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: Milla's Modified '78 FJ45.  ( 68279 )
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« : January 16, 2010, 10:57:12 PM »

I see this truck as the 'Outcast' kid among the other J4's on this forum due to all the mods I've already done to it.
Most guys here knows the build from LCCSA, so I'll post from what happened the past 3 months to this truck. For the guys that don't know the truck, I've chopped and shortened the bin and chassis and this truck will run with a Chev V8 mated to a 5 speed gearbox( think it comes from a pre 90 75 series Pick up)..  
I recently found 2 80 Series GXL diffs for a good price, and while I was already planning a coil suspension conv for this truck I bought both diffs, I was also very lucky as the rear had also OEM disc brakes.. I completely changed the trucks leaf sprung suspension to a complete front and rear coil suspension. It looks real neat sitting on coils! 80 Series power steering box has also been fitted.

Future work/ mods to be done will include; 3CR12 Fuel tank, Warn M6000 fitted between the chassis rails on the rear underneath the bin, Warn 8274 Winch in the front mounted on a self designed custom made winch bumper custom made rear towbar/spare wheel carrier, 350-400 HP stroker kit for the Chev V8( 2 things in life lets my blood flow a bit faster, any J4 Cruiser and a finely tuned Chev 8 banger), Some serious interior mods including a complete 75 Series Dashpanel (perhaps I'm nuts?) and custom build bucket seats, 315/75-16 BFG KM2 Muds on Black bead locked OEM 80 series wheels, new 4.56 Ratio's for the diffs.

Guy's do help me decide on a proper name for this truck in the campfire section, please?

Once I've figured out how to post pic, I'll start posting.  

    
« : September 03, 2010, 09:34:52 PM milton slabber »

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« #1 : January 17, 2010, 01:49:42 PM »

The way it looked when I first assembled it 4 years ago; fitted with GM Diesel V8, OME Suspension, and 33x12.5-15 muds.


Then I got an itchy bum and shortened it by 350mm..



Still not happy with the way the bin looked I decided to make it more shallow, basically the same way as what the newer 79 series bins looked like. Note the markings where I wanted to cut it. Before and after pics..



More pics to follow.
« : January 17, 2010, 09:12:28 PM milton slabber »

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« #2 : January 17, 2010, 09:33:02 PM »

In order to build all the shock and coil towers, I had to remove the factory OEM shock towers, and while I was busy doing so, I removed the steering tower aswell.


Moment of truth, time to fit the front 80 Series diff.


Note how much wider the new 80 Series diffs will be to the standard 45's diffs.


Building the shock and coil towers.


Finished.


It's new suspension.

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« #3 : January 17, 2010, 10:00:33 PM »

Fitting the Powersteering box. I had to cut away a rather large piece of the Coil tower to make the 'box fit tightly. I drilled 4 rather big holes thru the chassis, machined some spacers (long enough to go thru the chassis so the 'box could tighten agianst the backing plate and spacers, and not just against the chassis.) on the lathe, made a backing plate for the inside of the chassis, and voila!







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« #4 : January 17, 2010, 10:22:28 PM »

The rear suspension.
I had to move the coil carriers each 100mm more to the inside due to the fact that in standard position the 45's chassis rails were right above the carriers and I wouldn't have been able to fit coils in there. Due to that I had to also move the top stabiliser mounting points.


Also had to make some cross-members to make everything fit. Still have to make some small reinforcing pipes to connect the 2 new cross-members.



While building the rear suspension, I figured out that the solid mounting point where the rear leaf springs mounted would make an excellent new mounting point for the lower stabilisers if I cut them loose from their position and position them correct for the stabilisers,I will just have to machine some spacers to space them up correctly.. As they are cast, I wouldn't like to weld on them, so I made a backing plate that I'll weld onto the chassis and that would reinforce the chassis. I'll bolt these mounts to the chassis.

 
« : January 17, 2010, 10:25:17 PM milton slabber »

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« #5 : January 17, 2010, 10:38:36 PM »

Perhaps I've now completely lost it, but I once saw a pic on the net of a 45 fitted with a 75 Series dash panel and I really like that. So I thought that while I was busy doing some serious mods to this truck, I might aswell give some serious TLC to the interior and fit a 75's dash. So I got a complete dash together with the tilt colum. Will start with this mod somewhere this week. Took the roof of this afternoon, so I can now start cutting and fitting.

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must now go into there..


Until a next time, Cheers! :drinks:

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V8 because some say "2 heads are better than one"


« #6 : January 18, 2010, 07:14:58 AM »

Thanks for sharing  :drinks:

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« #7 : January 20, 2010, 01:49:47 PM »

Eish, 32 views, only one reply.. ??? You guys don't like this modified? :jt: :jt: :drinks:

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« #8 : January 20, 2010, 02:16:50 PM »

I think most of us are too gobsmacked to say anything. I like the way you used the old (fixed) spring pin mounts  8)  Will give it a OEM feel

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« #9 : January 20, 2010, 02:35:35 PM »

This ain't LCCSA, there are currently only 22 of us, post some more pictures  :jt:

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« #10 : January 20, 2010, 03:33:33 PM »

Eish man JT. Dad's away for a week to the Kruger, so I must run the business. So the 45 is just standing here, no time to work on it.. :'(

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« #11 : January 20, 2010, 08:31:32 PM »

This one helluva project youve started - hats off - you're doing a sterling job

I just might take a trip to Piet Retief to cut and bend some plates one day soon and you can show me more details

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« #12 : January 20, 2010, 09:35:06 PM »

Looking great!! The 80 axle is wider than the 45. Are you going to widen the fenders to cover the wheels?

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« #13 : January 21, 2010, 04:13:45 PM »

Hey Milton, keep it coming!  8)

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« #14 : January 22, 2010, 06:12:33 AM »

Thanks guys, now i know you okes don't dislike this modified. :jt:
Oom Keith, your welcome.
Pierre, I will have to build complete new front fenders from scratch. Where the OEM fenders bolt to the chassis, the new coil tower now sits. I'm thinking of building a small pipe frame for the fenders and covering it with Alu plate. 

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