After a very busy summer with more work projects landing in each successive week, our poor FJ62 had to sit on the backburner. Now that we are finally able to schedule time to work on her properly, we’ve started the process of stripping her down.
My friend John who’s kindly donating advice from across the workshop simply said the best way was to get stuck in, so we did. As we are going to be cutting and welding, the complete interior was removed to avoid fire risk and also to give a clear view of the state of the floorpan. Seats removed and the three large sections of carpet teased out, after recovering enough loose change to buy a pizza that evening, my suspicions were confirmed. That the floor is actually in very good shape indeed and that most of the corrosion is confined to the outer bodywork. That doesn’t mean that the job will be any easier, of course. It simply means that beneath the carpets there were no nasty surprises lurking.
The carpets themselves were in reasonable shape, apart from the rear cargo area. A long time ago, I’d been transporting a battery, which tipped over and spilled in that area, so the carpet there will have to be replaced. The other carpets will be shampooed to see how good we can get them. The seats are obviously worn, but in the quest for authenticity, I’m considering getting them re-upholstered and keeping them stock, but that’s a decision for a later date.
A grovel on the floor underneath shows a floorpan in as good a shape externally as internally. What will need attention, though, are the rearmost sections of the ladder chassis which are probably too far gone to retain. A job for John and his welding skills.
Next up, I’ll be writing about how we’re going to tackle the panel repairs and how we managed to find some great repair panel sections from the guys at Cruiserworld in Holland. The day that their superb repair panels arrived via courier was they day that I finally knew we could actually get this truck up and running again. Without them, she would probably be no longer with us. Check out their 60 Series stocks of parts. Everything from a simple badge to a complete 60 Series Landcruiser ready to go.