Was offered a complete 40 series for $600. so i went for a look figuring at worst i could part it out and make some cash. Turned out to be a great deal for the price so i had it towed home. Had not been run in ten years but after a few checks and some fresh gas she fired right up. Body is rough but the chassis is solid with a spring over and a Chevy power steering box conversion already done. Going to drive it pretty much as is until i have the body parts to restore her to her former glory.
Picked up a Holley Projection 2bl TBI system and Holley closed loop kit for it. My wife got new BFG 37x12.50 /17'' krawlers and new wheels for her 80 so the old rubber and wheels are being transfered to the 40 for now.
This one is going to be more of a DD, but i want it to be nice. Between my 3 trucks, the wife's, daughter's, mother in law's, the trailer and now my sons work truck. Ya things are a little tight, i may have to keep the trailer at work.
Post by crusherfied on Dec 16, 2011 14:02:21 GMT -8
Nice buy. Reminds me when I bought my 1977 FJ45 for $500 about 12 or 13 years ago. My dad found it and told me about it. It looked really ruff, but I didn't care, it was a 45 so I took it home. It ran like a dream, and with some TLC she didn't look too bad. Had alot of fun with that truck!
Walk a mile in someones shoes before you judge them. Drive a mile in someones rig and you've stollen it.
I drained the front diff and what came out was not lookin well maintained.
Pulled the knuckles down, yanked the third out, calculated gear ratio and what was supposed to be 4.11s was 3.70s. add these to the ones i have (in stock) Dug through my used parts, found all the stuff needed for a 4.11 swap.
Repacked the birfs, put cleaned up knuckles back on.
Have to fix the large dent in the housing before the third & the axles can go back in as the ring is interfering with the housing.
Pulled the oilpan off to fix a leak in it, was hoping for a crack but found it rusted through under the skid plate, in a few places. I have a pan off a 3FE which is a different motor, but it is not a bolt on for the older 2F motor in the truck. I have the skid plate off the old pan, and i could weld in a patch or mod the 3FE pan, but either way a pain for something i should just swap out for the diesel i also have.
Thanks Paul: most of the pans are the same , they rust from the outside in due to the built in skid plate packing up with mud. New is ballpark $280.oo so i will just fixed it. Corey: the whole truck is an unknown and i want to be able to go anywhere and not have a worry about anything. I wanted the lower 4.11s, upgraded front brakes, the diffs are cheap to rebuild the knuckles even cheaper. the rear diff is done and waiting to go in, i just have to check the rear wheel bearings, brakes & seals. OK. Ya, this has become another full project, but i just have a hard time leavin stuff alone.