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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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    Quote Originally Posted by hassanazeem View Post
    Congrats on the Impala purchase... even though i am not against a resto-mod... but would recommend that you NOT turn it into an off-road machine...

    I guess it would look better if it was turned into a low riding hot rod with some serious muscle and grunt...

    Just my 2 cents...
    Thanks, brother.

    I won't be turning it into an off-roader, per se...but I AM very seriously toying with the idea of a height-lowered, four-wheel-drive beast that uses all wheels to propel the energy from a high-output, big, V8 engine, through large, terribly grippy tyres.

    In a post elsewhere in this thread, I'd pondered aloud...think of the grip. The grunt. The traction. AND the smoking rubber!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Thanks, brother.

    I won't be turning it into an off-roader, per se...but I AM very seriously toying with the idea of a height-lowered, four-wheel-drive beast that uses all wheels to propel the energy from a high-output, big, V8 engine, through large, terribly grippy tyres.

    In a post elsewhere in this thread, I'd pondered aloud...think of the grip. The grunt. The traction. AND the smoking rubber!
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    And seriously...this Pimpala needs to be on a separate thread, altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    And seriously...this Pimpala needs to be on a separate thread, altogether.
    it most definetly does...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hassanazeem View Post
    it most definetly does...
    and now...it IS!
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    Sir I am regularly following the developments taking place. I believe, so far, it's a marvellous job with deliberate thinking and prudent planning. With my little experience, this is the most important part of your overall project which needs skill full execution of the work so that whatever is in your mind, is achieved. I think a 4 door 40 will be the first in Pakistan. (Please correct me if I am wrong). This project is not only interesting but is full of information as besides your vast knowledge, many other experts are also taking keen interest in it. Thanks to all, especially to you sir for taking this type of "punga" for the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noman8ff View Post
    Sir I am regularly following the developments taking place. I believe, so far, it's a marvellous job with deliberate thinking and prudent planning. With my little experience, this is the most important part of your overall project which needs skill full execution of the work so that whatever is in your mind, is achieved. I think a 4 door 40 will be the first in Pakistan. (Please correct me if I am wrong). This project is not only interesting but is full of information as besides your vast knowledge, many other experts are also taking keen interest in it. Thanks to all, especially to you sir for taking this type of "punga" for the first time.
    Regards
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    Noman, thank you for the wonderful sentiments.

    From the very day I bought this FJ, the project has slowly-but-gradually blossomed into its current shape. This has, of course, come about due to the very timely, as well as insightful input from friends (new and old, alike) who have provided technical expertise, guidance, and sometimes, even a pat on the back.

    As of today, the rebuild is progressing nicely, at a fair pace. Intentionally, I am giving the Ustaads ample breathing space, for them to translate this vision into solid metal art.

    To the best of my knowledge, we don't have a four door FJ40 in Pakistan, of the type that the Phantom aspires to be. And if we DO (doubtful), I'm quite sure that there are NO cab-pickup hybrids. To the best of my knowledge, we don't have any vehicle that rides on such massive wheels. Too, I'm not sure whether we have any vehicle whose suspension is jacked up as far as this vehicle, or whose gearing has been altered so dramatically. So yes...there are a lot of firsts, associated with this vehicle, which ALL have the potential to go horribly wrong. But to my mind, that is the beauty of this rebuild. If something does indeed falter...I'll have learned something new, anyways. Something which one can endeavour to rectify. And if all goes well, I'll have a decent ride built from virtually scratch, within our own country. Something that I will take a LOT of pride in.

    Time will tell, Insha Allah.

    Let's just hope I don't start pulling out my hair, before then!

    Once again, thanks for your interest and your comments.

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    Long distance update: The additional doors have been fabricated, and loose-bolted onto the body. The Phantom is now, officially a four door!

    (Pics after the weekend, Insha Allah)
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    Thumbs up FJ40 - Doka

    Very interesting & creative, hats off to the panel beater/body fabricator by putting imaginations and images into reality!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    This Phantom rebuild is certainly affecting my mental health.

    Aaj subah se, mein apni 350cc Suzuki Quad King 4WD ATV ko maani khez nazron se dekh raha hoon. It'd make a pretty hot custom rebuild, too.

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    I hope not in this direction! though the ingredients look similar....

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    As for the traction bar, I'm looking forward to Dr. ehsankiani & your assessment & plan for it. I'll poke in if I have anything worth adding to the gurus. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareen View Post
    I hope not in this direction! though the ingredients look similar....

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    DEFINITELY something in this direction!

    I'm actually thinking it'd serve as a great companion vehicle to the Phantom or the FZJ/Range Rover. Maybe tugged behind...on a low, flatbed trailer...with a completely new, hand-crafted body. And a blindingly bright HiD lamp. And some bad-a$$ed paintwork. And...

    Never mind. This is getting to me, again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Very interesting & creative, hats off to the panel beater/body fabricator by putting imaginations and images into reality!
    Yes. He's quite an incredible artisan.

    Even more so, once you consider that nearly ALL the panels on this beast, will be crafted by hand, from brand new, heavy gauge sheet metal. No rusty replacements, or half-measures. It's as exciting to WATCH him at work, as it is seeing his end-products from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    DEFINITELY something in this direction!

    I'm actually thinking it'd serve as a great companion vehicle to the Phantom or the FZJ/Range Rover. Maybe tugged behind...on a low, flatbed trailer...with a completely new, hand-crafted body. And a blindingly bright HiD lamp. And some bad-a$$ed paintwork. And...

    Never mind. This is getting to me, again!
    I saw this picture the other day and a thought surfaced in relation to your project plans ....'how a quad with matching 40 series fenders, face & appearance will look riding on a flat bed trailer behind a 4* series One-Off giant ????

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    LOL

    Well...it's certainly a hugely innovative punga!
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    Heading off to Pindi, for a few days.

    Let's see what Jamil Ustaad has in store for me.
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    Jamil Ustaad is a genius. There's no other accolade that quite fits him.

    Some pictures of the Maestro, and his handiwork.

    Met Dr Ehsan Kiani at City Saddar Road. A chance encounter...and another wonderful gentleman to become acquainted with, in person!


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