This is a record of my efforts to complete my first stage-4 restomod my 1968 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. The goal is to build a "double take" FJ40, keeping the core components such as the drivetrain and axle assemblies Toyota and making improvements where they make sense and improve the performance and drivability of the vehicle.
I have renamed this project The GOAT.
Well the EFI is in aaaand sitting on my workbench! It will be some time before I'm ready to install it as I am trying to get more disciplined in my approach to this project. My motto is "one bolt at a time" and if I don't keep that in mind, the tasks will overwhelm me. I don't want to be one of those guys who has a great rig and doesn't drive it for 10 year... or ever.
Here's an unboxing video. My first, so don't be too critical of the camera work and my words. 😏
Well the wiring harness is on the way and I picked up the steering wheel, the custom horn button should be here today... provided that the post office will make it through the snow! No, that is not a Honda Element on steroids, that is my Bronco with about 2 feet of snow pilled on top! While I do not plan on doing anything with the paint or interior for a while, and even when I do order new seats for safety more than anything else, I won't be doing any custom upholstery for a very long time. I do need to make a choice on the color I'll be tenting the Raptor Liner that will adorn the exterior in June or July. I went to Reno Paint Mart who spent hours with me looking through color books and mixing up several samples (and only charged me $30 for the effort!). The following is the end result of round 1. The goal is a functional, easy to care for coating and color that will resist and hide trail scratches and even minor dents and dings. In this pic, the "Fashion G
Nooo Not THAT Kind of Divorce A few of my TLC club buddies came over to help me part the tub from the chassis. Not super hard, but also not possible without help or a gantry. I don't have a gantry, so the friends did the trick. Thanks a million guys! Now I need to finish stripping both tub and chassis in prep for media blasting. Then begins the body work and metal repair on the tub and chassis mods and powder coating... or POR15. I am still undecided on the final chassis coating.
Chassis Mods are Done! Well with more than a little help from my friend Ryan at Overland Adventure Company, the frame modifications are complete and I just have 12 bolts and four bushings to pull before I can drop this thing off for powder coating. The build phase has officially begun! Ryan does some outstanding fabrication and welding. He was able to salvage the ridiculously poor quality Saginaw power steering "kit" into something usable. My rear shackle mounts are reversed and the front chassis forks are fully boxed.