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Old 11-28-2012, 05:19 PM
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For grins, and I know I'll probably hear some fairly low numbers, but what might be a fair price for a truck like this?
That might have been a better question to ask before you bought it. What did you pay?


Nice looking 40 project.

Careful taking the air horn off the carb. There's usually some teeny tiny springs or weights in there with the ball bearings that tend to fall out and immediately disappear. The keyster carb kits always seem to come with jets, but not usually the ones you'll want. Good luck! I have some spares if you need anything too.
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By my calculus, I think I got a pretty swingin' deal. The PO was a total luddite, and thus I think he took a shot in the dark on pricing. I looked at every 40 for sale within a reasonable day's drive of Denver (save the ski resort millionaire variety or the obviously crap), and of all of them this was the cleanest, most complete, and most original at the second lowest price. The lowest priced one had a fender and the entire DS rear made out of what appeared to be paper mache, and despite seller claims to the contrary was NOT drivable. If I say what I actually paid for it, it will taint the "what it's probably worth" responses.
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Is there any gasket sealant (i.e. Indian Head) recommended when rebuilding these carbs?
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By my calculus, I think I got a pretty swingin' deal. The PO was a total luddite, and thus I think he took a shot in the dark on pricing. I looked at every 40 for sale within a reasonable day's drive of Denver (save the ski resort millionaire variety or the obviously crap), and of all of them this was the cleanest, most complete, and most original at the second lowest price. The lowest priced one had a fender and the entire DS rear made out of what appeared to be paper mache, and despite seller claims to the contrary was NOT drivable. If I say what I actually paid for it, it will taint the "what it's probably worth" responses.
What's important is you feel you got a good deal therefore you'll enjoy the truck. And it looks to be a very nice starting point for what ever you decide to do with it. My 40 was not that nice when I bought it in the 90's
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Is there any gasket sealant (i.e. Indian Head) recommended when rebuilding these carbs?
I've never used anything.
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Is there any gasket sealant (i.e. Indian Head) recommended when rebuilding these carbs?
I've not ever used any. Check the mating surfaces with a straight edge to insure they are flat. I've heard of them getting bent but have not personally encountered that. Jim C. has used a flat file to even them out.

There is a phenolic spacer that sits between the intake manifold and the carb. This spacer has a build in gasket - do not try to remove it.
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For grins, and I know I'll probably hear some fairly low numbers, but what might be a fair price for a truck like this?
It's worth whatever you were willing to pay for it. Looks like a fun project. By the time it's all done it'll probably be worth less to someone else than it is to you. I say enjoy it!
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It's worth whatever you were willing to pay for it.
That's my general attitude. I have something on the order of $10K in my '58 Beetle, and I'm just getting started. To me it's worth every penny, but I know if I ever decided to sell it I'd take a bath. I think I practically stole this truck, and I want to see how truly well I did. Like I said, the guy was a total Luddite and I think he was thinking in terms of a nearly 40 year old truck rather than a cult classic...
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Well, for comparison, I bought my '77 FJ40 in 2005 for $3500. On the plus side compared with yours, it has a 2F, 4spd, and front discs. On the minus side, it's not quite as original as yours, was missing a lot of small items, has cut/trimmed sheet metal and replacement sheet metal that's not 100% OE replacement, and needed some general maintenance/cleanup.

Other dated items include the head and I think the intake manifold. The engine block I think only has a casting number and an engine serial number, but I think the transmission has a date code, if you ever dig into it that far.
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