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what price comes to mind when you see this 40?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by erics_bruisers, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. erics_bruisers

    erics_bruisers

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    i was asked by someone what they should pay for this thing --

    -- i don't know 40s at all, so can't tell if the rust tells a story of how bad (or good) it is --

    I am naturally averse to rust, so am a bad judge of price here --

    1978 --

    thanks!

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    the exhuast would get destroyed due to poor placement
     
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    I may be waaay outa line, and Cruisers around here are kinda rare, and I can fix rust, but a '78? I'd give $3K if the mechanicals are operable.

    JMO


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    so you're saying a 78 is desireable or not in a 40?

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    Liam

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    IMO a 78 is the best of the 40's
    reasons why
    1. 2f
    2. front disc brakes
    3. better metal than 79+ years
    4. ambulance doors
    5. side windows open in the hard top
    just to name a few

    76-78 typically bring more money than pre 76
     
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    erics_bruisers

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    this is good stuff noah --

    -- and i see you have one --

    :D

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    nuclearlemon not an addict Moderator

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    i'd agree 3k if it's in good running/driving condition.
     
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    if you go to CCOT i think they have a run down of what they did to the 40's each year. That cruiser seems to be in somewhat decent shape, except for all the body work that has been done to it, but it all depends what kind on mechanical shape it is in
     
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    It's important to understand that cruiserheads in general are tightwads. I agree on the "I'd pay ~$3K" sentiment, but I also realize that on the retail market, it could go much higher.

    Around here (Seattle area) something like that (with minimal cleaning up) would probably get listed at $6500 and go for close to 6K.

    6. Last year of 4.11:1 diffs
    7. First year of fine-spline pinions
    8. Factory a/c or p/s available? (I can't remember when that happened...)
     
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    the body is nasty on that one, prolly also needs a rear floor, front floors, rear sill(silly me the owner has already cut it off ;) ect ect............think along the lines of a new tub... then fenders, prolly rear doors.........h

    interior does apear to be pretty nice.

    me, 1-2K.......

    and no way that thing would bring 6K........anyplace but Ebay or Vintage

    if ya don't like rust.........thats not the 40 for you.
     
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    79+

     
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    These are good things - but be careful. My '78 has a 09/77 build date on the VIN plate.

    And it has coarse spline pinions...

    Some say the fine splines came out ~01/78
     
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    cool pimp -- that's a good bottom line --

    -- he also said the floor in the front and back is pretty bad -- not a good sign --

    -- and i don't want to piss away many future weekends being a helper to a grinder --

    -- PS, the guy wants $2,500 for it --


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    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Moderator

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    To elaborate a bit on the Pimp's response (he knows it well but others may not)

    It was January 1979 to be specific.

    Changes include:

    Square bezel
    Available power steering
    Available air conditioning
    Exhaust moved outside the frame and a cat converter added
    Knuckle studs enlarged from 11 to 12 mm.
    And some other stuff I can't think of at the moment.
     
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    $475,000. It's the cleanest FJ40 I"ve ever seen! All original! Beautiful paintwork - the previous owner really wanted to keep this FJ40 on the road, and it shows [right through the rust holes] !!! You won't find a better FJ40 for sale anywhere in the US!

    Actually, $2500 isn't too bad. Bet he can be talked down to $2k even...
     
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    Fair deal if the mechanicals are ok. Tuffy console, good tread, decent interior. Frame rust would be an issue to look at. Body rust is a deal breaker for some and a badge of honor for others.