My name is Brent Moore, I live in Newhall (15 min west of CR). I grew up on a farm south of Williamsburg.
I can say my first rig was a heep. Until I saw a FJ40 for sale on the way to the farm one day, I fell in love. I sold the heep and bought the 40.
The 40 was a 1973 all original from Colorado. It had thrown a rod on I-80. With the tow bill and storage fee the owner signed it over to the tow company. I soon bought a 76 for parts. Besides tearing the 73 all apart, that is about all I got done.
Five years later I find a 68 from a local guy, his son had bought it in the military and had lost interest. I bought the 68 and I wasn't going to let this waste. I got it running and spent the winter doing body work then paint in the summer.
With the bug, I took the 73 frame and started setting it up with reverse shackle, spring over, saginaw, and a chevy V-8. Had it blasted and painted. Put the disc axles off the 76 on it with a Cut-n-turn. Then added monte carlo discs for the rear.
When doing this I had spun a bearing in the 2F which is now in the 68. SOOOO, I did a body swap. 68 on 73 frame. Had problems with the steering and brake master, It took alittle longer to do but well worth it. I have a couple more things to do before I can do any serious offroad. I still work on it daily.