1978 Mustard FJ40 Build

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by dbaird, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. dbaird

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    Nice to have a retired father who likes 40’s and has a lot of free time. He started on the quarter panels today for me.

    Pulled the diamond plate off and was reminded why it was on there in the first place.

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    Cut off driver side

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    And where it ends for the day. Test fitting the driver side.

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    Very excited to get these on. Will make it look a lot better overall.
     
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    @dbaird you are off to a good start. Diamond plate justs about always spells disaster below....
     
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    Thanks! I wish i could have done this before but the diamond plate was free and i just wanted it on the road. Glad it’s finally getting done now though.

    Top off, roll bar and rear seats removed so we can get to some of the other parts that need attention.

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    Also started removing bed liner to see what oem paint will be salvageable. Seems both steps will be good and most of the outer rockers are still good. Just small repairs needed.

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    Nice post, lots of progress. Thanks

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    I like the radiator! Does that combo with the fan give you enough cooling?
     
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    Yes the fan and radiator combo works very well even when its 100+ out.

    Progress:
    Driver side ready to be welded up.

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    @dbaird are you also replacing the rear sill as well? Or is it still nice and solid?
     
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    @tls3601 the rear sill luckily is intact and good to go.


    More patches being made.

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    And with the quarter panel in place it actually looks more level now then before which makes me happy.

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    Some paint correction.

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    Taking the gas door to get paint matched. Its sitting on the fender and you can see how dry the paint looks on the fender.

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    Kind of a before and after

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    Really nice work. Where did you get the quarter panels from? How was the fit? Happy? Those are one of the few things that I did not purchase, but made. When I made them, like 5 years ago my truck didn't seems too bad - however Michigan winters killed before I actually did anything...:meh: Though I'm happy with what I made and the fit, kinda have this bit of nagging doubt in the back of my head that I dropped the ball...:bang:

    Keep up the good work, LOVE the Mustard color.. will be my next truck
     
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    Thanks! These are ebay quarter panels and I am very happy with the quality of them. They fit with very little work and as far as I can tell are the same thickness as the oem metal we have removed.
     
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    Yup those are the ones!
     
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    All driver side welding done. Just need some minor body work. Ordered the paint and started on the passenger side.

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    Fender rot gone

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    Passenger side cut up.

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    And also am going to use this and make a step for my kids to be able to get into the back a little easier. Also going to cover the holes in the bumpers some how. Seems like a broken leg waiting to happen.

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    @dbaird looking great, your other option would be to find an OEM rear step.
     
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    I’ve looked at the oem step but I like keeping the step removable for when they are grown I can take it off and leave it off.

    Started paint correction today to see what I have to work with better. I’m very pleased with the results. Did the hood and front valance today.

    What I started with.

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    And the end result!

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