Tall Corn Cruisers-Introductions

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Greg Overton

OK this is my installment. I'm Greg Overton. I live in Johnston, IA (burb of Des Moines) with my wife and three kids who have grown up in FJ40's. I'm not much into hard core wheeling because all the Land Cruisers I've had are so damned nice I would feel like crap if I screwed them up. Plus, I'm not a great driver when it comes to hard trails. I would prefer to drive an old logging road accross a few shallow streams to a favorite fishing hole!

My passion with Land Cruiser's and FJ40's in particular is restoring these vehicles to their original condition. My quest is for the perfect late model FJ40 with A/C and Power Steering that is totally stock down to the Dunlop Snow Cruisers. I've seen and owned some pretty amazing rigs but as time goes on they continue to get harder and harder to find and more and more expensive. I actually just inpected and drove a 1980 White FJ40 with 6,500 original miles. The owner wanted $60,000 for the Cruiser. The Cruiser still smelled new inside! I've owned about 50 vehicles in the last 10 years and continue to hang on to the first FJ40 I ever bought. A 1978 Smurf Blue Cruiser with Saginaw PS. I bought it in Cheyenne WY in 1995 from an elderly couple named Getrude and Ollie. I have a website you can visit here:

http://web.mac.com/gregoverton/iWeb/HLC/About Us.html
Hi Greg, I live in Iowa City, but I currently began tracking down my old FJ60 I owned in college. It lives in Waukee or Johnston. I currently have been able to get my contact info to the owner via a carfax that showed where it was serviced. I was hoping to talk to him though Didnt know if by chance you see a steel blue 1987 FJ60 ever in your neck of the woods or potentially know the owner? Anyway Thanks JB
 
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Hi Greg, I live in Iowa City, but I currently began tracking down my old FJ60 I owned in college. It lives in Waukee or Johnston. I currently have been able to get my contact info to the owner via a carfax that showed where it was serviced. I was hoping to talk to him though Didnt know if by chance you see a steel blue 1987 FJ60 ever in your neck of the woods or potentially know the owner? Anyway Thanks JB
Welcome, Sorry I dropped the ball on finding your old 60, I've been wrapped up in selling my 80's. @overton is a great person to check with, he is in the area and knows where almost all of them are in Iowa. Good Luck on your search. I'll add the picture you sent me.

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Welcome, Sorry I dropped the ball on finding your old 60, I've been wrapped up in selling my 80's. @overton is a great person to check with, he is in the area and knows where almost all of them are in Iowa. Good Luck on your search. I'll add the picture you sent me.

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No worries, this is such a great forum. If I ever do get it back it will be an awesome resource to bring it back to life. For reference this picture just represents the color, not actually the one I owned. Thanks everyone!
 

smokeater

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Does anyone in the club have a SST for centering knuckles that wants to loan it out? I've been talking with a fellow mudder from out-state who is willing to let me borrow his, but I thought I'd check here as well since ya'll are closer.

I'm just about to the point where I have everything I need to begin a full disc conversion. Anyone else tackle this project?

To begin I dropped some coin on a DD booster and FZJ80 MC from Racer65 and a JEGS Prop. valve.
I've got '80+ 60 knuckles for the front that I sourced last year in Colorado from Classic Cruisers, if your ever in SW Colorado near Poncha Springs I recommend stopping in to see these guys. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven! I finally got around to cleaning up all the parts (EVAPORUST from Home Depot is fantastic if you haven't tried this stuff yet!) and am in the process of painting them. As far as break components, I'm keeping only the calipers. I'm in the process of rebuilding these as I type this. I bought new rotors, pads and wheel studs from Rockauto.com. I sourced the axle rebuild kit, wheel bearings and backing plate eliminator kit from Marlin Crawler.

Next, I purchased new Aisin locking hubs to accommodate the 30 spline birfs from Cruiser Outfitters.

For the Rear I had already purchased an axle rebuild kit w/bearings from Cruiser Outfitters a couple years ago that I never got around to doing and I have been following this knuckle head on YouTube called ProjectWrongWay which gave me the idea to just go for the whole conversion. I sourced some brackets and rotors from Poser and sourced some Monti Calipers from RockAuto.

I figure I'll be parking the truck in the next couple weeks to get down to business. The only thing wracking my brain right now is sourcing the correct brake lines (which I think I have nailed) fittings, etc. to make the prop valve work and calipers tie into the existing hard lines.

Anyway, I hope all of you are well and finding some extra time to work on your rigs while spending more time at home!

Thanks,

Garrett
 

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