1970 FJ40 restoration

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I picked up this FJ40 with the intention of building a trail rig about four years ago. I had gone as far as I could go with rockcrawling, so I sold my rock buggy and was looking forward to just going exploring again. When I got it home and started working on it, I noticed it was very complete and most everything was in really good shape. It seemed a shame to cut up such an nice original FJ, so I decided that after destroying several Toyotas over the years it was time to give one back. The first few pics are actually from the "for sale" ad, as all of my pictures of the tear down were lost when my computer crashed. Those are boring anyway. So far, I have completely rebuilt the trans and transfer case. I then rebuilt the engine and had the donor block bored .040 over. I rebuilt the starter, alternator and carburetor myself. My plan is to do the resto in three "stages" The first was the powertrain and now we will start on the chassis. The third stage will be the body.
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Wow! Looks like it should be in a 40 just just rolling off the assembly line!
 

Oakley40

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Very nice....some day I hope to do the same.
 
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That engine/transmission sure looks L-O-V-E-L-Y :clap:

Talk about attention to detail!

There's at least as much enjoyment to be had from restoration as from wheeling .... if not more...
 
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I love your seat covers, where did you get those? Bed, Bath and Beyond?

Seriously, looks like a great project-well worth the restoration.
 

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The engine looks nice. Very nice. More pics, man! :)
 
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It seemed a shame to cut up such an nice original FJ, so I decided that after destroying several Toyotas over the years it was time to give one back.
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This is exactly what I did to my 68. It was too complete to cut up.

Good luck on your restoration. Done right, it'll be worth lots.
 
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Virgin Mary clean!

man, you could eat off of that engine...not that you ever would. nice work!
 

thecrazygreek

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Do you do your own plating? I would like to see that set up. If not, who did the work for you?

Great looking motor...
 

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