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My 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, "Pandora's Box"
I picked up my Land Cruiser during my Sophomore year in High School. A friend who has a couple Land Cruisers drove it back for me, with me riding shotgun, during a thunderstorm, with the engine roaring due to bad muffler, wind howling and blowing like mad, and the antenna whapping the side of the truck. Dad calls over the radio, "How's she drive?" "Like a Land Cruiser..."
Before renovation, she looked pretty good, save for some definite signs of rusting and deterioration. For 29 years old, she was in remarkable shape, especially for being a Michigan vehicle.
However, she was definitely ready for a restoration. The first phase was bodywork, frame, and rust removal and prevention. Note the rust and deterioration exposed once the tear-down was underway.
This is the rolling chassis and firewall loaded up to go to sandblasting...
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