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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Not a Rover, but pretty badass...

How many of these are there left on the planet:

http://easternshore.craigslist.org/cto/3516163314.html
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Great project for Icon.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:26 PM
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:31 PM
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that thing is amazing.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:32 PM
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That would be an absolutely awesome project.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Overhang both front and rear is pretty insane. Good for a conversation starter truck, but I don't think I'd want to wheel it.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:01 PM
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They are awesome...A LOT of them exist south of the border...DOWN UNDER
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:10 PM
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Out of curiosity, why do the FJ-40/45's have so much of the frame in front of the grill?

Was it originally designed to hold/cradle something there? Or is it some kind of early crumple zone?
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:07 PM
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Out of curiosity, why do the FJ-40/45's have so much of the frame in front of the grill?

Was it originally designed to hold/cradle something there? Or is it some kind of early crumple zone?
Leaf spring mounts are pretty close to the front of the fame. Some had PTO winches.

There was a perfect FJ55 that sold on Expo I was drooling over. I rather have that than a 45.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:09 PM
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Still a few around Switzerland, they are popular with garages and for snow plow use
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:25 PM
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That is awesome. I had an FJ40 in the same color but not as oxidized.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 02:43 PM
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I saw these in Australia with VERY high mileage... in the middle of nowhere. Fraser Island particularly.

These things are built to never die... I'd love one eventually (he says on a Rover forum).
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:03 PM
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Theyre pretty tough. I had a 60 but would love to get my hands on a 55. Problem with 55s and these earlier 40 series wagons is that they rust away quickly and basics are NLA. The ones still around are either in dry environs or they are owned by people who can make their own panels. The rear overhang was the biggest complaint I had in my 60. Even with 4" lift and 33's, I was banging the rear bumper on those drainage bumps entering the trails down at Uwharrie.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:27 PM
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@DF: It's only about 3 hours away from you. You know you want it.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:28 PM
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Theyre pretty tough. I had a 60 but would love to get my hands on a 55. Problem with 55s and these earlier 40 series wagons is that they rust away quickly and basics are NLA. The ones still around are either in dry environs or they are owned by people who can make their own panels. The rear overhang was the biggest complaint I had in my 60. Even with 4" lift and 33's, I was banging the rear bumper on those drainage bumps entering the trails down at Uwharrie.
Here ya go...This one has been on Portland CL for awhile. I think this seller also has an fj40 listed as well.
http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/3514949752.html
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:12 PM
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Here ya go...This one has been on Portland CL for awhile. I think this seller also has an fj40 listed as well.
http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/3514949752.html
So ugly its pretty. Too bad I can see some rust in the back panels behind the rear wheels. No interior metal shots which is scary. Its also about $2k too much. 55 values are kind of stagnant. 60s are starting to shoot up though.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:28 PM
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I don't think that rear overhang is much worse than a 109. Especially a 5 door with the low hanging rear tank. I've always loved the old FJ's
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 04:54 PM
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I don't think that rear overhang is much worse than a 109. Especially a 5 door with the low hanging rear tank. I've always loved the old FJ's
Theres an inch less in wheelbase on an FJ but with an additional 10" in length over a 109. The rear overhang is no joke. Thats the reason most 55 and 60 owners that will wheel will go spring over and fit 35s. Its the only way to get over that rear overhang.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:30 PM
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There is a mint 55 sitting right around the corner from me in Falls Church...
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:37 PM
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There is a mint 55 sitting right around the corner from me in Falls Church...
What? Where?
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