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    FJ4overland

    So some background. My 1st 4x4 was a 1971 FJ 40 with a Ford 302 in it. It almost killed me more times than I can count... but I loved it. Enough that over the years I owned 6 more. Recently, I was simply perusing Seattle Craigslist and I found this







    to any Land Cruiser guy, they'd look at this thing and think "wow" they normally rust out at the rail under the rear doors... this one is solid.


    with that said... it will require some assembly and I think the PO liked red.


    note the cool tuck n roll roof?



    straight 6



    Honestly, I don't really have a build plan for it. Part of me wants to screw together one of my countless 350 chevy motors, slap some vortec heads on it, efi and call it a day. On the other hand, I think a 12v cummins diesel would be pretty trick in this thing or a 4bt or a Isuzu diesel.... I have a 5 speed aisin transmission from a Colorado, so I might use that behind this - that would limit power and torque to 200/300 respectively.
    For suspension. either I'll do a spring over, spring reversal and power steering addition, or I'll do a 3 bar front 3 bar rear with disconnectable sway bars and coil over springs....


    So there that is, either stupid simple or stupid expensive simple.
    Exterior... winch, 38" tires some protection like sliders... but nothing to detract from the simple lines of the FJ
    Interior - suspended seats, some dynamat and indoor outdoor carpet and a full cage.


    But as I only have the raw material - I am listening to what others think... might ignore you, but oth, you might come up with the most awesome idea ever. Lots of my builds wouldn't have happened without crowd suggestions...

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    Looks like a fun project either way! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Hummers View Post
    We know how you will be spending your spare time for awhile.
    uhhhh

    you beside the other projects that include, but are not limited to the: Land Rover, Jetta, Fiat, Buick Sedanet and Hummer... not to mention the JK Jeep and the 83 diesel truck (which thankfully doesn't need anything at the moment).

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    ...and suddenly I remember that I have a 500 ci cadillac motor without a home...

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    Better get a wheelie bar for that thing lol. But seriously talk about unique!

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    That thing would be sik with the rlrphant motor in it but a built up inline six would be light and torquey enough.....unless you want to climb sheer vertical walls with it.Lol

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    I had a 59 where I did all the tricks to it... I wasn't terribly happy with it. Offroad it did awesome, but honestly, I didn't think it did any better than before I did the mods (holley carb, header, Jacobs ignition) and climbing Mt. Rose, it was terrible - you were either wrapped out in 2nd, or chugging until it died in 3rd.

    The 500, if it fits, would be awesome. I have another set of heads for it that will raise the compression from 7.9:1 to 10.5:1 - which should make it roughly 500 hp/550 lb torque. As they say in the Bentley world - it's sufficient.... best part is they get reasonable mpg... and if I hate it, it's just a bellhousing swap away from a diesel or a sbc (I also have a 406 in the rafters). Still, the qualification "if it fits" could be its waterloo, the caddy motor is really, really wide and the FJ frame/engine compartment is really really narrow.. and I'm not going to lose the inner fenders, so we'll see on Monday when it gets here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
    uhhhh

    you beside the other projects that include, but are not limited to the: Land Rover, Jetta, Fiat, Buick Sedanet and Hummer... not to mention the JK Jeep and the 83 diesel truck (which thankfully doesn't need anything at the moment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
    ...and suddenly I remember that I have a 500 ci cadillac motor without a home...
    Ohhhh, great days with those motors
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    Keep the straight 6 thing going. 12v all the way. 5.9 is a beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halcyon00 View Post
    Keep the straight 6 thing going. 12v all the way. 5.9 is a beast.
    This will depend upon if I can find a reasonably priced one, and would also require finding a NV4500 - also, they are a long beast and I'm not modifying anything but motor mounts.... so I dunno. I could do a 4bt, but right now, I can get a 12V cheaper than a 4bt.
    The 500 is the crowd favorite - and it has more torque than the cummins, but I think it's too wide
    I also got, from the FJ40 crowd, the suggestion of a 6.5 diesel/5 speed... I have a 6.5 diesel, but honestly I think it'd cost more in parts than the cummins - and while I like detroit diesels, there's just no comparison to the cummins.
    and I have a 400 and a late model 350... I also have a SM465, but I honestly don't see the need of adding a granny gear to a vehicle that already has 4.88 gearing.
    decisions, decisions, decisions.

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    and it comes home
    Regis, watching carefully


    warn winch... overheated...


    note the brake lights are on? that's Buick sleeping on the brake pedals... both lights work, this is good


    sad former owner


    on the trailer, ready to go



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    oh so tempting

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    Do it!


 

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