78' FJ40 rebirth

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Hey guys. So here is the deal. I just got a free 78' from a lady I am working with. I really want to bring this thing back to life. She told me I could use her shop and she has every tool known to mankind. I am very capable of doing all the work, but when it comes to vehicles that have been sitrting for a while I do not even know where to start. The 78' has been sitting for about 5 years now and hasn't moved. The lady's husband told her he had to do some work on the carb, but soon after got very sick and passed away. So The thing has been sitting in her Barn. It is a beast. It has an 8 inch lift and is sitting on 39 X 18.5 X 15 inch Mickey Thompson Baja's. It is a straight 6. So where would you guys start on it? and selling it is not an option :)

Thanks! oh and here is a pic of it I found that he put up a while back on another forum. It still looks just as clean as it did then.
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Here's the pic...
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I'd start by planning what you want it to look like at the end of the day.:D

Then see if you can get it to run, and address safety issues. Closely examin steering, brakes, and tires(dry rot).

Congratulations, I think you've got a nice rig there... I'd be inclined to go back to 35s and possibly lower it a tad.
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Thanks guys! yeah I will double check all the paperwork to make sure.

So the thing isn't a 78? I will have to check it out a little bit more before tearing in to it. The lady who gave it to me is a little older and has no idea what went into it, so I am shooting in the dark on a lot of this stuff. I will have to give it a closer look later on. I just saw it for the first time yesterday for a few minutes but I haven't really had a chance to mess with it just yet. I'll check the papers on it when I get home.

My goal for it is to make it back into a vehicle that can be a daily driver. I want to put something in the neighborhood of 33's back on it and drop it down a couple inches. I'll probably start with all the fluids first, drain the gas tank and put some fresh back in, new battery, spark plugs, hoses, anything else i should look into before even trying to crank it?
 

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