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Old 03-19-2007, 03:49 PM
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Howdy all. As most of you know, with Mike and Ige's help I was able to wrestle Oleg's 73 FJ40 out of the mud and into my garage. http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...ead.php?t=3268
As you can see in my sig, she has no engine, but I did get rid of the mouse poop over the weekend. After asking around and talking to a few people here and on Mud, I decided to get her on the road (or off-road) as soon as possible and worry about doing a complete restoration until later. Take a look at pics of the truck and the load of parts I got from Oleg: http://www.timmandstacy.com/1973FJ40/index.html

Right now I think I am missing the following to get her up and running.
-engine/tranny/tcase: think I am getting a 2f/4spd/split t-case from Mike
-gas tank plus associated parts
-leaf springs (at least the front!) http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.p...=%22wtf+day%22
-battery
-brake booster (I think everything else is there...) will probably need to tune the drums...anything else?
-no idea on radiator, looks ok, how can I test?
-steering looks ok
-windshield will need replaced eventually, will they look at that before I get it licensed?
-seats both frames look ok, ps needs recovering, ds needs new foam and recovering
-headlights
-backseat and rollbar if I want my son to ride and if I want to go topless
-driveshafts: prob find one in Mike's back yard.
-tires: might have a deal to grab some temp. tires and wheels. would like to put my 33" MTR's from my 80 on there, so I guess I would need 16inch rims.

Anything else obvious I am missing? My initial idea to start was to ask where I should begin, but looking at this list, I have plenty to do...the $700 for new leafs from Skyjacker and buying the engine will be the top priority, but realistically at least a few weeks away, so I guess I can start on the small things. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and if you have any parts, let me know!! Thanks for all the help and info everyone!

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Old 03-19-2007, 03:50 PM
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Thought I would mention my long-term goals for this truck. For now it will be an occasional daily driver, especially with the top down on nice sunny days, and a mild off-roader. The locked 80 gets me everywhere I need to go now offroad, and safer with the boy. The 40 will be for when I am up in the mountains by myself.

oh, and I already have a case of PB blaster!

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you have a good solid foundation to work from. I have the engine/trans/transfer and probably the driveshafts for you. I have an extra 73 style hard top if you wanted to replace the side that is damaged. I might have the handle and some other random stuff for you as well. I do have a set of seats that are in my way if you wanted to swap out the ones you have. I may even be able to get you 4 tires that hold air.
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dang...totally spaced when you were here...i've got that gas tank you can have. like i said, you may want ot get it boiled and coated, or get the coating and do it yourself.

i got some crappy old headlights that i took out of my 40 that you can have if you don't have the $ to front for lights for now. that way you can use your cashola for the other items.

dont' worry about your windshield for now...they won't reject your registration for it, if that's what you're worried about.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:19 PM
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I've got four tires and rims that I want to get rid of...they are very low on tread but still hold air, and one of them has a pretty bad bent rim...but I did Slaughterhouse, Castle Gulch and Crystal Mtn. with them plus a lot of other driving plus the PO driving before I got it. If you want them they're yours, I just want them gone. They'll work to at least get the thing rolling around. 32x11.50 on 15x8 black spoke rims (barely over 31" tall).

-Check that all brake cylinders are not frozen - if so, loosen or replace accordingly (I got mine to all work loose).
-Invest in some stainless steel braided brake hoses if yours are old and crusty.

Peace of cake, and good luck! Sounds like a fun project, if it were me I would do like what it sounds you're going to do and get it running and tweak it here and there later. Yay a new Cruiser!
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I too have some headlights you can have. They were functioning on my 40 until about 2 weeks ago.

Why buy new skyjackers? There are stock leafs growing wild in Mike's backyard.. and other places as well. seems that $700 would be better spent elsewhere, today. just a thought.
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Thanks for all the advice and help and offers everyone, I really appreciate it! I guess for now I will work on making sure the brakes and electrical are all there and working while I decide what to do about the leafs and wait on the engine. Any idea where I can find a brake booster? Are they very year-specific? (ie if I find a '74 or '72 on Mud would it work ok?) I also need to go order the manuals. Exciting to finally get my hands dirty! Thanks again everyone, I hope I can contribute half as much as you all are helping me.

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Right now I think I am missing the following to get her up and running.
-engine/tranny/tcase: think I am getting a 2f/4spd/split t-case from Mike
Fun stuff!

You know you won't have an e-brake with a split case unless you put a "kit" on it. Might be MAF or SOR that sells it, I can't remember. I've got a 4-speed case and if you find a 3-speed transfer case you could put the guts into the 4-speed case. Then you'd be able to install the e-brake backing plate and drum. PM me if you're interested.

You might try to find a '76 or later axle for the front, or the right parts, and convert to disc brakes. I've got a few booster/master combinations and would be happy to give you one. Others may argue you don't need to do this, but when you get to the point of replacing and/or rebuilding wheel cylinders you might as well. I've also got some old e-brake cables, a backing plate with shoes attached and speedo cables and other junk lying around, when you're ready.
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I would start with the engine and work out. There are quite a few little things that you could buy now but be affected by what you drop in and once you know your way around a 40 a little more you may want to do something different.

I wouldn't do anything but cleaning and paint the axles etc. until you get the engine tranny/xfer in. Plus alot of little things you buy add up and push out the engine buy and install.

-I would clean and paint what undercarriage that you can get to easily.
-Put the engine tranny and xfer in.
-get DS installed
-work on the brakes at that time, which may also allow disk brake upgrade depending on how much you need to put into the drums to get them working. Pull and save usually has a mini you can pull the knucles out for cheap. A 70-75 booster will work on drums. After that they are for disk brakes but they are somewhat interchangeable depending on what master you use and readily availabe from other model toyotas.
- Then I would tend to installing glass etc. and buying what items that weren't given to you like headlights, getting good tires etc.

Thats just MHO and
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I would start with the engine and work out. There are quite a few little things that you could buy now but be affected by what you drop in and once you know your way around a 40 a little more you may want to do something different.

I wouldn't do anything but cleaning and paint the axles etc. until you get the engine tranny/xfer in. Plus alot of little things you buy add up and push out the engine buy and install.

-I would clean and paint what undercarriage that you can get to easily.
-Put the engine tranny and xfer in.
-get DS installed
-work on the brakes at that time, which may also allow disk brake upgrade depending on how much you need to put into the drums to get them working. Pull and save usually has a mini you can pull the knucles out for cheap. A 70-75 booster will work on drums. After that they are for disk brakes but they are somewhat interchangeable depending on what master you use and readily availabe from other model toyotas.
- Then I would tend to installing glass etc. and buying what items that weren't given to you like headlights, getting good tires etc.

Thats just MHO and
What works best for cleaning and painting the undercarriage and axles, etc?

Get DS installed?



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