Purchase advice? 1970 FJ43 w/ 2F motor

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Hello,
I've found an FJ43 owned/restored by a mechanic shop in Colombia (I am in Colombia at the moment).

The vehicle is a 1970 but has been retrofitted with a 2F motor.

It starts without issue and as far as I can tell the body is in good shape. The only two issues I see, from a resale or value perspective, is that 1) the motor is not original to the vehicle and 2) the 'tub' has had the middle replaced with an anti-skid type metal as you can see in the photos. Sale price is roughly $10,000USD. I would bring the vehicle back to North America in a few years after enjoying it and likely sell it. Profit isn't as much a motivation as covering my initial costs.

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Leaf sprung rear end with coil over load springs, interesting 🤔
I think the 2F is an upgrade
Weird, I don’t see a gas pedal?
I bought a Colombian FJ43 and am no expert but that unit might have too many South American modifications for the US market?


devo
Thanks for the insight. And yes it has a gas pedal LOL
 

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Interesting truck, had to do a double take on the coils in the rear as 40 series trucks are 100% leaf springs only.

The place where the turn signal mounts to the column is a bit off. Taxi modification? The VIN plate on the firewall is not factory.
If this is typical of what $10k US buys you there I would keep looking for one with a factory stamped style bed.
For both authenticity and resale.
I know the replacement aftermarket bed floors are available in Colombia, assuming they went with the diamond plate bed for cost savings?
The 2f is a bonus as stated.
 
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Interesting truck, had to do a double take on the coils in the rear as 40 series trucks are 100% leaf springs only.

The place where the turn signal mounts to the column is a bit off. Taxi modification?
If this is typical of what $10k US buys you there I would keep looking for one with a factory stamped style bed.
For authenticity and resale.
I know they are available in Columbia, assuming they went with the diamond plate bed for cost savings?
I'm told it was a taxi/bus of sorts at one point (only two owners) and the taxi/bus owner changed the bed as he felt it was better for transporting people around. Who know what the true reason is of course.
 

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Nice truck if the rest of it is solid. 2F is an upgrade and will not hurt resale, in fact will probably help. Looks like a bit of bondo, though.

Have it inspected! S. American trucks are notorious (when they end up in the States) for less-than-ideal restorations!

Good luck!
 
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If someone follows the valve clearance specs on that tune up sticker (the fractional inch values), the engine isn't going to like them.

I'm assuming that's a crappy aftermarket sticker (idle speed for a 2F with an auto???)
 

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