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And my co-driver/navigator:




I thought about it long and hard, and made the decision i needed less of a car payment and more room. I need to get back into graduate school with some money saved up. I couldn't do that and still pay off the FJ at the same time so i decided to pick up an FZJ-80. (For some reason people on here think i am an old grumpy man, hahaha, i am 26, and also the youngest moderator)

I looked for 4-5 months and finally found a near stock one i really liked.
1997 Nightshadow pearl with tan interior and 156K miles.
Front and rear lockers


I found it up near Atlanta, GA. So after some emails, phone calls, and a very nice guy over on mud (Scott) went to go take a look at it and give it a test drive, i booked my flight!!! The guy i bought it from (Roy) owns a small used car lot. He came and picked me up from the airport, about an hour later, we made a deal. Off i began on my 9.5hr drive back on July 4th. 2010. It was pretty sweet driving back and seeing all the fireworks but i did miss getting to spend it with the family.

First day home:




My dad owns an auto-upholstery shop in BR. They have a pretty large warehouse that i have access to whenever i want with a large assortment of tools, a two tower 7Klbs lift, and a place to store everything. Only downside, all of my dads cars/projects are taking up too much space, haha. In the back warehouse are: dads boat, 66 showroom floor condition Mustang, a 66 Mustang project he is building into a GT500 replica, a 70 something Mailbu he is restoring with a 454, and my brothers mint condition 85' Monte Carlo SS. My dad and brother like cars, i like 4x4s, go figure.



 

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Build up begins.
Step one: clean interior!
I started out by using a fantastic product called Malco to clean all of the leather and interior plastic. This stuff is so good that you need to only use it on a wet sponge when cleaning the leather or it will actually begin to remove some of the dye in the leather :)
The rear carpet has some stains and a very weird substance on the right rear, very gross is a good description. I was going to try and shampoo the carpet while still in the truck, i decided i would rather pull it out entirely as our carpet shampoo-er was broken, ha. This turned out to be a MUCH better idea. I pulled all of the rear carpet, removed the padding on the back side, sprayed it down with Purple Clean? Then pressure washed the snot out of it! This got all of the stains out of the carpet and returned it to a "like new" condition. I then added some new felt padding to the back side as insulation and sound deadening. I will probably go with dynamat on the rear eventually as i can get a deal through one of my dad's employees.
I may eventually go with a bedliner material for the cargo area of the truck. The main downsides i see to doing this are the heat from the exhaust with my dog in the cargo area. My dog comes with me everywhere.

I will also be re-doing the entire headliner either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Carpet out, seats still in and fender carpet still in.



Seats out and fender carpet out.





Re-padding the back of the cargo area carpeting, i did this also for the fender well carpet after i presure washed it too.



Today, Monday 7/12/2010 i finally washed it up and decided to try and see if my FJC steelies with 285 BFG AT's would fit, THEY DO. No rubbing whatesoever. I wasn't too keen on black wheels on a navy vehicle, but i think they look great after mounting them!
I just mounted my spare onto the front axle for a quick test drive down the street.
Also installed my Yellow top optima to replace the crappy battery that was in there and not holding a charge. The yellow top won't be staying in that location for very long though :)



Don't laugh at the mis-matched colored lugs haha.

 

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Step 2: order parts!

Ordered Stainless brake line set (frame to axle and axle to caliper, 7 in total) and windshield washer relocator bracket from Slee offroad. The washer relocating bracket is so that i can buy a FJ80 (91-92 year model) battery tray which is located on the passenger side of the vehicle. I will then use my DirtyParts dual battery kit to wire up dual batteries. DieHard Platinum as primary and Yellow Top Optima as auxiliary/backup.

Tomorrow i will be ordering from CruiserDan at American Toyota:
Toyota CDL (center differential locking) switch: this enables locking the center diff in 4Hi, and i will be performing the pin 7 mod which allows unlocking the center diff in 4LO. This makes turning sharp turns in 4LO MUCH easier
Toyota Hand throttle: this enables you to set any rpm rev, lock that RPM in place with this cable, and then remove your foot. Ideal for winching, jumping another vehicle, etc. also, poor man's cruise control.
FJ80 battery tray
radiator to engine heater hoses and a couple hoses on top of the valve cover as well as the PCV grommet

The previous owner "said" he took care of the pesky heater hose, PHH, but i saw a neat solution that looks to be better. Instead of just replacing the very hard to reach hose, i will replace the whole metal tubing from the heater valve all the way to the engine block down below.

I am also looking to replace the entire exhaust system.
 

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Step 3: order the fun mods!!!!

My very immediate list of things i will be adding to the FZJ-80:
The FJC steelies and 285 BFG ATs from the FJC
ARB bumper
Old Man Emu 850/863 (heavy/heavy) and new Nitrocharger Sport shocks
Safari Snorkel (of course)

After these, and soon to be ordered near after will be:
Sliders (undecided on brand yet)
LightForce Blitz 240's
Rear bumper with swing out: I like the Kaymar because of towing ability, but it's departure angle and weight are killer. I am about 90% sure i will be going with the Slee rear bumper with swing out and then will just leave my OEM hitch on underneath that. Whenever i go wheeling, i will just remove the 6 or so bolts that hold on the trailer hitch, and then be on my way.

The Slee rear bumper with Hi-lift mount.
 

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We're going to have to charge you rent for those unoccupied posts that you reserved. So, fill them up quickly with pics - pics - pics!!!! :rocker:

And, let me be the first to say how great your 80 looks!! :cheers: :cheers:
Thanks Steve! There is some more info above now ;)

What do y'all think of the steelies and BFGs?
 

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Kick a$$ !!! Layton, I've always liked the 80s and the increased room they offer. After wheeling on a Bill Burke trip with a 96 Lexus LX450 (the Lexus version) I gained even more admiration for them and, had I not just spent over three grand on suspension and rear bumper, I would have really considered buying Rockcrawler's (Terry) Lexus LX450. I will watch this build closely. :rocker:
 

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Very cool Layton! We are still several months out on picking up ours. Seems the new (to us, built in the 40's) house and shop are eating up all our money, go figure :) Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
 

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Nice man. I like the 80 series. You should rethink the rear bumper and get one of Lukes at 4x4labs. I've been driving his 80 while he does a rear end for my 4runner. Departure angle is the best out there and he's got modular attachments. I was stoked about the one he did for my FJ so I went back for the runner.
 

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Much better than the originals. Looking good! Can't wait to see what this beast looks like when you are finished with it. Then again, are we ever really finished with mods?
Mods are never done, haha.
I wasn't too big a fan of the general grabbers, although the tread pattern looks very similar to the BFG, i like the square shoulders of the BFGs.

Kick a$$ !!! Layton, I've always liked the 80s and the increased room they offer. After wheeling on a Bill Burke trip with a 96 Lexus LX450 (the Lexus version) I gained even more admiration for them and, had I not just spent over three grand on suspension and rear bumper, I would have really considered buying Rockcrawler's (Terry) Lexus LX450. I will watch this build closely. :rocker:
I am not going to lie, having 4 full windows that roll down, and the cargo area windows that slide open, is GREAT! My little golden retriever loves finally having two windows of her own to stick her head out of. Not to mention the fact that i can have 8 people in the vehicle, and the back passengers don't feel like they are in a cave that they can't see out of!

One of my favorite features is the tailgate. The upper half lifts open and the lower 1/3rd is a legit tailgate you can sit on, set tools on, set 6 packs of b.... soda on :)

Very cool Layton! We are still several months out on picking up ours. Seems the new (to us, built in the 40's) house and shop are eating up all our money, go figure :) Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
I hear ya Stan. Houses and buildings are more of money pits than vehicle! Remodeling just a kitchen can cost as much as an FJC! As soon as i get the necessities down, i will be hitting you up for some custom LCA.

Really nice Layton! I've been lusting over these as well over on mud. Keep us posted on the mods.
Thanks FJrohrs! I have always loved the body styling of the 60/80 series Land Cruisers. I was torn between an 80 and the FJC when i first bought the FJ but just wanted something new. I never really pushed it hard offroad just due to how new it was and not wanting to break things. This 80 has some small paint scratches, the paint is good, but not perfect. So trail stripes won't be so bad on this ride :)
 

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Nice man. I like the 80 series. You should rethink the rear bumper and get one of Lukes at 4x4labs. I've been driving his 80 while he does a rear end for my 4runner. Departure angle is the best out there and he's got modular attachments. I was stoked about the one he did for my FJ so I went back for the runner.
I have definitely looked at that one.
I have been studying all the features of the 4x4 labs, Kaymar, IPOR, and Slee.
The 4x4 labs does have the best departure angle due to the fact that you cut the rear crossmember, shorten the frame, and weld on a new cross member. To me this has two major pro's and cons.
Pro: better offroad
Con: worse off in a rear end collision.

With the bumper being so close to the body, in a rear end collision they will basically be hitting your tailgate as well as the bumper.

With something like the Slee or Kaymar, their is still a good 6inches or so of bumper that they would hit before getting to the body.
 

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The crossmember is integral to the bumper and is bolt-on. You're right that it relocates the xmember forward, but the bumper shell itself is angled isn't that much closer to the tailgate than others.

Anyway, just thought i'd throw it out there. Looking forward to watching your 80 build progress.
I have definitely looked at that one.
I have been studying all the features of the 4x4 labs, Kaymar, IPOR, and Slee.
The 4x4 labs does have the best departure angle due to the fact that you cut the rear crossmember, shorten the frame, and weld on a new cross member. To me this has two major pro's and cons.
Pro: better offroad
Con: worse off in a rear end collision.

With the bumper being so close to the body, in a rear end collision they will basically be hitting your tailgate as well as the bumper.

With something like the Slee or Kaymar, their is still a good 6inches or so of bumper that they would hit before getting to the body.
 

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What do y'all think of the steelies and BFGs?
I happen to like your stock wheels, I think they're some of the nicest-looking wheels that Toyota ever came out with - but I can't complain about black steelies either since that's what I have on both of my 4WD trucks now, including one with BFG KM2's. :)

Great truck Layton! You did well to get one with factory lockers.
 

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Is this a 1996 FJ-80? I owned one for over five years that looked just like yours, and it was one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. It is a TANK, and will go anywhere in comfort.

Only two downsides come to mind: 1) the gas mileage will make you appreciate the FJC's fuel consumption (figure about 10-12 mpg city driving), and 2) brakes in the FJ80 series were somewhat under-engineered - I had to have the rotors turned and pads replaced about every six months or so.

I still miss the old 80, though.....hope you enjoy yours, too!
 

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Is this a 1996 FJ-80? I owned one for over five years that looked just like yours, and it was one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. It is a TANK, and will go anywhere in comfort.

Only two downsides come to mind: 1) the gas mileage will make you appreciate the FJC's fuel consumption (figure about 10-12 mpg city driving), and 2) brakes in the FJ80 series were somewhat under-engineered - I had to have the rotors turned and pads replaced about every six months or so.

I still miss the old 80, though.....hope you enjoy yours, too!
The mileage might be a huge difference if you have a very close to stock FJC :)

Mine was getting around 16MPG haha. I got 17MPG on the way home from Georgia in the Cruiser. ONLY the LC has a 25gallon tank!!!
As soon as the stainless brake lines come in i will also bleed the brakes with some nice synthetic brake fluid.
 

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I happen to like your stock wheels, I think they're some of the nicest-looking wheels that Toyota ever came out with - but I can't complain about black steelies either since that's what I have on both of my 4WD trucks now, including one with BFG KM2's. :)

Great truck Layton! You did well to get one with factory lockers.
Lee, i 100% agree!

However, my in great shape 285s are 17inch rims and the LC are 16inch rims. So, i'd have to buy new 285/16 ATs.

I do have my offroad package wheels with the LTBs on them. I think the backspacing on these maybe a little on the small side, so i might order some spidertrax spacers to run with these wheels. I think the offroad package wheels look very similar to the LC wheels, part of the reason i bought them. :bigthumb:

I will definitely keep up with this thread more than my FJC one.
I have been PMing Jacque at TRDparts4u about the ARB, snorkel and OME lift for a little while. I am hoping i can score a combo/pickup deal on these :)
So i maybe taking another trip to dallas in a month or so.
 
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