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Old 05-16-2013, 11:50 AM
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I am going to check out the truck tonight after work. I already got a tip from Crash regarding checking for frame rust especially at the front of the rear spring mounts. If anybody with 60/62 experience wants to chime in on what to look for (model specific) feel free!

Hopefully Martin can make it down to look at it with me, but he isn't for sure yet. If anybody wants to volunteer to look at it with me I would be much obliged. The viewing is at 5:30pm at The Fort in Morrison.
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they rust where all the sheet metal comes together at the fender lip in the rear, at the rear seatbelt mounts which can be sen from the inner fender, bottom of tail gate, bottom of rear glass, snake blinders rust at the mounting holes.

check for leaks at the rear heater where the pipes run into it from under neath.
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they rust where all the sheet metal comes together at the fender lip in the rear, at the rear seatbelt mounts which can be sen from the inner fender, bottom of tail gate, bottom of rear glass, snake blinders rust at the mounting holes.

check for leaks at the rear heater where the pipes run into it from under neath.
....and around the windshield inset from the rain gutter seems leaking.
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Excellent. Thanks guys!
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Listen for a loud transfer case sound. It seems that many of these trucks with 200K+ have a pretty loud case, indicating some wear. It seems to be an FJ62-specific issue. Get on and off the gas at highway speeds to elicit the sound.

Also, many have nonfunctional or very slow power windows. The switches are to blame if the window doesn't work at all, and likely the window tracks are to blame for slow moving glass.
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I think the wear point in the transfer case is the splined joint between the transmission output shaft and the input gear to the transfer case. Shifting between drive and reverse when stopped can produce a noticeable clunk as the backlash in the joint reverses. The Australian McNamara input gear has been the relatively cheap fix as the gear is wider than stock, it mates with an unworn part of the splined shaft.
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Make sure it has a hopped up V8
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More great tips (except for Brady ). Thanks!
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Sorry I missed you today Dan. Just worked 24 of the past 48 hours. How did the 62 look?
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Well, I am leaning pretty strong towards getting it. The seller is in no hurry and he is out of town now until Monday. He took the add down from CL because he's going oot and he's tired of dealing with looky loos who don't know what they are looking at.

The interior is pretty ratty but the frame is rust free. There are some smallish rust patches on the body (top of the rear wheel wells and lower left corner of the back window. Tailgate bottom looks clean. Windshield frame looks clean as well. It was a Nebraska truck most of its life, if that counts for anything.

Starts and idles good, power is smooth and steady. I took it out onto 285 from the Morrison exit down to C470 and back. Steers true and it held 65 from C470 up to the Morrison exit on 285 (up the hill). No drive line clunk that I could detect. The rear end seemed a little loud, maybe the rear diff making a low howl. A couple of random clunks in the steering, I suspect it needs TREs possibly. Knuckles are damp and dirty but not spewing gear oil. Hubs, 4wd and low range all felt good. The shift linkage needs to be tightened up, pretty loose and takes a couple of tries to get it into park.

Fluids looked and smelled fine. Oil leak at the rear of the motor. The radiator cap was leaking a bit, but the temp gauge stayed in range. A/C button lights up when you push it, but only blows mildly cool. Passenger rear window doesn't operate but all the others do. Headlights, taillight and turn signals all work. Has a mild lift on it, not OME. Shocks are sort of silver colored and it has an HFS sticker on one back window. Rear springs look like they are sagging some.

My take is that it's far from perfect, but seems to be solid where it counts. He is really interested in a straight across swap for my pickup. He's going to have trouble selling it locally because it is partially de-smogged (no smog pump). I still think I need somebody more familiar with 60 Series trucks to take a look at it with me, and talk me down off the ledge if need be.
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