Thanks for the pictures and replying. Is yours a US spec?Pictures I have from my skid plate on a 10/73 built with original 4-speed.
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So for me it seems closer to your right one. At least the rear part is identical, the front part goes a little further on the side.
Looking at your 2 left ones they go further to the back and the only thing I see that could be an issue is the stock exhaust that goes back up just after the skid plate.
I was planning on tagging you on the thread so thanks for replying. My cruiser original had a 3speed in it and I converted it to a 4speed. I read on another post that you had committed that a 4speed wouldn’t fit on a 3speed frame without modifying it.If you look at the position of the large and small holes in the middle they are reversed on the three and four speed skid plates. I have also noticed the three speed skid plates are heavier than four speed. In my collection of skid plates I have a four speed that is heavier than the other four speed skid plates. The holes in the middle are also the same as the three speed. Can't remember the history on all my parts anymore. I'm thinking this is from a early 74 with a four speed skid plate. Planning on using that in 2/73 when I switch to a four speed.
what’s the possibilities that my cruiser is a 4speed frame even though his is a euro spec? What’s the chance that once Toyota started putting 4speeds in the 40’s no matter in what market it was they used the 4speed frame going forward in all markets with some having 3speeds and 4speeds. That could be the reason the middle holes in some of the 3speeds are the same as the 4speed.
Having a quick look at the EPC I see only 1 partnumber per year for the frame assy for a LHD FJ40 si I would say yes.
Similarly, FJ40 sold when the 5-speed was available have the space to accommodate one (even if sold with a 4-speed) while the FJ40 sold before the availability of the 5-speed don't have the space for one.
And to add to the details pointing in this direction:
These 2 holes have a welded nut behind them and are similar to the 6 nuts holding my skid plate. They have no apparent use on my frame.
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I would bet that they are for those 2 forward holes of the 3-speed skid plate:
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If I'm right you probably have 2 extra welded nuts on your frame at the back of your 3-speed skid plate.