Pygmalion

Discussion in 'FJ55 Iron Pig Preservation Society' started by Stormer, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Stormer

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    So when I bought my 1972 FJ55, I was clearly suffering a complete lack of creativity and thought SilverPig would be a decent name. As I've gotten to know her, she deserves a more appropriate name, thus Pygmalion.

    Pygmalion is not a restoration. With an early 80's 2F, a 4 speed in place of the original 3 speed, a completely non-original interior, and a solid color paint job, that ship sailed a long time ago. I've decided to go down the path of replacing what needs replacing and upgrading what I feel like upgrading.

    I want to thank a few members of the board who have made it possible to make Pygmalion a rig that will run for the next 40 years. Bob's (BobM) mastery of metal has allowed me to replace the floor pans, mounts, supports, and sills. James' (Midgainc) work on the hinges and the rear window gear replace parts that are largely unobtanium. Steve's (A1500Ram) replacement panels are a godsend. Each of these gents embody what I believe is the best part of this community and are performing a great service for everyone.

    Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be posting a bunch of pics following Pygmalion through the process of repair, replacement, and upgrade. Hopefully you enjoy the ride at least half as much as I am!!
     

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  2. Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald Hey! Where'd the mountians go?!?!?

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    Cool. Congrats on the purchase. Looking forward to seeing more pics.
     
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    SAWTOOTH 55 LC

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    Your rig looks fantastic.Nice to see the hard work pay off with an awesome finished product.Some talk about building and others get r done.:cheers:
     
  4. bobm

    bobm WTF

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    Stormer, looking forward to seeing the build. Looks like the PIG doesn't need too much.

    Thanks Bob.
     
  5. Stormer

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    Doors off, interior pulled. Ready for floor pan and sill removal.
     

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    BobM,

    Looks can be deceiving but not after I'm done with it. Everyone bit of metal that you've sent me will be used and maybe then some! The base is solid but needs some TLC and a complete new interior.
     
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    Pighead Stop calling it an FJ

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    Is BobM. actually doing the metalwork? or just supplying the panels?
     
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    bobm WTF

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    Pighead, just supplying. Blue PIG I will be doing it all.

    Thanks Bob.
     
  9. Delancy

    Delancy SILVER Star

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    Love this Pig.
     
  10. scrapdaddy

    scrapdaddy Standing on the corner SILVER Star

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    Looks good to me. After you get the body work done, will you repaint and if so, what colors?

    I like to ask everybody that one.
     
  11. Stormer

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    I think I will leave her silver for a little while. The silver paint is relatively new and in good shape. I have a few ideas about a more original two tone color scheme for the long run but nothing firm.
     
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    Looking good! I like the silver paint just the way it is. Gary S
     
  13. PabloCruise

    PabloCruise SILVER Star

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    Looking forward to reading your build!
     
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    The main reason I bought Pygmalion is that she had a solid core; a 2F in decent shape, a 4 speed, and a body with very little rust. The interior was a complete mess and needed new everything (seats, door panels, headliner, carpet, dash pad, etc).
    Pygmalion was advertised in Wilmington, NC as a daily driver. We flew down with the idea that we would either drive her back to CT or have her shipped by a friend who runs a classic car restoration business. Upon inspection, it was clear that she was not a daily driver. She had no battery in her, a 1/32nd of a tank of gas with a broken fuel gauge (she ran out of gas on the test drive) which killed the fuel filter, weak fuel pump which had to be replaced, dead oil pressure gauge, carbs that were completely out of tune, a bad brake master cylinder with dead front brake pads, the front end was completely shot (death wobbles at speed and on braking requiring tie rods, ends, draglink, and steering arm) and the steering relay had to be rebuilt. With all this, I agreed on a price reduction with the seller and arranged for shipment up to CT.


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    Given that a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few of the interior. Headliner is shot, door seals are all shot, door panels are beat up, interior, pillars and roof all need to be sanded, treated, and painted.

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  16. Delancy

    Delancy SILVER Star

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    There's no truth in advertising, period, especially eBay.

    Learned that on the first Pig, so thought of play it safe and buy the second from Mud.....and was screwed on the title for it.

    Anyhow, what's the story on the dome light?

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  17. Stormer

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    I believe the dome light came from underneath the previous owners' kitchen cabinets.
     
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    Delancy SILVER Star

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    Bahaha.

    That's what I was thinking, too.

    Looks like a classic. May try eBay!
     
  19. Stormer

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    If anyone is looking to redo a kitchen in 70's retro classic and would like to buy my dome light, message me.


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    Very cool man, can't wait to see progress ...

    Tucker
     
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