Let me start out by saying, FORGIVE me if it seems like I'm rambling but here it goes. I own a 89' FJ62, love it! I Wasn't planning on doing much overhauling at all because I purchased it in very good condition. HOWEVER, I started seeing pictures and restorations of Fj40's and I LOST MY MIND!!!!! I knew one day I would have to have one!! Fast forward a few years later; I'm riding down the street last week and what do I see parked on the side of the road with a For Sale sign: a 74' FJ40. It's rough, it runs BUT it's rough. I immediately made calls to my uncle(my mechanic) and the owner so we could go by to see it. My uncle told me, the frame is solid, BUT you have a lot of work to do. No problem, I knew that. I have a 3 year old son and I have always wanted to restore an FJ40, taking him camping and fishing via our FJ and that be "our father/son tradition". OK, I was ANXIOUS, I took a full picture of the title & I went directly to the county clerks office. They said, it's a clear title, it is a 1974 Toyota Landcruiser. GREAT!! I checked under the hood, there is a sticker from the Toyota Manufacture, it's so old you can only read about 75% of what's there. I would love to look for any verification on the inside of the driver's door BUT they have been replaced with aftermarket doors, as well as the engine. To myself I thought, no big deal, I will find doors and I'm putting another engine/transmission in anyway. I check the front right side of frame for the infamous "NUMBER". I locate a # BUT I'm not to sure how to read it, it's upside down(there are a couple I CANNOT see BUT I did make out 304-60080). Again the county clerk's office shows registration back to 1985 with a few different owners. The glovebox has old insurance cards that have it registered with the VIN# BUT I don't know how to locate any other "INFAMOUS NUMBERS" to verify the vehicle. Besides the vehicle being in ROUGH shape, I'm just trying to make sure that I didn't buy an a fraud?? Again, I KNEW it was going to be lots of work to restore it(that was going to be the fun part for me to do and be able to show my son later), so that isn't the issue. I just want to be able to be AUTHENTIC like the rest of you guys lol. Anyone who doesn't mind sharing info with this newbie or sending me a email address I will send you pics of my FJ. I was SUPER PUMPED to post this thread for you guys to read BUT when I couldn't locate the vin#, I became worried. Thank you for taking out the time to read this, I truly appreciate that and any advice you can throw my way!