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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.

    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - RollingChassis035 zps67b9d7d2
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - Exploration026 zps20dca66c
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - OwnFrameOnChassis002 zps86716bb0
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - Phantom4DoorI010 zpse8e4302f
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - Phantom4DoorIII004 zpse055a2d0
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 3 3 12001 zps9289e65c
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 10 3 12010 zpsdaaace95
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 24 03 12006 zpsab6f3b06
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - DSC00080 zps6c2ea17e
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - PhantomGolay001 zps8f934202
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - DSC00021 zps79bf4c3a
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - DSC00126 zpsc1ca419e
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - DSC00153 zpsf2360921
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 2012 08 13172155 zps7be6141c
    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road - 2012 08 19164453 zps145bd85a

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    1000 posts. That's a lot of posting!

    When this thread initially began, little did I know that it would entail the "rebuild of a lifetime"...something so challenging, and time-consuming, and laborious...that the very effort would dwarf anything I'd ever tried earlier.

    Earlier today, I was sitting with Nikku Ustad, at Jamil Ustad's place, and we were overseeing some of the work which was being carried out on the Phantom. He remarked that this was THE most ambitious rebuild project he'd ever been witness to, and that he was amazed at how it'd come about to a state of near-completion so quickly, and so quietly. I laughed. Because only a vehicle owner would know just how long those days and weeks and months are, when a piece of automotive art is being created!

    I can safely say though, that after THIS project, my "rebuild" ambitions have met their match. I don't think that anything I'm likely to do hereafter, can quite rival the creation of this vehicle, which by now, has come to be known as "The Phantom Of City Saddar Road" by most nearly everyone.

    At this time, with 1000 posts under the belt of this thread, I must acknowledge those readers who've been my companions and comrades in this project - a project which still continues to thrive and evolve as time passes. I must appreciate the wisdom of so many well-wishers who've been invaluable sources of advice and guidance. I must give a nod to all of those friends who've simply provided good cheer and raised morale. And I must also give due recognition to even those, who've simply followed this thread and given silent good wishes to this very important, and very visually exciting part of this project. Thank you. All of you.

    And now...let's try for the next thousand, a little quicker. Yes?
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    please upload some pics of under the hood thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ujgilani View Post
    please upload some pics of under the hood thanks
    Insha Allah, sometime tomorrow, brother.
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    wow in its loook cool even with out colour

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    The rear wheel is going to be mounted something like this...

    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432442The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432443The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432444The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432445The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432446
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    Imagine the Rust color on this Monster
    -It is always Man behind the Machine.

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    The Prince of Wales and His Ride

    My son Shayaan; hamming it up next to the Phantom. Another photo which gives ample idea about the Phantom's dimensions. Masha Allah, Shayaan is a big boy; who's pushing 6 feet!

    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -432497
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    Quote Originally Posted by aamir567 View Post
    Imagine the Rust color on this Monster
    Guru Ji, aap ko waise bhi woh brown and silver ka combination shuruu din se achha lagta tha.
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    This project has come a long way! Great job!
    Definitely worth the wait, that coming from just an observer, one can only wonder what it must feel like to stand before this Phantom!
    Zabardast Fouad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayzin View Post
    This project has come a long way! Great job!
    Definitely worth the wait, that coming from just an observer, one can only wonder what it must feel like to stand before this Phantom!
    Zabardast Fouad!
    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, brother.
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    A comparison between Real Life and Photoshop Phantasy

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    @foud where did you get those wheels from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pak786 View Post
    @foud where did you get those wheels from?
    I was lucky to find them being sold, second-hand, in Rawalpindi (City Sadar Road).
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    I was lucky to find them being sold, second-hand, in Rawalpindi (City Sadar Road).
    Oh really. Well if you see something like that again could you PM me ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pak786 View Post
    Oh really. Well if you see something like that again could you PM me ?
    It would be my pleasure. Although (to be completely candid) the chances of that randomly happening (i.e., finding a set of 42 inch Super Swampers just 'lying around") are quite slim. Lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    It would be my pleasure. Although (to be completely candid) the chances of that randomly happening (i.e., finding a set of 42 inch Super Swampers just 'lying around") are quite slim. Lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place!
    True , but you could maybe ask the guy who sold you these about arranging another set Afterall everything is possible.
    But your car would take alot of stress after mounting such huge wheels on it and fuel consumption would be really high .....am I right or .....

    (And yes i know that one should not care about fuel consumption when it comes to such projects hehe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pak786 View Post
    True , but you could maybe ask the guy who sold you these about arranging another set Afterall everything is possible.
    But your car would take alot of stress after mounting such huge wheels on it and fuel consumption would be really high .....am I right or .....

    (And yes i know that one should not care about fuel consumption when it comes to such projects hehe)
    The vehicle hasn't undergone much road tests to ascertain its fuel consumption, so I really can't comment on that aspect, just yet. Although, at some point in time, I would definitely like to have a set of proven figures giving various averages, for my personal knowledge. In this case, aiming for fuel economy in the Phantom, is like buying a Jumbo Jet and then installing a CNG kit in it for "good consumption". It just doesn't make much sense, when the rig is big, brash, and ballsy...and is anathema to good fiscal sense.

    As an aside, personally speaking, none of my "big" vehicles are driven around that much for economy to really figure out. They hardly run an average of 50-60 kilometres each month. On the other hand, for daily use and cost-saving, I have a little Toyota Passo which does 75 billion kilometres per litre

    Will be sure to let on, if I happen to come across any other oversized tyres.
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    Fixing The Wheel Offset

    Earlier in the thread, Noman and Suhaib had very correctly pointed out that the rear wheels of the Phantom were not properly positioned within their wheel arches. A perfectly valid observation; with performance as well as aesthetic ramifications. Because of this, the vehicle looked "imbalanced" and poorly poised. Both these fine gentlemen had also offered solutions (Noman: to shift the leaf spring mounts back, slightly...Suhaib: to try using longer, Series 45 springs).

    A great deal of time was spent agonising over this problem. The solution we're going to adopt is a combination of both pieces of advice rendered above.

    We're going to perform a "spring flip"...i.e., rotate the spring stack back to front. 60 Series springs are off-centric...with the rear "half" about 3 inches longer than the front "half" (when measured from the centre bolt). These additional 3 inches at the front, will be just about perfect to move the axle back and settle the wheels in the exact centre of the rear wheel arches!

    All that would be required, would be to lengthen the propeller shaft accordingly, and fix the brake lines. Theoretically speaking the longer length of the leaf stack (more travel) at the front half should actually be beneficial (since the majority of the weight rests forward of the axle, anyways). How it ACTUALLY turns out, is still conjecture, for now.

    Keeping my fingers crossed on yet another classic desi jugaar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
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    MASHAALLAH Superb outcome n comparison of the size of the beast sir!! BTW i see that Corolla quite often here!!
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