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  1. madinal

    Front axle U-bolts

    I planned to change front springs this weekend but couldn't remove the U-bolts. After a quick read I know now to cut them off and replace them. My '79 FJ40 has two different size U-bolts on the passenger side but all the seller sites have four the same size in their kits. I don't want a...
  2. madinal

    Springs again

    My front axle is about an inch from the bump stops, my rear is about 3 inches. While I have them off to replace the bushings, I was thinking of swapping ends. I read the FAQ about switching front to rear and rear to front but have a question. Would it make sense to add-a-leaf to the flattened...
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    Stock Springs

    After a quick search I realize that everyone is putting some lift into their Cruisers. I just want to take the sag out of mine. Due to old springs, I have about 1 inch between the front axle and bump stop which makes for a rough ride. I would like to replace the front springs with new...
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    clearance from axle to bump stop

    I am about to replace my shckle bolts and bushings but as I look at it, I think I need new springs. There is 2-3 inches between the axle and the bump stop. It's a '79 FJ40. What is the proper distance from the axle to the bump stop? This is street machine/daily driver that clunks when I turn...
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    What's that leaking and how do I stop it

    I have a '79 FJ40 and the passenger side front wheel is covered in a petroleum product. It could be 90 wt from the axle or grease from the hub. How do I tell the difference and how do I stop it?
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    Rust converter vs paint

    I'm restoring an old Spen trailer. I used Rustoleum Rust Converter on the tongue (wire brush, wash, convert and paint). It turned out great. I plan to do the same tomorrow to the inside of the trailer but then I'm stumped. The exterior has large areas still covered in the original paint...
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    Spen trailer

    I recently bought a Spen trailer off of Craigslist. The Spen is a civilian copy of the M-416 with a tailgate and ball-type hitch. It was built in the late 1940's and sat in a barnyard for a long time since then and needs some restoration. I cut the welds that held the tailgate hinge and...
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    FJ40 and 2/3T trailer

    I passed on buying an M-416 because it's just too small. I'd like to be able to pick up a sheet of plywood or fence posts. My options are a civilian trailer or an M101A3. I'm leaning towards the M101A3 but have heard my FJ40 would not be able to handle it. t will not be an offroad, extreme...
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    shovel: square vs round

    Between the wheel wells on my FJ40, I've mounted my jack and strapped to it a shovel and mattock/ax and handle. The local guys questioned my square tip shovel. I said it made sense since I wouldn't get stuck in hard ground only loose stuff that I could move with a square tip shovel. Also, I...
  10. madinal

    One tough engine

    My desmogged '79 FJ40 runs but was feeling like I had dropped an anchor. I only drive it about 10 miles to work but on one stretch it was hard to get up to 50 mph. A friend following me said it smelled a little rich. I cleaned the plugs and then went to check the timing but the #1 wire...
  11. madinal

    Only 9 Qt coolant?????

    Every thread on capacity says my '79 FJ40 stock 2F, should hold 16.9 Qt of coolant. I could only get 9 in it today. I drained the system by removing the lower radiator hose; then I ran water through the radiator and upper hose until they ran clear; then I reattached the hoses, filled it...
  12. madinal

    Exciting my alternator

    The alternator is good but it won't charge my battery. I determined the alternator was not getting input to excite the stator. My ignition switch is good and I have continuity from the switch to the altenator plug. Puzzling. I was thinking that I could tap into a "keyed hot" wire in the...
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    Holy, excess wires, Batman

    After I ran a new wire to power my idle solenoid, I wanted to see what all the other wires were on my desmogged 79 FJ40. I removed the loom and there are 11 wires coming through the firewall. One is for a small box on the carb, one is for the brake sensor and the rest are dead. There are two...
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    Charging problem

    I just got back from Autozone and they said my alternator was fine. The problem was that the new battery died. I jumped it and checked the voltage at the battery at 1500 rpm. It was about 11.8 volts. Tomorrow I'll put the altenator back in but don't know what to do next. Any suggestions on...
  15. madinal

    Accel pump linkage

    I had been testing my carb's accelerator pump by manipulating the lever. It worked fine. When I reached under the brake booster and operated the gas pedal linkage I had different results. The operating arm only works in one direction. There is a cotter pin through the rod on top of the...
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    dies on quick pedal action

    I searched the site and didn't find my answer. 1979 desmogged 2F It will accelerate with a slow appication of gas pedal but when I stomp on it, it dies. Here is what I know: replaced accel pump when it wouldn't start, replaced idle solenoid when it wouldn't idle set mixture screw to steady...
  17. madinal

    Idle speed solenoid

    My engine (79 FJ40 2F desmogged) only runs at high speed. When I push in the choke it dies. It was suggested that I test the idle speed solenoid. I do not hear a click when I turn the key to run. I do not get a meter reading between the two leads or between either lead and ground. What...
  18. madinal

    full speed or nothing

    I've read allot of the threads on timing, carb tuning and coil testing. I can't find anything to help with my problem. My '79 FJ40 desmogged was running OK last week. Now when I start it, I need to keep the choke full and even tap the gas a little to keep the RPMs up. If I push in the choke...
  19. madinal

    Radio thoughts

    After not being able to find a radio that fits my dash and not wanting to cut it, I came upon this idea: A shower radio. The Sony ICF S79W Personal radio has a built in speaker, has AM/FM/weather presets-so changing channels while driving won't end in a crash, and is waterproof. I plan to...
  20. madinal

    Electrical problem I think

    My FJ would not start today. Last weekend, I changed the E-brake and steering coupler and then drove it out of the garage and parked it. I was on travel this week and when I got back it turned over but wouldn't start. Today, I checked that the accelerator pump was working and cleaned the...
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