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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 machine View Post
    Hope that all is well at your end as you have not updated this thread today

    Dont worry sir this thread is not at all useless without pictures. We simultaneously enjoy each and every post.

    Take care and keep us posted.
    How very nice of you to say so!

    Will hopefully be traveling to 'Pindi today (Insha Allah). I Will probably have a ton of updated photographs to share, after the weekend!
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    mastaan 1 .. this fj40 is at bannu The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -382704

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojimoji View Post
    mastaan 1 .. this fj40 is at bannu
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 382704
    Er...thank you. Sort of. I think I'll pass.

    Waisey bhi...meri moonchhein itni bari nahin hain. Aisi FJ ke saath iss tarah ki moonchh ka bhi hona zaroori hai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojimoji View Post
    mastaan 1 .. this fj40 is at bannu The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 382704
    Awesome! There is even Che on the door!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojimoji View Post
    mastaan 1 .. this fj40 is at bannu
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    Ustaadji, lok tasweeran le raey ne...

    Oye...aey dus...meriyaan muchhaan theek ne?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Awesome! There is even Che on the door!!!
    LOL. I have RARELY laughed so hard!

    @jojimoji: Thank you. For a short time, I was actually thinking of painting / decorating my FJ with some truck art. Clearly...I now see how disastrous that would have been!
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    Hope to see everyone after Sunday...loaded with pictures!

    Have a good weekend, all.
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    Default Picture Roll

    I just couldn't wait, until AFTER the weekend. Some pictures, for now...more to follow, tomorrow!


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    Default A Model Of The Rear Jangla

    Like I'd posted earlier, the decision to have a daala on the Phantom has been reversed...I'm just going to keep a rear jangla, with the massive rear stepni, brackets for twin spare cans (one mounted on either side), space for a high-lift jack, a tool-box and a flat-bed diamond-checkered plate as the "floor".

    This sample (made from 1 inch dia pipe) is just to serve as a scaled model. The actual jangla will be constructed from 3 inch diameter pipe!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Awesome! There is even Che on the door!!!
    janaaab it also got lcd in it i hav seen it once at city saddar road
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Like I'd posted earlier, the decision to have a daala on the Phantom has been reversed...I'm just going to keep a rear jangla, with the massive rear stepni, brackets for twin spare cans (one mounted on either side), space for a high-lift jack, a tool-box and a flat-bed diamond-checkered plate as the "floor".

    This sample (made from 1 inch dia pipe) is just to serve as a scaled model. The actual jangla will be constructed from 3 inch diameter pipe!
    After another humungous brain-storming session with Jamil and Nikku Ustaads, it's been decided that we'll keep the daala after all. AND the rear pipe jangla, too.

    I know...all this emphatic decisiveness is OVERWHELMING!
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    Happy Pakistan Day, everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Happy Pakistan Day, everyone!
    Happy Pakistan day to you too, sir! I'm puzzled at your decision to not have a pickup bed though. Why did you shelve the idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep_junkie View Post
    Happy Pakistan day to you too, sir! I'm puzzled at your decision to not have a pickup bed though. Why did you shelve the idea?
    Actually, the idea was to have a flat-bed pickup "tray" rather than a "tub". Something that would showcase the suspension lift and tyres, rather than cover them / obscure them.

    Theoretically, this would've made the rear appear much like a buggy, rather than an FJ45 shape, per se. Something like the picture I'm attaching.

    However, we later on thought that this probably wouldn't look so hot with the "Doka" (double cabin) we've built...as the rear would appear truncated, in comparison to the extended cabin. Plus, the wheel arches would've been difficult to fabricate on a flat-bed / tray arrangement...so we're back to the original plan of keeping a tub in the rear, after all. We will keep a piped jangla in the back, too, though...which can be fitted to the frame even if the tub is removed. Best of both worlds!


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    Amongst the "boring" stuff we're doing nowadays, is reinforcing the body by means of hand-crafted channels welded to the body-panels. This is tedious, but is all important to retain the structural rigidity and integrity of the body-beautiful of the Phantom.

    We're also positioning (and fabricating) the all important fuel cap to the petrol tank. For this, we're sticking to the "original" fuel-cap flap of the FJ40; a design touch that goes with the "original" feel and attempted design philosophy of the Phantom.

    Yet another important but somewhat mundane task, is the adjustment of the rear seat (the front will be Recaros / Sparcos, hopefully). We've got the rear cabin seat from a GMC suburban for this purpose, which offers great thigh and lumbar support as well as a comfy seating position. Also, it offers three seat belts, which is again, very important in a vehicle which will (Insha Allah) attempt to challenge very difficult terrain. Most importantly, it fits beautifully between the rear wheel arches.

    I'm very pleased with all this boring stuff!

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