Originally Posted by waggoner5
Sounds like +50k to me, although a build like this has been high on my radar for a long time. Mike and I even met with Aqualu to see if they would build bodies to bolt onto 80 chassis for us. Although expensive, it seemed like a sellable truck. Aqualu doesnt build tops or doors so you would be on your own on that stuff. I put a pencil to the Aqualu route and figured a truck built with all toyota parts would cost close to 70k to build the way I would want.
It "should" be way more than that if you are basically doing a scratch build. I have a pretty extensive spread sheet detailing all the necessary components to do such a build. Not including labor, its darn expensive. The whole reason for starting with a GX or FJ would be the intention of repurposing nearly every part there to keep those costs down. The minute you start buying brake boosters and such, you are dropping $600 here and there on little stuff. Even then, there will be gobs of custom fab work to make a lot of those components fit the 40 style dash & firewall.
I just spent an entire day making an alternator bracket to be just right. Plan on that for every single custom bracket, so many, many man hours in a project like that.
1978 13BT-40, 70 series mechanicals
1966 FJ45 lwb stock
2003 100 OME lift
1974V8J40, 1992FJ80, 1985FJ60, 1971FJ55, 1978FJ40, 1974FJ40, 1997 LX450 all long gone.