Skips FJ 35 BUILD

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thanks so much for the reply. I know exactly where Athol is.

Did you mean he is several months out?

I am on a budget. Installing a $2000 low mile 6.0 LS1 is my only budget option. My truck was sold to me with a turbo 400 built to the hilt and np205 also built to be stout. My build is on the extreme link for this group. Nothing close to your build. I am at least 12 months behind you with a complete drive train and a basic cab
 
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Was a great day today’got a great start on the rear bumpers for the 45 as well as the 35. Also started on the rear structure on the 35 have been putting it off for awhile. Anyhow still final fitting and fussing around to get it just right.
 
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I just came across your build thread recently and have gone through it a couple times now. I just wanted to say that your workmanship, patience and attention to detail is very inspiring! I have a old rusted FJ40 tub that came as a parts rig that I'm thinking would make an excellent candidate for a 45 cab. I really like your 8" stretch, it looks very proportionate. I am 6'-1" tall so I'm thinking of building something very similar to your cab for added legroom. I had a question about the back section of your cab. Did you fabricate this lower panel, and if so what process did you use to get the 3 inset squares? Would a beadroller work for this, or did you use a pullmax or is it from another FJ45? Thanks in advance, I look forward to seeing your progress.
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TNX for your kind words above, yes it has been a laborer of love from the beginning to this point. As for the back section I had it made, this is about the only part that I didn't make myself. Had the skill but not the proper tools in my stable to complete it. If you are going to tackle this as a project for yourself I have pretty much documented it in my travels over the years in here. As we know if I had to do it over again it would be much shorter of a process second time through. My goal is to take it to the completion of body work, ready for final body work and and painted. Additionally engine ready to install which is a Mercedes 606. This will be process will be by a good friend of 25 years and has been in the business of building Hot Rods for about 50 plus years and switched over to 4x4’s 10 years ago. He is 68 and I am 72 but are both young at heart and have many years left to wheel together before we start pushing up grass. Thank you again for enjoying my travels and I hope you have a great adventure in your process of building a modified 40 to a special 45 for yourself. Don’t hesitate to contact me for questions as I am willing to share my experience with you and others on MUD so your experience can be a good one.
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TNX for your kind words above, yes it has been a laborer of love from the beginning to this point. As for the back section I had it made, this is about the only part that I didn't make myself. Had the skill but not the proper tools in my stable to complete it. If you are going to tackle this as a project for yourself I have pretty much documented it in my travels over the years in here. As we know if I had to do it over again it would be much shorter of a process second time through. My goal is to take it to the completion of body work, ready for final body work and and painted. Additionally engine ready to install which is a Mercedes 606. This will be process will be by a good friend of 25 years and has been in the business of building Hot Rods for about 50 plus years and switched over to 4x4’s 10 years ago. He is 68 and I am 72 but are both young at heart and have many years left to wheel together before we start pushing up grass. Thank you again for enjoying my travels and I hope you have a great adventure in your process of building a modified 40 to a special 45 for yourself. Don’t hesitate to contact me for questions as I am willing to share my experience with you and others on MUD so your experience can be a good one.
Best Skip
Thanks Skip, I appreciate your willingness to share your experience with others. I'm sure I will have more questions for you in the future once I dive into this project, I'm just kind of in the research and planning stages right now. I have looked through all of your pictures in this build thread and they are very helpful. I have a 36" Baileigh beadroller, so I have the ability to work larger panels such as the back panel that you had made. I think I can make my own, although the depth of the inset of those squares probably wouldn't be as deep as yours, but it would still have the same affect visually and add some strength and make the panel more rigid. I could always add some supports to the inside like you are doing in your last few pictures above. Thanks again for your reply, and I look forward to seeing more of your progress!
 

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Had this ol 45 bed basically parts only so I thought I would make a pull behind camp trailer with a car top tent like has been used. It will be a shortie somewhere around 65” to be determined later. Fenders are the only salvageable parts so here we go. I will add a pic of a Mud persons version of what I think min might look like.
 

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Skip, let me know if you end up not using some bed hooks, I need some for dumpie( they were removed)
How many do you need, Kevin’s are slightly different and I will be removing some of mine shortly after I get back from Idaho in December to put Kevin’s on to match, all are in good shape. Skip
 
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