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    Default Overlanding FJ40

    Well this winters project has officially commenced now that Christmas and all that good stuff has come to an end and the snow is flying. I've always loved the FJ40 and since I'll likely never own a 1:1 version I figure this is the next best thing. I am wanting to go with an overlanding theme for this build.

    I started slowly building up the parts over the course of the summer and fall. I ended up grabbing a CMAX leaf sprung chassis with TMX axles and the RC4WD Cruiser body. Since the chassis has such a nice drivetrain it would be a shame not to be able to have a look so I cut the hood and will be hinged.

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    Next I got the wheelbase roughed in and the drivetrain positioned. Should be a good starting point. These chassis are so nice to work with, love it!

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    Started to get into cleaning the body up a bit, get some of the easier tasks out of the way. Since I'll be running a leafed suspension I was able to do away with the recesses molded into the bed and open it up a bit. As well this let me cover up the receiver box cutout in the bed.

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    I skinned it with some styrene on the inside and underside. Think it came out ok.

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    Next thing on the to-do list will be get the body mount points finalized and then can carry on with the underside, firewall, etc. Should be a fun project to while the winter away

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    Great start sir. Any chance you could post larger photos?
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    Thanks! I found due to the file size limits on the upload this was the largest I could embed. They were jpeg files, maybe a different file format on my end will be more efficient, will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuge View Post
    Thanks! I found due to the file size limits on the upload this was the largest I could embed. They were jpeg files, maybe a different file format on my end will be more efficient, will give it a try.
    Wait, are you trying to embed using our image hosting service, or something else and then through ours?

    Just use one or the other! We allow for 1024x768 jpgs.
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    Thanks for the info. I was just embedding directly with an upload from my pc. Found the "manage attachments" utility on the site, working much better now. Thanks! I'll get the remaining pics upsized to a better size shortly.

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    Great start on truck. Good mods and a awesome parts' list

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper View Post
    Great start on truck. Good mods and a awesome parts' list
    Thanks Cooper, fun stuff

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    Made some more progress this weekend. Had to do a small amount of clearancing for the transmission and frame rails. Good news is the center console hid some butchery For the frame rails I just boxed them in on the floor.

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    When I cut the hood the result was a slight misalignment due to the saw kerf. In order to get the hood realigned I did a bit of trim work, should work ok. As well I made up a better fitting firewall which got rid of the gaps in the original firewall.

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    Things are actually taking shape pretty good for the body. Love it when things start to fall into place Next up will be fabricating the undertrays to hide the electronics and box in the rest of the undercarriage...

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    Wow, much progress! Great start sir...

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