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  1. Mars

    Buyin', Sellin', Tradin'

    Hey guys - make me an offer on these. I need them out of my garage. If someone can use them hit me up please. Good tread, would be good trail or beater tires. I looked up the manufacture codes and it looks like they are older than I thought - probably 10+ years.
  2. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Rust at the top of the side panels fixed. And another 40 holes filled. 😀 same patching trick. Tack it on, then cut the old metal out gradually while slipping the new metal down in
  3. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    51 :eek: 51 holes drilled in this windshield frame :lol:
  4. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Spacers…:lol: got them off after a lot of cussing. Each of the spacers were missing nuts. One rear wheel only had three of the six lugs. Yikes. Now the tires tuck in the fender which is nice.
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    Mars FJ40 1966

    Got some new cityracer 16” rims and Yokohama’s. 255/85r16. Really happy with the new stance. To my surprise I don’t have standard lug nuts. Wheel bolts threaded into the drums. Is this normal for early trucks? I have one for sure that is stripped out. Not sure how to handle that? Will...
  6. Mars

    Buyin', Sellin', Tradin'

    Hey guys - just took these off a 66' fj40. Drove straight and true, balanced OK. Hankook Dynapro MT 33" x 12.5r x 15 rims. I don't know the long history, but these haven't seen much use. The spare was on the back, never rotated in and is brand new. Plenty of tread on the remainders. The...
  7. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    I want to coat the inside of the doors with something....does 'mud have a good recommendation? I've been looking at the Eastwood products and they look good. I still have quite a bit of scale to work with on the inside of the doors that I'd like to neutralize.
  8. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Took my sweet time to keep it cool, and there we go.
  9. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Here is a trick that I learned from the YouTube. Instead of cutting out a patch panel and trying to butt weld, tack weld your patch right over the skin that needs to be replaced. Then start cutting right along the edge of the patch panel but cut at a 45 degree angle and only about 6” at a...
  10. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Up next is stripping the doors down. Pretty much all of the Phillips head screws needed some extra attention from the grinder to get them to budge. I just cut slots in them with the angle grinder and worked them out with a big flat head screwdriver. Looks like my doors were spring green...
  11. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Weekend progress. Spent a lot of time with the dash holes. I’m not certain where I’m going to lay out the all the dash switches so I filled it all in. I’m still stewing on if I can fabricate stock appearing ridges.
  12. Mars

    Cut Fenders

    This is how I did it with real steel parts https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/widening-stock-wheel-wells-real-steel.1251639/#post-13834604
  13. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    And removed the rusted rear sill cover. The real steel sill was about 1/4” to long for my opening. Otherwise fit great. The structural member under was really pitted but cleaned up well enough for me. This is the worst rust spot in the truck so I can’t complain 😀. Ignore my terrible...
  14. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Here’s the quick write up for the rear openings. https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/widening-stock-wheel-wells-real-steel.1251639/
  15. Mars

    Widening stock wheel wells - Real Steel

    All tacked up And slowly stitched my way around to finish the weld. Keep the body panels smooth. A bit more weld and grind and that will do it. Thought I’d share as I hadn’t seen this shown here with this kind of patch panel.
  16. Mars

    Widening stock wheel wells - Real Steel

    Relatively simple to widen the opening with a grinder and cutting wheels. This is the only tough spot to cut out. It’s the back channel of the wheel well support. This is the corner I’m talking about. Otherwise very simple.
  17. Mars

    Widening stock wheel wells - Real Steel

    My wheel wells were trashed, so I decided to order the replacement rear pieces from real steel. They arrived after about 4 weeks, great quality stuff. Only issue... the PO saws all cuts were a little wide. I like the idea of having a little wider wheel well with the stock edge So what...
  18. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    Also got my Real Steel parts in. Excellent quality and fit so far. This should be interesting. 😀 I’m missing a little more metal than I anticipated.
  19. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    More filling holes. Are any of these factory? I know which holes the seats mount to, but I’m not sure about any of the rest of these.
  20. Mars

    Mars FJ40 1966

    I think you are correct. I have no holes on the passenger side. I’m planning to mount mirrors to the lower windshield bracket. I welded them over. I know where they are if I change my mind. 😀
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