Project” I should probably get a girlfriend”

Have you ever purchased a ‘Used’ item and wondered about its history ?

  • Who had it ?
  • How did they use it ?
  • Why did they get rid of it ?

If you buy a used vehicle – you can ask the owner about the vehicles history, and / or purchase the vehicle history report (e.g. CarFax) that includes accident and repair notes. 

The title of this post “Project” I should probably get a girlfriend” and the text below were written by the previous owner of a vehicle I now own. The previous owner “crawlin cruiser” had purchased the 1973 FJ55 Toyota Landcruiser and described the restoration and rebuild on the ih8mud forum (https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/project-i-should-probably-get-a-girlfriend.401231/) (July 23, 2010 – Sept 26,2018).

I have copied and condensed the text from the link above, and in bold some unique sections.

 

Project” I should probably get a girlfriend”          

 

Jul 22, 2010                                                        

I already have an fj40 buggy, a nice hj61 as a dd, my dodge cummins tow rig and now this……….

 

1973 FJ55

Purchased from previous owner in Keremeos, B.C.

 

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Those are the pics from last summer when I picked it up.

 

It has sat in my yard till yesterday when I started work

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Plans are

soa with lockers

ps(saginaw)

35s

might use my sm420 out of my buggy when I install my stak

 

and yes those ARE fj55 bushings

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For the steering I was just going with what I have and what i know. personally I think 60 series boxes suck the big one anyways. never used a scout though?

thnaks, the po did the turn signals. guess it works? this truck is all go no show good from far far from good. paint is done,

I actually bought a set of soa axles about two months ago dirt cheap. rear even has a locker . cut the old ones out, bolt the new ones in. done. I do need to add a set of ford towers though  

 

Aug 10, 2010

Paint finished and it drives.

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There are still rust issues in the rockers, rear fender lips and rear quarters but overall for what i have into it(which isnt very much) im a happy guy.

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Any pics of the headliner. This looks interesting to me.        

i don’t think its stock. It looks good though

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Curtains !!                                                                            

Weird… What the heck is that headliner made of? Are those indentions where it screws in?

curtains= shagin wagin!

Wow. I’m surprised I didn’t think of that. I’m actually kind of bummed I didn’t think of that….

Sign you are getting old…

Curtains was one of my first up grades when I got my cruiser … I took them out! Of course mine didn’t look that good. They were 1970’s bandana red looking weirdness.

I have no idea how its held up. but its soft foam with the liner over top. if I flip the truck over it would be a great place to sleep.

 

Dec 25, 2010

Well guys,

This project has taken a turn for the worst

Project” i should probably get a girlfriend” turned into “wholy fxxx, I landed a smoken hot redhead”

 

Lets just say progress has been slow.  I have stared on the rust repair, and ps.

Dec 26, 2010

Teaser of this weeks project

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 Grinding, cutting, torching,welding…….. repeat x100

Jan 28, 2011

New rocker, floor, body mount           

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Tech question, what is the relation of a pitman arms lenth to its “home” steering box? I got a scout box as Jon sugested, but the arm is about 10″ !! i have shorted steering arms for saginaw boxes… what will this do to the steering raito?

I had no idea that you were this cool. Where did you find the 55?        

I’m soo cool….. I can have a project in every section (IH8MUD forums)

 

Jul 17, 2011

Long time no update. Finished off all the little stuff. took the swiss cheese passenger fender and gave it new steel.

Shotty fender repair

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Jul 17, 2011

Finished product?.  I doubt it

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Jul 23, 2011

Few more little additions. I got the roof rack on, stereo installed and even got the tires ballanced 

 

Aug 1, 2011

Shot of the truck at the lake with the rack

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Jan 19, 2016

Well guys…. Time to dig this pig out of its ice sarcophagus and do some fixin. A bit of cosmetic, got the brass gear for the window. And a few small mechanical mods she will be as good as new!

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Has it been sitting there since 2011?

No not at all. Only about a year. Only reason I parked it is because the clutch is gone. So instead of a clutch job it’s getting an sm420 with an EBI adapter kit

                                  

Clutch,trans,transfer. Front shocks. New hood Window gear

And probably a bunch of other crap while its in the shop haha.

Jan 23, 2016

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Jan 24, 2016 

GUESS GIRL FRIEND THING DIDNT WORK        

Sure did, getting married this summer. And she let me build this

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Jan 27, 2016                               

A couple wheeling pics to keep you interested while I wait for parts         

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Jan 28, 2016

So after pulling the 4spd and transfer I found out my truck actually has an f engine. Now I know why it’s so slow haha. Has anyone put the 10 spline chev disc in the f clutch?? I’ve only done it on 2f components. Just wondering differance and whatnot.

 

Jan 31, 2016                                                          

Well The chev disc fits in the f flywheel but I don’t know how I feel about the old Style pressure plate. I think I’m just gonna tear into another parts truck and grab the 2fbits needed               

 

Feb 19, 2016

Hey guys I’m still having clutch problems. I’ve got ll my 2f bits on the f engine but I have 2 different throw out bearing hubs. One has a 1 3/4 for the bearing and one is 2″. Both came off 4 spds. Does it matter what one I use??

 

Feb 19, 2016

This part of the clutch fork assembly should determine which bearing.

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Sep 25, 2016       

Not too much to report.. Sm420 swap worked out great. Drives good. Replaced the drivers door. But back in he shop right now for more body work. Just out for a Little rip at the river behind the farm!

                       

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I’m also on the look out for a good drivers fender and affront rad support. Mine is beyond fixing

                       

 

             

 

“Study Hard – Or you will be a Mechanic”

In the early 1980’s I was a young kid in high school. I certainly wasn’t at the top of the class, and the kids with lower grades were typically directed by school administration to auto mechanics.  My Dad, as most parents do, was hoping to motivate me to work harder, get higher grades and pursue a career path other than auto mechanics.

He was geophysicist working at the Geological Survey of Canada, and a Adjunct Professor at the Ecole polytechnique in Montreal. My Dad could also fix cars – sort of.  We had several old beaters, a couple of which were destined for the scrap heap by the time we were done with them.  For him – fixing a car was more out of necessity than pleasure. One car had a massive hole in floor at the back seat. My brother and i would sharpen sticks on the pavement while my Dad dove us to school.

My brother is also pretty smart, so there was no need for Dad to give him a “pep talk”. But me – well, I sometimes needed a bit of extra motivation.  I remember my Dad saying “Study Hard – Or you will be a Mechanic” .  Not sure if that particularly motivated me, though i did graduate high school, and went on to get a Bachelors degree and Masters degree. 

And now now i am closer to the tail end of my career, and also a parent trying to motivate my own kids, i find myself more and more drawn to auto mechanics.  It is mostly for pleasure as long as I am able to keep at least one of the fleet in operating condition. Safety in numbers doesn’t always go in my favour…

Most interesting, the vehicles that I am most drawn to now were new back when i was a young kid in high school. !!  Yes – these vehicles are really…really old ;>.  Actually, one is nearly as old as I am, and that is more that half a century old.

 

Taking apart the Tacoma. What better way to learn how the pieces go together.

Taking apart one of my favourites – 1980’s vintage Toyota Land cruiser.

Obviously, I don’t say to my kids….”Study Hard – Or you will be a Mechanic”

My Daughter spinning the lug nuts putting on the winter tires.