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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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    this is the color of the altis i am talking about...

    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/mem...altis-red-wine
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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    this is the color of the altis i am talking about...

    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/mem...altis-red-wine
    That's a terrific colour, Kashif. But I want something a little lighter, because I'm going to add some matte black embellishments to the Phantom. The dark red wine colour wouldn't look as good with matte black adornments, I think.

    Albatta, jab bhi paint mangwaaya, tau ziyada saara mangwaaya...
    just to make sure there's ample stock for those inevitable touchups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    That's a terrific colour, Kashif. But I want something a little lighter, because I'm going to add some matter black embellishments to the Phantom. The dark red wine colour wouldn't look as good with matte black adornments, I think.

    Albatta, jab bhi paint mangwaaya, tau ziyada saara mangwaaya...
    just to make sure there's ample stock for those inevitable touchups.
    sir jee keep it in the lighter shades on the color card as u have weather conditions through out the year touching the extremes
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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    sir jee keep it in the lighter shades on the color card as u have weather conditions through out the year touching the extremes
    Absolutely right, brother.

    I would pretty much love for the vehicle to be either of the following two colours...


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    sir aap ki baat bilkul baja hay but ye colors kaunsay hain?
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    btw any idea what colors the fj cruisers are offered in? o.O
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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    sir aap ki baat bilkul baja hay but ye colors kaunsay hain?
    Both of these colours are made by a company called House of Kolor. These are from their Shimrin<sup>®</sup> Kameleon<sup>®</sup> Kolors range.

    The first colour is coded KF06 Gold to Silver.

    The second colour is KF02 Silver to Green.

    This is their "shade card"...

    House of Kolor Speedshapes - Preperation & Undercoat
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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    btw any idea what colors the fj cruisers are offered in? o.O
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    This wonderful thread was receding...

    It deserves to be on the first page, so here's my humble push >>>>>

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareen View Post
    This wonderful thread was receding...

    It deserves to be on the first page, so here's my humble push >>>>>
    Thanks for your good thoughts, and kinder words, brother.

    Contrary to popular belief, the thread isn't in recession, at all! I just thought I'd give it a bit of a rest between weekends, while the Ustaadjis worked their magic on the beast. In between, whilst the actual body of the Phantom has been bolted onto the frame and the coachwork has started, I've busied myself with some "phlights of phantasy", and some "phorays" into other less-visible, but equally-important aspects of the rebuild.

    First of all, is the building of a hood ornament. Personally, I just LOVED the exquisite, beautifully-crafted figurines that would adorn the hoods of some of the most beautiful cars of yesteryear. The Rolls Royces, the Pontiacs, the Pierces, and the Bentleys. These hood ornaments would add a whole lot of character to the coachwork of the vehicle...whilst serving to set it apart from the madding crowd. I'll include some pictures of these as well, although the hood ornament I have in mind for the Phantom, is going to be a radical departure from any of these classics. I would like for it to be quirky, and irreverent, and humourous...whilst being beautifully crafted, and exquisitely appointed. And yes...it's going to be a surprise, for now

    The other thing I've been focusing on, are the decals and embellishments. I've already posted an idea for the grille marque "Phantom" somewhere in this thread. I'm going to stick to that. However, all the plasticky, masala-type logos and stickers on the FJ are going to be replaced by new-made ones from chrome, when the Phantom finally takes birth.

    Initially, I'd thought of renaming this vehicle the FJ405...for it being a hybrid of an FJ45, built from and FJ40. Well...now it turns out that it's going to be based on an FJ40, and styled like an FJ44, with the back of an FJ45! And, it's going to have a diesel engine, so it won't typically qualify as an "F" series, at all.

    I wonder what it should be called. HJ445? HJ4045? Another thought was HJ84 (because of its manufacture year).

    Strange how I'm concentrating on these absolutely irrelevant details, ALREADY! LOL

    Thanks for the bump, Tareen saab. As always, your interest means a lot. And gives that extra incentive to keep up with the BAD work!

    Cheers.

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    Quick Long Distance Update

    I've come to know that work on the "double door" has started! Of course, I'm VERY excited about this...as it means the progress on the coachwork is coming along nicely.

    Will be visiting the triumvirate of Ustaads on Saturday. Pics to follow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Thanks for the bump, Tareen saab. As always, your interest means a lot. And gives that extra incentive to keep up with the BAD work![/IMG]


    Sir, had & wanted to say a lot (about the project ) but seems you have consumed all the words & ideas already!

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    Tareen Saab...will be looking forward to your recommendations for torsion / panhard modifications, at some point in time soon, Insha Allah.

    From what my denter is telling me...the Phantom is going to take its own sweet time with him, for a while!
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    Default Short and Long Arm Snorkels

    I've thoroughly enjoyed a discussion I was having with MITSU_MAN, in another thread, on here, about the comparative merits and demerits of snorkels, and specifically, the pros and cons of Long Vs Short Arm ones.

    I wonder if it would be technically feasible / practicable for a "two-stage snorkel" to be fabricated. By this, I mean a snorkel which could be fabricated in such a way, that you could remove the long arm and scoop head, so as to leave just the short arm, whenever required. In case of deep water fording, the long arm could be re-attached to the short one.

    Personally, too, I think the long arm snorkel looks sexier, while the "stub" snorkel probably has its own set of merits, too. This is a jugaar which I will definitely discuss with the Ustaadjis. At the same time, I'd be very pleased indeed, if we could get some input from some of our experienced rally-going friends, on the subject.

    I am reproducing MITSU_MAN's pictures here on this thread, with thanks and gratitude to him, for providing such food for thought. Thank you, Boss!

    ( P.S. Waise bhi, bohut saare dost ehbaab Mitsubishi owners hain. Yeh post unn ke liye bhi hai...since this would be the ONLY way, that Pajero pictures could possibly make their way onto this thread! )


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    The original thread, started of by fuma, is in the link below:-

    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...-2#post3220523
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Tareen Saab...will be looking forward to your recommendations for torsion / panhard modifications, at some point in time soon, Insha Allah.

    From what my denter is telling me...the Phantom is going to take its own sweet time with him, for a while!
    Thank you Sir, its rather me looking forward to your well researched plans & execution for this part of the built as well.

    Your project, although being a multifaceted, still going an an amazingly fast pace compared to any on record.

    All the best wishes.

    Regards,

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    @tareen

    Boss, jaa raha hoon, aur dus minute mein.

    I've been awake since bloody 5 in the morning, just itching to make my way over to the workshop!
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    Default The Four Door Phantom

    Am just back (for a spot of lunch) after having spent a blustery-cold, and drizzly morning at Jamil Ustaad's place.

    Was fortunate to encounter Suhaib Kiani Saab over there, too...and we spent a good deal of time, discussing various aspects of the rebuild, the sport in general, and having an altogether excellent bit of real-life interaction. About time too, Suhaib Bhai!

    I was also, very pleased to meet some fellow enthusiasts and PakWheelers there, too, who'd come to visit the Phantom's rebuild. I'm sorry, brothers...but I didn't catch your names. Please do come up and identify yourselves. It'd be wonderful to meet again, some time.

    As for the rebuild...

    I'm simply overjoyed with it. This is turning out to be something absolutely unique. And the pleasure I'm getting from watching twisted metal take shape before my very eyes, is simply nirvana-esque.

    I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

    Cheers.

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    Default More Pics of The 4 Door Phantom

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