Let’s see your ugliest 40s/55s! (1 Viewer)

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This is my 55 I have owned for 35 some odd years. It is not as ugly as it once was, but others have to be the judge of that. It is a beater for sure.... Tonight we went out for a drink or two it was a record heat about 85 and we drove 45 in our 55 and I am 68 and she is 63. I know we weren't out rock crawling but I could never be without an F series. We pretty much raged the island.....

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I took excellent care of my '79 FJ 55. But a winter trip into British Columbia four years in a row was devastating. Once that road salt gets trapped inside all those body panels, it's 'Good night Irene'. Or in my case 'Last dance with Mary Jane'. I have a fleet of '46 and '47 ford trucks and decided to use some good sheet metal I had left over to bring the 55 back to road worthy. Maybe this shot is most the appropriate for this thread.

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I took excellent care of my '79 FJ 55. But a winter trip into British Columbia four years in a row was devastating. Once that road salt gets trapped inside all those body panels, it's 'Good night Irene'. Or in my case 'Last dance with Mary Jane'. I have a fleet of '46 and '47 ford trucks and decided to use some good sheet metal I had left over to bring the 55 back to road worthy. Maybe this shot is most the appropriate for this thread.

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Thank you, and I’m sorry for your loss. These are the type of pictures I was hoping would be posted.
 
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I took excellent care of my '79 FJ 55. But a winter trip into British Columbia four years in a row was devastating. Once that road salt gets trapped inside all those body panels, it's 'Good night Irene'. Or in my case 'Last dance with Mary Jane'. I have a fleet of '46 and '47 ford trucks and decided to use some good sheet metal I had left over to bring the 55 back to road worthy. Maybe this shot is most the appropriate for this thread.

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Wow, that must have been a real journey. The Ford body parts actually look nice. I just never saw such a transformation. Nice.
 
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Drove that 55 with 3 kids in the back seat to Boston and back. Years later it was a month long road trip to the southwest pulling a 15' travel trailer.... Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Disneyland ..... I will NEVER forget the night when I first saw this 55. We were driving a '70 fj 55 that had been driven on Florida beaches. Rust everywhere. Being a cabinetmaker I had riveted all kinds of panels over the rust with pop rivets. The repair panels werde made of formica and brush painted blue. The 70 was blue/.white. When I saw the '79 green/white at a local mexican restuarant I asked the owner if he ever wanted to sell, call me. Well he did. And it was mine! Oil changes, valve adjustments, maintanance fiend, but couldn't stop the rust. s*** happened, life happened, 25 years passed and it still started and ran like a watch. I just had to bring it back so I did. I have probably driven it 500 miles in the last two weeks with a 5 gallon gas tank McGuyvered in the bed, Dang I gotta get my new tank hooked up!!!

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Drove that 55 with 3 kids in the back seat to Boston and back. Years later it was a month long road trip to the southwest pulling a 15' travel trailer.... Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Disneyland ..... I will NEVER forget the night when I first saw this 55. We were driving a '70 fj 55 that had been driven on Florida beaches. Rust everywhere. Being a cabinetmaker I had riveted all kinds of panels over the rust with pop rivets. The repair panels werde made of formica and brush painted blue. The 70 was blue/.white. When I saw the '79 green/white at a local mexican restuarant I asked the owner if he ever wanted to sell, call me. Well he did. And it was mine! Oil changes, valve adjustments, maintanance fiend, but couldn't stop the rust. s*** happened, life happened, 25 years passed and it still started and ran like a watch. I just had to bring it back so I did. I have probably driven it 500 miles in the last two weeks with a 5 gallon gas tank McGuyvered in the bed, Dang I gotta get my new tank hooked up!!!

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Again, wow. One thing it says the quality of the drive train, another the rust. And you had a solution. I salute you.
 
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The thread calls for ugly truck photos. I've never seen an FJ45 that was ugly no matter how bad of a shape it was in. That white one doesn't qualify for this thread. (Sorry)
You’re right, no FJ45 can ever be ugly. I was hoping for more rust and backyard hack jobs performed by POs. Trail rigs would be nice too.
 

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