Category Archives: FJ Cruiser

Finally getting primed

DSCF0333DSCF0315DSCF0316DSCF0313DSCF0314DSCF0322DSCF0323DSCF0324DSCF0346DSCF0345DSCF0340We have been steadily plugging along on the FJ over the past couple of weeks and here is where we stand on it. The rain gutters have been stripped and cleaned out. A nice coat of epoxy was applied to the gutters followed by a flowable seam sealer. They really look nice and smooth now. Jordan also worked pretty diligently on sanding the nooks and crannies. It seemed like every time it was ready for primer another spot was found that needed attention. Cole prepped the under side and the top side of the hood today and with a little luck, we may start spraying some parts next week. We do have the body ready for primer now and It will go into the booth first thing Monday morning.


DSCF9971DSCF9973DSCF9972Getting a little work done here on the FJ today. The wheel arch was pretty rusty when we started this restoration but now all that has been replaced with new metal. Here you can see the body work going back into that to make sure the finished product looks smooth and straight. We will continue to work our way around the FJ getting each panel ready for paint. Stay tuned. This one will be pretty cool.

Vandalism victim

DSCF9571DSCF9572DSCF9573DSCF9576DSCF9577DSCF9578DSCF9581DSCF9580The owner of the FJ was out for dinner last week and the way home was the victim of vandalism. Its believed that a handful of rocks were thrown from someone off the side of the highway and hit the vehicle as she was driving. There are several rock chips in the windshield and hood that have to be repaired and a new windshield is on tap for tomorrow. Here you can see we did go ahead with the body repairs as well as getting them painted. Reassembly and new windshield happens tomorrow.


DSCF9509DSCF9508DSCF9511DSCF9510DSCF9512The FJ Cruiser was revamped in 2007 to compete against the Wranglers from Jeep. In my opinion, they hit a home run. Full frame, copied from the Land Cruiser, great ground clearance, electronic rear axle lockers and the ability to cross water 27.5″ deep right from the factory. The list goes on and on. This one is here to get the fender and door fixed up. As you can see the dents in the fender are pretty deep. We used the stud gun on there to pull that metal back into shape before using body filler to straighten out the finer ripples. We also fixed a small crease in the front door that was part of the same accident. We did get it primed today and plan on blocking this primer out tomorrow and shooting  some blue paint back on there. If all goes well the owner will be getting her FJ back by the weekend.

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