Sherman... My '76

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Horsehead, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Horsehead

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    Here's Sherman, my '73/ '76 FJ40. I bought it about 5 years ago after looking for one for about 2 years. It's been a blast restoring it. When I got it, I paid $1500 and spent the next 2 years getting it into running condition. The first night I saw it my dad and I were out at the dealership that had it, my dad working on the carb, myself pouring gas from a gas can into the carb, and the salesman cranking the engine... We managed to cloud up 2 city blocks with blue oil smoke (rings were shot). The reason I say 73/ 76 is that the PO had put a 73 body on a 76 chassis. For whatever reason the people at the DMV registered it as a 73, which meant 2F w/ no emissions crap. I'm still super happy about that, considering my smog pump was seized.... now there's just some holes where the bracket used to be for it. I've completely rebuilt the engine along with the front and rear axles, transmission, transfer case, put on a 4 in. Rough Country lift, Pro Comp 33in Xterrains, Lockright in the rear, and many more plans for the future. SO here it is.. I just wanted to brag on my baby.

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    Welcome!! That's a good looking truck. Do you have any pics of the restoration process?

    Oh, and the ubiquitous MUD salute: :flipoff2:
     
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    As of right now I don't have but two pictures of it on my computer... so I'll have to wait till I can get some more... It was originally sort of carolina blue, hidden by various other colors POs had put on over the years.. The paint job you see there is my first with an actual air-gun... took a couple tries, but I eventually got the hang of it.
     
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    THose things are just so dang fugly. :flipoff2:
     
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    good job dude.....

    I have a red 71/75. My 1st cruiser was a green 73 just like yours......


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    good looking rig
     
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    Umm, well that link didn't work. So I don't really know. But yes, one of those colors was black. But those rims are new, so I don't know how likely it is that this is the one you're thinking of. Also, this thing was part of an estate or something like that, so it's possible, but doesn't seem too likely. I'll get a picture up this weekend of the before stage and you can see if it looks familiar.
     
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    Sorry about the link.

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    Good gravy boy... I wish mine was that nice when I got it!!! hahaha... we wear pouring freaking gas straight down the carb of this thing the first night... it was in rough shape.. yours looks about 90% better off in those pics than mine did. definitely not the same rig.
     
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    Cool man. Interesting, later model front signals yet retained the front markers. I always liked the front markers anyway. Great looking rig man. Whenever you can post up some action shots along with the resto. Welcome to MUD!

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