1976 Fj55 Sr project

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by 1Baddog, Oct 27, 2018.

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    We just started this school year to restore a 1976 FJ55. We found this in a field in western Montana. It had been sitting for several years. We put a battery in it and it started. We put on a trailer then it sat for 3 years next to the barn. Then out to the so 40 for couple years. Still runs on the old gas. The roof caved in from all the snow we had, about 4' from one storm. So we putting on a different roof skin. About 120 spot welds times 2. I’ll post pics later
     
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    Welcome, you have a few other folks up your way here on Mud, can’t wait to see some pics!
     
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    Good to have another 55 on board. if you want to read some other 55 threads and in general 55 stuff, come on down to the pig pen.....FJ55 Iron Pig Preservation Society
     
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    Roof skin is off, welding patches on the other. Needs some more rust-mort. I don’t want any rust to haunt me down the road.
     
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    New floor pans came today. Next thing to start

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    I will be watching to see what you do with your roof. I need to figure something out in the future for the rusted roof in my '78 FJ55. Of course, besides the rush in the roof, I have rust in lower fenders, so I will be looking for fender patch panels too.
     
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    FJ55 roofs are flimsy. I added some supports to mine to prevent oilcanning, and then glued them to the roof with urethane adhesive to prevent rattling. Worked great. I used 1/4" rod, bent slightly to conform to the curvature of the roof and welded at both ends. Congrats on taking on a big job.
     
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    I'm thinking of glueing supports from the used roof to give support. Before I removed the “new” used roof skin i did some metal shrinking to remove most of the oil canning. I probably will need to do some more after I weld it on. This is a great teaching tool for my son. He’s seeing many different approaches to the challenge of body and mechanical work. With hands on experience that should last him a lifetime.
     
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    More rust, more metal work.

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    One patch ready to go.

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    If you can remove/repair rust on a 55 you can remove rust on a fj40 with one arm tied behind your back and blindfolded. They started rusting on the boat ride over from japan.
     
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    That’s the next one 1967 fj40. It runs well now. But rust galore.
     
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