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    Re: Sand blasting Rims

    I had Blast-Tech (http://blasttechdenver.com/) do my FJ40 tub and wheels. I was very pleased with the results and their prices we're much better compared to others.
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    Re: Suburu Forester

    I second that....463k on my 01' Tacoma 4x4 right now, original motor/never rebuilt/lots of life in it still!
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    Re: New truck

    Nice ride Brad, can't wait to see what you do with it.
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    Re: Adopt a trail report!

    My family and I tagged along with Jim's group on Barbour Forks. Beautiful weather, great scenery, and great company! Like Jeff, I too found a working Cornwell led flashlight and arrow, no luck on a...
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    Re: Jake's Intro

    Welcome......son!

    You certainly have grown-up a lot the several years and are turning into a fine young man! Glad to see you enjoy the outdoors and 4wheeling as much as I do.
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    Re: Looking thru old threads

    Family activities and work always seem to consume my time. It's probably been 1.5 years since I last wheeled. Somehow I need to find the time to get back into the hobby I enjoy so much.

    Heck, my...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Coolant system is about done, just need to install the upper and lower hoses and make some new support brackets that attach to the sides of the radiator.

    Fan shroud....
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    With the power steering complete, I moved on to the coolant system.

    I purchased a new 3 core aluminum radiator from Champion Radiators. I believe it's rated to cool up to 500HP which is more than...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Yeah, one of many of my favorite tools. It was a hand me down from my wife's grandfather when he passed away. We built a stand under it with caster wheels, much nicer to move around! It's saved me...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Steering column mounted...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Now that I was able to sit in front of the steering wheel, I've moved on to mounting the steering column. After multiple test fits with several different drivers, I settled on a 33 degree angle.
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    I still need to cap the ends and do some finish work, but it's almost complete.

    Mount with legs attached...
    Test fit....
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    I was planning on mounting the steering column next, but quickly realized that when I converted to power steering I had also lost one of my mounting points for the column. Basically what this meant...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Painted parts.....
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Next up was converting from manual to power steering. I wasn't planning on converting, but the extra FJ40 had most of the parts I'd need to complete the swap. It would have been silly to keep...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    I originally planned to have this rebuild done in a year.....ha I was so foolish to think that! I just past the two year mark last August, at this point I don't set any dates for trying to complete...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    The original tranny hump cover was mangled by the previous owner....sheet metal and rivets holding it together! It was literally just one big open hole for both shifters. I ended up grafting a...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Sandblasted and painted the stock steel wheels and wrapped them with some new 33x10.50x15 BFG KM2s. I picked up some new hubcups for the wheels, still on the fence if I want to use them or not. The...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Rather than transport the freshly painted tub back to my house, I brought the rolling chassis out to the shop. With the help of family and friends were were able to gently get it back on the frame.
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Decided to go with a PPG single stage paint. Don't recall the exact color, but it was one of the original tan colors that was on the FJ40s. I ended up with a couple of smalls runs that I should be...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Several coats of Raptor bedliner applied....
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    I heard good things about the Raptor bedliner and the price was right too. I opted to coat the inside and underside for a durable protection.

    Masking off before applying the bedliner...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    Once I got everything back from being blasted, I brought it out to my dad's shop where we would complete the body work, primer, bedliner, and paint. We probably could have had a better ventilation...
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    Re: FJ40 Project

    With the motor and tranny in place, it was time to get the tub cleaned up. The idea of sanding every nook and cranny inside and out didn't excite me too much. I decide to drop the tub, fenders,...
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    Re: R.I.P. C.R. Athey (30)

    Ugghhh...just flipped my stomach upside down. We'll miss you CR.
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