After years of playing with Toyotas I finally decided it was time for a cruiser. I've been a fan of 40's since before I got my license and have always wanted one. I wanted something that I could tinker with and continue to use my Tacoma http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...xtra-cab-build as daily driver.
I started looking around this winter for a project rig with the following criteria.
- Needed to carry passengers
- Could be made reliable
- Did not need an engine swap or frame off (due to moving too frequently/lack of space)
- Needed to have a classic look/feel
- Needed to be a Cruiser
This list led me to the FJ60/62 platform (sorry future 40, I will find time for you some day). After scouring the web for information on the platform I started my search. I talked to a few of my coworkers who have 40's, 60's, 62's and FJ's and ended up deciding on a 62 due to the fuel injection, gearing and I kind of dig the square lights on a square body. Then the search picked up, I stumbled across "the Tractor." I drove up to Bellingham to look at it (80mi North of where I live). It looked good, but the price was too rick for my blood. So I posted up on Ih8mud for advice and continued the search. Turns out the rig had a long life on the forum already. I got in contact with a friend of the original owner, found out a bunch of good info and decided it was the right rig. So I low balled the owner based on the info I had and what it needed to have done. After that, the rest was history.
Here is a list of the mods it came with:
- 2.5" HFS Lift (very saggy)
- 33 BFG AT's
- ARB Sahara Bull Bar
- Warn 9k winch
- Home Made Rear Tire Carrier
- Electric Fan (converted back to factory by me)
- Hella 500ff lights
- Cobra CB
- Window tint
- Lots of "character"