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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.

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FJ on the mend

dscf9901dscf9902dscf9900We had sent this FJ out to get some mechanical issues addressed while our work load here at the shop was up. We did get it back last week and today we were able to devote some time to it getting this project started back up. What Cole is working on here is repairing where the lower rocker panels were welded in. We removed the rear doors and used a grinder to smooth up the welds. We then applied a coat of metal filler to smooth up the welds. Once that product was dry, it was sanded smooth. He then went over those areas as well as a couple of other places in the jambs to make sure they  all look smooth. Once these areas a taken care of we will do the same to the seams where the front doors are before priming the new rockers.

FJ’s Back

DSCF9457DSCF9455The FJ is back from the metal shop.  After a good long while at the metal shop it is finally structurally sound. This FJ 55 had new rockers, new cab mounts, new patches for the fenders, doors and quarters as well as rear fender well openings replaced while it was away. There was also some rust in the hood repaired as well as in between the upper and lower fender. Most of those parts had to be fabricated but the rockers were available new. Another thing that made this job a little more difficult was that some of these areas that were patched up, had been patched up before. So in most cases on this particular job, all of the old panel was removed to allow for just one patch instead of a patch inside of a patch. This just makes for a nicer job. Now it is our turn to get this awesome piece of Toyota history looking nice again. These things are virtually unstoppable. Our plan is to make it look good while doing it.

FJ deconstruction

IMG_4923 IMG_4925 IMG_4924 IMG_4931 IMG_4930 IMG_4929 IMG_4928This FJ will be going over to the metal fabricator in a few weeks so we took a little time to remove some parts to keep the project moving along. Since we will be keeping the bumpers and grill here, we will be able to get those prepped up and possibly painted while its gone. We sanded a couple of areas just to see what kind of life this Cruiser has lived. It has definitely been painted a few times. You can tell by the number of circles where it was sanded. Kind of like an onion, the layers show all the coats of paint that have been applied over the years.  This will be a challenging project but it is also very cool and will look great when its completed.

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