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Old 01-17-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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UPDATED W/ PICS Girlfriend looking at an FJ40..Advice from someone who knows them.

She wants an FJ 40...bad....she found one locally for $2200 OBO. Its a '69 FJ40 w/ the 6 cylinder and 3 speed gearbox.

The guy says it runs and drives fine..but the brakes are shot (no details). It looks a tiny bit rust in the the pics, its missing the doors.

Owner says he just did plugs/wires/cap, etc...

Has 35'' BFG AT's

What are some things we need to look out for when we go see it?

I know i am going to check closely for rust, especially on the frame.

If the motor runs/sounds good and if it drives good, no bad rust on frame, etc...she is going to offer him $1700 cash. Its going to be a fix up project of ours

Anything specific we should look out for?
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ask her to marry you first...
FJ40!! the girl wants one!?!?
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FJ40!! the girl wants one!?!?
yeah, she is fucking awesome.

Marriage...maybe one day. She doesn't care for getting married.
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If it's that cheap it's probably got some problems. Should be a fun (expensive) project though.
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She wants an FJ 40...bad....she found one locally for $2200 OBO. Its a '69 FJ40 w/ the 6 cylinder and 3 speed gearbox.

The guy says it runs and drives fine..but the brakes are shot (no details). It looks a tiny bit rust in the the pics, its missing the doors.

Owner says he just did plugs/wires/cap, etc...

Has 35'' BFG AT's

What are some things we need to look out for when we go see it?

I know i am going to check closely for rust, especially on the frame.

If the motor runs/sounds good and if it drives good, no bad rust on frame, etc...she is going to offer him $1700 cash. Its going to be a fix up project of ours

Anything specific we should look out for?
a woman who wants that... you sir have great taste in women..
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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If it's that cheap it's probably got some problems. Should be a fun (expensive) project though.
The guy said he bought it to do a project and he lost the drive to do it.
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make sure the transfer case works well id say, no leaks, if possible check the diff fluids, go over it well. for the price it doesnt sound bad, but id hate to buy somethin then find a couple major issues
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Maybe you should give us the sellers info, that way one of us can go check it out for you

You can PM me the info, I'll make sure its a decent deal.
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Maybe you should give us the sellers info, that way one of us can go check it out for you

You can PM me the info, I'll make sure its a decent deal.
you wanna drive 2500 miles?




thanks for the tips guys

I'll get pics of it when we go.
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$2200 will need work. Never seen one that cheap that doesnt need a lot of work. Better to spend few thousand more and get one that already has a clean 350 swap done.
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$2200 will need work. Never seen one that cheap that doesnt need a lot of work. Better to spend few thousand more and get one that already has a clean 350 swap done.
Why a 350 swap?

Are the original straight 6's not good motors?

I/She would never put a GM motor in this thing.

It would stay toyota.
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Why a 350 swap?

Are the original straight 6's not good motors?

I/She would never put a GM motor in this thing.

It would stay toyota.
It's a HEAVY low powered 6cyl. That's why 350's are the way to go. Cheap HP, parts are everywhere, and it could potentially give better MPG than the old 6.


We also need to see pics of your gf, that way we'll know what she looks like when we get to vote for her to be a saint...
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It's a HEAVY low powered 6cyl. That's why 350's are the way to go. Cheap HP, parts are everywhere, and it could potentially give better MPG than the old 6.


We also need to see pics of your gf, that way we'll know what she looks like when we get to vote for her to be a saint...
Exactly. Not to mention the 3speed is a turd to drive on the street. No one leaves the straight six in these things unless you're going for an all original show type FJ40. You could go with a better toyota motor, but you will spend a ton more doing it. 350s are cheap and the adapters to install them are widely available. 350, 700R4 and the original T-case is the best combo.
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Why did this get moved to FJ Cruiser forum? Shes asking about FJ40.. not FJ Cruiser.
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Why does she want one of those ? Is she going to restore/ build it ?
Yes, its going to be a restore project for us...albeit a slow but steady one.

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It's a HEAVY low powered 6cyl. That's why 350's are the way to go. Cheap HP, parts are everywhere, and it could potentially give better MPG than the old 6.


We also need to see pics of your gf, that way we'll know what she looks like when we get to vote for her to be a saint...
Thanks for the info...But if the motor runs good we will keep it for now...maybe swap in something bigger/better in the future.

And there are pics of her in the UG

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Exactly. Not to mention the 3speed is a turd to drive on the street. No one leaves the straight six in these things unless you're going for an all original show type FJ40. You could go with a better toyota motor, but you will spend a ton more doing it. 350s are cheap and the adapters to install them are widely available. 350, 700R4 and the original T-case is the best combo.
thanks for info

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Why did this get moved to FJ Cruiser forum? Shes asking about FJ40.. not FJ Cruiser.
Good question...I put it in the general auto section for a reason
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yeah, she is fucking awesome.

Marriage...maybe one day. She doesn't care for getting married.

One question, does she have a sister?

Good luck with FJ40 acquision/project.
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