87 FJ60 resto mod - a deviant undertaking underway

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Hi.

I'm in the process of purchasing a 1987 FJ60 - she's due to be shipped the later part of next week. My first FJ60 purchase was - for lack of better wording - horrific. This one will be what I hoped the first to be (fingers crossed). So, I wanted to say hi to the community and I look forward to becoming a valued poster in the near future.

That (above) was my original intro post - extremely conservative, mellow, non-specific. As I'm closing on the 10 year mark, I look back and laugh at the naive nature of my thoughts, plans, build time and the like.

For the Toyota purists, my build will equate to blasphemy, literally. She's going to be an asphalt queen - and I'm building her as such. Yes, I'm interested in improving interior sound quality/comfort, and better handling characteristics. Performance (if that's even applicable to the 60) trumps the original motor, All kind of crazy stuff, best summarized by something I said to three of our MUD vendors:

"If you ever had a wild, unconventional, one-off idea for a project, present it and I'm more than likely to say 'HELL YES', build that mofo!

I'm also not shy - good and bad, so I apologize ahead of time if I offend you. Take comfort in that I do this both in face2face and internet arenas (equality, eh). I'm not a polished, politically correct, ass kissing type of guy. But...I'm loyal, dedicated, take responsibility (good or bad) and a flat-out workaholic.

If any of you guys are ever in the New Orleans (NOLA) or Covington areas, PM me and if I'm not at my real job, I'll meet you and show you around a bit.

That's enough of an intro - or at least enough for me.

Ready for a crazy ride down the rabbit hole?

Follow me. . .






Here is a list of projects completed during the initial build:

Initial work:

1. H55F tranny swap Done
2. Wagongear side panels, tailgate panel, seals. Done
3. Tuffy console. Done.
4. LED Headlights: Went with JW Speaker Evo2's
5. FJ62 rear sway bar Done
6. Rear bumper/carrier Done - Trail Tailor
7. Desmog, mild refresh on the 2F, header, custom exhaust, JimC carb/dizzy Done
8. Replace lift, steering components - Done; wheels, tires Done.
9. Man-A-Fre LRA 38gal tank - done.
10. Body-on POR-15 frame, inside body (floor, jams, welds, etc.) - done.
11. Custom front grille - 4+products, done.
12. Cargo barrier, Milford, done.
13. Goose Gear 60 rear plate, done.
14. Rebuild OEM axles, brakes, ebrake, knuckles, diffs - done.
15. BMW Seats with TorFab brackets, done.
16. Dynamat body floor, inner doors/rear qtrs - done.

RestoMod Work:

1. Trail-Tailor custom frame, suspension - Done.
2. Trail-Tailor axle housings - in-progress.
3. FJ62 upper with custom gauges, custom lower: Trail-Tailor.
4. Rewire entire truck - Will do this myself, utilizing: CAN Bus System • Infinitybox
5. Replace every nut, bolt, gasket, w/s, seal, bushings - Performance Body Works & Trail-Tailor.
6. Frame off rotisserie, tail & side lights mod, Lizard Skin and Second Skin sound/heat, Dynamat @ Performance Body Works.
7. Custom Interior (Sheel-Mann seats, custom door panels, center console, carpet, rear cargo area) - Trail-Tailor.
8. Update/custom audio, interior/exterior axillary lighting - Trail-Tailor.
9. Motor Swap - Decision made, parts ordered. Full-time AWD. My goal of 'unique' finally materialized. #FkYeah! Trail-Tailor.
10. Power running boards - AMP.
11. Wheels - Either VAD forged steelies or Raguna Forged RFW RF06
12. HVAC - RestoMod Air
13. Ididit steering column & Sparc wheel.


Shane
 
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thanks for the welcome/well wishes - all greatly appreciated.

Update:

Shipping - scheduled for pickup on 30 Jan, delivery 4 Feb (yeah)

To do list:

Wagongear.com

As soon as he can fulfill an order, tailgate/side panels.

H55F:

Ordering from Beno @ Nalley Toyota

Beno suggested a gearing change while the tranny/xfer is out. So, sending the xfer out for a rebuild and changing to (is it 4.10 or 4.11?) gears.
 
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Good lord, that is a nice find! Very clean looking rig dude! Aughta keep you smiling for a long time to come. Post pics of the progress!
 

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awesome find!!!!

Good lord, that is a nice find! Very clean looking rig dude! Aughta keep you smiling for a long time to come. Post pics of the progress!

thats a nice truck. great looking one to start with. congratulations

Hey and thanks so much - I feel fortunate to have found her and to top it all off, the seller was unbelievably nice, helpful and informative. . .just an all-around great guy.


Great community and glad to be a part of it. . .
 
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Rims:

Never had such a hard time finding a set of wheels for a vehicle. Would like to put a set of Mojave with 33x10.5's, but don't want to run spacers and don't necessarily like the look of the steel wheels. Also, would like to go up to a 16" wheel - but see above for the associated problems.

There are a bunch of threads on wheels but this one in particular is newer with good info:


https://forum.ih8mud.com/60-series-wagons/791967-16x8-inch-alloy-wheels-correct-backspacing.html
 

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General update:

1. Shipping was delayed r/t the weather. She was trailered this afternoon and is now officially on her way. Was told 3-5 days for delivery - will post pics as she's rolling off of the trailer.

2. So - spent some time with Beno today (phone) and looks like I'll have to change the priority of my 'to do' list. My first goal was to make the FJ a little more manageable on the highway. "I'll just drop a H55F in her and move to the next project", hahahahahahahahahahaha. . .little did I know it never ends with a simple idea, lol.

With 248K on the clock - and even though she's been properly maintained - decided to rebuild/renew the entire driveline while's she's on the rack:

Driveline:
H55F with all the goodies (Beno)
rebuilt xfer case (beno/local)
new tranny mount (beno)
Change f/r diffs to 4.10 (JT Diffs)
Balance/new parts for front shaft (beno/local)
New OEM rear shaft (beno)
New hardware for shafts (beno)
f/r axle rebuilds (beno/local)
knuckles rebuilt (beno/local)
new relay rods (beno)
new tie rods (beno)
steering box - inspect, rebuild if necessary, reseal (beno/local)

Exterior/Interior (beno):
f/r lens & gasket R&R
f/r side markers R&R
FJ62 power antenna install
new f/r OEM seat belts
dash grab handle
hood liner
R&R door/latch gaskets

It's one thing to read numerous posts stating. . .3K here, 5K there. . .something else when you live it yourself. My original estimate of about 10K to do the mods I wanted has just tripled. And yes, I'm scared, lol, but truly looking forward to the next 12-18 months.

A lot of what I am going to do to her has been done by many of the forum members. However, I will document each build/rebuild/mod with notes on parts, price and downtime. In addition, if I have something fabricated for the FJ - I'll do my best to get a mold/template/whatever and share with anyone who is interested.

Thanks and man, what did I get myself into :doh:
 

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