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    Default The Phantom Of City Sadar Road

    When I first started this thread, I had just taken delivery of a stock, recently-auctioned 1984 TLC FJ40.

    Gaari to khareed lee, lekin I had little/no idea of what I was going to end up doing to the vehicle. For a very long time, I planned to give it a "decent" sort of makeover: something involving some nice tyres, a respectable paint-job, comfortable seats, a roll cage, and that's about it. At that time, little did I know what was in store for me...

    Somewhere along the line, this project developed a life of its own. Baaton baaton mein, it metamorphosed from being a quick, run-of-the-mill restoration into something quite ambitious and challenging. Something that was in-your-face, and in-your-guts. Something, the likes of which we had seen chronicled in the pages of Off Roader magazines...but something which we'd never really attempted back home.

    This rebuild is STILL ongoing. It's far from over, just yet. But along the way, it's indeed become something which seems to have a life of its own. Ironically, this as-yet-unfinished vehicle has developed a...character.

    While it may not be the most ego-stroking fact...a lot of people know "The Phantom...jiss ka maalik woh Fouad Hafeez hai"...rather than knowing "Fouad Hafeez...jiss ke paas woh Phantom hai"

    Also, along the way, this vehicle has been instrumental in my making a huge number of friends, acquaintances, and well-wishers alike. Without a doubt, all of these people are gentlemen; sporting enthusiasts, and engine afficianados, and automotive hobbyists...with whom, a common love for the sport, has brought us to common ground. Their support, good wishes, advice, expert opinions, constructive criticism, and attention to detail, has made this hunk of steel slowly emerge into its current shape. I have no doubt that the end product will be a fusion of the ideas and aspirations of all of these friends, acquaintances, and well-wishers. To all of you; my deepest gratitude. It has been (and will be) one helluva ride, so far!

    For now, though, this thread (having picked up over 700 replies) is going to undergo some TLC of its own. A chronicle (in pictures) of all the water that's flown under the bridge, thus far, as we progress towards the desired end state (shown in the last picture of this post). Let the photos begin!

    And...I think it's about time for some of the photos to change here, too.

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    Nice project!! Subscribed...
    What can I write ... :p

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    From where did u buy it and for how much? PLZ tell if u can...
    What can I write ... :p

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    Best of luck . . . For me its really difficult to restore such jeeps. Dont know how U guys do it soo hapily. I luv this passion but I personally cant even think of restoration
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    Quote Originally Posted by imransavul View Post
    Best of luck . . . For me its really difficult to restore such jeeps. Dont know how U guys do it soo hapily. I luv this passion but I personally cant even think of restoration
    bas ek dafa mehnat se banana hota he or phir us ko enjoy karo
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    @bugatti98: The auction price for these vehicles varies. I got mine for a little under Rs. 200K. This includes the price of the truck, the tax, and the auctioneer's fee.

    @imransavul: Thanks for your good wishes. I have a feeling I'm going to be needing a lot of luck! As for "how we do it"...I'd venture to say "iss mein zaroori hai ke aap ki dimaaghi haalat kuchh kharaab ho". 'Nuff said.
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    thnx fr replying ... u dint tell where this Auction yard is ?
    What can I write ... :p

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    @bugatti98: I bought this from an auction in Kharian.
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    Best of Luck Fouad
    If u need any help, i am always there to help u out
    -It is always Man behind the Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aamir567 View Post
    Best of Luck Fouad
    If u need any help, i am always there to help u out
    God bless you Aamir Bhai. I will always be looking forward to your support, guidance, advice, and intellectual ballast!
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    Some food for thought...(not to mention "eye-candy")

    I don't know if anyone else has noticed this or not...but the FJ40 is the only vehicle which has the ability to look like a different machine altogether, with even the slightest bit of modification. As these pictures should amply prove...


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    wow cool pictures
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    ur inspirational pics are cool........ lets see what u end up in......

    anywax.... good luck with ur project
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    Default Giving it a totally Pakistani Look.

    Somewhere on this site, I read a wonderful story about a 64 VW Beetle that the owner had repainted using selective truck art. The Foxy was later exported to Canada, where it has won a great number of awards in various VW shows. Below, is a photograph I found of another VW Beetle that a German diplomat got painted in truck art design, and later exported to Germany.

    The reason I ask this is...do we have any serious Off-Road vehicles in customised Truck-Art paint jobs? And your views, please...would an FJ40 look ludicrously hot or not, decked out in Truck Art?


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    welcome to the FJ craze club sir hope to see another art piece in making

    Nice piece you got there n definitely in dirt cheap price too as i bought my 1967 in scrap condition in 178k.

    Good luck for the restoration / build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by machine View Post
    welcome to the FJ craze club sir hope to see another art piece in making

    Nice piece you got there n definitely in dirt cheap price too as i bought my 1967 in scrap condition in 178k.

    Good luck for the restoration / build.
    Thanks for the good wishes, boss. Seeing as how my mind is full of all sorts of weird, seditious, completely insane ideas about this rebuild...I'm going to need a LOT of good wishes, to succeed!

    Like I said, though, I'd really love for this thread to primarily act as a gathering place / watering hole for creative individuals who think a little beyond the ordinary, when it comes to their rides. Not just in a quest to build a badder machine, or a flashier one, or even a more pretentious one. But more, to keep a vehicle which acts as an extension of their personality, in terms of aesthetics, performance, and creature comforts. I sincerely hope that the wild and wacky ideas start coming from fellow PWers, soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Thanks for the good wishes, boss. Seeing as how my mind is full of all sorts of weird, seditious, completely insane ideas about this rebuild...I'm going to need a LOT of good wishes, to succeed!

    Like I said, though, I'd really love for this thread to primarily act as a gathering place / watering hole for creative individuals who think a little beyond the ordinary, when it comes to their rides. Not just in a quest to build a badder machine, or a flashier one, or even a more pretentious one. But more, to keep a vehicle which acts as an extension of their personality, in terms of aesthetics, performance, and creature comforts. I sincerely hope that the wild and wacky ideas start coming from fellow PWers, soon!

    Respect. Fouad.
    Grea great - lets start from the interrior then as i am also thinking out of the box now a days to do interior of my rig.

    The one yet i have decided to do :




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    @machine: I've seen that picture on a couple of sites. Amazing work that he's done...right?

    Albatta, my own "pasand" would probably be a combination of the pictures you can see below. I'd like to retain some sort of originality of the dashboard / gauge cluster as seen in the first pic...but have the support, safety, and "shtyle" of the racing seats, like in the second pic. Of course, a sturdy roll-cage would be not only a safety necessity, but would add to the aesthetic qualities, too. Like any good off-roader which is meant to travel any amount of distance in this high-tech world, this should also have an in-dash GPS. The sound system should be terrific (capable of drowning out road / wind noise with the top down).

    PTCL is offering a Tablet PC which comes with free unlimited broadband. The "EVO Tab"costs a little over Rs. 32,000 (which includes 12 months internet @ Rs 2000/- per month, total Rs. 24,000). The EVO is based on the Android OS, and has hundreds of thousands of free apps in the Android Market. It also comes with a front and rear facing camera setup, decent sound, beautiful 7 inch screen, and lightning-fast browsing / streaming. Because of its slender proportions, I am seriously thinking of modifying the dashboard so as to accommodate this touchscreen machine, which will become my entertainment system, navigation device, inclinometer, accelerometer, and virtual gauge cluster (I have heard of some apps that allow your device to be connected to the engine management system, and actually replace your temperature / oil pressure / battery gauges).

    An important word of advice for all PWers who are about to rush out and buy a new EVO Tab: please give a lot of serious thought to this purchase before attempting it. The device has absolutely miserable battery life. iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch users wll find its responsiveness somewhat sub-par. The sound quality of the device isn't really comparable to some of the other great devices out there. The only reason I'm installing this (or am likely to install this): bewakoofon ki tarah, I rushed out and bought it, without waiting to hear the reviews! Ab, iss ko kahin na kahin lagana to hai, na!

    Of course, along with the Tab, a good power amp would also be required. I think the ideal speaker combination would be 4:1. 2 door mounted heavy speakers, 2 dash-mounted tweeters, and a tub-mounted subwoofer / bass tube. Alternatively, you could have 2 additional speakers mounted in the bikini top hard fiberglass.

    Hmmmm. Interesting brainstorming. Thank you, machine!

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    Am posing a couple of questions to the Gurus out there:

    1) Any ideas on the relative merits and demerits of suspension lift / body lift? Any idea about who has some degree of expertise in suspension (and shackle reversals) in Rawalpindi / Islamabad / Kharian / Jhelum area?
    2) Any suggestions on rim / tyre size? I would like this to be a genuine "dirty" off-roader, for use in gravel, mud and muck...with rubbers to match. Once again, dealer names are requested.
    3) Suspension "widening" and how to go about it?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Am posing a couple of questions to the Gurus out there:

    1) Any ideas on the relative merits and demerits of suspension lift / body lift? Any idea about who has some degree of expertise in suspension (and shackle reversals) in Rawalpindi / Islamabad / Kharian / Jhelum area?
    2) Any suggestions on rim / tyre size? I would like this to be a genuine "dirty" off-roader, for use in gravel, mud and muck...with rubbers to match. Once again, dealer names are requested.
    3) Suspension "widening" and how to go about it?

    Cheers.

    Fouad.
    let THE BOSS come to reply this as he has done some phatay tore job on his FJ and that is one of its kind in pak.



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