Build Thread S*** Show Sally - Toyota FJ55 by 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine

Moranton

Photographer/Media Guy
Media Partner
Jul 25, 2012
46
Vacaville, California
4WD Toyota Owner Magazine has a new long-term project, a 1973 Toyota FJ55. The goal is to take a heavy, rusted out Land Cruiser FJ55 and build it into a lightweight, hardcore rock crawler. It will be "boat sided" up to the bottom of the door hinges, rear end cut up to the bottom of the floor boards, all glass removed besides the front windshield, and have an interior/exterior roll cage with integrated roof rack. We will be updating this thread with the progress as we go.

Spec List:
Fabrication by Jim Job Industries
FJ60 axles - with RuffStuff spring over axle conversion kit
Redline Land Cruiser front bumper
Engo EPF12000S winch
Nitro Gear and Axle 5.29 ring and pion
Nitro Gear and Axle Birfields and axles
4Runner dash

When I picked her up in Washington
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RuffStuff Spring Over kit using FJ60 axles
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After Spring over lift was finished
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Spring over close up
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Cut and Turned knuckles 10*
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Moranton

Photographer/Media Guy
Media Partner
Jul 25, 2012
46
Vacaville, California
Rust that will be cut off
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Cutting off bottom of the rear quarter panel.
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Removing bottom of the rear quarter panel.
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Removing all steel metal below the rear floor.
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This is a temporary "V" to hold up the body while we remove the rear body mounts and steel metal.
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Moranton

Photographer/Media Guy
Media Partner
Jul 25, 2012
46
Vacaville, California
Cutting out front wheel well.
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We remove a lot of the paint to find all the bondo and rust.
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Cutting out inner fender well.
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Bad rear quarter panel removed to be replace by new rear quarter panel.
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Measuring how height to we are going to cut the rear quarter panel.
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woody

eternal noobie
Staff member
Oct 12, 2010
969
52
Toquerville UT
Looks like the typical rust spots...footwell is always a pain to deal with...tub understructure still functional?
 

woody

eternal noobie
Staff member
Oct 12, 2010
969
52
Toquerville UT
Gota like keeping the spring over :)

Plan is to have 'er ready for the Rubicon this summer, right? I should check dates on that...