Finally got me one

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Hello, I am new to IH8Mud, but have been lurking for the past several months. There is a great source of information on FJs in here. Picked up a 1978 FJ40 on Tuesday this week. (graduated High school in 1978) I have been waiting to acquire one of these for the cheapest price/highest quality I could find and one my wife would let me buy also! I have been a owner of several Toyota 4x4s over the years. Almost bought a green 1972 FJ40 in 1979 for 1800 bucks, but passed up on the deal! I have fully restored a rusted out 1985 Xtracab SR5 pickup (Fiberglass bed, engine-trans overhaul, etc.) in 1996. I am ready to do this again, somewhat. I'd like to get this FJ40 unrusted and more trail ready over the next few months. :D

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Nice, how much did ya give for it ?

Tell your wife you won't spend all your free time working on the new toy :lol:


Welcome to MUD .. :flipoff2:
 
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Isn't that the FJ40 from the auction out in Cheyenne? It's a great looking piece. I was on the phone getting ready to bid against you.. Since I wasn't right there to see it, I didn't dare go higher since I wasn't there in person. Looks like a great find..

More Pics!! I'd love to see more of this 40!

And Congrats!! Great looking 78
 
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Ahh dirtywilks, so you were the guy on the phone. :eek: I was shaking like a harlot in church thinking someone with a fist of bills was going to outbid me. Wanted to get a cheaper price, but I think $3750 was good enough. Many like this are selling for 5-7K. Drove it back to the Fort on the 14th. Ran sweet at 60-65 mph. It needs a rear crankshaft seal and Clutch throwout bearing first, then I am going to deal with the spring bushings, rust in the bed and the seats. I'll post more pics when I split the tranny and engine apart for the seals and bearings there.
 
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We're in the same boat! Good to see I'm not the only one. I just bought my rig a couple weeks back, having played with a 4-Runner a few years back. Had to sell that one to start my business :crybaby: , but things are going well with the company so I'm back and better ;) . Good luck with the ride.


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Thanks everyone. Mutt, that Smittbuilt looks good on the 4Runner picture. And that FJ40 looks really nice as well.
 
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First month update:

Bodywork now almost suitable for another two years use. Believe me, it looks better at a distance, but it suits its purpose. Need to attend to the oil seals next ;)

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damn! looks new!
 
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Nice find!

Hey, this looks good, and you got a great deal. Prices are nuts on the west coast. Congratulations, and welcome to the site. You'll find a wealth of expertise and plenty of laughs here! Keep us posted on your progress, if you have a chance.
 

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Seem that I'm in the right place with the way this conversation is going. I just bought one myself, after looking for the "perfect" one for the price. My tenth post, so now I can upload it to my profile...
 
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Looks like I am in the same boat. I have recently acquired a 1958 FJ25 after many years of different rigs ranging from Chevy to Toyota. Like many of you I had been searching for a FJ for a long time but many of my other projects had been keeping me from getting one untill just recently; I broke down and with no regrets, but maybe a few to many cars, bought one.

Your rigs look great and FJ40zen you have made great progress and look forward to see more.
 
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My near future plans are to add an OME Dakar 2.5in w/Nitrochargers, (5)Goodyear Wrangler M/T 285/75-16s and some greasable shackles as soon as I acquire all the above.

After these items, I will go for repairing the small oil leaks. :hillbilly:
 

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