Part 4: Bolting together driveline and body parts
Getting to the final stages, our Project FJ45 is starting to look like the Toyota we had envisioned. From the power-steering setup (June '99) to the beefed-up pumpkins (July '99), cantilever shackles, and shortened bed (Sept. '99), we're now ready to get the body and powertrain put together.
Downey decided to use a factory straight-six from an FJ60, build an adapter setup to hold a 700-R4, then show off the package (at this point) in all its midsummer soft-top glory. However, this installment will focus on the mechanicals of the project, whereas our wrap-up trail-test episode (next time) will go deeper into interior detail.
From the beginning, we've focused on cleaning and improving our Toyota FJ to make it a force to reckon with on any extreme boulder-bashing trail. Our heavy-duty front and rear dual-pivot shackles should make this an axle travel champ. We'll find out in our next episode.