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Old 06-19-2015, 12:47 PM
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Default FJ40 Daily Drivers

I've read through the IH8MUD and Expedition Portal threads on the subject, but one of the many perks of RS is the ability to ask questions geographically tailored...so...

How many of you currently or have used your FJ40 as a daily driver? One day I hope to get into one, and possibly as a DD for a short commute. Like many of you, driving for me is about more than point A to point B, and I'm often hopping in the 80 just to clear my head. I also enjoy taking my time in the right lane, which helps obviously.

Specs/photos of the 40 would be ideal.

EDIT: Forgot to mention a little background - I'm a 26 year old guy with no kids to haul around/keep safe. My first car at 16 was a 1964 Buick Skylark with no A/C (in Florida) and drum brakes. I would want disc brakes and power steering but have a basic understanding of what it is to drive an older vehicle daily.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:57 PM
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I used to dd my 40 when in college. Photos in my bio thread.

Keep wanting to get it out this summer maybe once a week, just hasn't happened yet
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:59 PM
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I DD my 40 back in the day living in SLC. My commute was across the valley 20-30 minutes each way.

OME / 33's / SBC

Lack of AC was rough as my dress code was a suit back then. I generally pulled the top/doors 4/15ish for the summer. It was fine single in my 20's. Don't know if I could do it now in my 40's.

Hardest part was the lack of security in the summer months. Can't really leave much in the truck unless you have lock boxes or something.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:00 PM
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Mines been used on and off as a DD over the years. I love driving it around as a commuter. Depending on the mechanical condition of the 40, it may take you weeks or months to get it a point of DD reliability, but once you are there it's not that big of a deal to just use it. But I think the key is to always some other ride to fall back on, so that you don't have to rely on it every day.

There are times when it's less than ideal:

- Middle of July when its 95* out. You already get supplemental heat from the drive train and exhaust, and you presumably have no AC, so you will be sweating - a lot. Even with the top off, it can be rough on some days when you'd like to roll up the windows and crank the AC.
- Middle of January when its -10 and snow/ice on the ground. The 40 is just not ideal for those types of conditions. It helps if you can garage it. Even in 4wd it's a bit sketchy to drive the 40 in icy or packed snow conditions.
- Blizzard. The windshield gets fogged up, the wipers can't keep up with the snow, and the snow/ice freezes to the wipers. That can be kinda dangerous. I'm sure Barry can describe driving up Vail Pass in white out conditions in his 40 - no fun at all.

None of these are deal breakers though - everyone's tolerances are different. I love my 40 in the fall and spring - perfect weather and conditions for DD duty. But I still drive it a lot in the winter and summer as well.

Edit: Mine is a mostly stock 40 with OME suspension and 33" MT tires. Runs like a top.
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Mines been used on and off as a DD over the years. I love driving it around as a commuter. Depending on the mechanical condition of the 40, it may take you weeks or months to get it a point of DD reliability, but once you are there it's not that big of a deal to just use it. But I think the key is to always some other ride to fall back on, so that you don't have to rely on it every day.

There are times when it's less than ideal:

- Middle of July when its 95* out. You already get supplemental heat from the drive train and exhaust, and you presumably have no AC, so you will be sweating - a lot. Even with the top off, it can be rough on some days when you'd like to roll up the windows and crank the AC.
- Middle of January when its -10 and snow/ice on the ground. The 40 is just not ideal for those types of conditions. It helps if you can garage it. Even in 4wd it's a bit sketchy to drive the 40 in icy or packed snow conditions.
- Blizzard. The windshield gets fogged up, the wipers can't keep up with the snow, and the snow/ice freezes to the wipers. That can be kinda dangerous. I'm sure Barry can describe driving up Vail Pass in white out conditions in his 40 - no fun at all.

None of these are deal breakers though - everyone's tolerances are different. I love my 40 in the fall and spring - perfect weather and conditions for DD duty. But I still drive it a lot in the winter and summer as well.

Edit: Mine is a mostly stock 40 with OME suspension and 33" MT tires. Runs like a top.
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There are some winter days when I would prefer my 40 - if we're going to play slip and slide and bumper cars I'd rather be in this rig than the Corolla. But that's only some days.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:48 PM
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I walk out in the garage and decide which Land Cruiser I will drive to work, the 100 or the 40? Today I took the 40

Mechanical condition is what matters.
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Mechanical condition is what matters.
That was another question - I won't be getting a cherry 40 like yours anytime soon...but if I find one that is mechanically maintained, am I ok waiting a few years to fix any rust in the rear and drive as-is until then? Again, all hypothetical...
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Do it now before you get too old and curmudgeonedy...LOL
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All good advice, especially from Wesintl. A 40 is a fantastic DD, provided you have an alternate vehicle for when those days you don't want to freeze or burn or beat your body up.

I drove my 40 to work year around most of the last couple of years I owned it. Prior to that one of my boys was driving if every day. They are a blast to own and drive, but I would not have made my 1971 FJ40 (or any other 40+ year old vehicle) my only car.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:08 PM
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I can't DD my FJ40, as nice as it is. It's just too stone-age, and my chronic vapor locking problems make every trip a gamble on a day with temps over 70 degrees F. My FJ62, however, is far more suited to DD work - same 11.5 MPG, but A/C and some creature comforts - and EFI. Positively space-age!

Since you wanted photos - here's one from when I was a bit flush with Toyotas - before my FJ62. I unloaded the 2nd gen 4Runner and the FZJ-80.
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