1967 Softop Project "Robin"

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Postby yuke175 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:40 pm

Hi All,

Copying over from the introduce yourself section to start my build thread...

I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself and my new project. My name is Chris, from Annapolis MD. I recently picked up two different 1967 Patrols. Currently, my project is my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which serves as my daily driver but has also morphed into my travel / adventure rig.

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I must admit, I stumbled into the patrol world. I was browsing craigslist looking for an FJ40. Jeeps are my first love, but I must admit I have a thing for classic toyotas. Well, a gentlemen in PA posted a 67 Soft top on craigslist and put "like a toyota landcruiser" in the text. While dreaming and searching for a budget minded land cruiser I found a patrol about 4 hours north of me in central PA. After some research I fell in love with the rarity of these trucks and decided to pursue it. The patrol seemed to combine certain elements of the Toyota and Land Rovers I love.

Here she is on the trailer on our way home.

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Postby yuke175 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:41 pm

The Torquoise 67 which has now been named Robin by a friend is mostly complete. However, it is missing some major parts like the seats, transmission cover, tranfer case shifters, airbox etc.

With the rarity of parts I knew a donor car was my best best. Sourcing parts from across the country, and across borders would add up quickly. What I did not expect was that I would find another 67 a week later. This patrol was also in PA. However, it was a bit father away and almost in NY. I struck a deal with a man nice enough to hold on to it for a few weeks while I was out exploring in the Jeep.

The body on this one was really rough, but the ads pictures showed basically all of the parts I needed to complete the first patrol.

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Postby yuke175 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:51 pm

So I purchased the white 67 for parts. Robin was missing various parts including (but not limited to):
- Air Intake
- Radiator
- Transfer case shifters
- Hand Brake
- Seats (front and rear)

Since the white one is closer to running I plan to get that one running to start the project off. Even though the white one is simply a parts truck, I figure knowing i have at lease one running patrol is a motivating factor. Once she starts up I will know I have something other than piles of parts.

We will then tear down Robin and the best of parts between the two will be used to assemble one 67 soft top.

Does this sound like a good plan?

I Will then strip Robin down to a bare frame, and have it blasted. This way we can properly assess the rot and make any repairs needed. From there its time to rebuild everything!
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Postby ShowMePatrol » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:59 pm

Sounds like a solid plan! Good luck and welcome again.

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Postby yuke175 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:11 pm

After a month or so of sitting outside, we finally cleared space in my friends shop. The patrols are now inside! This was a chore, both seemed to have 2-3 wheels dragging vs spinning freely.

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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:32 am

Nice shop! You should be able to make many good things happened there.
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Postby yuke175 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:39 pm

I cant wait to tear in to these!
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Postby yuke175 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:38 pm

Interesting find is these are both 67s, but they have some differences.

The white one "Rhonda" has an alternator, While "Robin" has a generator. Is this common?

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You will also notice Robin has the normal kick panels on both sides, while Rhonda has no kick panel on the passenger side.

Sorry about the names, they were assigned by my buddy who owns the shop and I have accepted it.

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Is this normal? Maybe Rhonda was repaired at one point...
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Postby RiverPatrol » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:38 am

Very interesting. It's hard to tell but the alternator may have been added later, although it does have the correct voltage regulator. The '67s were the last year to get the generator, this was beginning go the changes to the electrical system. This is the first year you will find plastic electrical connectors on the Patrol.

For the kick panel, it's likely it has been repaired at one time. We've seen this before.
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Postby mdawg4x4 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:40 pm

Welcome to 60Patrol. I too am a Jeep fan drawn into the Patrol world. I however started my driving in a 74 Datsun 620 PU. So I grew up a Nissan fan. My 2 Patrols were purchased for something to do during retirement, which I hope isn't too much further. But this forum is invaluable when it comes to Patrol knowlegdge. And just like you, my 67 Patrol is in my buddies shop. It is close to running, but haven't worked on it in months. The 63 is under a cover in my back yard waiting til retirement.
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Postby yuke175 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:07 pm

Nice Jeep Mdawg4x4.... I plan to take mine out west this year.
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Postby yuke175 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:16 pm

So I started tearing the white one down the other night and ended up getting both front fenders, and inner fenders out. It was a bear, all the bolts were difficult, and many snapped. The body on the while patrol is long gone, but it will still be valuable for the parts I need.

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I then pulled the spark plugs on the white patrol and replaced them with new NGK BP6ES plugs, after pouring about 2 oz. of Marvel's mystery oil down each hole. The engine also took a full 5qts of oil without draining the engine as well. I just wanted to get some oil in there until I can work on starting this patrol up. I plan to let the truck sit like this for the week, then I will try to start it with fresh gas after the holiday.

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I also noticed a different on the teal Patrol, it seems to have waterproof spark plugs. Is anybody familiar with these?

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I also noticed that both patrols have different carbs. Can anybody help me identify these carbs and tell me which is preferable?

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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:54 pm

When you have 2 Patrols side by side you learn so much about the differences, very interesting. Both of the carbs are stock, the Hitachi was the early carb and the Rochester was the later carb. I replied elsewhere that those are indeed waterproof spark plugs.

Could you please post pictures of the ID plates on the firewall? I'm interested in comparing differences.
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Postby yuke175 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:31 pm

I can grab pictures of both plates after the holidays, I wont be getting back to the shop until then.

I am very curious about the differences as well.
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Postby yuke175 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:40 am

continued the tear down of the white parts patrol. the floors were shot and I had a fun time removing street sign patches held in with rivets, misc. hardware, and spray foam.

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The bulkhead on this one also looks to be pretty much complete trash.

On both vehicles the tubs are rough. I am looking at replacements from Cri-Troa. I have read the floors are for 69+, any idea if the SWB tub will be a perfect match for my 67?

I need to take a closer look at removing the seatbox from the tub. is this bolted on? Or will I need to cut?

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