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How Long Did It Take You To Build Your Cruiser?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by JJS, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. JJS

    JJS

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    I'm at a little over a year right now. I've had it a little longer, but didn't do much the first few months. I think I bought it around Oct. '05. The thing was a real trainwreck, but it's coming together. I've still got quite a bit to do. I'm hoping this will be the year. Unfortunately, money is always tight.
     
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    Howdy! Seriously, there is no end in sight!! I bought my stock, running, Piggy over 19 years ago, and I am still finding some things that I want to do to it, and of course, a few things that I HAVE to do to it. For example, by drag link fell off the other day, so I tells the wife, I HAVE to convert it to High Steer. That's a 1 bannana job, and darn well worth the $$. John
     
  3. bsevans

    bsevans Focus on the Journey

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    Let's see, that would be 22 years and counting.
     
  4. Wildman

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    Bought the donar in Aug 06, hope to have it running and driving for May 07 for the beach. Bought the useable tub in Nov 06. It will be about %80 by then. But I work untill the money runs out! couple weeks till I get realy busy working and it will get shoved into the corner and only worked on at night.

    The frame needs sandblast/galv
    body needs sandblast/paint/liner
    sheetmetal needs sandblast /paint
    motor, pertronix is in, and waiting on the head to come back :) still need to swap to 3sp case and 4spd all into one...

    F'ing long process just wish I had more money to make it GO faster :lol:
     
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    Been working on mine for about a year and a half now. On and off due to tight budget and time. Hopefully this summer is the one.;)
     
  6. Jerry D.

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    Like the Winchester house...

    Building on my for 38 years so far. And I should get the new skid plate finished by this Tuesday and out of the garage to enjoy for the summer:grinpimp: .
    It's never ending...:lol:

    Jerry D.
     
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    only owned my 40 for 3years, and it's still not done...it's all about the journey :D
     
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    I've been working on my 40 off and on for seven years, money and moving around have slowed progress big time.
     
  9. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Started in 09/88...
     
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    12 years and counting. it's off the frame right now.(again)
     
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    bought mine 6.5 months ago....did a frame off....took it for its first drive a few days ago.

    Its not the end but merely the beggining....im sure there will be a lifetime of mods/tinkering! And im looking forward to every minute of it.:D:bounce:
     
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    Back when I had some really good help, I could turn a cosmetic resto around pretty quick. Two weeks was the record, but it was night and day. I've been restoring my 1980 for the second time since thanksgiving before last...
     
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    I bought my '74 FJ40 3 years ago, added front discs, P/S and just getting it to run right. Then last November I emptied my pockets and took it down to the frame. Four months later it's almost ready for paint.
     
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    17 and its getting more expensive every year...its a sickness but slightly more socially acceptable than heroin or crack...slightly :grinpimp:

    :beer:
     
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    Im almost 3 yrs I think its still a very ongoing project.
     
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    FineWynsFJ40 Eff-Jay-Farty

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    I've had my head buried in the engine bay for 4.5 years now, took 3 to restore it to the current condition. I'm still gonna find little things to do to it though. It's a never-ending process. Same principle as the aviation industry: 90% done, 90% to go...
     
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    Almost 2 years.

    Still a long way to go.
     
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    DSRTRDR I can mangle anything ... SILVER Star

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    I bought it with everything major I wanted already on it - I wouldn't have bought an unbuilt truck (I don't like wrenching for the sake of it - I wanna go wheeling :bounce:)

    I only improved the "livability" such as disk brakes all around, noise reduction, carpet softening the ride, new shocks, softtop repair, and de-rattling; "reliability" such as wiring, switches rebuilt or new installed, carburetor rebuilt, replacing the dry-rotted tires and a new battery, and going through the entire steering assembly; "survivability" such as rust prevention and enforcement of roll cage attachment points; and "wheelability" such as a better seat for me, CB installation, beefier tie rod, new ARB switches and a new ARB solenoid

    took about 4-5 months, from Easter Jeep Safari 2005 in Moab to Blazer Bash 2005 in Moab :flipoff2:

    since then, Kevin boxed the frame for me, and I needed a new bumper because the OEM got attacked by a rock
     
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    Ive hade my 40 for around 15 years drove it for 6 mounths then parked it it fix it 13 1/2 years later I'm fixin it hope to have it done this year if the money permits.

    every one needs a dream!
     
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    it will not end as you will always be upgrading