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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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    Giving it a try...to see whether or not photos post...

    A shot of the Hi-Lift Jack; mounted onto the front bumper.

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    For a change...the forum seems to actually be working!
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    After the Phantom's last outing with the Men of Steel (IJC), the non-functional winch was a tremendous let-down. Something which will NEVER be repeated, Insha Allah. Now, we have a fully operational, incredibly-powerful piece of OEM hardware, which will surely be a useful addition to the Phantom's repertoire of goodies. This shot, is after a period of intensive and extensive maintenance of the winch by Shayaan and I.

    We unwound it entirely...straightened it out...cleaned it with a rag dipped in WD40...and then re-wound it back, passing the steel wire rope through another clean cloth doused in WD40. A clean, neatly organized winch, is surely the sign of a sick mind!


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    good progress inshallah will see this monster again in action

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Giving it a try...to see whether or not photos post...

    A shot of the Hi-Lift Jack; mounted onto the front bumper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhbjadoon View Post
    good progress inshallah will see this monster again in action
    Insha Allah, brother. Let's do it soon, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Giving it a try...to see whether or not photos post...

    A shot of the Hi-Lift Jack; mounted onto the front bumper.

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    The fitting looks great. And i can see it is fixed very strongly. Mashallah

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    Quote Originally Posted by noman8ff View Post
    The fitting looks great. And i can see it is fixed very strongly. Mashallah
    Thanks for the kind words, Noman. I think it still requires a couple of nylon straps (with Velcro) to properly anchor everything in place...but unfortunately, I've been too busy to be able to do the recce involved with that. But yes...it is fixed very strongly indeed, and the good thing is that there's absolutely no rattle or kharh khurh that normally accompanies such mountings, and it comes off in no time whatsoever. Overall, I think it's a decent jugaar.
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    Rang Roghan Ka Programme

    One of the last things that was left undecided on the rig was the colour. During a lengthy discussion with Yasir (Phantom007), he very correctly pointed out that the colour of the ride and its external appearance is the first thing to strike you about it. Other facets, like what's under the hood, the axles, gears, suspension, and interior...ALL follow later.

    This has been one aspect where I've undergone a LOT of introspection. The choices have been erratic and eclectic: Garnier Fructis Green, Bumblebee Yellow, Glacial White, Matte Black, Dune Beige, Nordic Green...you name it. I think we've run the entire spectrum of the rainbow in discussions. One colour which never came up for discussion, though...

    ...is Orange.

    Come to think of it, I haven't seen very many Pumpkin Orange coloured off-roaders here, in Pakistan, at all. Which is why, the Phantom BEGS to be...Orange.

    As a matter of fact, Pumpkin Orange is a STOCK FJ40 colour, which appeared on some late 60s model Cruisers in the US...although I don't believe I've seen any of them here. Somewhere along the line, the colour faded from popularity and was phased out by Toyota, only to be replaced by Mustard, Yellow, and various shades of Beige. And besides...as readers of my thread about the 65 Impala might recall; I've ALWAYS wanted a candy orange ride.

    To my mind, the proposed colours of the Phantom will follow the baselines, as under:-

    a) Matte black frame.
    b) Matte black under-body.
    c) Black bumpers.
    d) Black fender flares, sidesteps and (possibly) front mudguards.
    e) Black insides to the pickup tub.
    f) Black kick vents, snorkel, filler cap, exhaust.
    g) Black "Phantom" plate to the rear wheel cover, with white lettering on the black.
    h) Black bezel.
    j) Black jerry can.
    k) Black dashboard.
    l) Black engine bay.

    m) The rest of the body and interior will be Pumpkin Orange, as will be the spare wheel mount (less the top plate at "g" above)

    n) The fiberglass roof will be white (matching the lettering on the spare wheel mount)

    o) Chrome accents for: the custom radiator grille, the heat shield of the exhaust, and the rims of course.

    p) The seats - front and back - will be upholstered in black and orange leatherite...which is not only nice and waterproof, but is sturdy as well. Matching designs, on the inner walls of the four doors. Possibly embellished with the "Phantom" lettering

    Now...picture all of THAT...on THIS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Rang Roghan Ka Programme

    One of the last things that was left undecided on the rig was the colour. During a lengthy discussion with Yasir (Phantom007), he very correctly pointed out that the colour of the ride and its external appearance is the first thing to strike you about it. Other facets, like what's under the hood, the axles, gears, suspension, and interior...ALL follow later.

    This has been one aspect where I've undergone a LOT of introspection. The choices have been erratic and eclectic: Garnier Fructis Green, Bumblebee Yellow, Glacial White, Matte Black, Dune Beige, Nordic Green...you name it. I think we've run the entire spectrum of the rainbow in discussions. One colour which never came up for discussion, though...

    ...is Orange.

    Come to think of it, I haven't seen very many Pumpkin Orange coloured off-roaders here, in Pakistan, at all. Which is why, the Phantom BEGS to be...Orange.

    As a matter of fact, Pumpkin Orange is a STOCK FJ40 colour, which appeared on some late 60s model Cruisers in the US...although I don't believe I've seen any of them here. Somewhere along the line, the colour faded from popularity and was phased out by Toyota, only to be replaced by Mustard, Yellow, and various shades of Beige. And besides...as readers of my thread about the 65 Impala might recall; I've ALWAYS wanted a candy orange ride.

    To my mind, the proposed colours of the Phantom will follow the baselines, as under:-

    a) Matte black frame.
    b) Matte black under-body.
    c) Black bumpers.
    d) Black fender flares, sidesteps and (possibly) front mudguards.
    e) Black insides to the pickup tub.
    f) Black kick vents, snorkel, filler cap, exhaust.
    g) Black "Phantom" plate to the rear wheel cover, with white lettering on the black.
    h) Black bezel.
    j) Black jerry can.
    k) Black dashboard.
    l) Black engine bay.

    m) The rest of the body and interior will be Pumpkin Orange, as will be the spare wheel mount (less the top plate at "g" above)

    n) The fiberglass roof will be white (matching the lettering on the spare wheel mount)

    o) Chrome accents for: the custom radiator grille, the heat shield of the exhaust, and the rims of course.

    p) The seats - front and back - will be upholstered in black and orange leatherite...which is not only nice and waterproof, but is sturdy as well. Matching designs, on the inner walls of the four doors. Possibly embellished with the "Phantom" lettering

    Now...picture all of THAT...on THIS...
    LOVE it... Just one small suggestion though... The insides of the pick up tub should be pumpkin orange so that all the black accessories and the rear wheel stand out... since the jerry cans and everything else are going to be black so the orange tub will make them stand out...

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    Welcome back, Hassan! Good seeing you again, brother.
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    One awesome MONSTER u have there too bad i have never seen it in pindi........
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    There was this 2004 landcruiser roaming around in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, it was Orange! Not sure if it was pumpkin orange . It was fully riced up complete with a HUGE Hood Scope and ofcourse it was orange ! Re - Think the colour , plz.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarhanAnwarKhan View Post
    One awesome MONSTER u have there too bad i have never seen it in pindi........
    That's surprising...because it's on the roads all the time!

    Quote Originally Posted by khattak_lala View Post
    There was this 2004 landcruiser roaming around in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, it was Orange! Not sure if it was pumpkin orange . It was fully riced up complete with a HUGE Hood Scope and ofcourse it was orange ! Re - Think the colour , plz.?
    LOL...fikr not, brother...I have NO plans to install a hood scoop, or "rice" it up. But - like the flame painting idea on the Impala - I DO intend for this ride to be painted Pumpkin Orange and Matte Black! Yeh tau hona hee hai. Wish me luck, instead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    After the Phantom's last outing with the Men of Steel (IJC), the non-functional winch was a tremendous let-down. Something which will NEVER be repeated, Insha Allah. Now, we have a fully operational, incredibly-powerful piece of OEM hardware, which will surely be a useful addition to the Phantom's repertoire of goodies. This shot, is after a period of intensive and extensive maintenance of the winch by Shayaan and I.

    We unwound it entirely...straightened it out...cleaned it with a rag dipped in WD40...and then re-wound it back, passing the steel wire rope through another clean cloth doused in WD40. A clean, neatly organized winch, is surely the sign of a sick mind!


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    Good job with the winch cable! It's amazing how many people overlook this item. A neatly wound cable will not only help the cable last longer, but it will also prevent the drum from getting into a bind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep_junkie View Post
    Good job with the winch cable! It's amazing how many people overlook this item. A neatly wound cable will not only help the cable last longer, but it will also prevent the drum from getting into a bind.
    Agreed, wholeheartedly. I've been guilty of the same, myself, on the last IJC outing. With both the vehicles that I took along, I had winches...and shamefully, neither of them worked when they were required to!

    The inertia-strap / kinetic pull has become a more fashionable thing of late, since it's easier...but on the occasions where one is alone, nothing really can beat the winch for self-assistance / self-recovery. Now, thankfully, both the vehicles (the Phantom and the Daala) have perfectly functional winches. And on that note, I'm very seriously thinking of investing in a decent block and tackle, for those lonely moments when you're alone and stuck up to the axles!
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    @fouadhafeez

    This might come across to most as a shock, but in my experience, using WD40 has fastened the pace of oxidation. I was an avid fan of WD40 for a long time. I used it on gaskets, brakes etc. Little did I know and realize that after using it on my winch on the much missed Monster BJ60, that WD40 corrodes materials faster! Yes, it does. NEVER use it on brakes, they will get jammed when hot, same goes for gaskets!!
    For servicing winches, grease is the best! A messier job than WD40, but trust me, at least it wont eat up your parts!
    Just my advice.
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    @Hayzin: will keep that in mind, partner! Thanks for the advice.
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