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Old 11-07-2011, 01:09 PM
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Chrome bumperettes stock in '83, or added on by PO? They would have to go, if they weren't original from the factory...

I asked for more info, so well see what they supply. Any guess as to whether or not it's original versus resto?
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:14 PM
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I think the chrome bumper and bumperetts were stock, they may have been an option though..
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I think the chrome bumper and bumperetts were stock, they may have been an option though..
Probably a dealer promotion
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Check this one out, sold for 41.9K

http://www.vintageoffroad.com/viewvehicle.cfm?id=317

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Probably a dealer promotion
except that the bezel isn't chrome.

But yes, there was an optional factory-chrome package for some later model FJ40s.

On this one it's hard to tell if it's factory or not. I'm guessing not.
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Interesting, I just saw this -
http://www.ehow.com/info_8610285_his...yota-fj40.html
they state that "FJ40 production ended in 1979, but sales continued through 1983." so as UB stated, the dealer's most likely added other options as incentives..
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Just cause it's on the interwebs doesn't mean it's true.

Oh, and VintageOffroad doesn't have a good reputation in the LC community and I wouldn't trust their overinflated prices farther than I could throw them.
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Just cause it's on the interwebs doesn't mean it's true.

Oh, and VintageOffroad doesn't have a good reputation and I wouldn't trust their overinflated prices farther than I could throw them.
Unless you can find a Wikipedia on it....that makes it sacrament!
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Just cause it's on the interwebs doesn't mean it's true.
Did Toyota make new frames and bodies for the FJ40 through 1983? I would bet that they stopped making new FJ40-unique parts at some point between 1979 and 1983 while they converted to 70 series production. It would be mildly interesting to know when the FJ40 line really did shut down and FJ40s were assembled from a stockpile of parts.

Nowadays I'd imagine a line switch would be very quick and being all just in time the number of overlap vehicles would be small. Modern production lines are highly automated and very flexible. But in 1983 I bet a factory took much longer to reconfigure and maybe they really did tear the line apart in 1981 or 1982 to convert and build up stock for a 1984 introduction of the 70. I doubt they had parallel lines for very long in any case back when they were all built in Tahara (or was it Honsha). Unless 1984 is when they opened Yoshiwara, where they make 70 now AFAIK, so 40 and 70 were never made at the same place.
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I don't know exactly Dave, but Toyota changed the body style for the 1979 model year and I can't imagine they would have made enough during that year to cover the remaining years (some even have an '85 build date). That said, the importation numbers did go down a little bit during those last few years, but even still...

...and I don't know how extensively the dash changed to accommodate the removable dash section for '83-end. Maybe they could have used the same dash and cut different holes in it, but there were some other miscellaneous parts needed to make it all come together too.
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