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Mike's 78FJ40 Build Thread

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This thread is more of a way for me to keep track of what I have done to the 40 and what I want to do to the 40.

So, without further adieu.......

How she sits today 4/18/13:

Her name is Hachi. This is how she looked the day I got her from Brian, a fellow BSLCA member.

First ride I took her on was at The Devil's Backbone in Crossroads, Ms. Damn, those springs are tight!! That was a rough ride.

Brian and the PO's had already done many of the upgrades I would have wanted to do.

From one of Brian's For Sale threads on what was previously done:

The PO was a TLCA member and a friend of some BSLCA members, who also helped build it around 99 - 2000. They did a frame off resto and added the crate 350 from Summit at that time.

- 350SBC conversion using the AA bellhousing
- AA Twin stick kit
- custom covered yellow/black 40 seats
- stock front disc brakes and rear disc conversion from a Monte Carlo (I think)
- saginaw power steering
- 33" BFG MTs (5) with 80% tread
- custom rear swingout bumper w/ tire carrier
- h**p bench seat in back w/ shoulder belts from a Montero
- 2 1/2" lift springs
- 1 1/2" body lift
- stock 4 speed tranny w/ 3 spd transfer case
- Tuffy center console
- STOUT pipe bumper and rock sliders (more like rock crushers)
- custom aluminum dash cluster
- Inside of tub is completely rhino lined
- Aussie locker installed in the rear
- Installed rebuilt Quadrajet carb, new plugs and wires
- Installed new shocks front / Rancho and rear / Edlebrock

But, as I had told Brian when I bought her, I planned to take her to the next level. So, since this is really going to be a trail-only rig and ride-around-town-on-sunny-days rig, there was no need for the hard doors. I was able to find a set of RedLine tube doors from another MUD member who had them sitting around in his garage. I sanded, primed and painted them satin black. Now I am getting to more of the look I want.

No pictures but then I added a Uniden CB with a Firestick antenna for on the trails. Around the same time I also added an Alpine CD / MP3 stereo with a USB jack in the face so I can just load MP3's on a jump drive and play them through the Alpine. This way I don't have to bring my iPod on the trails. Works GREAT! The Alpine is mounted in the Tuffy center console and the CB is mounted in the dash where the OEM stereo went. I mounted some old surround sound speakers I had laying around to the roll bar. I plan to add a switch so that I can use the stereo speakers as external speakers for the CB.

Next, the springs were too stiff for my liking. So, when Larry offered up his 4" Skyjacker springs, I bought them. The BSLCA guys on the eastern side of the state got together one night to help me swap the springs.

Old springs:

New springs:

Not much of a difference in height but what a difference in the ride. Here's all the cruisers we had in the shop at Deryl's that night.

Had to test them out on the trails. This was at Paradise for the Hero Hustle ride.

I was having some overheating issues so I bought and installed a 3 core aluminum radiator from Champion Radiators. I also changed out the thermostat at that time. Good thing as someone had installed the wrong one for a Chevy 350. No more heat problems.

Next up, I had to test things out again and what better place to do that than Superlift for the SCC '10.

Had lots of fun there but just to be sure, I had to test things out again at Sicily Island.....



Flexing the other side......
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looking good mike! can't wait to see it all finished
Got the Rock Tactics bumper / Deep South Fab stinger / Metal Tech nose guard painted and re-mounted. I really like the look and feel of this one. The guys at Rock Tactics are top notch.

IPOR belly skid, front / rear diff skids. Front is coming off tomorrow to see if I can fix the leak. :mecry:

New speakers in 6" KC light housings......

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Thanks. It's pretty stout and I really like the way it came out.
such a sexy FJ40!
Thanks for the compliment.
I like it. Nice job. Really Cool!!! The gas cans on the rear say to me, "I'm headed out, don't know when the hell I'll be back!!!" And dig the doors.
Did he sell this?
Did I sell what?? The FJ40?? They'll have to pry it out of my cold dead hands......unless someone wants to offer me $20k. :wink

I like it. Nice job. Really Cool!!! The gas cans on the rear say to me, "I'm headed out, don't know when the hell I'll be back!!!" And dig the doors.
Thanks. And actually, the gas cans are because I can't get very far with that SBC in it. Gets about 10mpg cause it's hard to keep your foot out of the skinny pedal when you drive it. :grin
sweet 40 ... nice work ... :cheers:
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I beat on it, broke stuff, fixed it and repeated the process a couple times. :D

Other than that not much has changed. As a matter of fact, at Mardi Krawl I somehow shattered the end of the e-brake cover that slides over the t-case output shaft and it was leaking fluid pretty bad. I fixed it, went to the Lone Star Jamboree the weekend after I got it fixed and it's leaking badly again. I just haven't pulled it apart again to see what's going on. :domotwak:
Nothing a glob of FIPG can't fix...
I put one glob in when I put it back together a few weeks ago. I guess I need to use bigger globs next time.
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