FJ40 Shifter Cover

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Russ Hanscom
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FJ40 Shifter Cover

Post by Russ Hanscom » Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:09 pm

My son and I have been working on an FJ40 for a number of years. Several years ago, we upgraded to a small block and an automatic transmission. One of the cleanup items was to make some type of cover for the shifter assembly.

It started with a general cardboard cut and taped to check the idea. Then I made a couple of oak formers for the top and bent the rest around bits of stock and so forth, lots of trimming and trimming to get the pieces to fit nicely. Slow work, it has been one of the main projects for several weeks, but then I am not a sheet metal basher, just feeling my way along.

The top ring to hold the boot is stainless, the rest, which is .030” steel, will get painted. Welding was done with MIG with .020” wire. One thought was to add a guage cluster or a switch panel, but we did not have any identified needs so that will be a later maybe project.

One plan was to make a wood form and put fiberglass over the form, might have been easier and probably a bit faster.

Now for a few days to clean up the mess and put all of the tools away. Might have enough confidence now to tackle the rusted out corner of the hood!

11 F this morning, so no yard work!

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FJ40 part 2

Post by Russ Hanscom » Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:15 pm

The last picture,
Not a fantastic job but fine for a first effort and the intended purpose.

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Re: FJ40 part 2

Post by GlennW » Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:08 pm

Nicely done!

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Re: FJ40 part 2

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Re: FJ40 Shifter Cover

Post by Harold_V » Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:14 am

That should put a smile on Andy's face!


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Re: FJ40 Shifter Cover

Post by armscor 1 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:44 am

My brother just sold his FJ40 Landcruiser, 1984 petrol for 39500 aussie dollars, just under 30 000 usd.
Highly sought after in Australia.
Not in pristine condition with rust in the doors.
New owner is going to restore and put it on blocks as an investment.
Car SOS in UK restored one and coul not stop raving about it.

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Re: FJ40 Shifter Cover

Post by Russ Hanscom » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:47 am

We intend ours to be driven in the dirt and over the rocks. Reliability is the key word, pretty is a distant second; no sense in getting a fancy paint job if you are going to scrape the sides with a bush or two. We bought this 1974 one for $5000 and have about another $10,000 (afraid to add up the actual invoices) in it. Mechanically, it is done and ready, except for upgrading to a full floating rear axle, which is sitting in the corner of the shop.

We have seen a number of ones fully restored, actually far beyond full restored, and folks wanting a fortune for them.

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