Abandoned 84 FJ60

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Does anyone know where I can get these fittings on top of my AC compressor? It's an FJ62 Denso compressor, but these fittings have been modified for flare style fittings. I don't mind having some new lines made, but I'm just trying to lay out as many options as I can to get the AC working.
This morning so far I did some more measuring and came up with a viable transmission mount solution, picked up a few bolts I needed, and a pigtail to work with the Ford alternator on this thing.

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Yeah, I believe I saved time and money by just being in the right place at the right time on this one. I bought the engine, transmission, and all the adapters from a guy who was taking the 4bt stuff out of his FJ62 in favor of LS power and an automatic. He mentioned having the stuff for sale in a Facebook group when I posted asking for guidance on diesel swaps. I really haven't had to find many parts on my own, and I can't imagine a DIY job going any smoother, honestly.
But I am losing steam. I need to get this thing going pretty soon, and there is a ton of work to do yet. The transmission crossmember is going to be the next big thing, and hopefully the last big thing.
The 1984 frame had a 3 piece transmission crossmember that bolted to the vertical inner walls of the frame rails as opposed to the bottom of the frame, and the very nicely modified crossmember I got with the package deal is made for the later FJ62 frame. I plan to use that piece, but will attach it to the frame via bolting it to some thick angle iron that I'll weld to the frame.
I'll get started making, measuring, and drilling sometime today, and hopefully make some progress...
I’d get some DOM tubing for the crossmember.
For your AC connector fitting,
I had good luck with all those type of fittings at Portland Oil Filter Specialties. I’d check to see if you have any specialty shop like that around your area.
 
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I decided to use the crossmember that came with my engine and stuff, and make some brackets for it to bolt to. The FJ62 has a different style of crossmember, but it's not so different that I can't make it work. And this piece is a decent bit of fabricobbling if I do say so myself.
I just got back from Harbor Freight, had to go get some leather sleeves and a welding blanket so I can quit setting myself on fire.
I also picked up the voltage regulator pigtail to get the Ford alternator working.
This is shaping up to be quite a productive weekend!

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Aaaaaaaand my welder just s*** the bed.
The little drive wheel that pushes the wire out is worn down and won't feed wire anymore. It's an ancient Millermatic I got for free 15 years ago or more, and it was ancient then, too, lol.
Hopefully my buddy will come over with his welder tomorrow. I'm so close it's driving me nuts. Lol. I guess I'll leave the jack under it for now and start working on wiring and fuel lines tomorrow if he doesn't.
 
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Yesterday I used my buddy's welder and got my crossmember brackets (big ass angle iron) welded to the frame, and got the crossmember bolted up. It's not beautiful, but it should be plenty strong. Welding under a car while laying on the ground sucks, and it was hard to get close enough to really see my work as I was welding. But you know what they say, a grinder and paint make me the welder I ain't!
At least now the entire drivetrain is supported well enough to hold the engine up in place, and I can beef stuff up from here. The clearance from the front axle to the oil pan and passenger motor mount is less than optimal, but I've got some ideas to improve that a little bit, as well as tying in some extensions for the bump stops that will also beef up the frame mounts. I may find myself doing a shackle reversal for a bit more clearance, but it will mean needing to put some longer shackles in the rear as well. I will cross that bridge later on after I get the engine running and maybe drive it for a while and see if it's necessary.
Who knows, it may be SOA on tons and 40's by the time it's all done. It's all just a matter of time and money....
 
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Last night I started working on some bumpstop extensions, because the 4bt ended up being pretty close to the front axle. Am I right in assuming that it's acceptable to limit my uptravel to be about how it was before the lift? A stock 60 doesn't have much room between the axle and bumpstop, and I'd rather give up a little articulation than smack my oil pan or motor mount on the front axle.
I had thought about redesigning the passenger side frame mount, but between the oil filter, starter, and turbo, I simply can't see where I can put it without interference somewhere else.
How much up travel is necessary? Before I weld anything in, I plan to jack up that end of the axle to see how far the tire can move up before contact...
Truth be told, I can already tell I'm gonna want more lift just to allow more articulation. This will be an off-roader, after all....
 
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Today I finished up the welding on the motor mounts/ bumpstop extensions, and did a little flex clearance test to see how much uptravel (at the wheel) I have on the passenger side before I need to limit it. Honestly, I'm not as disappointed as I expected to be with the outcome. I was able to max my floor jack out and still had an inch or two before contacting the bumpstops, which will stop any further movement before any hard parts kiss each other. This is at least acceptable until I decide if and how I want to lift it more.
Tomorrow I plan to spend some time sorting out
the new clutch hydraulics to use the toyota master cylinder, a custom line, and a Toyota slave cylinder on the driver side of my bell housing..
This should go some what smoothly as long as I can get it to bleed.

I also have some ideas for fuel supply/return lines, and how to get the fuel from the passenger side to the driver side.
I have some unused factory hard (vacuum?) lines on the firewall at this point that are just about the perfect sizes to bridge the gap from the frame mounted fuel lines to the lift pump and fuel return lines. This will greatly reduce the amount of rubber hose I'll need to use, and aid in a cleaner finished product. We shall see how that goes. I intend to blow them out with brake cleaner and compressed air before sending diesel through them.
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