First time FJ40 restorer looking for direction on finding parts

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Hi All,

Just bought a 72' FJ40 to restore with my dad & son. Truck is in pretty solid shape (very little rust) but is going to need a lot of attention. I'm a little overwhelmed but trying to get a plan of attack. Most of what we need are going to be mechanical parts. As I said, the body & frame are pretty solid so I don't think we'll have to deal with those for now. As we dig into this thing I'm looking for some advice / direction on best places to find parts. My nearest Toyota dealership is about 45 minutes away. Maybe someone can chime in on how helpful the dealership would be anyway? What are some of the best websites for finding parts? I've found CruiserCorps online. Others? Thanks and looking forward to a new education.
 

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It depends on your dealer but you’ll save on shipping if they are willing to put in the little bit of extra work to source the 40 parts.

Separate your build into sections and then plan your work and work the plan.
 

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My best advice is to get acquainted with looking for partnumbers on ToyoDIY.com - https://www.toyodiy.com or Toyota parts catalog - https://toyota-usa.epc-data.com for your specific vehicle (you will need the exact month of production to be sure).

Once you have the partnumbers of the parts you need you can try to order them on Genuine OEM Toyota Parts and Accessories Online - Toyota Parts Deal - https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/ (USA based), Amayama.com - https://www.amayama.com (Japan and UAE based) and PartSouq Auto Parts Around the World - https://partsouq.com/ (UAE based).
Note that parts indicated as available on those websites are not always really available, these vendors get you parts directly from Toyota wharehouses of the countries they operate and they only know a part is no more available once someone tried to ordered it. But at least if a part is unavailable on all those vendors you can be pretty sure it isn't anymore.

For the parts no more available from Toyota I'd still advice to Google the partnumbers, you will find vendors, websites, Ebay postings, etc. with the parts for sale used or NOS. You will also find vendors selling aftermarket, they will almost always indicate the matching partnumber.
 

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JustJay, you didn't say if you intend to keep all-stock, or if you are considering aftermarket upgrades, non-toyota parts/customization much more available/cheaper if you are not a purist.
 
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Spend at least a few hours (not kidding) trolling this site and reading threads. You will get a picture of where people go for parts and what problems exist. OEM Toyota parts are great, but if your dealer charges you full list price, you'll want to shop around and buy elsewhere. And ASK here for advice - there is no problem you have on that truck that 12-200 people have not seen before.
 
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Fix the stop, then the go. Along with safety along the way. I personally do cosmetics in the time in between (waiting for cash, parts, weather, etc) look threw build threads on here to see what order people do things.

Land Cruiser Parts - https://www.sor.com/catindex.sor has manuals and parts.

City Racer LLC - https://www.cityracerllc.com/ has lots of good stuff.

VintageTeqParts.com Home Page – VintageTEqParts.com - https://vintageteqparts.com/ has some hard to find parts and rebuilt parts.

and of course the classifieds!!
 
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I agree with the above. Get it running and stopping and then attack areas that need attention as you go. Resist the urge to blow it completely apart. 'Mud has TONS of information, search and read when you have a question.
 
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My best advice is to get acquainted with looking for partnumbers on ToyoDIY.com - https://www.toyodiy.com or Toyota parts catalog - https://toyota-usa.epc-data.com for your specific vehicle (you will need the exact month of production to be sure).

Once you have the partnumbers of the parts you need you can try to order them on Genuine OEM Toyota Parts and Accessories Online - Toyota Parts Deal - https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/ (USA based), Amayama.com - https://www.amayama.com (Japan and UAE based) and PartSouq Auto Parts Around the World - https://partsouq.com/ (UAE based).
Note that parts indicated as available on those websites are not always really available, these vendors get you parts directly from Toyota wharehouses of the countries they operate and they only know a part is no more available once someone tried to ordered it. But at least if a part is unavailable on all those vendors you can be pretty sure it isn't anymore.

For the parts no more available from Toyota I'd still advice to Google the partnumbers, you will find vendors, websites, Ebay postings, etc. with the parts for sale used or NOS. You will also find vendors selling aftermarket, they will almost always indicate the matching partnumber.
FLX - thanks a ton for the links. Very helpful!
 
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Fix the stop, then the go. Along with safety along the way. I personally do cosmetics in the time in between (waiting for cash, parts, weather, etc) look threw build threads on here to see what order people do things.

Land Cruiser Parts - https://www.sor.com/catindex.sor has manuals and parts.

City Racer LLC - https://www.cityracerllc.com/ has lots of good stuff.

VintageTeqParts.com Home Page – VintageTEqParts.com - https://vintageteqparts.com/ has some hard to find parts and rebuilt parts.

and of course the classifieds!!
Cruiserboy14 - great advice about the fixing the stop, then go, then cosmetics. Really helpful links, too. Much appreciated.
 
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Thanks a bunch for the great advice guys. That gives us a ton of places to look for parts. Stock parts are great. I'm more interested in making sure that the parts I put into it are high quality than necessarily original. Not quite a purist as some of it will be custom but not looking to do anything crazy. I've already spent hours reading through posts and am amazed at the great community. Nicely done all.
 

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yeah get that cruiser running and stopping. Also, make sure the lights and taillights work. then do the body as needed. I'm getting a 71 working and driving before I do anything else to it. make a list of the most important things needed and g o from there. Good luck. lots of real good resources on this forum.
 

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So, about this 40. Does it roll? Can you turn the engine over? Is it all stock? What colors is it? When did it last run and drive? Any new parts come with it? What's the history? Any .22 shells in the glovebox?
And we need pictures.
 
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So, about this 40. Does it roll? Can you turn the engine over? Is it all stock? What colors is it? When did it last run and drive? Any new parts come with it? What's the history? Any .22 shells in the glovebox?
And we need pictures.
 
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Just put a battery in it & it fired right up. Gonna dig into it more in the next week or two and see what we are up against with brakes, engine, transmission, etc. Not a fan of the wheels that were put on it and tires are pretty tired so that'll all have to go. Would love to eventually put a 2" lift with larger wheels (33"?) but that'd be way down the line after things get tightened up. Someone got a good start on the restore work a while ago and then sold it so its been sitting in storage for the last 5 years. Noticed that it has a second gas tank - not sure what that's about.?. Original engine was replaced with a 2F engine. No .22 shells in the glovebox but an old Coors beer can was being used as a gas cap - does that count as quirky?

So, here's a question - I've been looking at parts websites and finding that the VIN lookup isn't very helpful. Many of them look for 17 digit VINs, which of course, it isn't. Wondering how to determine what exact model it is (beyond FJ40) , i.e. FJ40v-b? c??

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