Project "Devil Frog" - Isaac's '69 FJ40

Discussion in 'NM- High Desert Cruisers' started by Devil Frog, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Devil Frog

    Devil Frog

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    This thing has been sitting for several years since I bought it. Maybe a thread will help with progress.
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    What is the month/year of that? Those turn signals look like pre '69.
     
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    the VIN is FJ40062612
     
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    from the little research I have done, it was manufactured in late '68 as a '69 model year
     
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    Oct 68.
     
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    In scope so far:

    3FTE, turbocharged, inter-cooled, and water meth injected, controlled buy MegaSquirt ECU
    H42/Split Case
    Roll cage w Corbeau neoprene bucket seats
    Dakar/Bilstein Suspension + 1" body lift
    33x12.5R15 Good Year Duratracs on Flat black steelies
    FJ62 power steering
    Full Float Rear Axle
    FZJ80 Lockers front and rear
    Body and paint
    Warn 8274
    York Compressor/OBA

    Wish list:
    H55/toybox
    Safari Snorkle
    Swing out Tire/Jerry Can rear bumper
     
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    Any idea what this crossmember was used for on this custom cage I picked up from FJguy last year?
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    There is a guy out here in the east mountains that had soda blasting ads everywhere; anyone ever use this process. My project sure needs some type of media blast before the body work and paint process.
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    Yes. If the company is The Stripper of New Mexico, stay away.
     
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    actually I learned what it is in the BHCC last week. on a good cage, you need some cross pieces to stabilize the cage side to side. a dash cross member and one behind the front seats, like that one, is what that's for. I am now putting one in like that for mine.
     
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    We've used soda blasting. It is awesome, but glass bead blasting will give you more tooth for the primer, and is a reuseable media.

    To blast it properly you need to disassemble it completely, so it's not a big deal to haul it into town for blasting at that point. We've used Southwest Coating (primarily a powder coater) and they were fast and reasonably priced. Also Coating Solutions, but I don't know if Charlie is better yet or not (he got sick a while ago and had to take a break). I've heard good things about Kaehr for blasting too, but I've only used them for plating services, so I can't speak directly about that.

    Dan
     
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    Look what I picked up during my lunch break.
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    oooooooh, aaaaaaaah. What did you do to the engine? Don't forget the block-off plate where a mechanical fuel pump would be.
     
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    Todd did the folowing:
    -standard rebuild e.i. machine work + new bearings, pistons, rings, timing gear, gaskets...
    -milled .030" off the head
    -installed M-a-F mild cam, with stiffer valve springs
    -painted pretty black and silver

    at home I plan to:
    -port match the head with intake and polish
    -after market ECU, Megas Squirt
    -eliminate vane MAF and replace with MAP sensor
    -use electric radiator fan
    -add knock sensor
    -add rear tank with fuel return loop, electronic pump in loop
     
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    Is this a 2FE in the making? Looks like a good project. I like the nickname.
     
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    Its so pretty. I think it needs to replace Dan's diesel!
     
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    The 3FE is home
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    Looking good! Who did the rebuild?
     
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    Todd Budlong, Home
    per recommendation from Pappy:beer:
     
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    He can have that. 31MPG. I'm happy with that. ;)

    Looks gorgeous! Why electric fan? There are plusses and minuses, but I'm just curious as to why you're going that route...

    Dan
     
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