rebuild of a fj-40 youtube legend

Discussion in 'HardCore Corner' started by chevota13, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. chevota13

    chevota13

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    im sure every fj-40 fan has seen this video at one point or another.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERIU7WymhQk

    Well it wasnt til after i purchased my new project that I realized it was indeed the same fj-40 I had seen running "the box" at full throttle in the snow.

    Here is what ive been doing since i picked it up almost exactly a year ago. I bought it with intentions of having a family freindly weekend street cruiser but also be able to run any trail I still wanted. I planned about 3 or so months of down time to put a new cage and suspension in. then go wheeling.

    its been a year and its still not done yet. But done enough to go out and enjoy it. I will say that it would of been easier and maybe cheaper if I had just started from scratch like I have done on all my other builds.

    SPECS

    73 fj-40

    motor: 2003 6.0 chevy
    trans: turbo 350
    t-case: twin sticked dana 300 HD outputs 1350 yokes
    front axle: narrowed chevy dana 60 with chromoly 35 spline shafts, ARB locker, 5.38 gears
    rear axle: ford 9" with strange allum. center section, 35 spline chomo shafts, detroit locker 5.38 gears
    tires and wheels: 39" red krawlers on spyderlocks\ 37 mtrs on steel beadlocks
    suspension: 4 link rear with 2.5x14"radflo c\o profender 3" air bumps and a rock equipment sway bar
    3 link front with panhard. 2.5x14" radflo c/o profender 3" air bumps
    warn 8274
    on board air
    and some other doodads

    ok enough jabbering. heres some pictures.

    day it showed up.

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    starting tear down.
    took out the cage, cut all the suspension out. eventually had to cut off the front of the frame as well.

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    fancy new tires and wheels for offroad. and traded the mud grapplers for some mtrs to run on the street,snow and sand.

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    new cage being built

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  2. chevota13

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    starting rear axle truss and suspension:

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    upper frame mounts. on the passenger side I had to cut the floor to fit the upper mount becuase of the recessed area for the stock fuel tank.

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    front suspension fun

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  3. chevota13

    chevota13

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    cycling suspension, finishing cage and mounting shocks:

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  4. chevota13

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    rolled outside for 1st time

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    doin work
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    new back seat
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    winch re mounted and the rig now has working turn signals
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  5. got rocks

    got rocks

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    was cool to start with. but its sick now
  6. Tapage

    Tapage Club 4X4 Panamá SILVER Star

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    are you still in 39" with 5.38 .. are not too much gearing to be " on road " .?
  7. chevota13

    chevota13

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    i can run 60 mph with the 37s and not rev to high. i wont be highway driving it unless i swap to a 4 spd
  8. fjfodee

    fjfodee L-I-V-I-N SILVER Star

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    Righteous!!
  9. hudyhue

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    That is sweet! Love the stance that's how I'd like mine to sit one day.... What's your wheel base now?
  10. chevota13

    chevota13

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    108" wheel base.

    took it out for its 1st wheeling trip this weekend. beat on it pretty good. very happy with it. came home with a slipping transmission, broke front d-shaft and a bent steering ram. :(

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  11. chevota13

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    oh and i found that i can fit 4 fully grown hairy men in the cruiser with the rear bench seat.

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