This is beautifully restored 1976 FJ40 that tookthe better part of 15 months to complete and appraised at over $80,000. Ipurchased it un-restored in Nogales, AZ where it at served duty for over decadeon cattle ranch. The previous owner said this had always been southern AZvehicle. It had absolutely no rust on it anywhere and that’s why purchasedit. Even the frame rails and underside had no flaking or rust and were bonedry. It was in running/roadworthy condition and was driven from Nogales to myhome in north Phoenix without issue, albeit painfully slowly, as these are nothighway cruisers. My intent was to purchase and restore one to showroomcondition and this project got whatever it needed.Camelback Toyota in Phoenix did the brunt of therestoration. did the tear down and some of the final trim and interior finishbut they did all the mechanical, electrical, and body work.This list of items replaced is too numerous todetail but I’d be happy to share the receipts from Cruiser Corps and othersuppliers with the buyer. Only OEM parts were used. Here’s list of the majoritems done:BodyPainted Freeborn Red/Cygnus White, its originalcolours.All door latches/strikes replacedAmbulance door handles replaced inside and outFront bumper replacedFront bumper gussets added (missing)Rear bumperettes added (these were missing)Side mirrors addedWindshield replacedWiper motor, mechanism, and cover replacedHood windshield hooks and cushions replacedHood latches replacedAll emblems replacedFront turn signals replacedRear turn signal lenses replacedRear side marker replaced.License plate light hoods and assembly replaced.Door limiters replacedDriver and passenger doors replaced with perfectdonor ones from Nevada (mine had been warped/twisted enough to cause misalignment).There is tiny dent from the inside out right above the driver lockset that happened when was using screwdriver to tapout the door lock cylinder retention clip.You have to look hard to find it. could have killed myself when thescrew driver slipped. Almost cried. Camelback had put on the Nevada doors andlock cylinders. had wanted them to put on the original lock cylinders sincethe keys matched. was taking out the cylinders they put in and putting in thecorrect, original ones. All door, all window, lower tub to upper tub, androof seals replaced Window felt channels and felt surround channelsreplaced Kick vent doors/springs replacedSpare tire carrier hinge bushings customfabricated from brass, but not before putting few miles on it and having itbounce around and friction. Hence, you’ll notice some paint damage on the latchmount receiver. This can’t be seen when the carriers is in the closed positionand it no longer frictions with the new brass bushings. If kept the vehicle,I’d coat this piece in Rhino liner. All door hinges and hood hinges replaced Door lock gaskets replaced Ambulance door lock replaced Apron bib hinge holes were filled in by the bodyshop before was able to source bib hinge so that is missing, as FJ40 puristwould notice in an instant. Running board Rhino-lined (I know, loseconcours points for this but painting them as per the factory and then steppingall over them made no sense to me). The vehicle had been painted (poorly) oncebefore (perhaps more than once, I’ll never know). When Camelback stripped thetub, the found evidence of previous repair to the RR corner. It had beenrepaired well and but Camelback had taken everything down to bare metal again. All new nuts ad bolts using bolt kits from CruiserCorps were used throughout. The underside was painted with POR15 rust inhibitorcoating and then sprayed with 3M Ultra Shutz rubberized corrosion protectioncoating. InteriorIt had seats from GMC product with customfabricated rails. took these out, obviously, and sourced factory low-backseats intending to re-upholster those. But since those didn’t have anadjustable rail, in the end, opted for Bestop high-back seats, reclining andsliding, from Cool Cruisers of Texas (CCOT).3 point shoulder belts from CCOT added.Jump seats upholstered, including new padding,to match Bestop seats. Retention straps added. Driver side doesn’t have footpegs mounted yet (as you might have noticed in the pictures). have the twofoot pegs for that side and the other side already has them mounted).Jump seat frames were powder-coated.The roll cage is fine but wish had had itpowder coated, too. It was not refinished but had been covered in foam andwrapped in electrical tape somewhere in its history!Centre console added.Steering wheel centre logo button painstakingly hunteddown and added (previously missing).Steering wheel professionally restored to betterthan original fellow who specializes in restoring bakelite wheels. $900 wellspent dollars to finish off the interior properly.Steering wheel cover replaced.Turn signal assembly replaced.Heater lever knob replaced after year hunt!Heater duct work was missing and replaced (withused ones as new ones are not to be had).Upper dash pad and knobs replaced.All knobs replaced where possible (these areexceptionally hard to find so there’s mix of new ones and the original ones).Radio cutout had been widened over the years foran aftermarket stereo. had it filled in with steel piece. In the course offinishing that, Camelback filled in one of the holes for the lower dash padpins. have the lower dash pad for the right side of the steering column but thefilled-in hole needs to be drilled out again).Instrument cluster replaced with brand new onein metric. had intended to use the vehicle in Canada (where live) forSunday cruises. That’s why the odometer shows under 400km. have the originalcluster. It showed 65xxx miles which is likely 165xxx, given the shape of thebody and drive train when bought it.You’ll notice two rocker switches on the dashphotos. This is wiring for heated seats which was on the agenda once but wentout the window when the Bestop seats were decided upon. The wiring is tucked upon the dash for whatever purposes you might have for additional switches.The glove box door was replaced and painted to match cluster as someone haddrilled hole and mounted lock. kept the original 4WD instruction plaque.Ashtray and face plate replaced and painted to match cluster.Shift knob, transfer case shift knob, andshift boot replaced.Rear view mirror replaced.Visors and headliner replaced.Proper, factory dome light addedGas tank and rear heater painted.Door panels replaced.Entire tub Rhino-lined.DrivetrainPulled out entirely and given the once over.Old Man Emu 2” Dakar lift including shocks andshackles added to prevent the rear-end sag these vehicles had.This included the steering damper.Clutch slave/master replaced.Brake drums/cylinders and all brake lines replaced.Tie-rod ends replaced.Hubs rebuilt just in case.Steering rack rebuilt.It now doesn’t have the road wonder it used to!EngineWater pump and thermostat, alternator, starterreplaced.Carb rebuilt.Radiator replaced.Valve cover polished.Firewall grommets replaced.Heater control valve replaced.Engine gasket kit installed.Washer jet nozzle, pump, and reservoir replaced.All electrical hacking over the years wasremoved and corrected. must have pulled out 400ft of speaker and CB radiowiring myself!The only ‘ugly’ in the engine is the ignitioncoil. Camelback tried to put in electronic ignition but that didn’t pan outwith what they had so the reverted to the original configuration but needed acoil. They sourced rusty one that needs refinishing.Camelback estimated that the engine had beenrebuilt 5000 miles or less before got it so the lower engine wasn’t rebuilt.The valve train was rebuilt.New custom bent exhaust and hangers frommanifold back.New Toyota battery, of course. OverallNo expense was spared restoring this rig. I’m aLand Cruiser aficionado and had wanted FJ40 for some time and to restore itto showroom condition. It’s an excellent restoration but it’s not museumquality but it’s darn close. Everything works on it and nothing leaks. It’s inperfect running order. In my opinion, there are two types of car owners:drivers and curators. I’m curator. drive my cars sparingly and carefully.With few more cars in the stable now, I’ve run out of space and this vehicleit’s too nice to store outdoors, even under cover. It’s never been rained on ordriven in the rain since it was put back into service in July 2015.More pictures can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s476e9tdhbg0iog/AADYWfVlXxhql4uOPTYcxrb5a?dl=0We split our time between Phoenix and Edmonton,Alberta. exported it from the US and shipped it to Canada in July of 2015. Itcan be repatriated to the US without any issues. can assist the buyer withtransportation arrangements.Thanks for looking.
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