Re: To Line X or not to Line X
Line-X is forever. It can never be removed. With piece parts, no big deal given they can be replaced to retrun to stock.
I have a 1973 Ford Bronco with 28,000 original miles. I looked everywhere for 6-7 years to find one that was not molested. 95+% of the examples were either heavily modified or abused beyond recognition.
I am not saying the FJ will become a classic collectors 20+ years from now ... or that everyone has that interest ... but the numbers on the FJ are very limited in the scheme of automotive production. When people in the 60's lag bolted an 8-Track player to the lower dash on a Shelby Mustang they were just enjoying their ride. Yes, hindsight is 20/20.
So my approach to modification is that if it can be "undone" then I do whatever makes sense at the time, but if it cannot (like using Line-X, specifically on metal panels) I will not modify. Or I will buy a second "play" vehicle for that purpose.
I think the FJ is a keeper. Just think if Toyota had discontinued production in the 2009 timeframe as was feared? Then the few existing would be priceless, and not necessarily in terms of dollars.