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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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    The Phantom is finally starting to shape up. The latest addition has been the OEM fiberglass roof from a long body FJ. It's just a LITTLE bit too long, as can be seen from the photos. Which will imply that we have to saw off a few inches from the middle of the roof, and fiberglass-weld it back together again.

    I've tested the roof height myself. While I'm sitting in the rear of the beast, the roof is a good six to eight inches clear of the top of my head. This seems perfect, and will allow us to ponder all sorts of options for the roof, by means of a "false ceiling". Cabin lights, speaker systems, audio-visual gadgets and the like, are many options that immediately spring to mind.

    I'm pleased with the way things are shaping up...even though the pace at WHICH they're shaping up, is making me grow terribly impatient with each passing day!


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    Good going Fouad
    Thoroughly enjoying the ongoing discussions & updates of the project
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    Great work so far . Hoping for a very nice out come..
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    Hello,
    Where did u get rear seat from bro

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    Good goIng sir... Excellent work
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    Kudos to your project.
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    Its the weekend sir.

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    Fouad bhai... what do you say abt these for Phantom....


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    faisal these r a great idea,my vote for these

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
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    I'm pleased with the way things are shaping up...even though the pace at WHICH they're shaping up, is making me grow terribly impatient with each passing day!

    Good going Fouad Bhai! Abhee to ishq kee shuruaat hain, aap abhee se impatient ho rehay hain You know very well ke, test match mein impatience kee gunjaaish nahin hotee! Aur yeh to chey din wala test match hai Abhee to rest day aanaa hai aur neyee innings shuru honee hai (mechanical finalisation!). Just by way of reference (though not a very good one) my Jeep Baltoro took two years to complete (not kidding!) .... it used to parked at the same spot . Hang on in there sir!

    I can feel that viewers are appreciating how much work it actually is to make/modify a full vehicle body by hand! Hats off to Jamil Bhai for his painstaking attention to detail and quality of work!!!
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    I had a chance to see the vehicle this saturday. Met Jameel ustaad too and had some gup shup against the same vehicle. Seeing it live was a different experience. Although it's too early to comment but can imagine how things will shape up and what strong a personality it will turn into. BRAVO sir. I hope the mechanical part, which is going to be really technical, also gets completed the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kambrit View Post
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    Where did u get rear seat from bro
    Brother, the seats are taken from the rear (cargo compartment) of a Grand Cruiser.

    However, I won't be using these ones as they're far too bulky, and broad, and unwieldy, for the rear of the Phantom's cabin. Instead, I'll be using the rear seats from a GMC Suburban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imransavul View Post
    Good goIng sir... Excellent work
    Thank you, Imran!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aisheikh View Post
    Kudos to your project.
    Thanks, brother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsumbal1 View Post
    Its the weekend sir.

    Waiting for updates...
    My apologies, boss. I've been horribly busy with some official commitments over the past couple of weeks, which has made me unable to even be online, much less visit the rebuild site.

    I'm told that the coachwork is coming along well. We're done with the cabin, and should have the roof installed, shortly.

    An additional 6 inches are being added to the frame at the rear, so as to be able to handle the somewhat lengthened "daala". Work on this, and the rear wheel mount, should begin shortly, thereafter. The seats are being set up...rear GMC seats (which I've found) and Recaro/Sparco seats for the front (which I haven't found, yet).

    Sorry about the lack of pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by faisalayub View Post
    Fouad bhai... what do you say abt these for Phantom....


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    Actually, Faisal...it looks pretty @#$%ing HOT!

    I've discussed the possibilities of having a stack / chimney / upright exhaust connected to a straight, large-bore pipe earlier on, in this thread. While I'm not going to opt for a double stack, as shown in this picture...a single upright exhaust is definitely on the cards. I'm thinking of something in chrome and black, though. Let's see how that goes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Good going Fouad Bhai! Abhee to ishq kee shuruaat hain, aap abhee se impatient ho rehay hain You know very well ke, test match mein impatience kee gunjaaish nahin hotee! Aur yeh to chey din wala test match hai Abhee to rest day aanaa hai aur neyee innings shuru honee hai (mechanical finalisation!). Just by way of reference (though not a very good one) my Jeep Baltoro took two years to complete (not kidding!) .... it used to parked at the same spot . Hang on in there sir!
    Thank you, Suhaib...that brought a much needed smile to my face! On the other hand though, brother, while (as an enthusiast) I'm impatient to see how the beast turns out...I DO realise that the enormity of the task - crafting something of this sort, by hand, from scratch - is a very taxing job indeed. Which is why I try to not transfer my impatience to the rebuild team.

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    I can feel that viewers are appreciating how much work it actually is to make/modify a full vehicle body by hand! Hats off to Jamil Bhai for his painstaking attention to detail and quality of work!!!
    I feel that this rebuild has struck a chord within Jamil Ustaad's core, by REALLY challenging his capabilities. And the way he has risen to this challenge, is admirable, indeed.

    To be honest, after the initial brainstorming / designing / finalising of the design essence...I've made hardly any contribution to the way the product is turning out, at all. It's been pretty much on auto-pilot. Other than some minor suggestions pertaining to aesthetics and/or functionality, the credit for this must go to the rebuild team...Jamil, Nikku, and Imran Ustaads.

    I just wish they'd bloody hurry up! Whoops...there's that streak of impatience, again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by noman8ff View Post
    I had a chance to see the vehicle this saturday. Met Jameel ustaad too and had some gup shup against the same vehicle. Seeing it live was a different experience. Although it's too early to comment but can imagine how things will shape up and what strong a personality it will turn into. BRAVO sir. I hope the mechanical part, which is going to be really technical, also gets completed the same way.
    Thanks for the good wishes, Noman!

    You're quite right. So many of my friends who have been following this thread, have been rendered speechless after seeing it in real life...despite having a general idea of what it looks like!

    I have a good feeling about the mechanicals, Noman. ALL the parts being used (the engine, transmission, transfer case, differentials, axles, brakes, exhaust, shocks, etc) are pretty much THE best available items of their kind. No expense has been spared in procuring them...and no corners will be cut in installing them, Insha Allah.

    I'm a firm believer in "do your best, then leave the rest, to God".

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