These are all the references to Yosemite Yellow I have. All were scanned in and copied to this one image without any color editing. I need to ask Kipper if this was the color of his 40.... It was a funky yellow green. Calling Wesintl... he owned it before Kipper. Maybe he has some pics.
Based on the crossover years, I think Yosemite Yellow was 1966-67 only for the Land Cruiser. There is one reference to T529 in a 1974 book I have. That book was published in 1974 so it could carry on into 75 and up although I have never seen one.
Currently in the process of painting the crew cab HJ45 in Yosemite Yellow single stage acrylic urethane. The color is fantastic and changes quite a bit from white to yellow to green to grey-ish based on lighting.
Here are couple pics from this past weekend...
Revisiting my thread as I seek out a 1960s FJ40 to restore! I passed on the 67 that I was after when I wrote this thread. I still like the idea of a pale yellow with black interior. Have a lead on a 1961 FJ40. Per FJFJFJ I believe we are allowed a little leeway on the early trucks in terms of "original" paint color. I think period correct may be OK. I know I want something 60s pale and unique.
This helps thanks. I use PPG in Colombia but I have a source for Dupont. I think the only way to find out it is to grab the codes and try both brands. Paint a fender to see what it looks like in the South American sunshine. I like the idea of a pale yellow with green in it. Also I have in my mind the old big Caddy boats with pale yellow and black interior. The light green was done by others already (and looks incredible) but I would like to be different.
Funny how we have to repost to keep these threads alive as our restorations crawl along. We are 3 months or so in to mine but luckily as I am hiring it out we are getting close to the paint time. I had gotten some other references and I do believe that this color Yosemite Yellow was a 1961 and 1962 color for the Land Cruiser FJ40. I need to find the photo but it is interesting that Ford used it on a Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible with a black top that is just to die for. I need to find the photo. VW had the color later in 1975 I think for their bus. It looks like halfway between the pale 529 Yosemite Yellow and lovely 532 Mustard Yellow.
Anyhow I got a paint sample in Tampa and sprayed it out. It was PPG. Remember these colors are so old hard to say if and what pops up on the computer. I would say it was a little too light but really hard to say.
I am back in Colombia where I restore the trucks and I spent TWO HOURS in the Dupont shop pulling up some photos of real cars that I know were YYellow.
I am essentially taking 'artistic license' at this point and doing what I think is YY but then making it is a light more yellow and a little brighter as I am not crazy about the super pale. Also I have seen that Ford and a pic of an early Corolla/Celica that had a 'softer' less pale yellow.
anyhow we will paint a fender tomorrow and see how it looks. then adjust from there. I need to post my pics of the YY Ford and Toyotas.
These above are early colors. I got PPG paint cans of YY 529 and Niagara Green (my 2nd choice). I was not able to paint them on metal though. I can't find the Ford or the Celica photos but they are much warmer colors (to me) than that paint chip.
Here is the 61 FJ40 bodywork nearing completion...
Truck was a 'farmer's truck' and was still in use and registered when I bought it. It was all beat up but still had great frame, original running F engine, the very nice big data plates intact, and a rust free body. Missing the doors and front fenders and someone cut the stereo out. Probably a 1 million mile Land Cruiser!
Truck will be hard doors with tan Toyota soft top. We found a 1961 steering wheel.
Body will be 90% correct. F engine will be rebuilt for power and the drivetrain from a 1982 with a 4 speed or 5 speed and disc brakes.
May do power steering. interior will be 90% correct with in cabin gas tank.
Plan is slight lift with 265/75/16s on plan original Toyota rims with half moon hubcaps (original 15 inchers i have but they are all
beat up). The 16s I made using 15 inch Toyota centers on 16 x 7 Hilux rims.
Theme is a collectable 1961 FJ40 with the drivability of a 1981 model.
I will be sure to post my take on "yosemite yellow" soon.