Hey! thought id do a lil update for TurkeyDay Covid Edition
haven't done much wild stuff, busy Summer working way too much for way too little.😅 cleaning things up, acquiring parts for bigger things.
Picked up a Fr/Rr axle set off the FJ80.
Rear full floater/disk axle for a wicked good price, but has tons of rust on it.... big cleanup required, thank god for Evaporust and grinders😂😂 It cleaned up well, OEM brackets all cleaned off and axle housing is now treated with Rust converter (VHT)!!
the FJ80 front- super clean. Now i just need to pick up the Hellfire Knuckles and grind off a bunch of OEM brackets.
Once i have that dialed, then i swap in Full Hydro Steering to ditch the manual non. Still figuring that one out, as i have 3 not eh tree trans shifting, and when i swap to PS i will possibly have to swap out the Steering column.
Still deciding if its getting linked or Shackle reversal using FJ60 springs. Regardless i will be stretching the WB out as far as possible while still retaining my stock rear taillight location. (cuz i like its vintage look)
Winter has arrived here in the Sierra. Got snow on the ground and its cold as F***!
Been working on straightening up the body and getting weatherproof. Behind schedule a bit but..... have a fresh and straight windshield frame, windshield, Hood, front Apron/grill almost set to reinstall. As well as some other goods.
Got a bit jiggy on the yellow paint once i started exploring the idea of exposing the OG Spring Green that was covered by a few layers of other colors-- Fugly Yellow being my least fav!!. Realized the condition was dire, and removing any bondo i began building a CAMO pattern that almost looked good, and certainly FUNKY. Kinda liking it and may leave the tub in camo till i can afford the time/money to do something better (which includes replacement Heavy plate rear Quarter panels- not diamond plate scab plates
Also replacing these sweet seats with a set of Mastercraft Baja RS reclining seats in front. Heated of course
and swapping in a rear bench bc the jump seats are just not practical or safe for actual wheeling or touring. As sad as that may be!!!
these are VERY cool though!!
pic of my addiction
the struggle is real