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.
Lots of Mockup!
Build it up, test, tear it down, rinse and repeat a million times!
I am in that phase of test-fitting all things I want to fit together, tearing it back down to make adjustments, and then doing it all over again. It is time-consuming but necessary. I got the interior mostly together just to find out that the transfer case linkage designed for a later model FJ40 doesn't play nice with the earlier model transmission tunnel cover. So I had to cut a hole in the freshly painted floor! The seats, column, wheel, and shifters all work well together though. I do have to bend the transmission shifter a bit toward the passenger side so I can get it into reverse without displacing my leg in the seat.
The pieces of floorboard removed to clearance the shift linkage
I'll be refurbishing my wheel to match the brown vinyl on the seats and have new brown clamshells for the column. I plan to use black marine carpet to cover the floorboards and transmission tunnel and the massive fuel tank will consume all the space under the seats (we die like real men... BOOM!), My new headrests will arrive someday.
Here are some more photos...
Dakota HDX Gauges mocked into place.
The late model water pump (with oil cooler), fan clutch and fan doesn't work with the early model radiator assembly. So plan b is a Volvo dual-speed electric fan. This is a popular mod with offroaders due the reliability of the Volvo fan and relays. The best part is that it plugs into my Dakota system to read temps and control fan on/off and speeds. I have the fan and wiring harness on order along with the custom belts and am installing the VintageAir condenser and dryer onto the radiator support.
My custom knobs are going to Cerakote and laser engraving at the end of the week so I should have them mocked into place this month too. Wiring, fuel lines, and brake lines are on the horizon!
Paint & Finish Work is Underway! The dustless blasting guy did an outstanding job and even managed to get the crappy DIY Herculiner off. The 2K epoxy primer is down and the the leveling work will likely take the rest of the week. The body will finally be Toyota 1276 Sundune White (Beige) next week!
The Tub & Body Panels Made it Home It has been a long time coming, but the tub and most of the panels are home! I'm still waiting on the tailgate and doors to be completed, and I might do late-style doors instead of my early-style ones. This is because the vent windows won't be usable with the cage and the window frames are pretty bad. We'll see. I had to bolt something on, so I installed the fuel filler and cap. LOTS more to come!
Progress Continues Both bedsides are replaced and the rear sill is next. I also picked up a small batch of powder coated parts and got to visit with "Vulcan" the Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff). He looks and barks like a fierce beast, but he is a total sweetheart. Next up for the 40? Refitting the springs on the chassis, the rear sill and sill cover, LOTS of unneeded hole patching in the floor pans, and patching the passenger side outer sill.