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      make some progress .. .
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      Pierps replied to the thread Advice on Potential FJ40 Purchase.
      Ps, that diamond plating in the rear sill is likely covering up rust, or a less-than-original repair. So just be mentally ready to see something ugly there when you remove it
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      Pierps replied to the thread Advice on Potential FJ40 Purchase.
      Yeah I think you have the right idea. My advice indexed on your comment about being a purist. But if you're cool with a modified trail rig with some patina, and are not really all that interested in the OEM vibe, this is a good price at $10,500.
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      Pierps replied to the thread Advice on Potential FJ40 Purchase.
      Rust is the biggest thing to watch out for with FJ40's- it can really get involved to repair it. This rig has signs of typical rust, as his description says. It's not terrible, but there is definitely some rot here: The rear sill Front door...
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      Pierps reacted to Jetlander's post in the thread Front Doors on Alibaba with Like Like.
      The only update I have is… there isn’t an update. Absolutely swamped at work and I’m still waiting for the electrician to wire 220v into my new garage, at which point I’ll probably start the restoration of the top and sides. Once they’re done...
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      Pierps replied to the thread Front Doors on Alibaba.
      Their videos are actually pretty fun to watch though. :) producing the FJ40 ROOF GUTTER step by step #toyota #offroad #fj40 #bj40 #fj45 #landcruiser #fjparts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyz9GVNVePw Pretty high tech operation!
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      Yes, i would definitely use body filler to fill those pitted areas. Ideally, you would have done the body filler before adding the epoxy primer, because the epoxy primer has a 72 hour recoat window. I'm not sure how the recoat window applies to...
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      Pierps replied to the thread Front Doors on Alibaba.
      Oops, my bad!
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      Pierps replied to the thread Front Doors on Alibaba.
      @zerotreedelta how are the doors working out for you? Youtube started recommending a bunch of short videos of fj40 parts being manufactured by this company, and it reminded me of this thread.
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      To answer the earlier question of what filler I recommend. Maybe I'm too late to answer... but I personally am willing to spend the extra $20 or $30 per gallon to get the good stuff, because the good stuff is easier to sand and leaves fewer pin...
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      I'd just hit those spots with 80 grit sand paper by hand. That kind of surface rust is easy to remove. Also, I'd recommend doing the body filler directly on the bare steel. The epoxy primer usually has a 3 day recoat window. If you aren't able...
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      Sorry dude, that really sucks. Overall I'm not terribly impressed with the roof restoration parts CCOT offers... crappy seam sealer, incorrectly sized rivets with a weird recommendation to use rebar and a hammer to buck them (when an air hammer...
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      Ah, duh. Yeah I failed to note that the pictures above are of the rear section.
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      Also, one thing to point out. Maybe you already know this. But the OEM drip rail uses welded nuts on the top of the drip rail for your bolts. Your pics show that you've used bolts and I assume some nuts and washers, with the bolt dropping in...
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      CCOT calls that part the "windshield cap", but I believe the more common name for it is the "visor". and +1 that it gets riveted to the fiberglass. Since you're working with so many aftermarket parts, I would use your truck as a jig. Looks...
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      Pierps reacted to sogncab's post in the thread Registering FJ40 diesel swap in CA with Like Like.
      Move out of California. That's the easiest solution for probably a bunch of problems.
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      Pierps reacted to jvincig01's post in the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration with Like Like.
      Dude.... this is AWESOME. I am going to spend the next two hours binge-watching your videos. Thank you for sharing!!
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      Pierps reacted to zerotreedelta's post in the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration with Like Like.
      Oddly enough, just wrapped up editing these two vids - bit of work to get the cap all happy, but it's definitely nice to split it and get everything tidy. (Also some info in my build thread) I did put sealer between the rail and cap, and also...
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      I see this thing hundreds of times every day and I still get a boner every time.
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      @jvincig01 I just got the $44 Husky air hammer from Home Depot. As for avoiding damage with the air hammer, just turn the pressure way down to start, and dial it up as you get a feel for it. There's no downside to starting with pressure that is...
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      yeah, kind of kicking myself on that now. I'll have to take a look at it next time I'm out at the shop- to my memory, it's kind of tucked back a bit, so it might be tough to get in there now. but definitely worth a try.
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      You know, I didn't put any seam sealer between the fiberglass and visor... and now I'm realizing that would have been a good idea. That seam is tucked up pretty high above the windshield and under the fiberglass cap, but I imagine some water...
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      Yep, same size for the gutter and visor. but keep in mind I used oversized rivets (3/16" diameter, 3/8" length). So I had to enlarge the holes slightly. These: https://www.mcmaster.com/97482A273/
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      last post, I swear. here's the money shot of the painted roof. :)
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      Pierps replied to the thread Rain Gutter and Top Restoration.
      ok, one more bit of advice and I'll shut up. If you go the air hammer route, then you might as well just rivet the visor on as well. It was really easy to do. I bought some stupidly expensive stainless "truss head screws" that approximate the...
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