brought my new baby home this weekend. 1965 south american fj45 shorty with removeable top...i've now got pretty much all i want cruiser-wise...just need to get them to all i want them to be. photopoint
aaahhhh, yes, it will be a project, but at least the body's in good shape (except for the coveted tailgate and the rear lower body strip, but that should be easy to deal with).
i'm thinking of a 2f setup, mild lift with 34x9.5's, tan/brown, but that's basically it.
as for the differences, mine don't have heaters (i actually got 1 1/2 of them). they came from south america, so i guess they didn't need them there. other than that, 45's are new to me, so i don't really know what else to look for. i know it was brought in through texas about 26 years ago and it was a farm truck down there for 23 years until someone else bought it to try to restore and ran out of time & dough. we'll see what time brings for it.
yeah, the panhard bar does a lot to stabilize the front end in cornering (high speed). because it slides, it doesn't limit articulation, but the shock helps put pressure on it at higher speeds to keep the front end from swimming underneath you. my "little brother" built and tested the model in the pic and he's a typical 22+ year old boy...corners his soa cruiser at 30+mph all the time with no problems.
YIEHAA baby! my 45 p/u is in about the same shape or worse but it's only going to get to play in the rocks so who cares. i do dig the collection though!
let's see some pics of the buildup.
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pretty soon we will need to do a fj45 run for the few the proud, the fj45 owners...that is one sick cruiser,,i didnt read the post, but any chance did it come w/ a factory full floater??..i cant wait to start my '65 longbed...nice truck
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