Dear All.. I am new here and am already impressed by the info available. Also pleased by the number of FJ40 enthusiasts wheeling around.
So.. I got me a 1984 FJ40 from an army auction in November 2010. I am working on it, that is, restoring it as I post this. Some really nice rigs I have seen on these forums and would like to share the progress of mine and invite comments/suggestions from experienced users.
This is how I found it at the auction
Removed the soft top hood, its support system and the rear seats before taking to the mechanic
My main goal is to get it mechanically sound first and as per stock as possible. So it went to the mechanic before the body shop. Here the engine is removed and being put in with new everything
Then came the dismantling part. Removed the gear box and front hubs so that new hubs with Disk Brakes and Manual Locking 4 by 4 hubs could be installed. The frame and the Engine compartment needed to be painted as well before the engine and transmission could be re-installed.
Here is the frame after initial paint
Manual Locking Hubs with Disk Brakes installed
Engine and Gear re-installed on the now painted frame. Not to forget a Power Steering Box as well
Since the above picture, suspension has been rebuilt - all tie-rod ends replaced, new tie-rod shock installed, rear wheel brake drums restored (new piston cylinders) and the rear differential has been over hauled (as it was jammed).
Now the rig is at the body shop. Waiting for the weather to clear up so that the beautification can start. I have decided on the Honda Metallic Steel Grey color for it.
Still to do after the paint job would be..
Steering pump install
A bigger radiator install
Single seats for front
Alloys and tires
and the list goes on..
Let me know what ya'all think..