Hi everyone, figured I'd say something after lurking and learning here at ih8mud for quite some time. I'm 22yo, from Danville Pa, and will be picking up an 88 fj62 tomorrow. It will replace my '89 fj62 as my daily driver. I've been driving to work, beating, and wheeling it for a little over a year. It has 198k on it, was 160 something when i got it. Only paid 500 bucks for my first cruiser. ;p . After the initial month or so of replacing things it never let me down. I put maybe $300 in parts into it, but now it needs tranny/t-case seals, rear main seal, and output shaft fixed. Steering joints clunk, rotors shake and screech, fan belt squeals. So instead of fixing it right away, it will become a project. The '88 is really nice with about 151,000 miles. The owner knows nothing about it, just drove it back and forth to the farm a couple times. It needs less work than the '89 did when I got it. I think the AC just needs a re-charge. The body is in much better shape too, no scratches or dents. Its the battleship grey I think. Looks kinda blue to me. Mine is the champagne/walnut. Some rust of course, but hey its only $950. Today, Sunday, I went to drive/inspect it and noticed the front leaf springs look very odd. It looks to me like a single leaf with a short add a leaf in the front, middle, and rear underneath the single leaf. Doesn't look anything like my 89's front leaves. It rode really bouncy compared to mine too. Tuesday i'll post some pics of the screwey front leaves when its hopefully mine. If get my cash as planned and we transfer the title before the notary closes I'll be happy. I would take pics Monday but it will be dark by the time I have it home. Anyways it seems to have more power than mine even with 33 9.5 vs my 31 10.5. Couldn't really get her over 40 because the road I test drove on was bumpy. I thought that leaves up front were gonna break! So I guess I can't really compare the two just yet. This week I would like to swap the front leaves, all 4 shocks, shift cable, stereo system, window motors, wipers, and whatever I need or can think of from the '89. Then I'll do the knuckle job and drive it till it dies. Eventually the '89 will get bobbed, locked, chopped top doors fenders, and sprung over with big meats. 88 will be for street duty. Im open to opinions as long as they're cheap! Hildy I need a signature.