1978 FJ40 "Rolling Restoration"

In 2008 I purchased an old Landcruiser in the town of Sonoma, wine country in Northern California. It was a hot June day on my wife's birthday and she was not so very excited to be along for the ride. After the cash was handed over,  we enjoyed a shared sandwich in the back of a local market and started home. She followed as I stumbled off toward 101 in the old truck, watching the temp gauge intently (the PO had said it would overheat), the brake booster hissing air whenever I tried to slow down.

Much later in the day the 40 arrived at it's new home on the back of a big flat bed compliments of AAA (plus an additional distance charge). That of course was just the beginning of many investments in parts, tools and garage time.


Reworked Vaughn cross pein

Reworked Vaughn 2.5 blacksmith cross pein. More on Blacksmith Hammers page.

Visit to the Starrett Factory

Starrett, a leader who has set the standard for fine precision tools in industry for over 130 years, has rightfully earned the title, "World's Greatest Toolmakers". View the Starrett page here.

engine plate
Timing gear cover mystery.

Timing gear cover mystery. When I first bought the 40 and replaced all the cooling system stuff, I had noticed a lot of PO red RTV stuff around the timing gear cover. Later I sort of traced a lot of the oil on the garage floor coming from that area when the engine was hot. Read more on the Timing Gear Cover project page.