@Jdc1 This helps a lot. My goal is a conversion that takes a knowledgeable person to detect.
If anyone else can confirm swapping in a 73+ shaft that would be great. I can't be the first to think of this 😉
@Jdc1 Thanks for the pics. Is the firewall plate behind the rubber dust boot and two piece plate?
The bearing is in the end of the outer column tube above the rag joint, correct? Did you use the bushing?
Do you know if the 73 steering shaft with rag joint can be used instead of cutting the 72...
Assuming you already bought the project, I would carefully select some to do myself and have the more complicated stuff done by someone more skilled. Contact a place like TorFab and ask for a referral, or maybe ask a couple of the restoration guys on Mud ( @thecrazygreek comes to mind).
Welcome. Those are kinda cool looking body styles.
I would suggest doing a few searches on south american imports and bandeirantes. There are a lot of 40s being imported by flippers (but not many Bandi's) trying to take advantage of the high FJ40 prices in the US. Most have proven to be no...