ROTW ROTW: green73's 73 FJ40 "OSCAR" (1 Viewer)

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Where do I begin?

I guess I'll do a progression type write-up.

I initially saw "oscar" for the first time in the parking lot at work in Alaskain 1999. To my untrained eye it was perfect. Stock, no modifications that I was aware of. I noted to myself that if it ever came up for sale "IT WOULD BE MINE!" Strangely enough, the owner got PCS orders about 3 months later. I nabbed "Oscar" for $2500. Initially I intended to tweak and tune and sell it for a profit to fund my CJ-5 build I had at my parents in the lower 48. Yeah that worked! It turned out that one of the previous owners swapped in a disc brake front axel, wiring, trans and t-case from a newer rig, but it still had the "F" engine. I had alot of fun in Alaska with it.

While I was in Alaska I met Mark-W and frequented his shop. I had him build a rear bumper with tire carrier, roof rack, FJ60 Power steering conversion, do my SOA, and install my rear locker. I couldn't be more pleased with the work, but I didn't get to wheel it in that configuration while still in Alaska. I eventually got PCS orders of my own to Langley AFB in Virginia. I bought a truck and trailer to drag "Oscar" from Alaska to where I am now. I eventually sold the CJ-5 project to fund other stuff for "oscar". Nice reversal of intentions there.

Since I have been in Virginia, I have removed the hard top, and subsequently the roof rack. I installed a Metaltech complete cage, tied into the frame as well. During this wave of modifications it became very clear that I needed a new tub. I got a screaming deal on an uninstalled Aqualu gen2 tub, and installed that. Also with the tub off came drivetrain enhancement in a 2F, H41, and Orion. Somewhere along the line I also toyed with Fuel Injection, on an Offenhauser 4bbl intake. One thing lead to another, and the Holley pro-jection ECU failed on me, and I went back with the Weber carb.

Currently "Oscar" is sitting beside the house awaiting new springs, as the stockers I have are warped, and a new rear driveshaft. I recently put 4.88's in both axels, and aussie locked the front, but haven't gotten to wheel it like this yetFurther down the road I am doing the 2FE conversion, but using a spare 2F I have acquired. Basically I would concider my rig "cookie cutter" as most of my modifications have stemmed from here and PBB. But it is a cruiser nontheless. The first pic is one of the very first of my rig, and the last is a more recent one from GSMTR '05
 
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i always find stories of jeepers seeing the light so happy! glad you are enjoying your 40! keep it going!:cheers:
 
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74fj40 said:
SWEET looking rig, With the fuel injection on the 2f, did you notice and performace changes as oppesed to the a carbed 2f?

I did notice alot smoother running, which by the seat of the pants felt more powerful, but I have nothing to back it up. Combined with the Offy intake, I am sure there was more power there.
 
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74fj40 said:
where did you get the fuel injection kit? how much was it?
If you are inquiring about the TBI/Offy set-up, it was simply an offy 4bbl intake, I ground it out to make the double plane inside compatible with a GM style throttle body. I had a friend make a 4bbl carb to 2bbl TBI adapter. For injection purposes it was a used Holley Pro-jection 670 kit. E-bay is a good place for those, but prices vary. If memory serves, it's close to 1k new. If I had it to do over again I would have adapted the TBI stuff from a GM 4.3v6, but I sold the offy and pro-jection.

If you are referring to the new plan, it isn't a purchasable "kit". I nabbed the cylinder head and most of the injection parts from an FJ62, and will be building my own processor for it. Well not from scratch anyway, I am buying the "megasquirt" do it yourself kit.
 
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Okay.... Here are a couple more from GSMTR 's past. Unfortunately I didn't get any pix of my flop at Crozet. Snapped the pinion on guardrail.
 
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Random stuff here. Oh the apartment back porch hiding from Hurricane Isabel, and under the hood after the Offy/TBI experiment: The air cleaner assembly is off of some 1980's Caddy.
 
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Hi All:

Nice rig! You have done a lot of mods to it, but it still has a "stockish" look to it. Good action pics from GSMTR also!

Thanks for sharing!

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cool bro nice ride,would you do the motor mods again knowing what you do now? would you change anything?My '66 still running f motor and 3speed tranny?


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Yes I would do the same mods again. I wouldn't use the Holley pro-jection though, as doing a GM TBI mod is alot cheaper, and I would guess the same "performance". Even the things that failed, are good lessons learned.

On second thought, building a stock 2F carb rather than the Weber. There are always positive things heard about their performance builds. The stock carbs that is.
 

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