Sky Blue 69 Build

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  1. FARMAN33

    FARMAN33 SILVER Star

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    So it begins again. After the Silver 60 sold, I found this 6/69 Fj40 in San Antonio. It has a 350 conversion mated to the stock Toyota 3spd. (WHY????) I am really not a fan of conversions as the wiring is always messy and it is always a treat to see the variances in workmanship on swaps.

    I bought this because the paint is 10+ years old (some crazing in paint and some small areas of rust) and hiding very little. Just enough rust to believe it is telling you that that is all there is! Original floors with all captive hardware. Never had a rollbar (only holes in the floor are for the jump seats)! Frame is perfect! Dash is complete and uncut. It was painted a year incorrect Sky Blue but it is growing on me.

    The top will need the most work resto wise. Sides and hatch are good but the cap will most likely need a new drip rail.

    Here it is as bought and transported to Houston. IMG_2052.JPG
     
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    Next, was taking inventory and stripping the top for repair. If there is one benefit to living in Houston it is convertible weather year round!!! Storing the parts for now as I am going to drive it in increasing distances to learn its needs and wants.



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    As expected... Wiring!


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    I must admit, the conversion is quite fun! With top and doors off I'm guessing it is maybe #3000? So much POWER!!! never had an experiance like that in a Toyota!
     
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    ...and Christmas! 5 new BFG KO2 33/10.5/15s with 4 new stock steelies (came with a decent spare). Got them painted up today. Going to mount them maybe next week. 2.5" - 3" lift maybe early January. I've always done OME lifts but am thinking alternatives with the lighter SBC up front.


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    Shouldn't be too bad as far as wiring. Those year cruisers didn't have much wiring to start with, and a 350 doesn't have much it needs to make it run. Looks like a nice cruiser overall. Im sure the tires and wheels will look nice.
     
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    @White Stripe Oh, Ive seen worse! Just a few shorts in the headlight circuit and a fried floor dimmer so far. The engine fires every time without much drama.

    ...also on the list of things scratched off the list already include: Backdating the signals to round style (preference) and new bib lights. Also a new dimmer switch and windshield knobs.

    It currently has two driver side jump seats of mixed vintage that I am looking to solve soon. Anyone need a driver side 69 and older seat (two mounting bolt, long symetrical) or a 71-73? driver side long seat with the single mount tab and angled sides?
     
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    Made me a spacer to mount 33" tires on stock carrier. (thanks @POTATO LAUNCHER ). 1" square tube with a piece of 1" angle across the top. Had to also move it up to clear the latch. Looks good as far as clearances. Going to road test it for a week and see if it needs anything else. IMG_2267.JPG IMG_2270.JPG IMG_2281.JPG IMG_2283.JPG
     
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    You should just use a spacer to mount oversize tires. Way easier and cleaner.. Just my .02

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    I did think that a spacer would work to move out past the hindges. But a spacer wouldn't help to move it up to clear the latch. This was admittedly a LOT more work and hassle BUT it was free and any excuse to weld something up is a good thing in my book. IMG_2291.JPG
     
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    Liked what ya did. Looks awesome!! What paint are you using?
     
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    Those look really nice. Can you advise on where to get them ? Thanks.
     
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    @1969FJ Toyota bolt pattern is same for 6 lug Chevys 6X5.5 (I believe).

    @ceylonfj40nut Rust-o-Leum "Smoke Gray"
     
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