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Land Cruisers on the Rubicon in 1970

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Brian894X4, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. Brian894X4

    Brian894X4

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    Forgive me if I posted this in the wrong section. I'm new here. I just thought some of you might appreciate these pictures of my Dad's old FJ40 on the Rubicon over 30 years ago.

    http://www.brian894x4.com/MyDadsoldLandcruiser.html
     
  2. Degnol

    Degnol

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    I personally don't care where you post it. I was glad to see it.
    As we say here in my small town: "Them are nice!" and if you know the appropriate response: "Them ARE nice!"
    ED ;)
     
  3. Rock_Hugger

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    Those pictures are truely awsome, brings back alot of memories.
    I have a couple of pictures of my Grandpa's 58 FJ25 I wish he would have never sold it.
     
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    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Pretty sweet pics.

    Thanks!

    -Steve
     
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    very cool stuff, thanks!
     
  6. 72cruiser

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    that is straight up awesome. 35 years ago on the con. with pics.

    i dig the guys in the indian warbonnets. ha ha.

    man, i bet that 350 would get it with them teeny tires. :D


    y'all have a good one, and brian, thanks for postin them pics.

    malphrus
     
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    Wow. Was this the Big Sluice?

    [​IMG]
     
  8. TJDIV

    TJDIV Back in The U.P.

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    Man, it's been a long time since I've seen those pics. I came across them back when I had my '79 FJ40 and was looking for pics.

    Cool post.

    Not technical though.
     
  9. Gus

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    Sweet pics, makes me miss summer :D
     
  10. fsusteve

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    Dig the nostalgia pics, those are my favorites.
     
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    Man, great tribute!

    In 1972 my dad bought a new '72 FJ40....sold it 2 years later when I was born....
     
  12. Pin_Head

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    It's hard to believe, but parts of the 'con were considerably easier back then. Check out this picture of a stock 40 going through the box on the little sluice:

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    I doubt that you could winch it through there now.

    I used to do it with my M38A1 with open diffs and 7.50 x 16 Gates commandos.
     
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    There's a CJ5 in the back ground ... it had to be easy then.

    Will have to pull out some old pics from days past now. Thanks for the post.
     
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    Awesome pics, enjoyed looking at them, thx.

    I wonder how many of those have been on ebay...?
     
  15. Brian894X4

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    Glad you guys enjoyed it. He bought the Cruiser brand new in 1969. The Cruisers were cheaper than the Jeeps back then. Funny that it turns out the Cruiser is far superior, and today commands a much higher price. The stock I-6 was pulled shortly thereafter and a Chevy V-8 installed. This was before the swap kits became popular and he and his friend machined the adapters to make it fit the Toyota tranny.

    As you can see, tires were stock, at least in size. They were actually cheap retreads. Also no lift, but the running boards were trimmed down.

    My Dad said that lockers were basicly unheard of back then, but some of the guys would build "line locks" into the brake systems that would apparently stop the spinning tire and transfer power to the other tire. I guess, kind of like a manual limited slip.

    They used to winch back then.....a lot.

    Unfortunately, it was sold a few years later and I never got to see it. :'(

    Those were the days when you could afford to buy a brand new car on the wages earned working at a gas station. Times sure have changed.
     
  16. TJDIV

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    Uh, diggin' the head-wear up there en los tres amigos.

    *hey look, an 81' FJ40*
     
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    [quote author=TJDIV link=board=1;threadid=12390;start=msg114046#msg114046 date=1078275573]
    Uh, diggin' the head-wear up there en los tres amigos.

    *hey look, an 81' FJ40*
    [/quote]

    The head gear is undoubtedly personal roll over protection that was necessary in the absence of a roll cage.
     
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    Is that a toyota hat he has on?
     
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    I assumed we were talking about THESE crash helmets:




    :D
     
  20. Pin_Head

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    'Nother
    [​IMG]

    You think that there might be some alcohol in the back of that cruiser?

    BTW that big ol incense cedar in the background is still there and can be seen in pictures from the 1930s when you could drive a model T up there. It's probably been there 500 years.