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Old 07-25-2007, 10:48 AM
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What I would do with a 40 in pieces is put it in the backyard and stare at it for about eleven years...
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:56 AM
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run 40's, stretch the wheelbase at least 12" and link the front. Also do all the little things that revolve around making 40s work
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:06 PM
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What I would do with a 40 in pieces is put it in the backyard and stare at it for about eleven years...
It has already aged in your backyard, and now I am doing the staring Time to start building.
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Can you get 35-37" tires to fit without cutting the body . On RMC's site there is a table that says 35" tires and 4" lift will require trimming --> here

Those better versed on FJ40s than I are sure to know

Just food for thought
My 38's fit with plenty of room but I also have about 8" of lift. I didn't want to cut up the nice body lines
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:54 PM
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SOA is on the A list, What about a 60 series drive train? Axles, engine,tranny, transfercase and power steering. Donor rig would make the transition easier.
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Wider axles, split case, power steering are definitely upgrades in some peoples' minds, especially with SOA. Does your rig have an engine? If not then it sounds like a donor rig would put your truck on the road/trail with some fine components!
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SOA is on the A list, What about a 60 series drive train? Axles, engine,tranny, transfercase and power steering. Donor rig would make the transition easier.
Just some thoughts
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Good idea, and donor 60's can be had on the cheap lately. I'll keep my eyes open on Craigslist for you.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:14 PM
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Just like the title says " If you had a FJ40 in pieces how would you build it" Just curious what others would do with a project in pieces. General guidelines go like this.

Stock looking body( no cutting for clearance)
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35 - 37ish Tires

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Well I do (have one that was recently in mostly pieces), and how I am pursuing that very project is putting it back very close to 1976 stock except for complete OME suspension, a rear lockright and an H41. So that's how I've decided to do it on mine. Thing is, I "only" plan to run 33s on it.

If I wanted to run 35-37s on it the build would be much more expensive, less highway friendly and potentially less reliable.

After all the (uncomfortable) seat time I've spent in 40s with 4" springs I'd have to go SOA to fit 35-37s. Then it would need a track bar, and of course retubed driveshafts. Orion and/or 4.56s. IMHO 4.88s just don't do it on road.

The difference between 33x10.5 and 35x12.5 in terms of steering wheel effort is dramatic, so I'd have to do a P/S conversion of some sort. I like Mini truck for it's (relative) simplicity and stockness, but a 60 or astro conversion would be my next choice. I have never been a fan of saginaw conversions. I don't like the feel, and the engineering considerations can be compromising.

If it were a pre-1976 front end I'd probably upgrade to a 60 disk conversion, with V6 calipers. I do not see a worthwhile tradeoff for the work on a RDB conversion, other than that it's a poor-man's FF when the axle breaks. If I had the doner rig, I'd even opt for a late model FJ45/HJ47 all drum setup. They are much beefier that either disk or "regular" cruiser drums, and have much more stopping power than cruiser disks. FF rear to boot, eh!

I have to reiterate my good friend Wayne Smith's adage about modifying cruisers though: "The farther you go from stock, the farther you go from that legendary cruiser reliability". That's something I learned for myself, and is why I'm keeping my 76 project pretty close to stock.
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