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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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    Default Amazing build

    My views .......

    The chassis extension for bumpers should simply be cut-off.

    This beast should not have a front bumper.


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    TLC FJ90 SWB ~ 1KZ-TE ~ 50mm OEM Lift

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmadqureshi View Post
    My views .......

    The chassis extension for bumpers should simply be cut-off.

    This beast should not have a front bumper.


    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 360235
    Thanks for the comment.

    It may be FORCED to have some sort of bumper arrangement, after the winch is installed. Otherwise, I agree. It would look hottest, without anything at all blocking the view of the tyres / underpinnings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    PS: My bill is in the mail
    Oh no! Eik AUR bill?!
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    Good going
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    Quote Originally Posted by aamir567 View Post
    Good going
    Thanks for the encouragement, Guruji.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmadqureshi View Post
    My views .......

    The chassis extension for bumpers should simply be cut-off.

    This beast should not have a front bumper.


    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 360235
    Can't really cut anything much off there because the leaf spring mounts are right under them now having been moved forward an inch or so to fit the 60 springs..... A small width bumper could be made to keep the tires visible. Also its a horrifying thought if god forbid one was to rear-end a car with an FJ40 without a front bumper....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Can't really cut anything much off there because the leaf spring mounts are right under them now having been moved forward an inch or so to fit the 60 springs..... A small width bumper could be made to keep the tires visible. Also its a horrifying thought if god forbid one was to rear-end a car with an FJ40 without a front bumper....

    Well said, brother.

    I was planning (after the winch fit) to install a simple, perforated "channel" bumper that extends no more than the width of the mounts, themselves. Let's see how that goes.
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    Default Dont Worry TU Has the solution

    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Well said, brother.

    I was planning (after the winch fit) to install a simple, perforated "channel" bumper that extends no more than the width of the mounts, themselves. Let's see how that goes.
    By the way without the front bumper it wud be looking like a Sultan Rahi with phaata hua garebaan

    i would sugesst you to go for a winch mounted Stinger Bar a.k.a A-Bar

    here are something for your eyes only

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    @fihsak: Great ideas. I can see how the tilted nudge bar would be good for negotiating extreme slopes.

    I was thinking something much simpler, though. Something which looks much less "busy".

    Like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    @fihsak: Great ideas. I can see how the tilted nudge bar would be good for negotiating extreme slopes.

    I was thinking something much simpler, though. Something which looks much less "busy".

    Like...

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    the small bar is known as stinger bar or A bar effective in extreme downward slopes n prevents front roll over or in the Mil-term the front roll v used to do as punishment by the Ustaad Jee's or Staff
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    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -360629

    thats something i wud suggest
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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
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    thats something i wud suggest
    WOW!

    It's looking amazing.

    Awesome!
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    I am also in love with the shaved-raised mudguards of this beast. Gives it an extra-wide looking stance, and all that additional space for some great articulation.
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    I also find myself really looking forward to that point in time where I'm going to get this beast of mine painted.

    Aaj kal har botal, dabbey, wrapper, cover, darakht, phool, pattey ko, aik NAYEE nazar se dekhta hoon, ke yeh rang Phantom pe kaisa lage ga.

    Obviously, the sooner this paint-wallah phase comes about, the better it will be for my mental health!
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    Weekend time.

    Let's see what progress has been made, thus far. Pictures to follow.
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    Well, today has been a bit of a damp squib.

    We haven't really gotten any work done other than the chopping up of the Phantom's body, so as to prep it for loose bolting onto the frame.

    We did have quite a discussion, on site.

    Another moti khareedaari is that of the winch. In order to keep it "Toyota", as far as possible, am getting a 3 ton Series 80 TLC winch. This should fit nicely between the frame, keeping a nice and low profile. The hook of the winch should pass through the bumper (which is going to be a simple "iron-bar" affair). All of this is pretty much in line with how I want the end product to look. This is going to come with the standard remote control. Looking forward to it arriving!
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    Waiting for the updates & obviously more pics.

    How do you plan to get the cab done. Will you try to find one or get it fabricated?

    You are going for the king cab Right? The pickup setup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsumbal1 View Post
    Waiting for the updates & obviously more pics.

    How do you plan to get the cab done. Will you try to find one or get it fabricated?

    You are going for the king cab Right? The pickup setup?
    I'm afraid the pictures are going to have to wait until the next weekend.

    There's a slight change from my earlier plans of getting a king cab. The cabin is now going to be a full five seater, with double doors (front and rear). Which is why the coachwork / body work is going to be completely handmade (since there are NO double cabin FJs, to be found readily in Pakistan!).
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    Default Colour Choices

    I've been doing some research on the net for possible colour choices.

    Having gone through various reads, there's a company called Hose of Kolor, who does a paint design called "Kameleon". This colour, gives off various shades, depending on the angle of light reflecting off it. It's very, VERY eye-catching.

    Does anyone have any idea of whether or not they're available in Pakistan? If so...where? And any idea about the price?

    In the order in which they appear:-

    1...Blue to Red.
    2...Cyan to Purple.
    3...Gold to Silver.
    4...Green to Purple.
    5...Magenta to Gold.
    6...Red to Gold.
    7...Green to Silver.


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    check out the toyota corolla altis new color offered Wine Red...

    btw sir this rig is gona have some bruises and cuts n dents off the road so go for a color which u can match later on as the problem with colors of this kind is the matching in touch ups.... rest is upto u sir
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