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  1. Sparky_Mark

    eBay  75 FJ40 with extra parts

    Selling my 75 FJ40 that I built mostly for the trail. Would like to see a knowledgeable Cruiser fan buy this. Posted on craigslist, then got a bunch of people that made appointments to see it and didn't show up. Posted on ebay, then the winning bidder tried to fraud me by stating he was...
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    craigslist  75 FJ40

    I have decided to sell my late 75 FJ40. I posted it on the local craigslist site (Raleigh/Durham). I took the body off and blasted it clean when I restored it a few years ago. Fabbed new floor pan with heavy guage steel, so the body is very solid (although I regret not ditching the diamond...
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    EVAP line loop under body - why???

    My brother just purchased a 86 FJ60 and had noticed some fuel leaking near the tank. We pulled the tank down and figured we would replace lines and hoses. There is a steel line that routes across the body in front of the fuel tank (attached under the body along a cross brace). It's simply a...
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    e-brake cable: v8 + auto trans

    Searched several boards without success on this. You can call me stupid if you have a good answer.... Packaged a 5.3L V8 with an auto trans in my '75 FJ40 (lever on the IP, not the floor). I'm at the point where I'm putting things back together. Need a longer parking brake cable. Is there...
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    5.3l in a FJ40 pics wanted

    I've done some searching and am suprised that I can't find any underhood pics of a 5.3l Vortec engine in a FJ40. I'm at the point where I need to package the air cleaner, coolant bottle, battery, PCM, and Bussed Electrical Center. I've got some ideas, but would like some references. Looks...
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    High speed issue - "bucking" at 65mph

    Strange... Any have an idea of the root cause?... '79 FJ40 2F engine Original manual trans and transfer IGN wiring all new Compression is good Rochester carb (I know) No emissions control I was driving down the highway a few days ago and experienced the vehicle "bucking" when I...
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    Autometer fuel sender, stock gage

    I had a dilema with fuel measurement when I added a aux tank (that had an Autometer sender). I wanted to keep my stock gage, so I did some calculations and did a simple modification to the meter. It reads fairly accurate (good enough for me). Here's the info... Full...
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    While I have the head off...

    I'll be replacing the head on my '79 2F head in a few weeks. I have an exhaust leak, so I'll be getting a set of manifolds and having them planed to prepare. The engine goes through a little oil, so I suspect the rings may need attention. I will do a compression test (dry/wet) to see if I've...
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    Oxygen sensor for a 2F

    Unfortunately don't have a OEM carb, I have a Rochester. I have adjusted it (with a friend that's good with engines) with a vacuum gage on a few different ocassions. I have found that it's a little tricky to find the right adjustment. I was considering installing an oxygen sensor to help with...
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    SBC position "fine adjustment" advice

    (Same message posted to Pirate 4X4.com)... I'm preparing to drop a SBC + auto trans in my 40. I have read of the "approximate" location, but understand that I'm going to need a way to tune in the position (up/down) before welding the mounts. Once I get it in with the hoist, I want to stabilize...
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    Heat Riser shaft failure

    '79 2F engine Original manifolds Rochester carb (... I know) Noticed a lot of exhaust gasses coming from the manifold after a new exhaust was installed . I did some looking around and saw that there is a shaft that goes right through the exhaust manifold that was loose. Found out later that...
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    AA and a new 4L60E

    I am just about to start doing my conversion to a 5.3L engine and have heard conflicting information on the output shaft of the auto trans... I have a new 4L60E transmission (6 bolt pattern on the back side - "removeable bellhousing") that will be mated to a Cruiser transfer case (was mated to a...
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    Oil pressure inquiry

    I've got a 2F from a '79 and am going over it's operation to make sure everything is running well. I've checked the timing, carb mixture, ign system, etc. I'm curious to know how long it should take the oil pump to develop full pressure. I have another pump in a blown engine that I could...
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    Cooling circuit question

    I just finished plumbing the rubber hoses for the cooling circuits. There originally was a Y fitting at the center of the engine compartment. The inlet came from the head, and the outlets went to 1) the heater core and 2) back to the block on the drivers side. I did not reuse the Y fitting...
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    Dash Pad Removal?

    If you fold down the windshield, you will have access to the the reinforcement and could carefully nudge it out from the back side (actually, the front of the truck). The method they used to attach the pad is pretty simple.
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    Can anyone identify this overdrive?

    Bought an overdrive a few years back and installed it on my summer daily driver (FJ40). I know that there wer not too many overdrive manufacturers for the Cruiser, so I'm curious to find out where it came from. I know Fairey (spelling?) made them, but I have never seen one. There are no...
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    Is it time for 20W50?

    I have heard that as the 2F wears, some people go with 20W50 oil. Wondering if it's time for me, here's the details of the engine... - 2F from a '79, about 150,000 miles on it (the last 50,000 have been on road and highway). - It has never been rebuilt. - It does blow oil (suspect that it's...
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    Rough running when warm,

    I've been experiencing some engine idle issues with my ring for some time now, and I still haven't been able to figure out what the root cause is. Here's the deal: When I first start it up, it idles just fine (I have it set at about 800 rpm, even though it's supposed to be lower). It runs...
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    Funky brake bleed condition??

    Hey all, I must be missing something simple, but can't seem to track down the root cause of the problem... '75 FJ40 with disk brakes -I think the first month of production. Original booster looks like it was for the drum brakes (the short one). New brake master cylinder, new lines...
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    Drive train options ... again

    I've been reading as much as I can about the options that I have for my Cruiser project. I have a 5.3L Vortec with a 4L60E trans (2WD) that I will be packaging into my '79 FJ40. ??? Here's what I have been considering: 1) Change the rear axle to a center diff. I'm not too concerned about...
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