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1965 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 45 - Project FJ-Hybrid - Part III

Posted in Project Vehicles on August 11, 2004 Comment (0)
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Although this isn't a photo of the finished rolling chassis, it gives you a taste of the quality standard we hope to continue. These upgrades-shocks, shackles, and disc brakes-should make for an impressive combination. We'll have more in our next installment.

When we last left our Toyota project, a mid-'60s FJ45 shortbed, we had just finished swapping in power steering (June '99) along with new gears, front brakes, and ARBs (July '99). Now, we're in the final stages of transforming our classic (read: very tired) import into a reconditioned, muscle-flexing masterpiece.

From the outset, we've wanted to take the advantages of the longer wheelbase of the 45 but do some improving on the departure angle. Some trimming of the bed and rear framerails proved not an easy task but well worth the effort. With a new suspension and shock setup in the works, we needed to take all the measurements for new spring mounts and attach points. With that behind us, we had the frame blasted, shot, and sprayed, and we got spectacular results. With all the parts prepped, all we had to do was start bolting together springs, axles, shackles, and brakes.

For the most part, there were no surprises, except for the interesting shackles we have lined up for our project. Basically, it's a cantilever setup, practically able to leap tall buildings in a single theory. We'll be watching it on the trail (and even its road manners) in a future episode. Here we go.

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— Project FJ-Hybrid - Part I
— Project FJ-Hybrid - Part II
— Project FJ-Hybrid - Part IV


Downey Off-Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-3221


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