mentioned short camping trips... and theyre warm and comfy in the winter... plus who says a 60 isnt just as much a quintessential cruiser as a 40 is... all over the world the 60 is famous and most people i know identify the 60 as THE cruiser (thanks in no small part to my endless blathering)

but a toy is a toy and theres no substitute for simplicity and straight up cool ass oldness, a 40 would be my toy (read bad ass wheeler), if was lucky enough to have one, a 60 is my dd and 'splorin car... and you can fit lotsa people comfortably in it which is great for runnin round town with friends and the music up, or even for taking people to cool places (how many other suvs can do what a mildly modded 60 can do)

either way youll be a happy camper

im no help here:blah:

btw, i ended up with my 60, i didnt by it, my mom did about the time that i was born... so i grew up with it and am pretty much completely biased

Maddmatt
11-07-2007, 05:13 PM
Gotta go with the 40. The 60 won't do anything your Taco won't do, with the 40 you can take the top off and happily drive around on weekends, etc...

Trust me. I had a 4 door Taco TRD with a shell, sold it to buy a 40 and a 62. Sold the 40, sold the 62, bought a 4 runner. The Taco, 4runner and 62 were/are all great vehicles. So I cruise Craigslist, RS and Mud every day looking for that perfect 40. Not that I'm going to get one, there were very good reasons why I sold mine, but I do miss it so....
-Matt

farnhamstj
11-07-2007, 10:40 PM
If you add a 40 and a 60 you get a 100.

trucruiser
11-08-2007, 08:46 AM
I have had em both, The 60 is much more family friendly and like some have said you can sleep in it fairly comfortably (maybe not Ben, feet would prolly stick out).
The 60 has a better ride and is a little easier for general driving.
The fj40 is timeless and I miss it the most. Top off and retro feel just cant be beat.
I love them both.

Chris
11-08-2007, 09:34 AM
I've eluded in other posts to the fact that I'd like to add a 40 to my stable.


Looks like you have your answer. You want a 40, get a 40. They have a certain cool factor and certainly have a large following. I'm not a fan of a rig that many owners admit is too uncomfortable to drive any distance but that's just me.

What do I know, I have a 62 and a 55, big wagons are cool. :thumb:

:cheers:

Rezarf
11-08-2007, 10:03 AM
Jacket-

I am totally biased, but hey, at least all your options are COOL! :D

One thing no one has mentioned yet is a 40 that drives straight and has a clean body will always give you more return on your investment. My cruiser has appreciated over the past 10 years considerably.

That said, nothing beats a 40 for all things tactile...

I get sad every fall when I have to put the hardtop back on... then I realize how cool it looks with the HT on and I get over it. Go 40, you won't regret it.

Drew

Jacket
11-08-2007, 11:45 AM
So nakman - I'm just not really clear on your post...:lmao:

Yea - what y'all are saying is exactly what I had been thinking. I shouldn't need another "big" truck, so the 40 would be different, cool, fun, etc. I guess part of me wondered if a 40 would end up being a garage queen with a family of 4 and all the sh!% we seem to have. The 60 would be more versatile, flexible, etc.

Drew - the $$ thing came into play as well. 60's seemed to be priced pretty well right now. You can get a nice one for a pretty good deal. 40's prices seem pretty inflated, but I guess that goes with the demand. I've seen a few nice ones pop up in the last few weeks on CL, but when I called they both had buyers or were sold already. Gotta move quick I guess.

Other good sources besides CL?

nakman
11-08-2007, 12:00 PM
Other good sources besides CL?
Here, Mud, CL.. should cover the good stuff, there's tons out there. Should we start the "find Jacket an 80 thread?" :)

Red_Chili
11-08-2007, 12:06 PM
Narrow body, not too long, can sleep in it, removable top, rides nice, cool factor, classic Toyota, can actually PACK in it even though it isn't as long as a 60 and DEFINITELY not as big as an 80...

I still say first gen 4Runner combines them all. And you can drive 70 to Moab in it too. Put a 3.4 in it and pass 80s going over Eisenhower... BTDT... and got 17-19mpg doing it.

FJBen
11-08-2007, 12:06 PM
Here, Mud, CL.. should cover the good stuff, there's tons out there. Should we start the "find Jacket an 80 thread?" :)

I'm down for it :D I'm always finding stuff.

I guess, what are you looking for? Stock? Built? V8? price range?

Rezarf
11-08-2007, 01:00 PM
Jacket, I would help you look 'em over too.

Drew

Jacket
11-08-2007, 01:43 PM
Should we start the "find Jacket an 80 thread?" :)

Freudian slip??? Maybe SROR was right? :kevin:;)

Thanks Drew. I'm a rookie at FJ40 ins/outs, so I'll take all the help I can get.

As for what/when/how much....My plan was to start looking hard next spring, but damn, being patient is tough. And I have a few more things that I want to do to the Taco this winter that won't be cheap (rear bumper/tire carrier, roof top basket, new control arms). I've been looking at the CL posts almost daily, and occasionally checking NM, AZ, UT, etc. I've seen a few good ones come and go quick.

What I want is something with decent body, mostly stock, mostly Toyota. Probably 76 or later (from what I've read, good years for a starter 40 with the 2F, 4spd, disc brakes...). Both a hard top and softop would be preferable. Something akin to this:

http://denver.craigslist.org/car/466376824.html

Jenny Cruiser
11-08-2007, 01:54 PM
An 80 is literally twice any 40!:D However, if I didn't already have a 66 Scout Sportop I'd have a 40 dripping oil out back instead.:cool:

nakman
11-08-2007, 02:16 PM
That's pretty funny.. .yeah total slip. Ah well you know what I mean... :lmao:

MDH33
11-08-2007, 03:14 PM
Don't write off pre-76 40's. Especially if you're planning on using it for a weekend rig. The metal is better on older 40's and there is a certain old-school charm to F's, 3-speeds and drum brakes. :thumb:

Uncle Ben
11-08-2007, 07:33 PM
Don't write off pre-76 40's. Especially if you're planning on using it for a weekend rig. The metal is better on older 40's and there is a certain old-school charm to F's, 3-speeds and drum brakes. :thumb:

WORD!

farnhamstj
11-08-2007, 08:54 PM
Old's-cool my ass... Leaking fluids, smelling like gas. Leaf springs, one hot shin. Scraping the frost off the inside of the winshield. Anyone else have to sit on a black plastic bag on their way to work to keep their pants dry? How about the 20 gallon dump of water from the bikini top as you drive around that first corner? or the water running down your arm and into your armpit? Don't get me wrong 40's are cool..... to look at.

Uncle Ben
11-08-2007, 09:06 PM
Old's-cool my ass... Leaking fluids, smelling like gas. Leaf springs, one hot shin. Scraping the frost off the inside of the winshield. Anyone else have to sit on a black plastic bag on their way to work to keep their pants dry? How about the 20 gallon dump of water from the bikini top as you drive around that first corner? or the water running down your arm and into your armpit? Don't get me wrong 40's are cool..... to look at.


Yaaaaa....now your talking some sweet Cruiser porn! :thumb: Makes me want to go grab several guns and go drive around topless right now! :flipoff: :hill: :bowdown::zilla:

MDH33
11-08-2007, 10:49 PM
Old's-cool my ass... Leaking fluids, smelling like gas. Leaf springs, one hot shin. Scraping the frost off the inside of the winshield. Anyone else have to sit on a black plastic bag on their way to work to keep their pants dry? How about the 20 gallon dump of water from the bikini top as you drive around that first corner? or the water running down your arm and into your armpit? Don't get me wrong 40's are cool..... to look at.

Why is it then, that when I'm driving in my 40 and I see people in their cushy enclosed coffin-mobiles, I simultaneously have a grin on my face but I feel pity for them ???. ;) Is it because I reek of gas and my kidneys are getting their daily jarring and I'm immune to discomfort? Maybe...

Nothing like a 40. But I still like my 60, I guess it's like a 40 with a few creature comforts and capacity thrown in. But it's still not as grandma as an 80 :thumb:

Uncle Ben
11-09-2007, 01:37 AM
But it's still not as grandma as an 80 :thumb:

If an 80 is "grandma" what would Farnhams 100 be? Geriatric? :lmao:

subzali
11-09-2007, 07:58 AM
:lmao: that was funny

Jacket's already got the creature comforts of the Taco - I'd say try a 40, if you don't like it then SOMEbody will buy it and you can try a 60.

I'll be honest - I kinda shudder at the thought of driving my 40 to the Rubicon, or on a run like the Outlaws Run, but I drove to the TBP (30 hours of seat time over the weekend) and Ouray (7 hours down and back plus wheelin') trips, as well as Moab (6 hours there, muchas drivingas the day we came back (right Martin? ;) ), but I am looking at other options for backpackin' trips to the Escalante, San Rafael Swell, South Dakota, East Coast etc.

Red_Chili
11-09-2007, 09:40 AM
Sheesh, I feel like I am yelling in a room with deaf people...
1st gen 4Runner solves all that!







(Must be the effects of all the wind noise from a 40 on the way to Moab... :lmao:)

subzali
11-09-2007, 09:55 AM
But he's ALREADY got the creature comforts!

nakman
11-09-2007, 09:57 AM
Sheesh, I feel like I am yelling in a room with deaf people...
1st gen 4Runner solves all that!







(Must be the effects of all the wind noise from a 40 on the way to Moab... :lmao:)

Hey buddy, the thread is 40 vs. 60. :D

When we start the "most practical Toyota 4x4 with or without a timing belt" thread we'll let you know. :lmao:

Uncle Ben
11-09-2007, 10:34 AM
Sheesh, I feel like I am yelling in a room with deaf people...
1st gen 4skin solves all that!



Most men have the foreskin removed when they are very young! Adding more power doesn't make it any more useful! :lmao::lmao: :hill:

Red_Chili
11-09-2007, 10:50 AM
Well, us minorities have to make a big noise just to rise above the LC din!!! :lmao:

It does occur to me however, Kevin, that you are in the process of having yours modified. Seems like it wasn't a long enough wheelbase stock? Ahem.

Uncle Ben
11-09-2007, 10:54 AM
Well, us minorities have to make a big noise just to rise above the LC din!!! :lmao:

:lmao: :beer2: ;)

DaveInDenver
11-09-2007, 11:01 AM
Most men have the foreskin removed when they are very young!
Should a guy rollin' in a truck named Ricecake be layin' down smack like that?

Uncle Ben
11-09-2007, 11:07 AM
Should a guy rollin' in a truck named Ricecake be layin' down smack like that?

You got a problem with that? Ricecake=healthy-all natural! Imelda with a Hot Rod=talk about tranny's! :eek::Princess: :hill:

DaveInDenver
11-09-2007, 11:23 AM
You got a problem with that? Ricecake=healthy-all natural! Imelda with a Hot Rod=talk about tranny's! :eek::Princess: :hill:
Hey, don't attack the messenger. I'm just saying is all. ;-) I don't necessarily love the name, but it was given and I'll abide by it. But then again, Clint Eastwood the Dog Slow Hilux doesn't flow as well and lacks that certain comedic irony.

subzali
11-09-2007, 11:25 AM
yikes...


:bolt:

FJBen
11-09-2007, 11:44 AM
Maybe I'm a minority, but my 40 drives and rides really nice. Even with the the crappy shocks (that will get replaced soon hopefully) Granted it's still got the SWB hop over certain bumps and sections.

I have the TBI V8 for smooth power, the SOA soaks up the bumps, (I'm sure the 37's also do a bunch of bump soaking up) Mazda 626 seats, (high back, adjustable side bolsters, height adjustment, lumbar support, reclining...:thumb:

You can make em comfy...just add a hardtop, A/C, new weather seals, good suspension.

Rezarf
11-09-2007, 01:15 PM
I have to go ride in my 40 now...

This is getting wild! :D

Jacket the one you linked looked like a good place to start. If you have 5k-ish you can get into a good 40.

Jacket
11-09-2007, 05:08 PM
It's so tempting to start a 4Runner versus 60 thread just to see what happens.

I hear ya Bill - I've had 2 4Runners in my past (2nd and 3rd gen, never a 1st gen) and I loved em both, but maybe I just need to address my LC itch - or maybe I'm a conformist. But then I'd probably be shopping for an 80 :bolt:

I think it does boil down to the 40 because I already have the Tacoma, and so I can ignore the immediate issues with missing creature comforts (although my Taco is pretty spartan compared to an 80 or 100 - no latte option yet). No heated leather seats with JDM switches here :lmao:

And its kinda like an investment - unless I completely trash the truck, I should be able to at least get back what I bought it for, minus labor and parts costs.

wesintl
11-09-2007, 09:54 PM
Leaking fluids, smelling like gas. Leaf springs, one hot shin. Scraping the frost off the inside of the winshield. Anyone else have to sit on a black plastic bag on their way to work to keep their pants dry? How about the 20 gallon dump of water from the bikini top as you drive around that first corner? or the water running down your arm and into your armpit?

mine doesn't leak anything once I redid all the seals:D Doesn't smell like gas either. The rest is a compliment for me. I love taking just a bit more time gettin where i'm going. I wish i was around during the heyday of the 40's when jeeping was jeeping. wait I'm I talking about my 70... lol:lmao:

Red_Chili
11-10-2007, 07:05 PM
Mine has none of those problems...



:bolt:

farnhamstj
11-10-2007, 07:54 PM
Mine had none of those problems when I got rid of it. It did however take me 8 years to get it that way. Didn't even smell like gas to me.(my wife will tell you different) I totally loved my 40. Greatest truck I ever owned, but not if you camp with 2 kids. Any 40 can be sweet. Mine started as a trade for a bicycle I had $350 into. I estimate I spent $15K on my 40 over the 9 years I owned it. $12K will buy you a decent 40. $2500 will buy you decent 40 too. Just depends on you perspective. 60's are ugly. 62's even worse. Taco's rule! My friend schools me all the time in his. Except for when he ran TSL's

MDH33
11-11-2007, 09:24 AM
60's are ugly. 62's even worse.


:brick::confuse2::doh:

Jacket
12-06-2007, 02:56 PM
Anyone seen this one before? $5500

http://denver.craigslist.org/car/500702326.html

http://images.craigslist.org/0101080116120103052007120612f1ea586caa3bd2780082b3.jpg

Looks pretty nice - right up the alley with what I'm looking for. The only problem is that I need to stop looking - this is supposed to be a 2008 project.....

MDH33
12-06-2007, 03:46 PM
Anyone seen this one before? $5500

http://denver.craigslist.org/car/500702326.html

http://images.craigslist.org/0101080116120103052007120612f1ea586caa3bd2780082b3.jpg

Looks pretty nice - right up the alley with what I'm looking for. The only problem is that I need to stop looking - this is supposed to be a 2008 project.....


If it's a good runner and the rust isn't too bad, I would say make an offer. That's a good year for a 40. :thumb:

subzali
12-06-2007, 03:54 PM
From what was said about it, looks solid. New-to-you 40s can be a lot of work though, just to get it baselined. It depends on its history.

Rogue Leader
12-06-2007, 04:26 PM
HEY THATS Mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. thats the guy that i bought mine from and a friend is going to go look at that one this weekend. about a week earlier he had a pumpkin 73 40.

MDH33
12-06-2007, 04:32 PM
HEY THATS Mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. thats the guy that i bought mine from and a friend is going to go look at that one this weekend. about a week earlier he had a pumpkin 73 40.


Ok, I'm confussed. :confused: Explain please.

subzali
12-06-2007, 04:38 PM
Can't help myself...


'splain yo'self! :D

Rogue Leader
12-06-2007, 04:42 PM
im really good friends with the guy selling (motoloco on mud). he just emailed me saying he would wait a few days b4 putting on craigslist so one of my friends could go out and look at it. good guy to deal with tho. sorry for the confusion.

corsair23
12-06-2007, 05:19 PM
The only problem is that I need to stop looking - this is supposed to be a 2008 project.....

It's almost 2008 :D

That said, if you aren't in a hurry then wait for the perfect one to come along and be ready to buy when it does. Are you looking for a project 40, a semi-project 40, or one ready to go?

Hulk
12-06-2007, 10:06 PM
I think I've seen that one up in Bailey, many years ago. Stopped to chat with the owner. I think it had been in his family since it was new.

Jacket
12-06-2007, 10:49 PM
It's almost 2008 :D

That said, if you aren't in a hurry then wait for the perfect one to come along and be ready to buy when it does. Are you looking for a project 40, a semi-project 40, or one ready to go?

Not doing too good with the patience thing....

I want the best rig I can get for about $4-5000 (how's that for unspecific). Definitely not a "project 40"; something that's in good shape, well taken care of mechanically, and not over built/modified. A little rust is fine, she ain't gotta be pretty, but I want to drive it, and not stare at it in my driveway.

A bit more digging around on my part and it turns out I've talked to this guy before about a (different) 40. Maybe he's doing some fix/flip stuff - I dunno? The description (if true) seems like a pretty good reason to check it out.

Rogue Leader
12-06-2007, 10:51 PM
when i bought mine from him he stated that he has had over 15 cruisers. i dont believe that he works on all of them. great guy to buy a car from though.

Jacket
12-07-2007, 10:10 AM
Well the post was already deleted by the seller already....

Jacket
01-14-2008, 12:54 PM
So I've driven a few 40's, and one thing I've noticed pretty common to all of them is that the doors (sides and rears) rattle like a mo' fo'. Is this pretty much a given?

I understand that a 30 yr old truck will have its fair share of noises (unlike my cushy tacoma :D), but these last two were LOUD. I noticed that the rubber around the doors wasn't great, and I'm assuming that the windows are probably pretty loose inside the doors. Are there good kits out there for replacing worn rubber/felt/weatherstripping?

Hulk
01-14-2008, 02:28 PM
Hard doors: Often, you can just flip the striker and adjust its positioning.
Soft doors: You may need to bend the frame to better fit the opening. Use BFH.

wesintl
01-14-2008, 02:37 PM
So I've driven a few 40's, and one thing I've noticed pretty common to all of them is that the doors (sides and rears) rattle like a mo' fo'. Is this pretty much a given?

I understand that a 30 yr old truck will have its fair share of noises (unlike my cushy tacoma :D), but these last two were LOUD. I noticed that the rubber around the doors wasn't great, and I'm assuming that the windows are probably pretty loose inside the doors. Are there good kits out there for replacing worn rubber/felt/weatherstripping?

You can get all the weather stripping new from toyota (recommended) or aftermarket like sor ccot, etc. My 64 is actually pretty quiet. Only thing that is starting to rattle is the bifold in the rear that weather strip is not available for.

MDH33
01-15-2008, 09:40 AM
My 40 was really quiet on the road when I was running 31's. With the super swampers, different story. ;)

Jacket
01-15-2008, 05:23 PM
^that'll do it!

These were both hard top rigs, and I'm 95% sure it was the doors and/or windows. Both were fairly original and unmolested (which is what I want), so part it makes sense that rubber and felt were worn out, or the strikes weren't tight.

MDH33
01-15-2008, 05:30 PM
New felt and weatherstripping are on the list. I have a better set of doors I'm holding onto for a future resto too... For now the squares of cardboard I have jammed in between the glass and door panels does the trick of keeping things relatively quiet. :hill:

Rezarf
01-15-2008, 05:42 PM
New felt and weatherstripping are on the list. I have a better set of doors I'm holding onto for a future resto too... For now the squares of cardboard I have jammed in between the glass and door panels does the trick of keeping things relatively quiet. :hill:

greatest off road mod yet! :D I do it too.

RLMS
01-15-2008, 06:15 PM
the pure fact of a 40 with a longer WB...hands down..and the body style
40 all the way,,allthough 60 heaters sure are nice:bowdown:

Jacket
03-07-2008, 06:02 PM
Well, it happened. I found me a 40....:D

Picked it up in Baton Rouge last weekend, and arrived back home late Monday night.

1976 FJ40

The good: original 2F, 4spd, transfer case, axles, springs, etc. X52,000 miles (seller claims 52,000, but seems like 152000 is more likely). Very clean, minimal rust, minimal leaks. Seems pretty strong mechanically.

The bad: Couldn't get the heater working, Roof leaks above windshield, repainted (originally beige), some rust on rear quarters, fenders, and amb doors, fuel gauge doesn't work, wheels are ugly, and the damn bezel was upside down....

And worst of all, the day after I got it home, I went to turn it over, and the thing kept cranking even after I pulled the key out of the ignition. Couldn't get it to stop, and finally disconnected the battery (with smoke coming from the starter). So now its disabled pending a new ignition switch and/or starter fix.

Anyway, here's a pic from the seller's collection - it's been named Turtle Tractor by my 3 year old....

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/FJ40/lc1.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/mralsto/FJ40/lc4.jpg

corsair23
03-07-2008, 06:32 PM
CONGRATS Matt!

Baton Rouge :eek: - that's a long way to go for a Cruiser but it looks like you found a keeper :thumb:

RicardoJM
03-07-2008, 07:28 PM
Cool. It looks real clean and I think you are really going to enjoy it. If you end up needing a new starter, you might want to look into the gear reduction starter. Seems like when a new starter is needed this is the way to go. I have a 1F starter, don't know the condition but you are welcome to it. You've got a great truck!!!

rover67
03-07-2008, 11:38 PM
wow. i only WISH i could have that as my second cruiser.

nice truck, very clean.

Uncle Ben
03-08-2008, 12:41 AM
Very cool Matt! :thumb::thumb: :bowdown::bowdown::zilla:

Hulk
03-08-2008, 01:41 AM
Looks like a nice 40! Very clean under the hood. 1976 was a good year for Land Cruisers!

Jacket
03-08-2008, 09:20 AM
Thanks guys. :cheers:

DaveInDenver
03-08-2008, 09:53 AM
Very nice. Baton Rouge ... wow. So not many decent stockers around here anymore?

farnhamstj
03-08-2008, 09:58 AM
Nice find, sounds like you need a new ignition switch. CCOT. Easy to install. Arn't you glad you got a 40. Not much puts a smile on your face like pulling out of the driveway in your 40. Of couse not much will anger you more than when it won't make it out of the driveway on it's own.

I think it's always worth checking the pinion nut on the rear diff, but that's just me.

Jacket
03-08-2008, 01:59 PM
Thanks guys. The price was right on the truck, so I guess it was worth the trip. Lots of competition and elevated prices in our city....

Well it turns out it was a bad starter. I found a used FJ60 starter over at Blakes Auto Salvage, mounted her on, and it fired right up. :clap: I guess I'll have an extra ignition switch for whenever that part decides to go.....

So I'm back to feelin like this :D as I left my driveway.

MDH33
03-17-2008, 09:20 AM
Awesome! I like the color.;)

subzali
03-17-2008, 12:37 PM
Very cool Matt! My starter did the same thing; think mine's the keyswitch however as I replaced the starter a couple times and it still does it once in a while - haven't noticed it for a while now, but maybe that's just because I'm used to it and it's automatic for me to prevent it. As long as the starter kicks (engine fires) it won't keep cranking.

There should be a piece of weatherstripping for the top of the windshield frame. Mine also had some gaps between the fiberglass and the metal, so I filled them with caulk on the outside and caulk/epoxy resin on the inside (included in my hardtop repair project) and solved that problem.

Heater - couldn't get the fan to work or get it to blow hot? If the first then that's easy - chase down the wiring :hill: If the second, might need a flush or clean out the core (could be a mouse nest or leaves blocking air flow through the core).