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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 Bhai Pics please...

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmanulamin View Post
    Fouad Bhai Pics please...
    Just a week to ten days more, Usman. Then, I promise to FLOOD these pages with hundreds of pictures of the painted Phantom, from every possible angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Just a week to ten days more, Usman. Then, I promise to FLOOD these pages with hundreds of pictures of the painted Phantom, from every possible angle.
    Ok Waiting

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    sir paint it sooon ,this 700 post walaa is waiting
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    Quote Originally Posted by chali View Post
    sir paint it sooon ,this 700 post walaa is waiting
    Ali, you have dibs on a drive whenever you like. Paint...or no paint.
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    Please transfer your vision, talent and technology to Peshawar as well. Never knew I would see airbrushing/paint job of this quality locally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saaduk View Post
    Please transfer your vision, talent and technology to Peshawar as well. Never knew I would see airbrushing/paint job of this quality locally.
    Thanks for the kind words, Saad...but to be honest, the entire air-brushing / flame-painting / custom paint design thing (which you've seen on the Impala) is ludicrously simple. All it really takes is some masking tape, some water-soluble markers, and a bit of imagination. Layering on the paint, and rubbing it smooth...is pretty much identical to how you'd paint any car. So really, brother...there's hardly any talent/vision/technique involved!

    I think the more pertinent thing is that we (as vehicle owners) are unwilling to take "risks" with regards to our rides. We're wary of stepping beyond the circle of conformity, and experimenting with looks...and our technicians KNOW this, and even reinforce this. When I was flame-painting the Impala, I tried (unsuccessfully) to get a good job done with rattle-can spray paints, and decided that I needed some professional equipment. Well, the painter whose services I hired, immediately came out and said "bao ji, je kharab ho gaya, te mein idda zimmewaar koi naien" (if this thing ends up looking f***ed, I'm not to be held responsible). It was only after I assured him that I would do the painting myself, needed him only for his equipment and knowledge of how to use it, and was solely responsible for any inconsistencies, that he gave his assent to even work on the car!

    I realise that fixing weird-looking, thoroughly botched-up design attempts is a costly and time-consuming process. But at the same time, nothing quite makes your ride so individualistic and unique as a one-off paint job. When we (as consumers) will make repeated demands upon our craftsmen and artisans for something of this sort, they'll learn all of the tricks of the trade and acquire all of the requisite hardware that are needed to provide us with the necessary solutions. Until then, we're going to have to admire (and envy) the custom paint, and flame designs, and airbrush art in magazines, I'm afraid!
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    hmmmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Ali, you have dibs on a drive whenever you like. Paint...or no paint.
    def with paint and all gadjets
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    Sir from where you got this idea of making a monster truck? I hope this is not the answer

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    Last week i again saw the vehicle, got few pics and would like to suggest something. When i completed working on my suzuki LJ50 and started using it, i realized i could have done few more modifications against the fitting of those items which are always with the veh. Like the jack pana, pana lever, tool kit box, etc etc. This can only be done before the paint job. Even one can have a place for the jerrycane or any other recovery equipment like air filling plant/ box. For that some holders/ levers and plates can be welded in the below areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chali View Post
    def with paint and all gadjets
    Done!

    Quote Originally Posted by salal_abid15 View Post
    Sir from where you got this idea of making a monster truck? I hope its not the answer
    FWTV: Top Truck Challenge XIV Part 3 - YouTube
    Wow. Those are some monstrous trucks! But they're also highly-specialised with lots of unique, one-off features that we couldn't hope to replicate in Pakistan. Phantom bechara, sirf guzara hee karta hai, in comparison to those beasts!

    Quote Originally Posted by noman8ff View Post
    Last week i again saw the vehicle, got few pics and would like to suggest something. When i completed working on my suzuki LJ50 and started using it, i realized i could have done few more modifications against the fitting of those items which are always with the veh. Like the jack pana, pana lever, tool kit box, etc etc. This can only be done before the paint job. Even one can have a place for the jerrycane or any other recovery equipment like air filling plant/ box. For that some holders/ levers and plates can be welded in the below areas.

    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -1016299The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -1016300
    A very pertinent point, indeed. Thanks Noman. These things have been catered for, and are going to be fabricated and affixed before the eventual paint job, Insha Allah!
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    Happy Independence Day, everyone!
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    And finally...

    Some rough pictures of the Phantom's new coat of dull/matte black astar...

    Of course, this has been painted on, AFTER the beast got a coat of rust-repellent primer (red oxide), and after all the oxidation on it had been scraped off.

    Comments, please

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    kia comment karain ... bus lock ker dain Matt black... looking monster... MashaAllah
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    No idea what to say (Y)

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    zabardasht !!@!@!@ yeh pics 14th aug ka gift hai ham sab k leyeh ?
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    Looking good but i have some reservations
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    On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr...my very warmest Eid Greetings to everyone.

    Please pray that Pakistan and all who dwell within Pakistan remain safe and happy and prosperous.

    Ameen!
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