My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » April 9th, 2015, 10:24 pm

well update

it's not much, but i'm trying to save like crazy so nothing gets done on the old ute and all my time goes into the 80 making sure it's ready in five weeks i leave for the trip of a lifetime! got a solar panel rigged up all new old man emu suspension, some extra spares, 2 spare wheels, tubes ect alot to organize! anyway for the first time in about 3 months i worked on the ute! :D

I wired up a led work light as the reverse light already to go! got the steering column stripped atm cleaning everything up painting ect then put it all back together ready to slot in! some pics!
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » April 17th, 2015, 10:00 pm

well update!

got the column all sorted, stripped cleaned up painted and reassembled!
some pics.
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » May 7th, 2015, 9:29 pm

well update

Sadly the old ute is getting packed up ready for a little stoppage unfortunately, on the plus side tomorrow is my last day of work! :lol: then in a week hit the road! :D the old 80 is getting alot of love, every oil changed, repacked wheelbearings, new pinion seal, axle seals, air filter,fuel filter oil,ect!

Done abit tonight just cleaning up some more parts stripped them right back and primed them ready for top coat then to be packed away, also sat the cab back on chassis to save space in the shed, will be tarped up under leanto. some pics

cheers Clayton
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by Gojeep » May 8th, 2015, 10:14 am

Wishing you a great trip mate. :)

Just be careful tarping the Ute because it stops air circulating and can actually increase your chances of rusting as condensation forms under the tarp. Canvas ones are better that way. Things are worse if the ground on which it is parked is ever damp.
Seen too many cars rust away far worse with a plastic tarp over them than the one parked next to it without one. Usually they tarped the better one only in the first place!
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » May 8th, 2015, 10:20 pm

Thanks gojeep

very handy tip! didn't think about it that way. coming into winter to the ground will be a little damp!

well now unemployed very wierd! hopefully the 80 is ready for alot of km! a never ending trip! maybe be home in a couple years :D just done gearbox oil, transfer, finished wheel bearings and axle seals, also found steering box leaking abit so bought seal kit for that , so another thing to do before we go rebuild a steering box!
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by Not for highway use » May 29th, 2015, 8:58 pm

Safe trip.
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » October 3rd, 2015, 8:10 pm

Well quick update!

no I haven't forgotten the ute and I'm dying to work on it again but too busy travelling atm, done about 15,000km so far, done the canning stock route, part of gibb river, followed the savannah way right up the gulf, daintree creb track, gone up the cape, old tele track right to the top, now I'm just about to jump onto frazer! so sometime next year whenever I'm home I'll get back into it! sorry, no photo's, all too big! cheers Clayton

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by Gojeep » October 3rd, 2015, 8:32 pm

That is a great lot of classic roads and tracks you have already done. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » December 25th, 2015, 5:04 pm

Well, quick update, I'm home for Christmas!
so I'm home and not a whole lot to do, so made a reece hitch style towbar for the ute, replacing the old dodgy farmers setup!
Also got a massive order of body rubbers coming from toyota parts specialists in bundaberg, he's managed to get me most of the body rubbers, some even coming from japan! Happy days! The 80 is in brissy so when I get back I'll be back to seeing this awesome country! Photos coming.

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » December 25th, 2015, 6:08 pm

pics! I was a little unsure of how to mount the towbar, but the towbar that my uncle put on it only had six bolt's and he used to pull ridiculous weights with that, so I just put two extra bolt's, all 8.8's so should be plenty for what I will be doing!

The drawing is one my mum did for my chrissy present and got it framed! I love it, what do you think?
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by Gojeep » December 31st, 2015, 6:14 pm

Glad you made it back alright.
Nice drawing you mum did. My wife does really great ones too, but mostly of cats and dogs. ;)
Cheers, Marcus

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My 1973 fj45! UPDATE! I'm Back!

Unread post by claytone » May 6th, 2016, 11:47 pm

WEll finally I'm home!

For a while too, after a twelve month adventure covering 32 500 kms around Australia, had an unbelievable trip, saw some serious sights, did the cape, the snowies, high country, flinders, lawn hill, limmin nat park, etc, the list goes on and on! the old 80 did quite well, a few minor hiccups along the way, most major being the rear diff started making very bad noises as the collapsible pinion spacer got a bit of movement in it destroying the bearings, but it still got me 1500km to melbourne where I had it fully rebuilt with a solid pinion spacer! I could go on for a while but want to get to work on the ute!!! :lol:

Just had a huge shop up of a whole heap of new toyota parts, and I've been busy in the shed getting everything cleaned and painted up ready for when the body work is done, one day! here are some pics of what I've been doing! pulled the heater core out, checked it, like brand new! gave it a quick clean up and then stuck it back into it's box, which I've just got to paint now, all the pedals have been sandblasted and repainted and new rubbers put on, cleaned up and repainted the old jack, came up a treat, working on the toolkit atm, even cleaning up the canvas bag.
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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by Gojeep » May 7th, 2016, 6:36 pm

Glad to hear you had a great trip and things went well for you. :)
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: My 1973 fj45! UPDATE!

Unread post by claytone » August 12th, 2016, 11:21 pm

Well, update time!

Got a lot done since last time, almost finished patching rust! slow process!
I've been gathering new parts, just had my last shop up & managed to get a lot of genuine parts, not cheap but will be nice to really finish it off with genuine parts. I have ended up getting some fibreglass panels as it's so hard to find decent steel panels anymore, I'm repairing as much as I can and with the skills I have, but some panels just aren't worth repairing as they are rusting badly between the skins, basically impossible to repair unless you cut the whole lot off and start again. So far it will only be the front guards and back panel that will be fibreglass, the front gaurds are slightly wider than factory too, which is good as it covers my tyres properly, and I found both secondhand in awesome condition cheaply, so I've got them home now so things are looking up! Rebuilding lots of parts, heater, door mechanism, ect, slowly adding to the box of done bits! :D more updates soon! cheers
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