assuming you are looking to buy and dont already own this, my only advise is that looks can be deceiving. It looks great from the outside, but this appears to be hobbled together on the inside with some very suspect wiring and parts from assorted models. I would suggest looking a lot closer at the details. The paint job looks great, and it almost looks like new panels were used throughout...this would bring up a lot of questions for me.Can someone please help me out? How do I determine whether or not a 1977 FJ40 is an import or a US model?
Thanks in advance.
The rear footman loops are in the wrong spot for an original soft top. If you relocate them to where they should be you could run both a soft and a hard top. My '75 was a factory soft top with a tail gate and now has an early hard top and a set of early doors which fit perfectly. All in all that is still one nice rig!
I thought the same thing. Fyi The pictured Vin plate with phillips screws is not on this vehicle.I like this one but there are many indicators that it's not what it seems. This picture says the most to me. Fasten seatbelt light goes under the dash pad, square tube seat bracket isn't right and data plate is mounted with Phillips head screws instead of rivets. Then there's the lack of corner reflectors, weird "hole" in the inner fender well, footman loops in the wrong spot etc... Might be a mystery where it came from but I'd pass if an OEM US model is what you really want.
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So,,, this was a test? What's our grade?The original tub was removed from the cowl back and replaced with a 3/4 tub from Land Cruiser Heaven. There is zero rust on it anywhere. I’ll post a pic of the starting point.
Admittedly I got in over my head and the first “Restoration Shop” owner really set me back. Used my parts for other projects, left my FJ sitting until I had to go to court to get it back. I shifted it to another shop and you see the final product. I’ve wanted this rig for 30 years and I had gone too far to turn back.
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