Well I just read a couple hundred FAQs and my brain is numb! Good stuff! I bought a 1978 FJ40 from a guy I used to work for about 2 weeks ago, and I've spent the last weekends goin through it. It had a big hunting rack on the back which was a pain to get off. And, yeah, it's pretty tough to put the hard top on by yourself without a lift or anything. It ran 3 years ago when it was parked in a barn, and spent 7 years b4 that on a lease in Refugio, TX. I'll attach some photos. Anyway, I've looked through a ton of pictures trying to figure out how the stock leaf springs were mounted. I don't think mine are stock. There isn't a spring shackle at the front of any of the leafs; they have the pin straight through the body mount. And the shackles on the rear springs look a lot like the HFS "barbell" shackles that CCOT sells (they look like an H). Also the rubber bumper above the front axle is a few inches in front of the axle. Sounds like it's been messed with in the last 33 years, huh? What do ya'll think? Anyway thanks for being here. I can't wait to get her goin!!