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Toyota FJ40


Low mile Chevy small block 400 V-8
35" mud terrain tires on 15" Weld Racing Aluminum wheels
Muncie 465 4 speed
Dana 20 transfer case
Warn 8000 lb. winch (Model 8724)
Tilt wheel from a Cadillac
Power steering
Dana 44 rear axle with a Detroit locker
Dana 44 front axle with a Detroit TrueTrac and disc brakes
Reverse curve spring over in the front
FJ60 flipped springs in the back with new Ruff Stuff spring perches,
shackles, and all new bushings.
Front bucket seats
Rear seat from a 2006 jeep TJ that folds forward
Standard rust in the floor and below doors has been repaired with all new metal
Brand new Optima battery
Rear drive line just completely gone through by Drive-lines Northwest
Old style KC running lights

My understanding is the body and frame have less than 100K miles on it.  The previous owner got it in the mid 70's and did the conversion to Chevy running gear in the late 70's.  Since then he towed it behind his motor home a few times a year and drove it on logging roads.  Since I got it I drove it daily for a while and then decided to do some work to it.  Work I just did includes changing out the rear springs and perches
lengthening the wheelbase about 3 inches so I could fit 35" tires on it.  While I was at it I replaced all of the bushings and had the drive-line rebuilt.  It it a lot less twitchy on the freeway since doing this.  When I got the FJ it had the standard rust in the rocker panels and the floor just inside the door.  I cut all of the rusty metal out and fabricated new pieces to replace it.  I also installed an optima battery box and new optima battery and installed the TJ rear seat.








Here is some of the work I did to it.

Pictures go from one side to the other.  Work was similar on both sides but the rust in the floor on the passenger side wasn't as bad.

The floor under the driver seat after I cut out all of the rusty metal.

The "tool box" that is under the driver seat.  The bottom was rusted out most of the way around so I had to cut it all out and fabricate a replacement.

From the side before any new metal was welded in.

Here it is with the new rocker tacked into place

After being fully welded and then welds ground down



Lengthening the wheelbase.

Before


After

Ruff Stuff spring perch tacked into place

Sping perch fully welded

Rear "way back" shackle hangers welded on.  These  were also from Ruff Stuff.
http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/WBHGR.html



This is what is looked like when I got it in November of 2010. 





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Zach Yeager,
Jan 14, 2012, 9:14 AM
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