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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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    Sir jee .. how about painting it MATT BLACK .... it would give it a elegant yet hardcore look .....
    "" PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ""

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanrocks View Post
    Sir jee .. how about painting it MATT BLACK .... it would give it a elegant yet hardcore look .....
    Boss, mere eik Guru Ji hain...Aamir Bhai...jinhon ne farmaya hai, ke agar iss ko kaala paint kiya gaya, tau woh iss ko petrol mein dabo ke, maachis kee teeli laga denge.

    Aapas kee baat hai
    ...I'm rather fond of the Phantom. I don't want to see it go up in flames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post

    In the days of yore, men used to be recognised by the horses / stallions they used to ride. I personally think that these metal beasts which we own, are TODAY's steeds. And the time, effort, resources, and love that we lavish upon them is part of a tradition that will always be associated with men.

    Boys and their toys! Regardless of age!

    Very well said sir

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    This is a beautiful shade of khaki...close to, but definitely different from, the khaki of my FZJ79.

    I think this would look pretty damn hot, with black adornments.


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    Another khaki coloured beauty...


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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Another khaki coloured beauty...


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    Ok...with all respect to FJ Cruiser owners/admirers and potential FJ Cruiser owners/admirers...

    The FJ Cruiser is ONE ugly looking beast! Although the khaki colour still looks hot on it.


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    Dear Fouad, I think this Dashboard is also simple and good looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daudbros View Post
    Dear Fouad, I think this Dashboard is also simple and good looking.
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    I agree. The layout of the instrument cluster is very nice, indeed.
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    Dear Fouad,
    Today I spoke to Jameel Ustad, Regarding my JEEP CJ7 I want to make 4 door (JEEP Wrangler Unlimited) alike. He said Sorry Mr. Fouad FJ will take 3 more months.

    Then you may contact. He also ask do you want to install same size tire ? He mension that FJ tire hight is 3.5' high.

    See what happend when it's finsh, I am almost dialy review your FJ.


    Goodluck Fouad.

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    MASHALLAH.... good going fouad bhai.... it would be a monster in making... best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
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    MASHALLAH... nice and amazing.. m lovin it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
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    MASHALLAH ... nice... ALLAH nazr-e-bad se bcha k rkhy.. Ameen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanrocks View Post
    Sir jee .. how about painting it MATT BLACK .... it would give it a elegant yet hardcore look .....
    matt finish is very delicate to maintain but elegance is awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by capsat View Post
    matt finish is very delicate to maintain but elegance is awesome.
    True sir ... I saw a Merc G-Class in Matt deep sliver finish the other day and it was looking just Amazing !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daudbros View Post
    Dear Fouad,
    Today I spoke to Jameel Ustad, Regarding my JEEP CJ7 I want to make 4 door (JEEP Wrangler Unlimited) alike. He said Sorry Mr. Fouad FJ will take 3 more months.

    Then you may contact. He also ask do you want to install same size tire ? He mension that FJ tire hight is 3.5' high.

    See what happend when it's finsh, I am almost dialy review your FJ.


    Goodluck Fouad.
    Jamil Ustaad is a very nasli person...and he is unlike other craftsmen, who would grab onto whatever work comes their way, with both hands.

    Yeah...the tyres are kind of wild.

    And thanks, Daud Saab. It is reassuring to know that brothers like you are sending their best wishes for this challenging task in hand!
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    Quote Originally Posted by faisalayub View Post
    MASHALLAH.... good going fouad bhai.... it would be a monster in making... best of luck
    Thank you, brother. I'll certainly be needing a LOT of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capsat View Post
    matt finish is very delicate to maintain but elegance is awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by khanrocks View Post
    True sir ... I saw a Merc G-Class in Matt deep sliver finish the other day and it was looking just Amazing !!!
    "Maintainability" is definitely going to be one of the factors that will govern the Phantom's eventual colour. However, the more I think over it, the more I like shades of khaki. Although it's still quite a while before we will get down to painting this beast, the image of it in stone / ivory / dune coloured livery, is becoming more and more appealing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daudbros View Post
    Dear Fouad,
    Today I spoke to Jameel Ustad, Regarding my JEEP CJ7 I want to make 4 door (JEEP Wrangler Unlimited) alike. He said Sorry Mr. Fouad FJ will take 3 more months.

    Then you may contact. He also ask do you want to install same size tire ? He mension that FJ tire hight is 3.5' high.

    See what happend when it's finsh, I am almost dialy review your FJ.


    Goodluck Fouad.
    If Allah is willing, I would like to undertake a CJ / Jeep project of my own, at some point in the future. For now, though, I have my hands full. This FJ build is coming along nicely...and the '65 and '67 Impalas will take up any time that I have left.

    Like the FJ40, the CJ is an iconic vehicle. I'd really love to put one of those beasts back together, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Like the FJ40, the CJ is an iconic vehicle. I'd really love to put one of those beasts back together, too!
    Ironic that you mention that! I came to appreciate TLCs only after going through a few Jeeps, especially my CJ7, which has a drivetrain out of an late model FJ40. The person who originally built it must have had an FJ without a body because he transplanted everything from it, including mirrors, instrumentation, steering gear, suspension, you name it, straight to the CJ. Although we later restored it back to CJ7 specs, we kept the drivetrain because it's much stronger and smoother running than the original AMC hardware. This Jeep is about to become the recipient of more Toyota engineering in the near future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep_junkie View Post
    Ironic that you mention that! I came to appreciate TLCs only after going through a few Jeeps, especially my CJ7, which has a drivetrain out of an late model FJ40. The person who originally built it must have had an FJ without a body because he transplanted everything from it, including mirrors, instrumentation, steering gear, suspension, you name it, straight to the CJ. Although we later restored it back to CJ7 specs, we kept the drivetrain because it's much stronger and smoother running than the original AMC hardware. This Jeep is about to become the recipient of more Toyota engineering in the near future!
    To be honest, in our neck of the woods I think TLCs are unbeatable. When it comes to performance, combined with the ease of finding parts, mechanics, maintenance materials...they have no peer. And I say that with ALL respect to the choice of Jeep / Mitsu / Merc / Nissan / Kia / Suzuki fans.

    That being said, Jeeps are incredible beasts. They're tough as nails, as hardy as a mule, and as exciting as a roller coaster. A whole bunch of reasons why I love them.

    This desire to rebuild a Jeep isn't a passing fancy on my part, at all. One of my most prized possessions EVER has been a Jeep. A '52 Willys, no less. I rue the day that I had to sell it, due to a temporary move abroad. And when I DID move abroad, the vehicle I bought was a Jeep, too. A 2003 Grand Cherokee Limited...all 4.7L of V8 madness!

    I think one line I stated earlier says it all..."the CJ is very much an icon, in the FJ40 mould". I mean...who could possibly resist having a genuine piece of automotive genius is his stable?

    Certainly not I!
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    Just to take a break from Toyota madness...my beloved '52 Willys...

    RIP, darling...wherever you are!


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