1977 Heater box restore help

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Hello all! I’m in the middle of restoring my 1977 FJ40 heater box’s front and back. Did a search and looked at FAQ and could not find what I was looking for. Looking for the color of the plastic top portion of the front heater in spray can. Is it just gloss black or a dark grey. Also is the Auxiliary heater the pewter grey everything else is on the 40? Last has anyone found the plastic flange bushings for the control arms. Thank you.

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Dark grey

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Dunno what spray color would match - this is original plastic, cleaned up. For the plastic bushings, I just bit the bullet and bought the rebuild kit from SOR. Rear heater is pewter.
 
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Dark grey

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Dunno what spray color would match - this is original plastic, cleaned up. For the plastic bushings, I just bit the bullet and bought the rebuild kit from SOR. Rear heater is pewter.
@TheHardWay that looks great. Question, how did you clean it up? Polish it? Any wax or solution? Would love to not paint it. Thanks for the help!
 

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@TheHardWay that looks great. Question, how did you clean it up? Polish it? Any wax or solution? Would love to not paint it. Thanks for the help!
Must be lucky - rebuilt the heaters on all of my rigs (from AZ, NV and NM) and only needed mineral spirits and an old t-shirt to rub off grungy dust, then buffed off the haze and voila :cool:
 
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Must be lucky - rebuilt the heaters on all of my rigs (from AZ, NV and NM) and only needed mineral spirits and an old t-shirt to rub off grungy dust, then buffed off the haze and voila :cool:
@TheHardWay I’ll give it a good old Land Cruiser try. You never know what might come out! Thanks for all the help.
 

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Some light open flame can also be a great way to restore old plastic, just need to be careful.
@DangerNoodle i have heard that. I have to admit it scares me a bit. I don’t want to melt it. I might try the back of the heater box. Thanks for the reminder!

Yep, I heard about it too.......having an old faded OEM steering column cover, I replaced it with a new one, so thought I'd give it a go. All was well until it wasn't, MELTED. That is a fickle-fickle procedure, just take your time.

Me, needless to say, I ended up just purchasing another new one for a back-up.
 

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