Nahh... you can still wheel and not have a total thrasher trail rig. It just won't be a beauty queen anymore.
The fenders really don't stick out more than the tires. However, if you are talking the flares, no need to take them off. Just run a few more trails. They kinda come off on their own.I like your thinking. This was/is my goal. I don't mind scratches, and little dents and dings but hopefully will avoid this kind of damage in the future. I am debating removing the fenders now though. I love the look of an 80 with fenders, but damn if those things don't get in the way of some trees.
I've got nothing to contribute, other than I've been told it's a truck, and it's not a car unless you've got a number on it and you're racing it. Good luck with the repairs..... All in all it took 3 winches and two snatch blocks to pull and spin the car to free it...
lmfao - this was my first thought too. I'm easy to convince though, i'm considering a campteq just to replace my rattling sunroof
Side thought - I recently sold my prinsu because I prefer the 80 without a rack. My only hesitation to getting rid of it was that it might help protect the truck in these situations, anyone have any experience with that?
I would just cut up the roof and make it a pop top tent conversion roof. Would be great for camping. Here are a couple examples:
So as not to clutter @LandCruiserPhil's excellent build threads, I'd like to start a thread dedicated to interesting 80 series pop-top designs and builds. If you have one, or know of one, please consider posting a link, picture, or both, below. To start, here are some interesting rigs from...forum.ih8mud.com
Windrock has changed! There are bamillion spot welds in the gutter and along the tops of both FR and RR glass frames aka under the weatherstripping. Apply a chinesium grade spotweld cutter from Eastwood and just go through the skin to seperate the body panels. It's super thin. Like all body work start really minimally for cuts and go a little deeper as needed. I used a tiny drill bit to put a notch in the center of the OEM spotweld so the spotweld cutter wouldn't walk (as easily). Grind out the brazing on the A and D pillars. It'll be a gold line under the paint that follows the space between the spot welds. That's all that holds the skin on. The roof supports are "glued" but are likely not stuck on anymore. I have done three skins and all of them had separated.
Sawzall the donor skin below the braze mark and gutter and it will fit on the top of a large SUV with some straps and 2x4. I was able to do one by myself, and another with the help of a gimpy friend with one functional arm. It's not that hard. Just based on what I've seen I wouldn't cut in to any of the ABCD pillars. I would recommend only peeling off the skin. The pic below has the top of the windshield frame removed which I don't recommend. It was part of the learning curve and unecessary.
You can 110v mig it back on and use all manner of 3m adhesives to put it back together. Or take it to a shop with a proper spot welder and adhesive dispenser. HTH just a real down and dirty for the roof swap idea. Like most here I'd bet a shop can hammer that out pretty well.View attachment 2371470
LKQ In Fayetteville GA. near me had 2-80 series Land Cruisers. If they are still there it might be worth a ride for donor sheet metal.
We have been in touch. Still waiting to see what he is going to do. I have a ce but not 40th
The fenders really don't stick out more than the tires. However, if you are talking the flares, no need to take them off. Just run a few more trails. They kinda come off on their own.