I have been building cars most of my life. I still take on a project with the intent to make everything look and perform well. The engine has more power than you will ever need and the 4 wheel drive climbs like a mule. Even though the engine has been upgraded it still performs and drives like a Toyota FJ40. The enjoyment for me is in the build with my friend and the finish product. This is priced well under the value and the price is equivalent to the work done without the thousands of hours of labor. I have all photos from start to finish and all receipts no BS here.
Frame off restoration completed within the last 3 months. This was a 2 year build. The frame was sand blasted and powder coated and the body was bead blasted with little to no rust was exposed. The front and rear differentials were inspected and parts replaced as needed and repainted. The all new manual brake system was replaced from the brake clips and brake lines, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, brake shoes etc. The original 3 speed transmission and transfer case were inspected and repairs and adjustments were made as needed. All U joints were replaced new, differential seals were replaced as needed.
ENGINE: V8 Ford 302 5.0 out of a 1968 Mustang was fully rebuilt crankshaft up to include all caskets, heads, valves, lifters, seals with RV Cam with only 250 miles on it since built and headers, 3 inch exhaust, all new hoses and wires, 650 Edelbrock carburator, Billet pullies, new hot electronic ignition, high volume aluminum radiator with electric fan, no shortcuts. New heavy duty clutch, new pressure plate, fly wheel and throw out bearing and hydraulic cylinder.
SUSPENSION: Original Toyota suspension, refurbished, inspected and repaired as needed, with new SkyJacker shocks, all tie rod bushings replaced and any and all seals as needed.
Custom front and rear bumpers out of 10 guage steel. Front bumper has built-in tow bar hitch, with removable towable, new 9000 lb winch with remote control, 4X4 LED heavy duty running lights and 6 inch LED headlight, new front turn signals, 1983 Toyota rear tail lights built into the custom bumper with no wires exposed and two 2x2 LED lights back up under bumper.
BODY: Interior black LINEX, new fuel tank, original Toyota steering wheel with horn cap and horn, new windshield wiper motor, new side mirrors, new window rubbers, new hinges, new hood tie downs, all original details in the cab: stickers, ash tray, glove box, knobs, new emblems, refurbished running boards, roll bar, new upholstered seats, no rear seats, body painted in dark metallic silver with 3 coats of clear, under chassis sprayed with 3 coats of 3M undercoating wheel wells and body only, also comes with a new BEST soft top with canvas half doors in black as well as 2 full metal doors with all new rattles and weather stripping and rebuilt internal parts and new glass. New black seat belts, original gauges refurbished, new transfer case hydraulic clutch, fully rebuilt emergency brake. 80% stainless steel hardware, rebuilt heater and blower
Rear spare tire door with spare, rim and cover, not matching. The whole vehicle rolls on 4 BF Goodrich 31x15x8 all terrain tires on 4 new polished aluminum custom wheels with new lug nuts.
Mecum Auctions returns to Glendale, Arizona, for the second time March 11-14, with an expected 1,500 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles crossing the block at State Farm Stadium, the huge arena where the Arizona Cardinals play in the National Football League. New for this year is the addition of the Sunset Sessions Food and Music Festival […]
Jeff Boone was 11 years old when his grandfather gifted him a 1936 Ford. That was in 1973. This past weekend, the car won Custom d’Elegance honors at the Sacramento Autorama at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. The show, which has been running for 70 years, gives its top honors, the Custom d’Elegance award, to the […]
The popularity of vintage GM pickup trucks with restorers and restro-modders has led Classic Industries to produce reproduction seat belts for those 1967-1972 Chevrolet and GMC pickups. “Each seat belt features a quality ABS housing, original style webbed design belt, and factory correct patterned stitching,” the Huntington Beach, California, company says in its new parts […]
When it comes to vintage American motorcycles, there’s not much cooler than a full-fendered 1947 Indian Chief attached to a full-fendered Indian sidecar. The Pick of the Day is a “Sidecar Chief” in apparently immaculate condition, with matching numbers and coming out of long-term ownership by a committed rider who “sourced and loved and restored […]
I used to love going to Cars and Coffee in Irvine, California. The operative words are “USED TO.” Before his death a few years ago, my friend, Formula 5000, IMSA and Trans-Am champion Tony ‘a2z’ Adamowicz and I would go together and hang out – running into guys like Dan Gurney, Jay Leno and so […]
Renowned race driver, team owner and business leader Roger Penske, the official honoree of the 25th anniversary Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 8, will be recognized with a number of special features during the premier Florida event. Chief among them will be a class of Penske Indy Winners made up of five Indianapolis 500-winning […]
We recently reported on the collector car community being called to action. Well, the calls continue: There has been some fine print in the Kansas regulations regarding vintage vehicles that states that any modifications made to a vehicle more than 35 years old can violate the owner’s right to an antique license plate. “The vast […]
There is something magical about a V12 engine. They are under the hoods of some of the most-exclusive high-performance cars in the world. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin. The sound of a V12 engine is unlike any other engine type, with a turbine-like whirr that is absolutely addicting. There is a downside with a […]
Historic Benz motorcars dating back to the 19th Century will be presented during Bonhams’ collector car sale on Amelia Island, Florida, on March 5. These are among 20 vintage German vehicles from the estate of California collector Gerhard Schnuerer that will be offered at the auction. The earliest automobile in the sale is a true […]
Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car, a 1967 MGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive […]