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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:15 AM


1978 Toyota FJ40.....VERY Nice Original Condition. Its origin may be PA, but it was pampered and garaged(never
excessively driven in the rain or snow).
Here is the story:
1st owner-This vehicle was purchased new by a gentleman by the name of Edward Shaffner on April 28,1978 from L.A.
Hammaker Toyota in Harrisburg, PA. The original window sticker is included (it was sold undercoated and remained
undercoated its entire life).
Mr. Shaffner kept record of everything he had done to the vehicle, with all receipts nicely kept in a binder. He
kept a record from 05/20/78 when he added an 8-track stereo and speakers at 53 miles, up until 12/14/07 when the
vehicle had 65253 miles on it. There are numerous receipts throughout Mr Shaffner’s ownership including a clutch
replacement, engine oil seals/gaskets at 51,201 miles on 7/29/963rd owner-James Day (PA State Trooper)purchased the vehicle in August 2011 with 68120 miles on the vehicle. He
installed a 2 1/2" Black Diamond suspension lift and shackles from Cool Cruiser of Texas. He also installed 33" BF
Goodrich tires on aluminum Outlaw II wheels.
During Mr Day’s ownership, there was a minor incident of paint splash when a can fell of a truck on the highway.
The vehicle was taken to a professional detailer and all the paint was removed, however; there was a spot on the
right rocker panel where the paint needed to be fixed. The FJ was taken to Yancey's in Lebanon, PA and the right
rocker and side step were repainted professionally.
4th owner-I purchased the FJ from Mr Day in July 2014 with 70,584 miles, and had it professionally shipped to my
home in CA. Upon receiving the vehicle, I inspected it from top to bottom and purchased numerous parts (Toyota,
Cool Cruisers and Specter). I have brought the vehicle up to a high standard without changing its originality,
character or integrity; below is a list:
-oil changes in engine, transfer case, transmission, differentials and steering box, and flushed the entire cooling
-CA emissions testing (passed with certification on the 1st test)
-complete major tune-up: 1-plugs and wires; 2-distributor rotor and cap; 3-pcv valve; 4-air filter; 5-fuel filter;
6-valve adjustment
-replaced all engine compartment cooling system hoses(heater, bypass, upper/lower radiator hoses) and heater pipe
-replaced thermostat
-new 4 core radiator with factory specifications(brass tanks, mounting bolts, and neck)
-replaced radiator cap
-new brakes on all 4 wheels, including upgrading the rears to discs (new front and rear calipers, master cylinder
and rear lines) and flushed the entire system
-new headliner
-powder coated: 1-grill; 2-radiator support; 3-air cleaner; 4-lower access/inspection shields; 5-valve cover;
6-thermostat housing; 7-front bumper; 8-rear bumperettes
-new Toyota OEM battery 84month (Oct 2014)
-plated the fan shroud with the proper gold zinc finish
-new seals on the hardtop(disassembled completely and replaced EVERY seal)
-new steering stabilizer(HFS)
-powder coated the original wheels to the original color with new 33” tires
The work I have performed was focused on using high quality OEM or exact parts, without changing the FJ from
“stock”. I have really enjoyed bringing the FJ up to a higher standard than what I found it in. When doing
all the work (including replacing the radiator and converting the rear brakes to disc), I NEVER ran into a frozen
or rusted bolt or screw, or other headaches. This FJ has great integrity and is absolutely original (every panel
has their original spot weld dents, the floors, sheet metal, frame, engine/transmission and under hood components
are original). This FJ doesn’t have dents or marks on the seat backs or dash, every electrical item works as it
did new and retains all its original emission’s controls…even the original keys! This is an absolutely
beautifully preserved and honest FJ.
Because the next fortunate owner will appreciate the unmolested and original condition of this FJ, I chose to limit
the restoration, and there is a short list of items that should be done in the future to ensure the vehicle’s
-small ding from the underside on the right front fender
-2 small areas of rust at the rear sill where it meets the quarter panels
-driver’s seat bottom cushion is torn at the stitching

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