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Old 07-23-2009, 09:50 AM
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These trucks and cars are just things. I had a FJ40 and I don't miss it 99% of the time. When the weather is nice, sure a topless FJ40 bouncing around the mountains is fun. But the other majority of the time they don't fit my needs. Trying to cram 2 people, a dog, 2 bikes and all the other stuff just didn't work. It looked terrible, it drove bad, often was unavailable for Monday commutes. These things are important to me, too.

You might miss yours more than me, but the point of being here on earth isn't accumulation of junk and stuff, it's accumulation of memories and experiences.

I felt that my old FJ40 took more time keeping it running than actually doing stuff, so away it went to someone who could do what needed to be done. It's much happier with Root than it would have been continuing to deteriorate with me. My truck for that past almost decade has been reliable and thoughtless companion, even if most people consider it the epitome of soul-less blanddom. Oh well, I'd rather have a boring white truck with bikes on top in Moab than a rusty collector's piece in the garage. Some people take their joy in working on the trucks, but it just doesn't jive with me. I do it because I have to more than I want to. It's therapeutic to some extent to work on them, but my garage isn't big enough to restore anything and so tripping over stuff, dodging this or that just makes being out there unpleasant and so I do what I need to and would rather be some place else.

So this is the long version of saying that if you decide that your Toyota or otherwise feels to you that it should be less like an act of charity (i.e., like it should be treated like a family pet) than driving a shovel or hammer (i.e., it's just a tool), you are not alone. Old Cruisers are a lot of work to keep up, constant chasing parts down, figuring out long forgotten techniques to keeping them road worth. Blah, it's not for everyone and nothing wrong with letting it go to someone else.

Notice though, that I completely agree that yours being very unique should not go to someone who will just hack it to pieces. That would be bad for your karma. Offer to someone who can keep it together, that would be nice. But Rob Meredith's old FJ25 was nicely done, too, so I think keeping to the spirit of a truck that is still used for it's purpose is fine. I'd just hate to see that FJ40 of yours turned into a buggy and abused.
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A 76 Bronco would maybe be ok.. but a 96?
If you like the cool factor of vintage iron, Nakman is right on. Those first gen Broncos are as collectible and lovable as FJ40s. Later vehicles may be great in every way, but no one will ever want to ask you a bunch of questions in a parking lot about your 1996 Bronco.

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I second that. Get a newer 80 or 60 or (better yet!) 4Runner to satisfy your wheeling needs in the short term. Then take your time and enjoy the journey with the 40 resto.
If you're looking for something that is simply ready to hit the trail, I would get an 80, a 4Runner or an FJ Cruiser. You'll have fewer things to fix, and maintenance on a more modern vehicle is easier in terms of parts and getting someone else to work on it. (If you're working on it yourself, in many ways older vehicles are easier to work on). The FJ Cruiser would be a ton of fun, IMO. If we didn't have kids, I would own one now.

If you want to maintain some old vintage coolness, but want something more comfortable, get an FJ55.

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it is pretty, but it's still an early model. if you're going to spend 12k, i'd get a 76+, for the more driveable 4spd trans, disc brakes and 2f motor with better oiling, newer slightly more reliable design, better availability of parts
I agree with this. That's one of the reasons I bought a 1981 FJ40. It has a great heater, 3.7 gears for better driving on the highway, brakes that will stop on a dime, and it's hardly ever needed anything more than regular fluid changes.

Sheba, have you ever driven your 40 on an easy local trail? I'd hate for you to sell or trade it before you had a chance to do that. Does it need a ton of work to make it driveable? If it's really a long way away from being ready to hit the trail, I wouldn't blame you for wanting to trade up to something that is ready to go -- but I'd still suggest a newer FJ40, a Pig, or something with a Toyota emblem on it.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:11 PM
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Later vehicles may be great in every way, but no one will ever want to ask you a bunch of questions in a parking lot about your 1996 Bronco.
I get some of that in my truck. Mostly it's due to the WilderNest nod, which is more subtle than the Cruiser wave, but happens often enough.
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I get some of that in my truck. Mostly it's due to the WilderNest nod, which is more subtle than the Cruiser wave, but happens often enough.
Yeah, but your truck is cool.
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I sold the FJ40 for a Ford Bronco, 1996?

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I've got a neighbor who REALLY wants my FJ, but I've been holding on to it like a life preserve. Am I being foolish in doing this?


I was serious on day one when you got that thing that I would be happy to buy it from you if you sold it. Let me know what you want and maybe we can keep it in the club and you can get something that you can use immediately.

PM me if interested.

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If you don't sell your FJ40 to your neighbor, I have a nice FJ40 - 1977 for sale.
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I would definitely sell it to someone in the club first.

BTW: I like the shape of the 4 runners.
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