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03-01-2020 03:22 PM
CreeperSleeper And now it is back up for sale: https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/vehi...l#post44842762
03-01-2020 01:40 PM

03-01-2020 01:39 PM
CreeperSleeper Yeah, I know this was a long time coming... But here are some pics from wheeling the other weekend in no particular order:

02-12-2020 12:17 PM
Tech Tim Looking good Chad!
02-03-2020 06:31 PM
By-Tor Lookin good
02-03-2020 02:37 PM
CreeperSleeper Okay, here is my quick-ish update. LOL!

When I got the 40 back, one of the front leaf springs was severely bent. After a bunch of research and measuring, I figured out that the leaf springs were custom built by Alcan. They used the measurements of a stock front FJ40 leaf spring (20"/22.5" pin to eye), but designed it to be ran backwards to lengthen the wheelbase by 5". It was also set up with an OrbitEye on the fixed side. The reason it bent is the shackle would invert when wheeling hard...

I figured the best way to tackle the problem would be to run front leafs from a Hilux. I researched out what the stock spring rate of an FJ40 front spring was and figured that the heavy OME 2.5" spring pack would be about perfect. I also knew that I would have to change out my 4" front shackle to a 5" shackle to keep it from binding at full stuff. Furthermore, I knew that I had way too much castor beforehand, so I added 10* shims. Here is the end result:

During the process of front suspension saga, the clutch master started leaking... I ended up replacing that with an Aisan replacement. I also decided that I would mount up new tires on my old beadlocks for the mini truck and put the 36" radial Iroks on the 40 for now. Ultimately I need to sell either the mini or the 40 and the beadlock wrapped in new 37" Kanati Mud Hogs will stay with whichever rig I keep.

I have ran this setup in the past and have been very impressed as an all around tire choice.
01-03-2020 11:01 AM
CreeperSleeper I know that you guys are chomping at the bit for this super boring build thread to be resurrected, so here is a quick update: On New Years Eve my wife and I borrowed her dad's truck and my buddy loaned me his trailer. We drove the 250 miles to Grants Pass, OR and loaded the 40 onto the trailer. New Years Day we drove home. I even got pictures...

12-19-2019 11:44 AM
CreeperSleeper No kidding! I'm super thankful that it was offered back to me. It wasn't my first 40, but it was the first one I could actually drive.

It is still 250 miles away from me at the moment, so I'm not exactly sure what the plan will be... I think it is coming with brand new 39.5" TSLs on beadlocks, which I will probably sell. I am thinking of running 40x13.50r17 Coopers on my 17" beadlocks. I know that the caster angle is wrong and the front springs aren't dialed in, but I need to see it to figure out what I want to do with that. Other than that, I will probably go back to my original plan for the rig.
12-18-2019 07:21 PM
carslut WOW, full circle success~ way to go! whats going to happen once your back in the saddle?
12-18-2019 05:10 PM

Well, I am excited to say that Travis and I struck a deal yesterday and the ol girl is coming back home to me! I am super excited to have her in my garage again.

Now I need to get my '85 pickup buttoned up and on the chopping block. Unfortunately, I don't have the time/money/energy for more than two projects at a time! LOL. Here is a link to that build thread if you are at all interested: https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyo...-xtra-cab.html
12-18-2019 05:08 PM

12-18-2019 05:08 PM

12-18-2019 05:07 PM
CreeperSleeper How about an update on this pile for the last 3 years... LOL!

We left off with me selling this 40 to my buddy Travis ([USER=15550]@knoll0351[/USER]) for his wife. Over the course of those three years, Travis was able to finish pretty much all of the mechanical and electrical on her (the 40, not his wife...). I even got to wheel with him a few times and the ol 40 worked great! I will let the random pics tell the story:

11-22-2016 09:39 AM
CreeperSleeper So was I! I'm sure it will be back out on the trails a lot sooner than I could have done it now...
11-21-2016 07:38 PM
bradp674 Man that sucks. I was hoping to see it out on the trails.I guess you have a empty garage for a new project.
11-21-2016 09:39 AM
CreeperSleeper This weekend the FJ40 went off to it's new home. Luckly a friend of mine bought it, so hopefully I will get to see it completed someday. It was a little bittersweet, but I'm sure glad to have my garage back!

05-19-2016 11:46 AM
CreeperSleeper Thank you! That means a lot.
05-19-2016 09:20 AM
Kuranosuke nice looking welds you got there!
05-17-2016 12:32 PM
CreeperSleeper Well I got a little more work done on her. I was supposed to do yard work on Saturday, but the rain got me in the garage! I finished up the main portion of the trans crossmember. I just need to build the fish plates for the frame and cut tabs... I really wish I had a plasma!

My fancy welding table... Also known as the floor.

I'm okay with that!

Coping with an angle grinder... Fun....

Meh... I can fill that.

*closes one eye* Yeah, that looks square...

I think it came out okay!
04-06-2016 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by CreeperSleeper View Post
It definitely felt good! To be honest, I am so over this build it is stupid. Why does anyone do this?!?
Quoted for troof.
04-06-2016 12:24 PM
CreeperSleeper It definitely felt good! To be honest, I am so over this build it is stupid. Why does anyone do this?!?
04-06-2016 07:03 AM
EnginerdFJ Looking good. Glad to see you're still working on this.
04-05-2016 02:54 PM
TxCruzr Awesome stuff! Getting big stuff like that done is a great feeling
04-05-2016 11:26 AM
CreeperSleeper Last Saturday some great friends came out to help me locate this engine. I have never done anything like this before, so it was really nice to have some help! We started off the day by getting everything in between the frame and measured up. We were able to tuck the trans/t-cases pretty high (almost flat belly) and adjust everything for clearance and cooling. The only thing that doesn’t want to play nice is the steering. I will have to figure out what to do there. It may be as easy as running ram-horn manifolds or notching the frame a bit and running a pillow block. I’m not quite sure yet what I’m going to do on that front, but I have time to figure that out.

After that, we were able to build the motor mounts and get them all in. I still need to build the trans mount, but I know how I want to do it. That being said, the engine is actually in the 40 without assistance for the first time in over a year and a half! I am so excited!!! Now, onto the pics and a huge thank you to everyone that helped.

02-23-2016 11:03 AM
brokenparts Looks good Chad. Let me know on the work party.
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