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Old 07-07-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Gnarvan has a new friend

Something followed Gnarvan home from Salem today. Can I keep it Dad?...Huh Huh...Can I keep it?



1972 FJ40 with 1350 miles on an engine/transmission rebuild, power steering add, rust repair, new fuel tank moved under the floor in the rear plus a bunch of other stuff.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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NICE, an early Bronco would have been better ( ) but an old FJ is pretty damn sweet.

Toyota engine or Chevy?


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Old 07-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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Pretty much stock everything. Except for the addition of power steering. Stock inline 6 Toyota engine with a 3 speed on the floor. I don't think they put 4 speeds in till 73 or 74.

I just got back from the first joy ride in it. Took the doors off and felt like a little kid out driving around town. I think I'll head for the hills outside of Washougal tomorrow and give it a little more serious test drive.

FJ at the Washougal River
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:55 PM   #4
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That thing is beautiful. I love it!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:38 AM   #5
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LOVE the old FJ's! nice find for sure, especially with the stock 6 still.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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Awesomer!
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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I was talking to a Quigley drivin adventure hound buddy of mine this morning. When I told him the previous owner dropped close to $25k into it not counting the purchase price. Put 1370 miles on it while it sat at his ranch inside a building in eastern Oregon for four years and then sold it to me loosing close to half of that 25k he said "Sweet a rich kids toy". His wife gave it to him for a 40th birthday present and I have no idea what she paid for it but the owner before him in North Carolina also dropped a bunch of cash into it.

It's got a few body warts and the rear diff needs a bearing and seal but I am stoked to have a tag along short wheel base wheeler again.

I was thinking about naming it Toad.....as in being towed behind Gnarvan.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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NICE, an early Bronco would have been better ( ) but an old FJ is pretty damn sweet.

Toyota engine or Chevy?

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X2 on the early Bronco’s. I live in an area that a lot of guys have them.

I do like your new rig! Congratulations!

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Congratulations, that thing looks very nice and from what I know about them good ones can be hard to find at any price.

Toad will look good behind the van.

I like them a lot and sometimes I think about getting one as my first Japanese vehicle ever.
But truth is at least so far I'm not a big enough hard core off roader need one.
So when and if I ever get that bug it might be a Bronco One or a Jeep or just build a tube buggy.
I think when and if I ever get the van how I want it we might get an older sports car or a dedicated track car for another toy.

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NICE, an early Bronco would have been better ( ) but an old FJ is pretty damn sweet.

Toyota engine or Chevy?

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X2 on the early Bronco’s. I live in an area that a lot of guys have them.

I do like your new rig! Congratulations!

Not to discount gnarvans Toyota because those things are very cool indeed, but for some reason I really like Bronco ones.
I think they are so cool, although personally I do like the rear fenders cut even though they might be more valuable not cut.
I would love a modernized one with four wheel disc brakes and fuel injection maybe a five or six speed manual transmission. A small lift kit with some 33s with classic looking but larger diameter wheels.

Not to show my age but when I was in high school my of my buddies wrecked his dads brand new 1974 302 V8 automatic Bronco.

Also when we were in the LA area a few months back we saw a place near the coast that had at least a dozen for sale and others they were working on. Its all they had, I guess that shows how much I look for them....Just add it to the list of dream cars to own before I die I better get at it.
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