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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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    Look what I stumbled across on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/q899ywb

    Phantom fans are on the rise @fouadhafeez
    And there goes the Challenger, being chased by the blue, blue meanies on wheels.

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    Nice and informative thread
    For every reaction there has to be an action!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine View Post
    Orange:O - Sir, Lets give it a 2nd thousand thought

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    For every reaction there has to be an action!!!

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    Fouad sir simply outstanding work mashALLAH an awesome collection of motors.
    Engineer Nrz

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    Hello again, gents!

    Just in case you were wondering, the Phantom is NOT all dead, buried and forgotten. However, the goalposts have once again shifted somewhat (something which I seem to be guilty of, perpetually).

    After much soul-searching, I've decided that painting the Phantom ANY shade of colour is a travesty of justice. The truck will thus, stay in matte black primer for the foreseeable future. What does need to be done though, is the upholstery and interior.

    Any bright ideas?

    I'd like for it to be something durable, straight away. Something tough, which is able to withstand the rigors of off-roading and being exposed to the elements. Preferably, something waterproof, mudproof, and resistant to fading. Oh...and since the Phantom is going to stay black...any pieces of advice pertaining to the colour combo would be very welcome, too.

    This vehicle just does NOT seem to get finally built...does it?
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    Sir i believe u should use Fauji Tarpaal with Parachute stitched from inside for Seats as permenant cover.. for loose covers use Pakistan Army New walay print ka uniform Cloth that can be removed and washed after every trip.

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    Sir how much this beast costed you at all?

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    where's the beast nowadays
    The men are back. @TGT.

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    Fouad sir simply outstanding work MASH ALLAH
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    Some latest pictures...from yesterday afternoon.

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    I would suggest that you put in similar Recaro/ Sparco Seats at the back. & Stitch up all the the seats in perforated leather.

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    Ok...so a little about the interior.

    The material we're planning to use is leatherette...an artificial leather lookalike. Quite a bit of research has gone into the selection of the fabric. It's scratch-proof, scuff-proof, skid-proof, singe-proof...and pretty much, simplicity in itself to maintain. We've gouged it with screwdrivers, flickered cigarette lighters against it, spattered oil onto it, and it's withstood all of these tests with flying colours. Stains come off with a mild solution of detergent powder and water. For the really tough stains, a couple of drops of bleach in a couple of litres of water serves to tackle them. Overall, our self-designed torture test has worked well with regards to the material.

    Next...the colour choice. Well, this might be somewhat of a departure from the norm, and may very well be one of the few areas where we depart from "practicality". The Sparco seats of the Phantom have been gotten done in black and white.

    My reason for choosing this combination is purely aesthetic. Because I haven't seen many offroaders that sport such stark colours. I think the seats go well with the overall "strangeness" of the Phantom's design philosophy; and add to its utterly unique "flavour". Whether this succeeds, will be judged in the days to come.

    So...some pictures of the newly-refurbished seats. Still on the cards, is a console for the gear levers and handbrake, some aesthetics with the dashboard and steering wheel, floor-matting, and the creation of a custom, one-off bikini top...amongst other minor embellishments.

    Here goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrushah View Post
    I would suggest that you put in similar Recaro/ Sparco Seats at the back. & Stitch up all the the seats in perforated leather.
    Thanks for the advice and suggestions.

    We went the perforated leather route (I actually had one of the seats crafted in perforated leather, for 'trials')...but it just didn't look nice enough. It looked kind of...flimsy. Plus, the trouble with perforated leather would be the amount of dust and grime the perforations would have accumulated. Non-perforated leather - or leatherette, in this case - has no such problems. It's water-proof, and can be wiped clean easily.

    The seat at the back is from a GMC Suburban. A strange choice, I know. But it fits perfectly (with hardly any modifications) and looks like a nice companion to the front seats. Plus, it's super comfy.
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    Those bucket seats are begging for seat belts. I wonder if seat belts can be installed over there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dms664 View Post
    Those bucket seats are begging for seat belts. I wonder if seat belts can be installed over there?
    They will be. Custom three point harness, in black and white.
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    Sir,

    Why white on seats with Matt black exterior?
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    Quote Originally Posted by machine View Post
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    Why white on seats with Matt black exterior?
    For the simple reason, Boss: every other colour combination, has been done to death.
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    SCARY as good as it gets i say

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    DIY spray painting...getting the front bezel to look a matching black, rather than a stark white.

    Oh...and our one-eyed dog, Mojo, in the last picture, as well.

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    My vote still goes for matching bucket seats at the back
    They'd look awesome!
    & How about four point seat belts to go with these seats?

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