Builds Project Pikachu: 1977 FJ40

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My buddy @Swannie and I were talking the other day, and he had a spare set of HFS rear shackles that are 1" longer pin to pin than mine.

Pikachu has always sat lower in the back by an inch or so, so I swapped out the rear shackles. Stance is much more level now, especially next time she is loaded down on a trip.
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Not a lot to report on Pikachu lately. Just driving it every weekend and having a blast. I've owned a lot of Land Cruisers over the years, and this has become my favorite.

I'm out on some errands out in the county today. Had a nice storm blow through last night, cooling a things down a bit. Swampers are humming and things are good.
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My stock axle breathers looked pretty crudded up after 41 years, so I installed axle breathers extension lines on both ends this morning. I found a nice set of breathers from my old FJ60 (I think) that still functioned for the open side.
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I extended the rear axle hose through the frame rail and up towards the top of the firewall behind the heater blower. Sits just high enough to clear the hood when closed. The front axle vents on the opposite side towards the front.
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Standard hose clamp at the axle.
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What an awesome trip.

How are those tall skinny swampers working for you? How many miles do you expect out of them?
Thanks. They are bias ply tires, so they take some getting used to. This set has about 4,000 miles and is just starting to show some minor wear. Hopefully I can get 25,000 miles or more out of them.

I also have a set of 33 x 10.50 BFG KM2s on my HJ47 that I can swap back and forth to this rig. In fact, the BFGs were on this FJ40 earlier in the thread.
 
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Great looking truck(s), can only hope I become as cool of a dad one day.

Pictures from Ouray/Silverton/Telluride make me really miss being there earlier this month.
 
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