Is my 40 a 1975 or 7976?

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So about 6 months ago I picked up my FJ40, it was a semi resto mod that has sat for 8 years in a barn pretty much. The title says its a 1976 but when i changed insurance to State Farm last week they swear up and down its a 1975. So the reason for my question is i am looking to get some hard doors and understand there is a change in them from '75 to '76... any know how i can be sure? The plate on the driver side door has been painted over when it was rhino lined so i think trying to remove the rhino liner would destroy the wiring on the plate. Any thoughts or suggestions in general.

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My frame number on the front passenger side matches my vin on the title and registration, is there a letter or number in the vin that tells me the year it was made?
 

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If it is a US-spec, there will be a different EGR warning or combo warning light on the dash, 75 or 76. Also, the original steering wheel for '75 has like a red T emblem, not blue; obviously, this one has been swapped. The transfer case linkage changed styles after March of '75. Discs vs drums, otherwise, the same spare tire carrier, etc.

The '75 door should fit a '76, and the other way around, right?
 
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From what I see, your body, spare tire carrier and dash configuration are identical to my May '76. Mine is FJ40223789
 
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My rig is a 1976 model year (disc brakes), built in late 75... VIN is 207897.

If mine's a '76, yours has to be. 😆
the model years typically started in oct and ran till the following sept....there are a few exceptions to this general rule of thumb.....the 1975 model year being one..jan75-sept75...so the 1974 model was also one....oct 73-dec 74.
 
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the model years typically started in oct and ran till the following sept....there are a few exceptions to this general rule of thumb.....the 1975 model year being one..jan75-sept75...so the 1974 model was also one....oct 73-dec 74.
Yeah, mine is a Sep 75 build but a '76 model year... just meant that based on VIN, there's no way the OP's rig is a '75.

Granted, there's some perks to being a '75 in the regulations space ... 😆

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