Builds 1972 FJ40 FST Restoration (4 Viewers)

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Last week I packed up a nice core H42/split case to go to @orangefj45 at Valley Hybrids.

It will come back shiny and new with a 40 series top cover and a 60 series 3 piece crossmember

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Also in the same photo you can see there are some seats. Those are going off to @Cruiser Corps for Refurb. The ones they built for John’s 45 Rotunda are the most comfy bench seats on earth ….
 

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One thing I’ve never had to deal with ever is the amount of things that must be disassembled for paint or powder on a truck this nice. As you know I normally do Patina trucks or deal with something someone has already painted.

Today I took apart the pedal bucket (first time ever, got some bushings to find) and the blower motor (same, need to find gaskets)

Then I dropped what I could for blast and powder and now I have the steering wheel boxed up for restoration.

Anything not looking new on this beautiful canvas Gabe painted will stand out like a sore thumb.

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EDIT…..found all those gaskets and pedal bushings on Specter. Nice.
 
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Who does the steering wheel restoration?
Inquiring minds what to know.
 

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Who does the steering wheel restoration?
Inquiring minds what to know.

It’s a guy here on Mud. Birdhead. I’ve also used Classic Cruisers.
 

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Got home and sent Beno some measurements for the Mosley special 2F cradle. These things are amazingly sturdy
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Then I got busy cleaning up and POR15ing some of the items I can’t have powder coated

Top of the blower was a crust fest so I wire wheeled and sanded it smooth

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The other item I did not want to fully disassemble was the steering tube. The rubber end piece and the NLA 72 blinker assembly were both very very tight and I did not want to risk messing either of them up
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I want the steering in before I move it to the main shop because that’s a lot of steering with 2 people pushing the wheels. I don’t want to wreck this beauty

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Got home and sent Beno some measurements for the Mosley special 2F cradle. These things are amazingly sturdy
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Then I got busy cleaning up and POR15ing some of the items I can’t have powder coated

Top of the blower was a crust fest so I wire wheeled and sanded it smooth

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The other item I did not want to fully disassemble was the steering tube. The rubber end piece and the NLA 72 blinker assembly were both very very tight and I did not want to risk messing either of them up
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I want the steering in before I move it to the main shop because that’s a lot of steering with 2 people pushing the wheels. I don’t want to wreck this beauty

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I’m thinking we would make a good team Nolen. I will do the metal work and paint, and you could finish them. Plus an extra set of eyes will help me not make silly mistakes like forgetting to fix antenna holes before painting. ☹️ We could be dangerous!
 

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NLA parts suck to deal with. View attachment 3045435

The bushings for the pedals were available the last time that I checked.
That’s nice. I’m just leaving the one in this one. It’s tight and beautiful. The OG truck reportedly only had 40,000 miles. That’s driving a few decisions.
 

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@Indygbd Included OEM Toyota tie rod ends with the OEM links. I’ve never actually used OEM. Not sure if they even make them anymore. They look spiffy on the freshly powdered links
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I got the box cleaned up nicely and installed in the truck. Once the second coat of POR is rock hard I’ll install the tube
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