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FJ45/47 what is it? Help!

Neusel

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Hi all. New to the forum but hope someone can help. I have just bought the FJ in the picture, but am not sure what it is! Main questions:
Was it factory built or custom and who by? It is from South Africa, has 4 doors, one on the back, two on the left side and drivers on the right. I can’t find any like it on the internet ( one similar only ). It is registered as a pick up, first registered 01/01/1984. The chassis number starts FJ45 but the previous owner told me it is an FJ47. Petrol 4.2, fitted with a fairey overdrive.

I can post more pictures / info if needed

Thanks if anyone knows anything about this vehicle !

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Petrols stayed as 45's, but the diesel of the same age became the HJ47

I suspect it's a custom body built on a pickup chassis.

Hope that helps,

Ed
 
Welcome to the forum Neusel. That’s an interesting truck you have there. At a guess it looks like it may have started life as a pickup and has had everything from the cab back custom coach built as a minibus.
 
Petrols stayed as 45's, but the diesel of the same age became the HJ47

I suspect it's a custom body built on a pickup chassis.

Hope that helps,

Ed

Thanks Ed, much appreciated. So as an original petrol it is definitely FJ45.

The body looks well made, so probably a coach builder of the time, built on the pick up as new. Must have been an expensive truck.

I will keep digging on SA coach builders.

Thanks again

Larry
 
Possibly something made for transporting mine officials perhaps? It does look to be well made.
 
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Welcome to the forum Neusel. That’s an interesting truck you have there. At a guess it looks like it may have started life as a pickup and has had everything from the cab back custom coach built as a minibus.

Thanks, I couldn’t not buy it but didn’t quite realise how big is was! So I am not sure what to do with it. It is being shipped to the UK and I think I will try and find someone to restore it and turn it into a camper

/Larry
 
What Ed said! No such thing as an FJ47 only HJ47.

Custom bodies are quite common in South Africa for safari/game viewing vehicles. It could be one of those. Once you get it home it may have a makers name plate on it.

Ali
 
It looks to me that a LR 109 back has been grafted on - roof line and rear panel.
There was a similar one for sale in Oz based on a 28. The seller wanted big money but it is still for sale - not pretty looking at all as it was too short.
Your FJ45 would make a nice camper.

Regards,
Rodger
 
Hi and welcome love that it is a one of Cuttom would like to see it have fun with it from Tony. :thumbup:
 
What Ed said! No such thing as an FJ47 only HJ47.

Custom bodies are quite common in South Africa for safari/game viewing vehicles. It could be one of those. Once you get it home it may have a makers name plate on it.

Ali

Hi , I am famialr with the game viewers , but it isn’t one of those - I think mining company , commercial maybe the thing ; as it wouldn’t have been a cheap conversion
 
It looks to me that a LR 109 back has been grafted on - roof line and rear panel.
There was a similar one for sale in Oz based on a 28. The seller wanted big money but it is still for sale - not pretty looking at all as it was too short.
Your FJ45 would make a nice camper.

Regards,
Rodger

A friend of mine thought that too, looks like a series 2/3 roof , but of course the cruiser is wider and the flutes in the roof would be added.

Definitely going down the camper route
 
Thought someone might be interested. The conversion was by Meano in South Africa, they confirmed it. This post was a couple of years ago. Since then I have driven it around for a while until it just leaked too much!

Now it is getting an Extreme Makeover’, however I need encouragement ; money flying out of the window and get sh**t from the boss about “sinking money into that old truck”.

So, tell me it will be worth a fortune when it is finished (even if it is a lie!) , I need some moral support!
 

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Great that you found the maker. Did they say how many they had built? Not many I would think which makes it rare or even very rare and the rarer that a model or variation is the more valuable it is!

When finished it will be a great truck

Regards,

Rodger
 
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