This 1977 FJ40 has been with the same owner for the last 20 years, and has received significant investment in practical upgrades to make the car the perfect weekend cruiser for the short-wheelbase enthusiast. The current owner is regrettably offering the vehicle for sale, having covered only 3,500km since the engine was replaced with a new 350ci unit in 2006.
This cruiser is offered with full NSW registration expiring on 26 February 2019, and is in excellent roadworthy condition, seeking a new owner who will appreciate the time, energy and dollars that have been put into the car over the last two decades.
An engineer complied 350 Chev is currently fitted, with a Holley carburetor, and power sent through a 5-speed manual gearbox with additional Fairey overdrive gears making for relaxing highway cruising whilst retaining the classic bottom-end FJ40 4X4 capability. The engine runs very smoothly, with all 4WD gear connected and working well. The car also has power steering and a power clutch fitted for ease of driving.
In 2006 the car received a replacement engine (receipts can be provided). Since then, only 3,500km have been covered. The engine operates with dual-fuel through the addition of twin 80-litre (150 useable litres) stainless steel LPG tanks in the rear cabin (in addition to the 100L petrol tank). This provides excellent range for those long weekend trips.
The brakes and suspension have also received significant upgrades. Front discs are fitted, and the larger diameter front drum brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels. Load variable shock absorbers have been installed in the rear, allowing pressure to be increased under heavy loads or to suit the driving conditions.
The car also received brand new rear axles in July 2018, and sits on near new 16 X 8 GT 8-pot alloys with barely used Light Truck 285/75 R16 Hankook DynaPro MT tyres (including the spare).
- Body and chassis
The history of this vehicle is not straightforward. The chassis and running gear are from a 1975 vehicle, with the body from 1977. At great cost in 2006, a good straight 1977 body was sourced and taken off its chassis. The shell was then fully submerged in a caustic acid then a phosphoric acid dip to kill all and any rust inside and out. The condition of the undercarriage is a testament to this, and having been garaged all its life the body remains very well preserved.
Following the acid dip, body work was completed to adapt the owner’s preferred rear barn-doors to enhance accessibility (originally the vehicle had the lower barn-doors and upper hatch). The factory mild steel bolts fitted throughought the body were all replaced with stainless steel bolts, to prevent any future rust outbreaks. It then received a 2-pak paint job of gloss black with burgundy accents. The body was then put back on the chassis with the V8 driveline and various upgrades. Although there are some minor scratches and blemishes around the body, the paint retains and excellent shine, and only small touch ups would be necessary.
The vehicle is currently fitted with a light-weight aluminium bull-bar (with Narva spotlights), and towbar. All electrics are hooked up and working.
The seat trim has been very well preserved for its age, with the current owner having always fitted seat covers to the original bench seat. Examples of the cloth condition can be seen in the images, with very limited wear to the seat bolsters or bases.
Custom-cut rubber floor mats are fitted to the front floor-pans and rear deck sitting on top of the metal, providing for great protection and easy cleaning. The floors are all in excellent condition. In the rear, neat side benches have been custom built to house the twin LPG tanks, which sit nicely on either side of the rear deck, with plenty of space in the centre for luggage.
The cruiser comes with a large number of spare parts and extras as part of the price. This includes a water pump, 2 front brake rotors, 4 front brake pads, 4 rear drum brake shoes, 2 rear shocks, Chev vacuum advance, 2 new distributor caps, tail lights, headlamps and more.
Fore more details and to arrange an inspection, contact Adrian by clicking "contact seller" above.
This classic 1972 Hydroplane is of the Wickens design from the USA, and was built in Australia by the famous Sydney race boat builder, Bert Everingham.
The boat is believed to have been originally fitted with a Jaguar V12, and competed in the Hawkesbury River Bridge to Bridge race where it went by the name “Super Cat”. The boat was retired some decades ago after putting a conrod through its block during a race, and was then kept out at Oberon NSW, before finding its way to the former owner in Western Australia, who began dismantling it for restoration.
The current owner purchased the boat in an incomplete state approximately 6 years ago, and had the boat (with its original trailer) transported back to Sydney. The boat and its trailer underwent a full restoration with a professional hydroplane specialist boat builder in Wisemans Ferry, NSW.
The boat is now fitted with a fully rebuilt Chev 440ci V8, and has been tastefully restored with custom finishes and body work based on Hydroplane designs of the 1970s. The boat is in immaculate condition and has hardly seen use since its restoration, and has been kept undercover in storage.
This would suit a serious race boat enthusiast looking for something that can be used for weekend runs or possibly competition (subject to class regulations). The trailer has been refurbished and has hydraulic tilt lift, registered until 27 October 2019. The boat itself is not currently registered.
Fore more information or to arrange an inspection, please contact Miles by signing in and clicking the contact seller button above.
The 5th on our small register of XR8 Sprints. This one looks to have been kept in very original condition, with reasonably low mileage for its age (215,000km). Unfortunately, however, the car no longer has its original engine.
AT the time we spotted this car online (Ebay AU), the seller made the following points:
-Feb 1994 Cobalt Auto A/C. No other options.
Silver Grey ESP (originally would have been over Charcoal) - in excellent condition, only a few small bits need attention in this example. This one is owned by a friend, and we had the opportunity to do a video / take a few snaps if the cars whilst we were at his place. This ESP has our favourite trim, the Sierra Tan. Needs to get the charcoal lower body panels to really look the part though.
Check out the other ESPs on the register below. If you have one, sign-up and add yours!
This car belongs to a friend of ours, located in Western Sydney, and we had the opportunity to take a few snaps whilst looking at a few of his other cars. This example is a very rare factory manual 302 V8 XE ESP - one of the most desirable cars in the ESP series. The Gunmetal trim needs a bit of attention on the driver's seat, but overall it's fairly good. The body has bits of rust in the usual spots, and a few bits have been cut out. Certainly worth repairing for this sort of car. Unfortunately, neither cars are for sale sorry! WIll update the images as the restoration progresses.
1998 NL Fairlane by Tickford. Only 106 of these special edition sports Fairlane’s were built. This particular Fairlane by Tickford is build #28, and is in stunning condition inside and out.
Loaded with extras including full leather interior, 17” alloy wheels, Momo steering wheel and mesh grill, the Fairlane by Tickford is now a collectors item for Ford enthusiasts. Check out the others on the link to the register below.
This one was advertised in early 2019. We like to see them kept original, but at least this one's a survivor. The owner has put some $30K into it apparently, and its engine makes 350hp!
Check out the many other STudebaker Daytonas on the register below - and if you have one, add yours so we can record the remaining cars :)
This amazing example of the James Young Coupe was available on ebay.com USA in March 2019, with a starting bid of $100,000.00.
At the time this example was offered, the seller noted it was a fully original condition example with a breathtaking 20,800 miles from only 3 owners. The last owner being a collector having caretaken her for more than 20 years.