Think I might have found a '75 FJ40 for me, what do you guys think? PICS

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  1. joey93turbo

    joey93turbo

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    Think I might have found a '75 FJ40 for me, what do you guys think? - I BOUGHT IT!

    So I think I might have found another candidate for my first FJ40.

    I'm going to copy and paste most of what the owner has told me here.




    I asked him for some pics of it and how much he wanted for it.



    I told him it looked good so far and that I wanted to see some current pics.



    My reply:

    Hey Bobby,

    Actually I would like to come take a look at it. It's about a 40 minute drive from Portland according to mapquest so I just need to check my schedule. When are you available to show it? Evenings work best for me. In those pics you sent it looks like you did quite a bit of work on the rig. You also said it doesn't look as good as it does in those pics, could you please elaborate? How is the paint now? Where are the aftermarket gauges located? I know most people don't pay any attention to this, but what kind of MPG are you getting with it? How many miles does the chassis have on it? How about the engine/tranny?

    Thanks,

    Joey



    So now you guys know exactly what I know. I've uploaded the pics of the rig here:

    http://www.joeylink.com/gallery/album50

    Those pics were taken in 2001. What do you guys think?
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2005
  2. clemson55

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    Looks like a winner to me but I would say that about anything cruiser. If you think its worth the money pick it up man youll never regret it nothing but fun working on it and meeting other cruiserheads.
     
  3. sonoranfun

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    The 40s are tough to price out and this is one of those things that depends on where you put value. I baseline things and add from there, what's the cruiser worth as s***? Then what's the paint, seats, motor, trans, PS and such worth to you. If you can't touch any cruiser up there for under $4000 then the price is more fair. I think $6,500 is a fair price on it, more I'd feel like I paid too much but if you got it under $6,000 I'd feel very good about it. Remember, for most these aren't DDs so the people selling them aren't as motivated and don't need the money as bad.
     
  4. brian

    brian SILVER Star

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    depends how good you are with the wrenchs. if you can tinker with stuff, then fine.

    but if you have no skills, then i would wait for one with an oem engine.
     
  5. Romer

    Romer fatherofdaughterofromer Moderator

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    Looks like someone who cared. If its as good as the pictures and the engine is strong, I'd go for it. The only thing I don't see is a front axle rebuild. If its been done, I'd go for it. I have a stock motor and am happy, but I would have gotten a different motor if it was in the right condition.
     
  6. Mr. Toad

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    Factor a new, decent paint job into your purchase budget. If a V8 is what you're looking for--and if you think that a V8 swap adds to the value of a FJ40--then it's not out of the ballpark at $6,500.00.

    From his e-mail messages, it looks like the seller is either putting the hard sell on you or he really needs to sell it fast. If you even suspect that it's the hard sell, then you should be really careful to check how good a job he did on the wiring, engine transplant, and other "enhancements". Did he do about as good on those as he did on the paint, which he says looks bad at less than 4 years?

    Caution is good. So is a good deal on a nice 40. Good luck.
     
  7. joey93turbo

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    Mr. Toad - I know exactly what you mean about looking for places he cut corners. I guess it still looks good, just not as good as he'd like it to look. I'll definately watch out for the hard sell.

    brian - I am good at wrenching, no problem there. I also have a full shop.

    sonaranfun - That's exactly how it is up here, can't touch one under $4k, that I've seen at least and I've been shopping for a few months. I think it sounds like a pretty good rig for the price if everything checks out.

    Guys he says the PS box is leaking, what's it take to fix that? does it have to be professionally rebuilt or is it something I can do myself? How much does it cost?
     
  8. 74fj40

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    id go for it
     
  9. sonoranfun

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    I would assume you can get the stearing box from rockauto.com for less then $100 new so I wouldn't sweat that in the least. The 40s are tough cause you seem to pay up for the first one then deal hunt after that. I picked up the 1965 at what I'd consider an excellent price. They're all over the board though so you have to decide what your time is worth mostly. Main think I think is to make sure you're starting with a clean body.
     
  10. Mr. Toad

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    joey93turbo: After reading your reply post, I second clemson55. FJ40s are expensive where I live too, and I've seen many lesser ones going for what your seller wants for his. Enjoy!
     
  11. joey93turbo

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    Well guys, I went and checked it out today. Let me put it this way, a nice paint job and this would be a $10k FJ40, NO PROBLEM. It's so clean inside and under the hood I couldn't believe it. I put a $100 deposit on it so he'll hold it until I can get to the bank on Tuesday. I'm so happy, my first FJ40!! It needs a few things here and there but overall I can't believe I found one this clean. My project this winter will be repainting it. I'll post pics when it's in my driveway.
     
  12. Cruisin'Carolina

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    Congrats. PICS WHEN YOU GET IT HOME!
     
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