Thanks Ian, I've had the bug for a long time i just always told myself now's not the time and kept delaying. Every couple of months I'd casually check online or take a drive down and see what i could find. I know of the aweer market but thought as dealers they generally overprice them, I'll definitely go down and have a look.Desert nomad, It seems like you are developing the incurable 40 bug.
I think that KSA is best place to find a reasonable condition 40 for reasonable money. The trucks in UAE are either bad condition / undesirable mods or are good condition / restored and high cost.
Do you have any experience of Abu Shagara area in Sharjah? I was wondering if they have classics there or if it is all newer cars?
I have recently found a dealer out at Al Awer used car market that is importing classics and said he could get hold of 40s. He is located at the area behind the showrooms which are mainly exporting cars to Africa. Easy to find as he is the only guy doing classics. He had a 40 when i was there but i wasnt keen on it....will try to post some picks at weekend. As you enter main gate he is on left side of compound. If you haven't been out there it's quite incredible. There are thousands of Ex Japanese cars being traded onwards. There are loads of 70s, 80s, 100s out there as well as some German motors. Majority are RHD and for export only but there are a few LHDs going about. Worth a look if you have an hour spare some time.
Lots of variables... year, kilometers, body condition, chassis condition, etc. You can see the variables that went into my purchase and what I paid below.If a good FJ 40 is available, how much should I offer.
I've been told I got screwed. But it was drivable on Day 1 and is still drivable as I'm working my way through it. The guys picking them up for AED 10-20,000 are promptly doing a complete dismantle and restore/rebuild with lots of bodywork required. I'm not having to do that.My 40 came out of the drier part of Saudi... near Abha from what I understand. (I can't read the importation paperwork, only know what I was told).
I'd been looking for 3 years for a 40 or 45 in the condition I wanted.
My requirements were:
- Operational and able to pass inspection (I had to add seatbelts and replace the suspension bushings to get mine to pass, so close enough)
- Original paint (the repaints are generally going to be hiding bondo and other bad repairs, I wanted an original condition body)
- Little-to-no-body cancer/rust (no holes was my biggest criteria, I've only got one bad spot in the rear sill)
- No cancer/rust on the chassis (of course I have surface rust, but no damage; it just needs repainting)
- Unmodified (no lift, no new wheels, no weird bumpers, no welded on parts, no cut-off parts, etc.)
I passed up 3 or 4 specimens that didn't meet my requirements and were too expensive to compromise.
I paid AED 45,000 for mine, imported from Saudi. That price includes the transfer paperwork, customs, etc. The only disappointment is that the engine isn't original. However, it is a much newer 2F and a lot easier to find parts for and rebuild (if/when the time comes). I think my price is a bit on the high side... but I was very picky about what I was looking for and I didn't compromise.
Thanks Bro. I will contact him.I have a friend called Mohammad he has a couple of FJ40's and he would sell at the right price, you can find him on instagram @Q8_FJ_40
He collects FJ40's and I got mine from him, he is constantly restoring and maintaining these trucks.