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Old 08-12-2014, 07:50 PM
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Default Deja Vue or 40 Series Confessions

Itís amazing how things come back at you again. My first two cars were muscle cars (Torino and Dodge Monaco) and then I got a 1974 FJ40 (in 1979) from Stevenson Toyota. Took it to college in Arizona (Drinking age was 19) with me, drove all over Arizona with the top off. It made the trip from Phoenix to Denver twice a year and saw me through my first job till I thought I was ready to move on to a sports car, a Fix It Again Tony X-19, what a mistake. Went through several other cars after that and missed the old 40, so I bought a Jeep in 93. Not the same, but lasted me 7 years until I bought a GMC.

Then I bought my 2nd FJ40, a 1977 twenty-four years after I bought my first one (yes I am an old guy). It was a 2nd vehicle and just a toy.



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I wanted a SC for my 80 to tow the camper. When you have a family with lots of expenses something has to go to get something new. Sold the 40 to buy a SC for the 80. I don't regret that as I had a lot of fun in the 80. I always said someday I would get another one.

Since then have moved on to the 100 series (no regrets) and have been able to afford a real 2nd vehicle to save putting miles on the cruiser so it lasts longer. I have owned a BMW z4 for 6 years, two actually. Traded up when the one with the retractable hard top price dropped on used ones enough for me to afford it.

Then Wham, a few weeks ago I am driving my Z4 on a sunny day with the top down feeling good and remembered how much fun that use to be in my first FJ40. Then I started to think about how much fun the BMW is to drive, but itís a pain and ass to get in and out of in a parking lot. Itís a lot more difficult as my pant size increases. My wife calls it the ass dragger. Then I was thinking that most days I actually enjoy driving the 100 series more than the BMW.
So I started thinking what other fun vehicle could I get to replace the BMW, why an FJ40.

I didnít want another project vehicle like my 77 was. I wanted one more like my first one. Like it was pretty close to being new and off the lot. Except you canít buy them from Toyota anymore. If you could we all would have done that a while ago

So I started thinking what the perfect 40 for me at this time in my life would be. This will irk the purists, but I came up with a short list. One that had recently been stripped own and repainted with seals and bolts replaced. One that I could drive on the highway at 70-75 MPH with one hand on the wheel. One that had Air Conditioning.

I basically wanted to get an FJ40 with updated equipment that LOOKED like it was new or at least just a couple of years old. Great looking paint, no rust and not a tired looking interior

I was looking over 3. Two had the NV4500 5-speed tranny, and one had the 4 Speed Auto tranny. I really wanted fuel injection and was trying to figure out how to make that work financially, when one I was evaluating dropped its price $5K. It was already less than the others by $4K. Only problem is it had a 600CFM carb. Researched it and determine it wouldn't be that bad to add Fuel Injection and still come out way ahead financially. Hmm this leaves $$$ for half doors, storage tailgate and maybe even an OEM soft top (like those better)

Today drove up to Fort Collins and bought another 40. And yes it is a Freeborn Red 1977 like my last one, BUT it is in much better shape. Rear tub was replaced with an aqua. No rust on the cowl or front. All lined and painted.

It has AC and a few other features my last 40 didn't

So yes, I confess I am a Land Cruiser -holic and I am getting rid of my BMW sports car for one

Any one want a 2009 BMWZ4

Hmm- Ige should I flip the Bezel so you know it's me
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:06 PM
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I do agree, there is nothing like a topless...... 40 to put a smile on your face.

All kinds of fuel injection systems out there now.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:13 PM
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Nice 40 Ken.
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Very cool. I fully understand the addiction.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:17 PM
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It was nice driving down I-25 at 70-75MPH with one hand on the wheel and not having my teeth jarred out either

It was well setup and cared for
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Hot dam that is a nice 40!!!

Congratulations Ken!!
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Nice Jeep.
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Looks nice Ken, what kind of 5 spd does it have?
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Looks nice Ken, what kind of 5 spd does it have?
The NV4500. It shifts really nice and I like the overdrive. 70-75 MPH was about 2400 rpm
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congrats! looks perfect.
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