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    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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    Fouad
    How much will it take to complete this project ?
    -It is always Man behind the Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aamir567 View Post
    Fouad
    How much will it take to complete this project ?

    Guruji, time ke lehaaz se, ya phir paison ke hisaab se?
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    shapping up.... cant wait to see the end product.... may Allah bless you with time a money to spend to your dream project.... i mean one of the dream projects

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    Just a few pics I took sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    shapping up.... cant wait to see the end product.... may Allah bless you with time a money to spend to your dream project.... i mean one of the dream projects
    Ameen. Summa Ameen!

    I have good feelings about this rebuild, Adeel. Like you said, it IS shaping up nicely. Without a doubt, the reason for that is the terrific team I'm surrounded by. Jamil Ustaad is going superfast with the coachwork. I have this feeling that he's really REALLY inspired by this challenging rebuild, and that has him psyched up, nicely. The thing he's crafting out of cold steel is a sight to behold!

    Of course, there are niggling little problems that arise...basically from the fact that there is no existing template or chhaapa for a project of this sorts. But at the same time, I think this thread serves an important purpose of actually CREATING an amrit dhaara for those brave (or should I say "foolhardy") souls, who might want to attempt a rebuild of this kind, in future.

    As always, thanks for the wonderful sentiments! God bless!

    Fouad.
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    Dear Fouad, I am waiting for NEW PHOTOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daudbros View Post
    Dear Fouad, I am waiting for NEW PHOTOS.
    I'm afraid new pictures will have to wait for a few days, boss. I'm out of town, and won't be able to get any new ones.

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    We are all waiting foor visual updates.

    This FJ will be the badest FJ in the country I am sure.
    Cant wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsumbal1 View Post
    We are all waiting foor visual updates.

    This FJ will be the badest FJ in the country I am sure.
    Cant wait.
    Thank you for the good wishes, brother.

    I don't know if it'll be the baddest, or not...but it's certainly going to be the most impatiently awaited! If it's any consolation, boss...I get to see the rebuild ONLY when you guys do. On weekends...with days and days passing in between.

    What I'm incredibly pleased about though, is how it seems to be conforming to the original plan. At least as far as rims/tyres, engine/transmission, and bodywork is concerned. The wheels look ok on the beast. The engine LOOKS perfect, but I have no idea about how good it'll be when we actually get around to starting it.

    The coachwork, of course, is REALLY special. At the very heart of the rebuild, was the concept for this vehicle to be first and foremost an FJ40, even if it retained virtually nothing from the original donor body, other than the front quarter panels and bonnet. I'm very pleased that its FJ40-ish-ness hasn't faded, at all. The rear doors have been beautifully crafted by Jamil Ustaad, and cannot possibly be mistaken for anything other than FJ doors...even though they aren't! The hand-crafted hard-top cabin is also, unmistakably FJ...with the rounded corners and glass, that are unique to the beast. The rear window also, cannot possibly be confused with anything that would appear on ANY other off-roader but the FJ. So overall, I'm exceptionally happy about the entire process...even though virtually every single part of the donor has undergone some sort of radical modification / alteration.

    The aesthetics, however, will be stringently put to sword when the T&A phase of the rebuild commences. Whilst all the concepts may appear right, while static...for them to gel together when the vehicle is in high-speed, difficult-manouevre motion...is another matter, altogether.

    That phase...is fast approaching, Alhamdolillah. My ONLY gripe is, that it isn't approaching fast enough, for my liking!
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    Special words must go out to DeeDee and Basch, for visiting the Phantom's rebuild site, and their words of encouragement over the phone, later on.

    Thanks guys!
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    Between the rebuilds...some time out for a little clothing design.

    I've given an order for a tee-shirt to be made with this picture / logo on the front. FJ owners of the world...UNITE!

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    Fouad have a pic. for Just IDEA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daudbros View Post
    Fouad have a pic. for Just IDEA.
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    I like it, Daud Saab. It is somewhat similar to what my plans are. But I don't actually think that this is a "real" vehicle. It seems to be a photo-shopped image (as can be assessed from the identical reflections on the front and rear doors). The rear door, is also too straight. Personally, I like the angled back of the Phantom's rear door, much more.

    Aapas ki baat hai...apne mulk Pakistan mein banne waala Phantom, is double-door FJ ka baap hoga, Insha Allah.


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    Default Phantom a real Head Turner FJ40 doka!

    Thank You Fouad. Phantom is special and something which would be taking me to the workshop for a visit at-least once a week. Its height & ground clearance was as good as Unimog, tyres alone were higher than a stance of CJ and can drive over anthing you hate most , truly amazing piece of art with most practical and skillful bodywork all this credit goes the idea you have generated. Sharing few pictures from our yesterday's visit!


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    You should also consider adding Unimog's heavy metal sid plate on the front, it will add an additional 13KG

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Special words must go out to DeeDee and Basch, for visiting the Phantom's rebuild site, and their words of encouragement over the phone, later on.

    Thanks guys!
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    Some serious amount of skill was seen in the Hand crafted doors and curve on the new rear wall!

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    Those RIMs were beautiful and perfect match for the hubs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Thank You Fouad. Phantom is special and something which would be taking me to the workshop for a visit at-least once a week. Its height & ground clearance was as good as Unimog, tyres alone were higher than a stance of CJ and can drive over anthing you hate most , truly amazing piece of art with most practical and skillful bodywork all this credit goes the idea you have generated. Sharing few pictures from our yesterday's visit!


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    You should also consider adding Unimog's heavy metal sid plate on the front, it will add an additional 13KG

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    Basharat...thank you for giving me a dose of pictures of the project. Since I hadn't visited Pindi on this weekend, I was suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms!

    The rebuild is indeed, coming up well, thanks to the input and good wishes of friends, brothers, and fellow gearheads, alike.

    I have intentions with regards to the front skid plate, indeed. I have the pictures stashed somewhere...will be posting my ideas on the front skid plate arrangement in the next post.

    Thanks for the good wishes, bro!
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    Default Skid Plates

    Here are some ones, which I like.


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    Default Belly Safeguard / Rock Slider

    Of course, adding to the protection offered to the underbelly (which I don't think should be too much of a problem, given the Phantom's ride height) are going to be rock sliders, made out of three inch pipe.

    The result should be somewhat similar to this photo. Of course, this will also double as a side step. Nahin tau iss mein charhna utarna azaab hoga!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Thank You Fouad. Phantom is special and something which would be taking me to the workshop for a visit at-least once a week. Its height & ground clearance was as good as Unimog, tyres alone were higher than a stance of CJ and can drive over anthing you hate most , truly amazing piece of art with most practical and skillful bodywork all this credit goes the idea you have generated. Sharing few pictures from our yesterday's visit!


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    In this photo, it indeed looks like the poor Willys is about to get stomped on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    ...its height & ground clearance was as good as Unimog, tyres alone were higher than a stance of CJ and can drive over anthing you hate most
    One of my younger brothers drives a Toyota Rush (which he has the bloody cheek to call an "off roader"). My other brother drives a Daihatsu Bego (aur woh bhi uss ko "off roader" kehne ki jasaarat karta hai). The first two things I'm going to drive over, are their vehicles!

    I bet the Rush and the Bego taste nice...with ketchup!
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    In view of the huge number of FJ40 enthusiasts and owners out there...I'm very seriously considering that we should have a page titled as "The FJ Thread" on the board.

    Aakhir, jaise goonge ki ramzein goonge ki maan hee jaane...FJ40 ki tarah ke jangli jaanwar ka haal, uss ka sawaar hee jaane!
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