1972 FJ40 Project in Oregon

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Rodeo, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Rodeo

    Rodeo

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    I purchased this 72 last winter in Helena Montana. After letting it sit through most of last summer in the barn I have finally got the chance to start working on it a little. It is my first project rig of any sort so it is going to be a slow learning experience. I decided to post up some of what I am doing as I know people on here are not afraid to share their opinions and I am hoping if anyone see's anything wrong they will point it out.

    To begin with it is a fairly straight rig with only a couple of minor rust spots and one spot of Bondo. It has the original F engine and three speed tranny. It ran when I got it but was kind of rough as it needed some carb work. Other than that other work that needs done are new brakes all around, new tires, new springs and shocks and a little steering work. Overall a good 1st project to tinker with and hopefully learn something.

    My goal for this winter are:

    Rebuild Aisin carb and get ride of the aftermarket one.
    Replace Valve cover with newer 2f cover and track down some of the oil leaks.
    Replace tie rod ends, Rebuild center arm
    Install the newer 77 FJ40 axles I have waiting
    Put disc brakes on rear axle and U-Bolt flip kit from MAF.
    Install Alcan Springs with 1" lift over stock.

    I have everthing gathered now I just need to finish so I can drive it next spring and summer and decide exactly what my plans are for the future. Currently my goal is to make it safe to drive and to enjoy it for a while before I do anything drastic.

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    Couple more picks from when I got it

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    Just two More!

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    Some newer pictures of rear axle

    Cleaned up and ready
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    Parts gathered
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    Brackets on
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    rear axle continued

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    Oregon shout out! Nice clean rig! Gotta love not having to do a lot of rust repair!
    You ever sell those old axles?
     
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    I did sell the old axles. The ended up in under a Nissan Patrol.
     
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    Looks good Have not see a white top in a while. What size tire are you planning to run with the alcans?
     
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    The white top was in bad shape with some rips and tears and none of the zippers worked. It did its job in protecting it for the ride home on the trailer from Montana and while it was stored in the barn all last summer. I gave it away to someone that was going to try to fix it up and use it. I am going to go without a top for this year at least.

    The tires that I have mounted now are 31x10.50x15. I am going to use them for a while but if there is room I would like to get some 33's in either a 10.50 or 12.50?
     
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    Good looking 40 and nice work on the rear axle! 33x10.50s are the way to go, they look great with stock rims/hubcaps or chrome 60 wheels if you can find a set ;)

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    Good start. I like it. I have a lid for that brake reservoir if you want it.
     
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