We're you filling the back with firewood? About the time I bought my first FJ40 in 1974 a friend bought a brand new a Datsun pickup. We went cutting firewood. Besides be disappointed in the thin single wall bed he barely loaded it and rear springs inverted. Loaded the back of my 40 to roof and the springs showed no signs of flatten out. Bought mine in July 74 (used 68), by January 75 he had sold the Datsun and bought a brand new 75 FJ40. Would have gotten sooner but wanted the new 75. What's the old saying even a blind squirrel gets lucky and finds a new. Had just bought a new Monte Carlo the year before and budget for a 4X4 was small. Flagstaff, AZ was a pretty small town back then and selection for used 4X4s in wasn't much. Looking back now I realize how it had been rode hard and put up wet it's life until then. Once I straighten up the wiring to get the lights works it took years for all the other PO shoddy jobs to show up. For the American market at least the 40 was overbuilt compared to it's competition.