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    Tonka I have a genuine workshop manual (body and electrical) if you need any info from it.

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    i notice you have done a sketch of the rear body, and have seen how bad the original is, so im dead curious to see what you have in mind for its replacement. i am very interested in buying one to restore, ive looked at one in monaghan for 1500 recently and one in wexford for 3500 about 3 months ago , both now sold, but couldnt make the final hurdle to buy either just from fear of the unknown with regard to sourcing and cost of parts, but people like you may give me the confidence to overcome the hurdle. surely some engineering works in ireland could manufacture parts for landcruisers and make a decent profit. a computer programme in a trumf machine can practically cut and mould any design. i would love to come and see your restoration in progress as part of my confidence building process. would that be possible? is there anyone else out there restoring one in the north leinster region? i live near drogheda

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    Quote Originally Posted by diarmaidb View Post
    i notice you have done a sketch of the rear body, and have seen how bad the original is, so im dead curious to see what you have in mind for its replacement. i am very interested in buying one to restore, ive looked at one in monaghan for 1500 recently and one in wexford for 3500 about 3 months ago , both now sold, but couldnt make the final hurdle to buy either just from fear of the unknown with regard to sourcing and cost of parts, but people like you may give me the confidence to overcome the hurdle. surely some engineering works in ireland could manufacture parts for landcruisers and make a decent profit. a computer programme in a trumf machine can practically cut and mould any design. i would love to come and see your restoration in progress as part of my confidence building process. would that be possible? is there anyone else out there restoring one in the north leinster region? i live near drogheda
    Gday D.
    I seem to change me mind everytime i think of the rear body.!! But i shouldnt be thinking about it too much until i remove it from the chassis, for a better looksey. Hopefully that should be by the end of this week.

    I was drinking with a mate the other day and I walked out of the pub brimming with confidance that i could weld the thing up meself (me who has never welded before!).

    Before that session i was for buying a non OEM new 1/2 tub (from seat base back) from europe which i priced the cheapest at 1500euros. Also from europe you can buy the whole tub (thats including the bulkhead back) beginning at 3000 to 5000 in stainless steel. They even have the exact corrugations in the floor, and non toyota options like storage cubbies in the wheel arches or under the floor.

    Heres a body tub in fibre glass..


    Individual panels can be got in fibreglass, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, including geniune toyota panels. For the rear, welding will be required. But the forward of the bulkhead all the panels are bolt on off. I have another thread in the forty series forum. http://lcoc.ie/showthread.php?15-The...es-body-parts.I was in europe at the time I compiled that list looking for panels. Unfortunately there were none of what i was after on the shelf in the places i visited. But most can stock them within a month.

    Shipping costs is a bummer though. Though I got from Rosslare to Cherbourg in September for 89euros..one could stockpile the parts at one supplier, drive over collect them and load up on cheap grog, cheese and diesel on the way back.

    I want a local sheet metal company have a look at it. I think i could get them to fold most the interior of the rear in one sheet. The curves and folds in the rear quarter panels may be difficult to replicate but those panels can be got in steel for around 150euro each. I will probably decide what im doing with the rear after the sheet metal mob looks at it.
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    Not much happened in the last 2 days. But i get my arc welder tomorrow, and other tools that are in storage.

    What i have done is ...

    remove the side steps,
    remove the bumper
    Found a supplier of POR15. The rust prevention paint that IH8Mud people love.
    Put the core plug back on.
    doing little experiments with phosphric acid

    now im looking for sodium carbonate so i can try out rust removal by electroylsis.
    Also i need to get me a nut splitter. One of them on the raditior housing was rounded and is in a shit awful place to tackle.
    One of the batteries has is corroded post on it. Its holding charge though. So i'll recast it and get new cable for them and earthing.
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    Hi tonka hows tricks, I see u are starting the body work.I have a spare mig welder would be hander than the arc . If its any use 2 u you u can take it till u have her finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick View Post
    Hi tonka hows tricks, I see u are starting the body work.I have a spare mig welder would be hander than the arc . If its any use 2 u you u can take it till u have her finished.
    Cheers for the offer Mick.

    I reckon I could easily blow holes in the sheet metal with the el cheapo arc set i have.

    For the moment I will use the arc to weld temporary brace/strengtheners cross the rear tub. So i can lift it complete.

    then some beers and chin scratching as i inspect the underside of the tub.

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    I used por15 on the all the suspension components on my gti, subframe, wishbones, axle, crossmember, hubs, anti-roll bar, etc.

    Its to get 2 coats in a certain amount of time, the procedure was followed to a T and the second coat is a bit flakey in places already and its not on the car yet!

    All the parts were sandblasted first, I'll be fitting the suspension shortly and hope to have the car on the road soon, I'll let you know how it holds up!

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    not a very productive BJ40 rebuild weekend.

    I've just spent the last 2 hours cursing my Toyota, my skills, quality of 32year nuts and my newly bought nut splitter -which has managed to maul everything but break the nut holding the rad frame to the chassis. tomorrow ill have to try getting to it with a mini drill.

    I took a dislike to a rotten wooden garden shed so spent a day demolishing, salvaging wood, thinking up grand designs for its replacement. It'll be a small thing, just big enough to house my many tools and junk that is currently rattling around the back of the troopie.

    I researched how to use my cheapie 170amP Arc welder and have figured it aint capable of working sheet metal with it. Should be good for chassis work though and heavier metal. heres a neat website i found http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/and "expert village" videos on youtube are good for intro.

    I also learnt the 2L-T turbo isnt a good match onto the B or 3B engines.(All sorts of technical reasons i wouldnt pretend to know about).

    Got some angle steel for bracing the body tub.

    But heres some inspiration though. Its a wagon i spotted at Buschtaxi. I never got to talk to the owner :-(

    I think it had a wee lift on it. Like the tinted rear windows, not sure about the colour coded wing mirrors.

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    HOWS THE RESTORATION OF THE TUB GOING, IM STILL ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A NICE BJ40 , WAS BIDDING ON ONE ITEM 120674031039 ON EBAY (can be seen by keying no into ebay search} in oz , was high bidder at 1050 aus dollars right up to the end when bids flew in up to over 1600 aus dollars roughly 1400 euro. it needed about 600 eur mechanical work and would cost about 2400 eur to transport home, but it night be wrth 4400 euro, anyhow start again

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    Hi Tonka,
    Can I recommend spending sometime reading Coolerman - http://www.globalsoftware-inc.com/co.../fj40/main.htm he started with a 71 40 that was a whole lot worse than yours. The guy is innovative and inspirational and if you've questions he does answer his email. I made my new rear body cross-member on my 40, exactly the way he did it - and it works and it's cheap to do. Well worth a read.
    Good luck with the project, I shall watch with interest.

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