For Sale Fj40 wanted

Year
1976
Vehicle Model
  1. 40 Series
Color
Red
Hello,

I'm looking for an Fj40. My first vehicle was a 1970 in dune beige. Sold it when we had kids, dogs, etc. Now I'm retired and want another one.

I'm looking for one that's as original as possible. Years 1968 to 1978. I like the ambulance doors, but pre 1975 gets me away from the Oregon smog requirements. Three on the tree is fine. No V8 conversions, no highly modified wheelers. Tasteful upgrades like power steering, disc brakes are acceptable. Don't need AC as whenever it's warm enough for that, the top will be off. Will be mostly used for putzing around in nice weather, picking up cute girls and beer runs. 😉 No hard core wheeling.

My biggest limitation is, it needs to be freeborn red. I've always wanted a red one so I've decided to wait until I find one. I love the original wheels and hubcaps. An 8274 would be awesome. Soft top would be fine, save me the hassle of storing the hard top.

Obviously, I'd prefer as rust free as possible. Original paint would be fantastic. Some patina is okay. I'm not much of a mechanic but could handle some of that, with the assistance of the local LC shop. I'm not really interested in major body work. A restored vehicle would be fine, if done well and kept original.

I'd go to $35K for the right vehicle, but would prefer to be in the $20K's range to allow for my own addition/repairs. I'm in Oregon but willing to travel or ship. A road trip to one of the western states to check out a 40 would be fun. The further away it is, the nicer it would have to be. If it's sketchy, I'd want to see it in person and I'm probably not going to drive to Texas ot Tennessee....

As an example, I should have pursued this one, but was still wishy washy in my decision to buy. I've since decided to just pull the trigger. Life's too short and I'm not getting any younger. 🙂 Plus, the wife is fine with it (she hasn't yet figured out it will mean her car will have to park outside so the 40 can park inside. My side of the garage is already full of other toys.....).


Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Let me know what's out there. I peruse Craigslist and Facebook marketplace regularly, but I'm sure I miss some. Please don't be offended if I'm not interested in your vehicle, I realize I'm being very picky.

(Picture for attention only, though if this is you rig I'd love to hear from you)

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Stinkerbelle

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Still talking to the Michigan owner, waiting for him to coordinate a look over with a MUD member. Meanwhile this popped up in Arizona. The steering wheel is fugly, and it needs stock steelies, but otherwise i like it. Please tell me what you see with your more experienced eyes...thanks!

 

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Doesn’t look too bad. Non-stock front seats, no rear seats, modified steering column/wheel, converted to floor shift for both transmission an T-case. I hate when people say all original when it clearly isn’t, but that’s beside the point.

Would want to see it in person if I were looking but it looks like a pretty decent one. Everything done looks like it could be changed back without too much work. (Not necessarily including floor shift conversion).
 

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Still talking to the Michigan owner, waiting for him to coordinate a look over with a MUD member. Meanwhile this popped up in Arizona. The steering wheel is fugly, and it needs stock steelies, but otherwise i like it. Please tell me what you see with your more experienced eyes...thanks!

Nice truck, wouldnt pay more than high teens at most if i was a fan of red, given its not original paint. If it looked that good in original paint it would be worth the asking price if all the mechanicals checked out. All the other non OEM stuff wouldnt be a deal breaker for me. I’d keep the floor shift and convert back to dash shifted t-case. There is a complete front bench seat that should work in this ‘69 for sale here in classifieds for a very fair price. Shipping may make it not so appealing, but how often do you see complete bench seats for sale and not at Ebay prices? All the mechanicals need to be dialed for that asking price. Brakes, clutch, no play in steering, good shocks and leaf bushings, no play in wheel bearings or knuckle bearings, stays cool/at proper operating temp, runs and drives good. You can spend a small fortune paying to fix the little things. A truck in the mid 20’s should require very very little, just personal touches and routine maintenance. My $.02.
 
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Looks pretty nice, worth a look. I don't mind the 60 series wheels and new rubber. Floor shift isn't a bad upgrade. Looks maintained.
 

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Can any of you more experienced people tell from this photo if the original smog equipment is intact? This is the Michigan vehicle and the owner isn't sure. Unfortunately I live in an area with smog testing, so I want to determine if I'd be in for a major headache....thanks for any help you can give.

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