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hi im pretty new to the world of fj's altough ive been driving 4x4's since before i couldsee over the sterring wheel (farm kids learn real quick when feeding cows in the winter) ive been through the j**p and IH phases and just bought a 63 fj-40. im in the middle of doing a complete resto on it im not sure what motor tranny tcase combo imgoing with cause im still working on the body but getting ready to do the last touch up before priming so ill be asking opinions soon thanks
 

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My name is Sean, and I’m a newbie. I’ve been a newbie for 5 hours now and I just cant stop!

All of that aside, I live in Northern Virginia and have a ’71 FJ40 project (like there is such thing as a non-project 40) that I’ve been dragging my feet on getting road legal/safe. Pretty much a stock rig with PU discs in the front. Other then that I shot the paint, put in a roll bar, new seat and herculined everything that the stuff would stick to. Getting ready to (read: finding the time to) redo the tie rod ends, electrical work, and anything else that I see that needs a fixin along the way. My daily driver is a ’95 Tacoma 4X4 with a billion miles on it and a Ford F-350 with a drill rig in the bed. Glad to meet yall and cant wait to learn a thing or two and trade a few stories.
 

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Name , Robert E. Lee
1976 V-8J40
350 motor
4 speed
locked front and rear , dual fuel tank's
four wheel disc,
on board air ,
lots of everything i could go on and on
right now i am doing a re tub and new floor pan's , had a lot of rust issues going on , I live in Washington State on the wet coast , drive truck for a living, i am married and have a daughter who is a aspiring future cruiser owner , my wife and daughter can spot cruiser's from miles away , and jeeps suck ,
 

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Re: hey all

dittohead said:
Hi my name is steve im 25 and i own a 1976 bronco and i just got a 1980 lancruiser fj40. the cruiser is a basket case with a diesel and so far im rounding up the parts to make it all chevy running gear 350, 465, 205, D60, 14 bolt im sure nobody cares about what my bronco has on the toyota bb so i wont even say. anyways if ya got any questions just ask! :)
Steve man keep that cruiser with a diesal in it , it will go anywhere and about half the cost of that stuff you guy's call gas up there , its like 3 bucks a gallon for gas last time we were up there ,

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Hi all,

I'm from Sydney Australia

I have a 74 FJ40

253 V8
4 speed
PTO winch
4.11s
Springover and U bolt flip
Rancho 9000s
35" BFG muds
ARB airlockers front and rear

Its a hardtop, but I am about to go soft top. Thinking of putting wheel spacers on for width.

Also toying with the idea of running LPG as the standard carb on the 253 doesn't like angles
 

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Well, I'm a relative newby to the Land Cruiser world. I finally pried a '78 FJ40 out of my dad's hands back in Sept 02. I am a Wyoming-native turned Denver-transplant following 7 years in the Marine Corps.

Given the recent acquisition of the FJ40, I've started hitting up the forums so that I can learn what I can from the veterans & share whatever I can.

As for my 40, it had sat around for the past 5-6 years, so I started off this project by getting it road-worthy again. That work was followed by swapping out the stock fuel tank (due to rust & 3 plugged fuel filters). I then started on some modifying/personalizing by installing a 4" Skyjacker lift with 33x10.50 BFG MT's wrapped around 15x8 Genuine Steel white Rock Crawlers.

The main future projects for Tony (my dad's nickname for it) include:
  • Body restoration
  • Engine rebuild....stock 2F
  • Dual-battery conversion
  • HEI conversion
  • Air lockers...maybe Detroit's new ElecTrac's...if they grace the LC world with them
  • Soft top & doors for summer running
  • Relocation of my Warn XD9000i from the Dakota to the LC
  • Additional tank, or another tank swap...to get some cruising distance
  • Bucket seats...prolly junkyard specials...can't justify $300+ for after-market buckets when I can pull them out of a wreck for a fraction of the price
  • 5-point harness
  • and the list just keeps going....heh
 

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First time here!

I'm from Sweden (Stockholm/Mariefred) and owns a LC HDJ-80 from 1997 and, so far, in a extremely good condition.
The cruiser is for extensive expedition work and is equipped there after. The Safari-Intercooler provide tremendous good torque. With a little bit higher turbo charge, the engine gives about 250 hp and 500 NM @ 1200 rpm. Further more, EMU kit for a 4" lift. 3",5 exhaust. Sepson hydraulic winch. Custom bumpers front and aft. Togther with the 80 I also have a Land Rover Defender 110 CSW Td5 Expedition (2001). A great tractor!
rgds,
Peder Silfverhjelm
 

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Hello all,

Been readin' these boards for a long time now, finally decided to make the plunge from lurker to poster.

Bought my '68 FJ40 about a year and a half ago. All stock, except the booty fab long shackles and the bald-ass 31" BFG's.

A brief history of 'learning experiences' in The Little Land Cruiser That Could:

Big Sur
Buddy and I were out wheelin' and campin' in Big Sur. A series of bad decisions occured, see if you can count them: Too many beers, more beer, and a couple of more beers later, we decide to go night driving. He says 'let me drive', to which I reply 'OK'. He drives it alright, straight into a tree at about 30-40 (hard to tell at night with no speedo). We escpare unhurt, thanks only to the Cruiser Gods, have to hike 3 damn hours, uphill, drunk, to his truck. Cruiser had a bent frame. I did a frame swap, by myself, in 10 straight days.
Lesson: Don't drink and drive. That frame could have been our spines.

Wheelin' in the Boondocks of Death Valley
Three front driveshaft bolts backed out, spins around on the forth, put a hole in the oil pan. Pulled it and went in search of shade tree mechanics at the 'shop' an hour away in Nevada (who are the only monkeys around with a brazing torch) spend half the day to patch up a small hole, and charge me $55 plus tax for the honor. It leaks again by the time I get to Furnace Creek where the motor blows out a freeze plug. Give up. Towed home.
Lesson: carry JB Quik, Bondo, brazing torch and rod on long trips; use locknuts on EVERYTHING.

Attempted Wheelin' Trip in Mohave
Broke piston 10 miles outside of Baker. Towed home. Rebuilt the motor with one new piston, whole set of rings (cuz they don't let you buy just one piston worth), new rod bearings cuz they were on sale.
Lesson: None. Where's the fun in driving a vehicle that you KNOW is going to get you there every single time? My fiancee just can NOT understand this..

-tom
If you want to know what NOT to do, just give me a call!
 

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My name is Jeffrey. I own a 73' FJ-55, 4" SOR SUA, Rancho 9000's, a J**P "Runk" Bumper, 68' Impala GM V8, Toy 3 speed (soon to be SM465) 3 speed case ( soon to be 4 speed w/ 3 speed gears) stock interior, white exterior, came from CO. I also have an 84' 4runner, newly swapped and hopefully operating soon 22RTE, stock tranny (rebuilt), rear lock right, 4" springs, white exterior and brown interior, All-Pro bumpers front and rear, 33's on wagon wheels, soon to drop in gears to the transfer and add a winch. I have built an 81' mini, 85' FJ-60, parted out a 79' FJ-40, owned and sold a 60' FJ-25, and of course my two current projects. I wheel the 4runner and will tow it with the 55, my girlfriend talked me into the Pig and it took a real hard arm twistin' (yeah, right!) Now I am set on yota's I believe, unless I find a cheap project 40, or 45, or another 60, or maybe a 62, or an 80??!?!?! hell, even a 79'-81' mini might catch eye, one can never have enough!;)
 

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Hello All!

81 FJ40 Chevy 350 TBI, SM420, 3 Speed Tcase w/ twin sticks, ARB front & rear, SOA, Rancho 9000, Full Roll cage...

95 FZJ80 OME springs and shocks, ARB Winch Bar w/ M12000 on the front, Slee Offroad w/ tire carrier on the rear. (Retired)
 

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Hey, Jeff Faulkner here.
I've got a 79 fj40 painted olive bronwn. Pretty much stock. I've had the truck for 3-4 years now and have made gradual improvements to it. Roughly 124K, original 2F still going strong.
 

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Hi my name is Sean and I'm in the Air Force stationed in Anchorage, AK. I don't own any Cruiser yet, but I hope to remedy the situation soon. I've been lurking on LCML and the DTLC mailing lists and have posted a few times.

So what turned me on to Cruisers? Well my dad owned a FJ45 back in the early 80's and ever since then I loved them. I'm now in the market for a 60 series, anybody want to sell me their HJ60? LOL!!
 

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Hi, My name is Joe, and I got into Land Cruisers when my dad bought his about 10 years ago. I inherited it when he got a newer truck, and it had been sitting around for a few years.
One brake master cylinder and a carburetor later, it is my DD when I am at home.

It is mostly stock, but if anyone happens to have a spare NV4500
laying around...well, it wouldn't be stock for much longer:D
 

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hi, jeff here, living in north richland hills, texas, my first cruiser that i just got:1983 Toyota FJ60 land cruiser, 350 chevy engine. rv cam, edelbrock intake, Q-jet carb, Ranger III overdrive box, toyota 4 speed and toyota t-case, stock axles geared 4.10 front is welded rear is open. Power steering and power brakes has a/c and also has a york compressor for on board air. the rear bumper is a holding tank. Warn winch bumper on front, no winch though. Has a spare tire carrier and gas can holder and high lift jack mount on rear bumper. cd player, 36" tsl radials. SPOA lift with old man emu springs and shocks. everything works

pics: http://www.texas4x4.org/modules.php?set_albumName=album18&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php
 

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My name is Ed Long, I live in asmall town 30 miles south of Kansas City. My son bought a '66 FJ40 that 'WE' were going to work on together, HA! Two years later, I've bonded with the LC. He's at MU busy rounding off the corners on my F-150 4x4.
As I said, it is titled a '66 but I think it is older than that, maybe a '64-65. The motor is a 1974 F. I've completely redone the body and interior. It has full hardtop and soft top, rollbar, latemodel jumpseats and a Tuffy console. I'm changing out the dist for an HEI from a '80 chevy PU. I did a shackle reversal, so it has about 1 1/2" of lift and I run 31 10.50 Goodyear AT's, because it is mainly a driver.
I realize this is a pussy configuration for most of the guys on this board, but I'm old, and the body is too cherry to be trailtrashing it...yet. Looking to find a disc axle or one that can be converted
to disc.
Okay, I'm ready..flame on

Do they have a geriatric section?
 

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Hello Folks! :) I am Andrey and I live in Moscow, Russia. I am currently working on my 1981 BJ44V. Also, I plan soon to launch my own web site about my current Cruiser project.
When I was going to college (1996-1998) - it was in North Seattle, WA - I used to own 1974 FJ40 (all stock F, 31" MT) zebra stripped, which I had converted to V8 Chevy small block 305. Unfortutantly, I didn't have enough cash to fix it once and for all and I had to sell it to one happy Boeing employee. Later on, I've purchased 1984 Toy Long beg with 22R - all stock except nice alloy wheels and brand new 31" BFG ATs.
When I've returned to Russia I was desperate to find 40s series Cruiser and I was lucky enough to find one in Moscow. My current Cruiser has appox 100" wheelbase (BJ44 - it's made for Japanese internal market, mid wheelbase, never imported to Europe/US), 35"R15 General Grabbers MT on 10x15 American Racing alloys, SPOA, cross-over steering (AllProOffRoad Hy-Steer steering arms), power steering (HJ80 tie-rods, drag-links, steering box), conversion from RHS (Righ hand steering) to LHS (Left), stock Toyota 2B (3.2) Diesel engine, Toyota PTO winch (H41 tranny), torn to a fame - planning to build custom roll cage/tube chasis. Lot's to be done.

Rgdz,
Andrey Nechaev
 

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Hi, my name is Jim. I live in Burbank,California.
I work for the Four X Doctor.
I own a 63/72 Fj40
mods include..
350 chevy
SM420
SOA w/stock springs
saginaw steering
GM tilt column
Mini-truck front disks
Hydro-boost brake booster w/ corvette master
Custom halo style rollcage
custom rear bumper/tirecarrier
35" MTR's on allied rock-a-thon steel beadlocks
custom guage cluster/autometer gauges
22 gal. aux tank
custom t-case skid
custom rocksliders
ARB front
detroit rear
onboard air
8274 warn
And it's marine corps forest green :D
I've been wheeling for about 12 yrs had the cruiser for 10
I've checked out this board before and finally decided to register.
Nice to meet you all. Hopefully I'll see some if not all of you on the trail.
 

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Hey all,
Been checking out the board for a couple of years and finnaly signed up. Gotta support the PBB! Newbie to the BB but have had a cruiser since I was 15. "USED" to work at a shop in Santa Clara (not saying the name, owner was a dick!) oh you know the one:D Then whent to work at Wardens, good man, did alot off
V8, p/s, soa, and disc conversions.Then moved on. Building my 66fj40 now with 468bbc 465 205 60front 14bolt rear 456 gears 4wheel disc, detroits front and rear. Only money now:mad: Previous cruisers include 1st. 70fj40 350 400 205 60 14bolt 2nd. 63fj45 stock and beat to shit, gone now.#3. 72fj55 350tbi 400 205 60 14bolt (same axles Im using now) #4 current 66fj40 project, #5 70fj40 bobbed to a 45(little bigger cab!) rockwells 4wheel steer 350 350 atlas would be nice(next project!) many :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: to all you crusher freaks:smokin:
 

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Hi, I'm Amanda and I am in the long process (for me) of rebuilding my 66 FJ40. It was a gift from my husband for our 19th anniversary, almost three years ago. After doing extensive bodywork (on the cruiser) I am now into the drivetrain realm, with all kinds of cool stuff to learn. I am a crafts-person by trade (and in my opinion it's ok to still say "craftsman" as "man" is the name of our species-libbers get over it!) and I'm finding this to be a very cool way to have some creative fun. I normally work in leather and fur, but steel has got it's hook in me too. My shopping list dreams include a plasma cutter, a roto hammer, an english wheel and a TIG welder-not your average mall shopper. I also love my horses, and to deal with that obsession, I'm building a 1950 Chevy panel truck on a 76 4x4 chassis to pull my horsetrailer. (But I'll have to wheel it someday too-you oughta see where I wanna ride-where the trail ends is what the horses are for). I'm here to learn and maybe repeat what I've learned for others to use, so thanks for all the great input and ideas. This is like having 50 brothers to ask questions to. None of mine are into cruisers! My oldest has a Heep Wrangler and wants to do some travelling and wheeling this summer, so I gotta get ready! I need a winch...
 
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