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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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    Suhaib: As always, it's a real pleasure to read your posts. They serve as encouragement and support; and always offer a 'saner' view of things. At the very outset; thanks for that brother.

    You're absolutely right about recreating parts for the beast. It was a nightmare to get them done, and I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to do it in the future. To be honest, though...(and I bet you know what I mean, when I say this) builder's fatigue has set in, to some extent. I'm happier now, to let the monster be just the way it is, now that it's decently road-worthy, and no longer looks like the rustbucket from which it was originally resurrected. That being said, who knows what the future holds for it.

    Cheers, mate. And thanks for stopping by!
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    So...Suhaib...any 40/45 in sight for a tyre-shredding hot rod project?
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    sir your rig is Awesome..Mashallah too good...Loved it... :-D
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    Fouad Bhai... Nothing against Mojo but i think you need a larger sized Dog to photograph with the Garage of Cars you have Masha' Allah... Maybe a Tibetian Mastiff to ride in the back of the Phantom...
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    And the Black and White Combo looks awesome as well...
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    Saddlebags for the stallion.

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    And a picture of the centre console that's been built, and has been "loose-fitted" for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
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    Broad white nostril throwing fire from the front & the combo of white interior seats are looking awesome . Sir Gee full time Godzilla
    Look so cool & also Dabang at the same time.
    Bathreen & bohat Alla job done

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    BTW in first picture boy in estate is also admiring your beast

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    Broad white nostril throwing fire from the front & the combo of white interior seats are looking awesome . Sir Gee full time Godzilla
    Look so cool & also Dabang at the same time.
    Bathreen & bohat Alla job done
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement, brother. Black and White is quite an uncommon combination...for obvious reasons pertaining to maintenance, and keeping it clean-looking. But it's also THE most striking combination, as well. The stark contrast works fairly well, I think. Of course, a lot of people may disagree.
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    On Saturday and Sunday, Insha Allah...the Phantom will be getting the last of the work done in the current series of interior refurbishing. Ishfaq, the interior design wizard in Sadar (who's done the interiors of the 65 Impala and the MR2) will be putting the finishing touches to his work on these days. We will be looking forward to bolting down the custom console...getting the floor matted...and crafting customised foot mats. Also, on the cards is attaching a custom tape-deck mount near the roofline (to replace the ugly red one already fixed), we'll be padding the roll cage, crafting handle covers for easy ingress / egress, fashioning a custom two-piece bikini top, and replacing or polishing the windscreen. To follow, should be a session with matte black paint (from a proper compressor and spray gun rather than rattle cans, this time), and our home-grown Phantom (a.k.a. "Godzilla") should be ready for the Pakwheels show on the 2nd, God willing.
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    Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot, play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction, an it sure dont get more star wars than this big man ! Whats the record now ? This rig`s going all viral, seen it plenty of places over the virtual world, Fouad bhai, I guess the charge paid off big eh ? Trully inspiring......though dont you think it`s time it went in for the winter gear ? What say about a matt frost white paint do as well ? Oh an whose the gentleman you`ve just run down in this pic ? I see a hand trying to grab the step rail on the passanger side....
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    Hey buddy,
    That looks very interesting,
    It actually looks better than I thought it would, but if you plan to off road frequently the matt black would be a dust magnet and will never look clean from a wipe down, you will have to wash it every time.
    The interior really really is classy, I am impressedby the neatness and attention to detail such as the piping and the stitches.
    On a light note , the exterior reminds me of this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by vague_one View Post
    Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot, play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction, an it sure dont get more star wars than this big man ! Whats the record now ? This rig`s going all viral, seen it plenty of places over the virtual world, Fouad bhai, I guess the charge paid off big eh ? Trully inspiring......though dont you think it`s time it went in for the winter gear ? What say about a matt frost white paint do as well ? Oh an whose the gentleman you`ve just run down in this pic ? I see a hand trying to grab the step rail on the passanger side....
    What a pleasure reading your remarks and comments, Usman.

    Winter gear is ready, little brother...just slap on the hardtop roof, bolt on the full doors and cowls, and haul it. As far as the Phantom going viral is concerned, I know what you're talking of. I've narrowly missed running over more than a couple of cars, because the drivers were too busy taking pictures and videos, whilst they were STILL driving! Aggey vee Allah hee khair karey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farazarif View Post
    Hey buddy,
    That looks very interesting,
    It actually looks better than I thought it would, but if you plan to off road frequently the matt black would be a dust magnet and will never look clean from a wipe down, you will have to wash it every time.
    The interior really really is classy, I am impressedby the neatness and attention to detail such as the piping and the stitches.
    On a light note , the exterior reminds me of this:

    The Phantom Of City Sadar Road -1304664
    Thanks for the kind comments, Faraz. Of course, you're absolutely right...matte black is a dust magnet. But I suppose that's something that one has to live with. Another reason why the rig should never get a coat of professional "shiny" paint, when it's very existence is centred on ease of use, ease to live with, and ease of maintenance.

    With regards to your picture...would you believe me, if I said that the mask from the movie "Scream" was the first thing that came to mind, after painting the car black and white? Great minds, obviously think alike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    What a pleasure reading your remarks and comments, Usman.

    Winter gear is ready, little brother...just slap on the hardtop roof, bolt on the full doors and cowls, and haul it. As far as the Phantom going viral is concerned, I know what you're talking of. I've narrowly missed running over more than a couple of cars, because the drivers were too busy taking pictures and videos, whilst they were STILL driving! Aggey vee Allah hee khair karey.
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    Hello,
    Sir seen your project wonderful make.
    Now I have question or need ur advice and help I have rec of lj70 long wheel base I was thinking of changing suspension with my fj 40 from leaf to coil using lj70. Is it possible if so my man said not possible in Sarai alamgir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kambrit View Post
    Hello,
    Sir seen your project wonderful make.
    Now I have question or need ur advice and help I have rec of lj70 long wheel base I was thinking of changing suspension with my fj 40 from leaf to coil using lj70. Is it possible if so my man said not possible in Sarai alamgir.
    Pls advise.
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    Hi, brother. Thanks for the kind words of appreciation.

    Actually, when it comes to such modifications, NOTHING is impossible...so any technician who says that this-or-the-other cannot be done, is taking the easy way out.

    Have you considered mounting your FJ40 body atop the 70 Series Chassis? That way, you get the chassis, suspension, and disc brakes from the 70 Series, whilst you keep the beautiful body shape of the 40 Series. Sure, it may involve some re-working of the body mounts, bushes, and other parts...but 40 Series bodies atop 80 Series frames are fairly common, abroad. So I see no reason why the same can't be done in Pakistan.

    Another option is to cut and weld the necessary parts of the 70 Series frame to that of the 40. This is more complex than a simple body swap...and has the potential for much to go wrong (in terms of keeping the chassis straight and true), so it isn't really advisable. Also, I'm not really sure about the legality of cut/weld vehicles, as far as the local police etc are concerned. However, this too, can certainly be done.

    Good question you posed. I'm sure some of the other experts and adventurists can give us some sort of further input, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadhafeez View Post
    Hi, brother. Thanks for the kind words of appreciation.

    Actually, when it comes to such modifications, NOTHING is impossible...so any technician who says that this-or-the-other cannot be done, is taking the easy way out.

    Have you considered mounting your FJ40 body atop the 70 Series Chassis? That way, you get the chassis, suspension, and disc brakes from the 70 Series, whilst you keep the beautiful body shape of the 40 Series. Sure, it may involve some re-working of the body mounts, bushes, and other parts...but 40 Series bodies atop 80 Series frames are fairly common, abroad. So I see no reason why the same can't be done in Pakistan.

    Another option is to cut and weld the necessary parts of the 70 Series frame to that of the 40. This is more complex than a simple body swap...and has the potential for much to go wrong (in terms of keeping the chassis straight and true), so it isn't really advisable. Also, I'm not really sure about the legality of cut/weld vehicles, as far as the local police etc are concerned. However, this too, can certainly be done.

    Good question you posed. I'm sure some of the other experts and adventurists can give us some sort of further input, as well.

    Cheers.
    Pls can I have your contact number.
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    chassis of lj70 I need is custom paid.
    Where my fj40 is already paid so I think I have to go with weld idea caz I have got lj70 non custom in terrible condition so I was thinking of using that bought it for 45000rs to use on project which I didn't in the end.
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    Looking awesome ..loving the black and white..are you keeping the alloys in there original finish..
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