Dmaddox's 1978 FJ40 Rustic Green Refresh

dmaddox

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Hello crew....

As many of you know (or followed) my last restoration was a 63 swb fj45. You can check the 45 section for the events leading up to this new cruiser, but in short.....I had in my mind the "ultimate cruiser" that I had always wanted. Not to be specific...but it included:

1. As close to 12/77 as possible (my birthday).
2. T621 Rustic Green (mmm delicious color).
3. Stock body (no diamond plating (see other thread, lol) and no hack-jobs/fender flares).
4. Stock drive-train and engine-bay.

After lots of emails and phone calls a fellow mud-member and I came to an agreement and last weekend, I found myself on a one-way flight 1600 miles away!

That's right....I was intending on driving it back :)

Here is what the cruiser looked like when I arrived:
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So, after meeting some cruiser heads and making some new friends the transaction was complete and I was on the road. (I apologize - I didn't bring the good camera).

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What you dont see in the above picture is me going "YahoooooOOOO!"

Cruising.....
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Time for gas.... (average for the 1600 miles trip was 14.4MPG)
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About 400 miles into the trip I pulled in for gas and lost the clutch! As I came to a stop the clutch pedal just slopped to the floor. Turns out the clutch slave decided to die on me. It took me several hours of "rpm shifting" to get to a parts store (that was open and had the part).

A little while later the wipers decided to barf out on me (was an easy fix), but scary in the rain!

More beautiful cruising!

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Getting closer to Cold-orado

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When I got home I made an appointment with the tire shop and selected 5 BFGoodrich 33x10.50x15 KM2 Mud Terrain. I wanted the original mud terrains, but they are no longer available (that 7 shops could find).

So, anyhow - I mounted the tires, made a few repairs and fixes, set the timing and idle speed, etc.... and tonight took it out for a maiden voyage.

How many cruisers can you count in this picture?

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My brother and I had a really fun and rather beautiful drive. Being up in the mountains outside of Monument, Colorado - looked like something out of a Tolkein book. Very gorgeous and with the new cruiser ..... was just a really neat time.

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on the way down:

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I am going to keep this thread as active as I can. My plans are to button up a few more little issues and then add mini-truck power steering. . .after which - you'll see me at my first Cruise Moab :)

This next winter I will begin a full dismantle and restore. (pending life's curve-balls).

Thanks for looking!

Dallas
 
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Nice rig or rigs in your case. Is that the stock height? Any issues with the KM2 with the stock height. Thinking of getting a set just wondering if you have issues. Thanks
 
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very cool trip. you found a parts store with fj parts in stock? glad the clutch was only a small set back for you.
 
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Looks great, my 76 should be looking simmilar soon. Also have a slave cylinder repair in the works.
 
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How many cruisers can you count in this picture....(my wife rolls her eyes)



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Ummm....4? Two 40's, one 55, and one 80 that I see. Nice garage mate and I great score on that new 40!

I hear ya bout the wife...funny thing is mine just said she wants a 40 of her own :D.

-Ed
 

PabloCruise

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Thanks fellas for all the comments!!

Three 40's (smurf blue is hiding in the mid-section of the garage).
An FJ45 (headed to Puerto Rico sometime this next week, parked in front of the 80)
An FJ55 (PabloCruise's)
An FZJ80 (DD)

I was going to say, that is a fine looking Pig in the garage there!!!

Glad to see the 45 is still there...

Peace,
 
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Congrats

Great color too.

BTW the Rustic Green ones are the Strongest
 
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Great rig!! Nice score. Pics # 2, 3 & 5 sure look like the Columbia River Gorge. Beautiful area.

Don
 

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You stole my comment handcannon. I've driven from Portland to Denver 4 times and I was about to say that sure looks like the Gorge.

If it is I'm really disappointed, I thought we made a law in Oregon that doesn't allow cruisers as nice as that out of the state.

Dmaddox... I can relate to finding the dream cruiser, I just knew I had to buy mine last summer when I found out it was a 10/78. The month and year we were both born!!!

Good luck, I'll be watching for posts.:cheers:
 
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You stole my comment handcannon. I've driven from Portland to Denver 4 times and I was about to say that sure looks like the Gorge.


:cheers:

I've been up and back through the Gorge so many times I can't begin to count. Made the trip up to Walla Walla WA four times in the past two months. I never get tired of the scenery.

Don
 
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N I C E FIND!!!!!!!! congrat's cool rig for sure, and ya drove her home-----way cool. i like road trips!!!!!!!!
 

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