Tips for restoring a Toyota FJ40 include selecting an FJ40 that is still in good condition, thoroughly inspecting the vehicle, and using multiple coats of paint on any part that requires painting. The process for restoring a Toyota FJ40 varies depending on whether the owners want a complete or partial restoration.
For best results, the FJ40 being restored should be free of rust and chassis modifications. Ideally, the FJ40 should come from a non-coastal, salt-free area and have low miles. If the FJ40 isn't in good condition, it usually isn't worth the cost to restore it.
The first stage in the restoration process is disassembling the body and removing any body components. Inspect all the FJ40's mechanical, exterior and interior components. The FJ40 has a reputation as a reliable vehicle, so owners often don't replace parts unless necessary. FJ40s should have all worn parts replaced for a complete restoration.
For a partial restoration, disassemble only what's necessary. For example, in a cosmetic restoration, you can disassemble the body, paint the vehicle and replace any worn interior components.
When painting the FJ40, start by sandblasting and priming the components. Use three or more coats of paint, as three is the factory standard, as of 2015.