I will be buying a dead LJ72 InshAllah. This will be my very first dead 4x4, so i plan to restore it to an acceptable condition.
The said LJ72 will come with a 2.8Litre 3L engine, which I plan on replacing with a good engine. Among the choices are 1KZT-e and 1KD non-turbo (which came in 2010 Toyota Hilux S/cab 4x2). I have used a 2010 Hilux 4x2 for more than a year as a work horse, and I particularly liked its average which was aroud 10-11kmpl in city.
About the body restoration, I plan on doing an off-frame shell restoration. The body is in mediocre condition with rust here and there, however, it is much better compared to army auction FJ70s.
So for this, i require suggestions from expert PWers about which engine to opt for and from where to source a non-stolen kabuli engine. and which denter and painter will be best for this job here in LHR.
I once saw a thread started by a member of 4x4 Mean Machines who restored and FJ70 auctioned by wapda and painted it in Police Blue. I will appreciate it if he can also contribute in this thread.
The LJ72 will be used mostly as a daily runner in LHR with trips to northern areas every 3 months.
Any suggestions and thoughts will be much appreciated.
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