Builds Bought this 1-owner 1987 FJ60, but some Rust

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Might be worth checking out the local community college’s night class schedule if you have the time. My local school offers an automotive body welding class I’m going to sign up for. Probably going to turn out to be the best $100 I spend on the truck.

Congrats on the purchase. Hope you enjoy!
 

Hojack

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I wouldn’t think they’d salt the roads around beautiful Lake Tahoe. You’d think California would be concerned about the water quality running into the lake. I thought out in the mountain West we knew how to drive on ice and snow and didn’t need salt:rolleyes:
I’m so thankful Oregon doesn’t salt. During a few heavy snows they have in Portland but very rarely. At least the rest of the state only puts down sand and gravel.
I looked it up and it’s a mixture of salt and sand so 50% less salt than the East Coast but still damn I wouldn’t want that on my frame living there.
 

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I wouldn’t think they’d salt the roads around beautiful Lake Tahoe. You’d think California would be concerned about the water quality running into the lake. I thought out in the mountain West we knew how to drive on ice and snow and didn’t need salt:rolleyes:
I’m so thankful Oregon doesn’t salt. During a few heavy snows they have in Portland but very rarely. At least the rest of the state only puts down sand and gravel.
I looked it up and it’s a mixture of salt and sand so 50% less salt than the East Coast but still damn I wouldn’t want that on my frame living there.
Similar here... unless the snow is heavy it is usually sand. But they do occasionally salt/chemical the roads. Plus you get all the grocery stores, resorts, casinos, etc. that will throw their own salt down. While not as bad, still years of this plus the ability of the sand to pile up in those small crevices makes for a great paste. Plus if the PO ever took it to the coast and decided to drive on the sand, well then we got a whole different ball of wax. Now days, for the most part salt has been completely banned around the lake, but not 100% for surrounding areas and whatnot (if I remember correctly).

@RTAHOE if you get a chance, check out the clubhouse forums. We have a club in Reno and meet monthly. Lots of knowledge and helping hands. Battle Born Cruisers of Northern Nevada.
 
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They've started putting down chemicals on the road THE DAY BEFORE THE STORM, here in VA. Now you get to corrode your vehicle even if it turns out to be a rain event. :frown:
I am convinced they salt the roads year-round here in Indiana. Just in case we get a Day After Tomorrow situation.
 

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They've started putting down chemicals on the road THE DAY BEFORE THE STORM, here in VA. Now you get to corrode your vehicle even if it turns out to be a rain event. :frown:
Exactly why my 60 is now a summer, early fall, late spring vehicle or snow packed only. It will not leave the garage if that corrosive chemical is applied to the roads. That crap eats metal on contact.
 

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A lot of states have restrictions on rusted vehicles. Most are ambiguous but some state the rust cannot pass through body panels.
Many states say that frame rust cannot be to the point that it doesn't properly support the vehicle. That leaves a lot of latitude to
individual inspectors. Personally,I'd be more concerned with the frame than body. I'd look for a good frame to swap. You can fill body parts with bondo but that's probably not the best way to fix a frame....although I'm seeing a lot of bondo repaired frames coming up
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I'd put all new suspension on it, 31x10.5 tires. make sure all smog is working, and spray the whole thing down with fluid film or similar.

you'll have a fun truck with no worries of body damage for years.
 
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Thanks guys. Got her up on the lift and the frame is solid. It has some surface rust but no weak points anywhere. The body took the rust way worse than the frame for whatever reason.
 
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I'd put all new suspension on it, 31x10.5 tires. make sure all smog is working, and spray the whole thing down with fluid film or similar.

you'll have a fun truck with no worries of body damage for years.
Been looking at suspensions. Any particular one you recommend?
 
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I was looking at overhauling the axles and doing an OME lift kit. But I don't want to invest the time to do that so I'm going straight to an 80 series axle swap, front and rear. I'll still have to do some work on the 80 axles but at least I'll have better coil (front) suspension with a full float rear axle. And a wider stance which will help with stability with a lift, and it looks better.
 
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Similar here... unless the snow is heavy it is usually sand. But they do occasionally salt/chemical the roads. Plus you get all the grocery stores, resorts, casinos, etc. that will throw their own salt down. While not as bad, still years of this plus the ability of the sand to pile up in those small crevices makes for a great paste. Plus if the PO ever took it to the coast and decided to drive on the sand, well then we got a whole different ball of wax. Now days, for the most part salt has been completely banned around the lake, but not 100% for surrounding areas and whatnot (if I remember correctly).

@RTAHOE if you get a chance, check out the clubhouse forums. We have a club in Reno and meet monthly. Lots of knowledge and helping hands. Battle Born Cruisers of Northern Nevada.
Not to hijack the thread, but ODOT has been applying salt to I84 between Pendleton and Ontario for several years, and Highway 11 Pendleton to Walla Walla as well. Apparently, so well that they have proposed using salt at the west end of the Gorge into PDX. It’s coming!
 
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