Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by D1cko » July 5th, 2015, 2:38 pm

Gojeep, Ive seen the same tub as the 45 series on a few old Toyota Dyna trucks. I don't know what came first, the 'Cruiser or the Dyna.

Twisty, mate, what a job. A bloody top job you've done there. Are they Method wheels or are they made by someone else?

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Gojeep » July 5th, 2015, 6:04 pm

Often wondered myself if the Dyna came first. If I just researched this correctly, the first Toyota with that looking bed was in 1956 and called a Toyopet Route Truck RK52 and the first FJ45 was not until 1960?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Dyna

There was actually a FJ25 with a bed more in keeping with the cab but a lot shorter.
http://www.toyota.com.kw/english/toyota ... el_20.html

FJ45 with the longer wheelbase started in 1960. http://www.toyota.com.kw/english/toyota ... el_40.html
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Twisty » July 8th, 2015, 6:53 am

Gojeep wrote:I like how the bed matches the bottom of the cab and lines up with the joint in the cab at the top. Don't think the original ever did as think it was first designed for something else? This is the way Toyota should have done it in the first place. :)
Thanks Marcus. The originals did line up, but the styleside had small wheel openings so I think a lot of people bodylifted the tray only to clear bigger tyres. Or its not an original 45 series one and is a 70 series, they are a lot small in side profile. Totally agree that they don't like right unless lined up top and bottom.
feet in 2 camps wrote:Any progress to report?
I have been enjoying your rebuild & would love to see the finished article (or any reports on progress.)
Mainly been doing the wiring over the last month or so. I have a mate who used to be an auto elec helping and it's turning out awesome. Slow going to do it neat but. Hopefully finish the wiring this weekend.
D1cko wrote:Gojeep, Ive seen the same tub as the 45 series on a few old Toyota Dyna trucks. I don't know what came first, the 'Cruiser or the Dyna.
I think the Toyota Stouts had a similar styleside tub too.
D1cko wrote:Twisty, mate, what a job. A bloody top job you've done there. Are they Method wheels or are they made by someone else?
Yeah mate, they are Method Standards, 17x8.5, 0 Offset.


So I finally have everything back from the painters, so have everything needed to finish it now. Just need time.
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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Twisty » August 3rd, 2015, 12:44 pm

After almost 2 years my ute finally starts with the key again! So stoked with how the full re-wire has turned out. Massive job for my mate that has done most of it, but so worth it!

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Gojeep » August 3rd, 2015, 3:20 pm

Fantastic result. :)
Hoping you don't still have to sell it?
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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by BigDutchy » August 3rd, 2015, 6:37 pm

That is so awesome. We are waiting for more photo's mate. Bit like a photo shoot.

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Twisty » October 5th, 2015, 9:29 pm

Fitted up the spotted gum timber floor with stainless steel strips and bolts. Polishing was done by Darrell's Metal Polishing, awesome service and finish is perfect.
https://www.facebook.com/Darrells-Metal ... /timeline/

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Also fitted up the locking hubs (polished by Darrell) and chrome bullet wheel nuts.
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Temporary Mickey Thompson centre cap on the rear until I can sort a method one in the right size.
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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Twisty » October 5th, 2015, 9:34 pm

Also drove about 50kms in the ute over the weekend with some of that on a local dirt track to give everything a good shake. Few things to tighten up and rattles to investigate now, but overall I am stoked with it.

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Rogers Cruiser » October 5th, 2015, 10:13 pm

whats your rear wheel travel like? looks like it would hit easily?

Or are the 35's just play tires?
'98-'06 - FJ-45 Ute fell over one day and didnt survive
'06-now - HJ-47 Troopy, restored and now daily driver.
'13-now - HJ-47 Ute, Farm fresh rust bucket, needs a restoration. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=152811

now - Off Road Box/Camper Trailer. viewtopic.php?f=134&t=153968&p=1792444#p1792444

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Gojeep » October 6th, 2015, 9:27 am

Looking really great there mate. :)
Hope you are re-considering selling it.
Cheers, Marcus

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by BigDutchy » October 6th, 2015, 5:18 pm

It is a beauty. I love it. You did an awesome job.

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by No Fn Idea » October 6th, 2015, 7:48 pm

That looks beyond cool - shame you are offloading it
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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by Twisty » October 7th, 2015, 7:28 am

Rogers Cruiser wrote:whats your rear wheel travel like? looks like it would hit easily? Or are the 35's just play tires?
Nah, tyres and rims pictured are what i plan to run all the time. I can get full bump in the rear without the tyre rubbing. If I had my time again I would have had the flares cut n shut in a 3rd spot to open up the wheel opening a few more inches.

I need to lift the rear a couple inches too which will make it look a lot better.
Gojeep wrote:Looking really great there mate. :) Hope you are re-considering selling it.
Thanks mate. I've had a guy say he would take it for a price that's worth my while, but not sure I can go through with it yet.
BigDutchy wrote:It is a beauty. I love it. You did an awesome job.
Thanks!
No Fn Idea wrote:That looks beyond cool - shame you are offloading it
Thanks! Not 100% on the sale thing yet, but see what happens. It's kinda a life changing amount of cash if I do sell it, but then again I dunno I'll never get the chance to build something like it again. Specially if we pop out a 2nd kid next year.
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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by BigDutchy » October 7th, 2015, 4:40 pm

It would be a shame to sell it. This ute looks so good. You've done an awesome job.
I was in a similar position a few years back. I was able to buy my dream BMW M5 sports saloon type of thing. I loved it and
babied more than anything. You could eat of the floor if you were allowed to do so anyway. I would wash and polished all the time. I would avoid gravel roads etc. But so now and then I would "let her go" and man did I love the stupid speed that thing would get up to. But one day someone offered me a bunch of dollars that would change a few things for the better for a long time.
I ended up selling it and man did it hurt. But it did made things possible that would have taken us otherwise a very long time before it would happen or it might have never happened.
I miss my BMW but have never looked back.
My family was just that little bit more important.....
But everyone for itself hey!!

and maybe one day.......i might buy another one.....maybe....

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Re: Twistys 1977 HJ45 Ute

Unread post by gqjay » October 8th, 2015, 6:18 am

Top build, it will be a good buy for someone

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