Bad Bitch Betty Build

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Hello all!

Figured I would create a build thread for my 1983 FJ60. I found this rig days before deployment (still on deployment now). The PO was very less than honest about the condition and a master of deceit. I did end up purchasing the rig even though there was a bit of rust that wasn't described. The day before I deployed I had it towed to Land Cruiser Specialist in Oregon City, Or.

A little about me - I currently live in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. I work full-time for a local municipality PD. I served 7 years Active Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (Yakima, WA for most of it) before switching to the Oregon Air National Guard - still an EOD tech. I've been deployed a few times and I always find myself digging into something new either shortly before or during the trip. Due to be married in April to a girl I met at the Police Academy in Washington, she worked for King Co and I worked for WDFW at the time. I am also a PhD Student in Explosive Engineering so my project limit is usually limited. Any who enough about me.

Short Term Goal -
Upon re-deployment drive the entire west coast (excluding Alaska) of the states from Washington to Southern California then bounce back over to Phoenix. We plan on taking 7-10 days to complete the trip hitting all the fun stops on the way. I may need to gather a few mudder's contact info that live on the coast for an emergency rescue.

Long Term Goal -
Circumvent Central and South America.

Work in Progress -
Holley Sniper
Rebuild suspension
Intake/Exhaust manifold resurfacing
Valve Adjustment
Cooling system refresh
Fluid change
- Shout out to Tim Simpkins at LCS for knocking these out while I'm gone.

Future Projects -
LS based swap
6L80E
Rust Repair
Color Change - Likely a dark shade of green
Coil Swap w/ 80 axles
Bumpers

Pictures to follow
 
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Only picture I seem to have at the moment.

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Got an email from Tim today with some pictures. Sniper is installed, new battery cables, battery, coolant hoses, and a couple other odds and ends were finished.

Opted for an intake fuel pump to cut down on heat and noise.

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Looks like it's coming along nicely. How's the Sniper? (Be patient, it's a process).
 
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Tim said he got it all put together and it’s running great! I have a few more months downrange then I’ll get to drive it for myself.

Found this guy hiding out. Really like the side view mirrors on it.
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Long Term Goal -
Circumvent Central and South America.


I think you mean you want to 'circumnavigate....'. My personal goal is to circumvent those two countries ;)
 
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Touché! Either way avoiding some countries and their locals and enjoying the rest.
 

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nice to see one of my parts in action :)

Definitely pick up a new intake hose from City Racer
 

EWheeler

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Looks like a good project in good hands. Stay safe man. Thank you for your service foreign & domestic.
 
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nice to see one of my parts in action :)

Definitely pick up a new intake hose from City Racer

What parts are from you? There are so many vendors and parts now I can’t keep track of them all!

Intake tube and LED headlights are definitely on the list before we hit the PCH.
 
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Looks like a good project in good hands. Stay safe man. Thank you for your service foreign & domestic.

It’s definitely a project! But it should be a fun one.

No thanks needed. Absolutely love my jobs and wouldn’t trade them for anything.
 

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