what was the original vintage roof rack of the toyota fj40 like?

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what was the original vintage roof rack of the toyota fj40 like? Original color ?
pictures ?

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JohnnyC

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the original ones were wire frame racks.... these were sourced local in most areas... later racks were more stout racks.

alot of racks were add-ons by previous owners that were screwed down into the fiberglass.... places like jcwhitney sold the universal kits.... more appropriate add-ons were the con-ferr porthole racks

wire frame dealer in OZ:

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wire frame as see in sales lit:
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wire frame sales lit

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screwed down aftermarket as well as some dealers possibly installed

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Con-Ferr rack on my truck circa 90? or so
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I don’t remember any coming stock with a rack. Probably the most popular vintage rack was a Con Fer, made right in Burbank, CA. I believe.
 
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The ones that attach to the roof rails will eventually bend the rails down and cause leaks and rust
 
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The ones that attach to the roof rails will eventually bend the rails down and cause leaks and rust


Really depends a lot of things. Climate, number of mounting points, weight of rack, how heavy it is loaded and how hard the cruiser is wheeled. Obviously a rack mounted to the frame would support the most weight . Mounted to the body would do better if want to drill and add bracing. Then straight to the fiberglass which I personally would never considering the washboard trails in AZ. I personally would use a lightweight rack with a minimum three mounts per side. Unlike the frame the fiberglass top is not designed to flex, which would be a drawback if you wheel hard.
 

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Bought my ‘75 40 new. Dealer add on was a Con Fer. Still have the 40…and the Con Fer.

Con Fer is now sitting on my 60. Great rack. We like racks.😁


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