1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
The founder of Toyota Motor Corp. was Kiichiro Toyoda, who wrote in the July 1941 issue of the magazine Hanjidosha, "Era of the complete domestically-built car" subtitled "When will Japan produce one?" in which he expressed his dream and determination to produce a car fully made in Japan, just as Ford and Chevrolet did in America. As criteria for a car for the people he listed low price, high-performance, and economy, and discussed the technical issues behind these. The car that first fulfilled the dream like the established world automakers was the Land Cruiser. Moreover, the Land Cruiser led Toyota's drive into world markets, taking the all-important first step.
A bit revved up and ready to be rough and rumble in any outdoor situation, this restored to be used and not trailered 4x4 in classic 1970's design, is here climbing the walls at Classic Auto Mall. This truck can literally go anywhere, and if you get into trouble, one can winch themselves out. The only thing it does not do is drive upside down on the ceiling, which is a bit disappointing but understandable.
With any body rust remediated, a nice green respray now covers this tall 4-wheeler. 15-inch wheels all spit shined and now with Warn hubs on the fronts, are all wrapped in 35x12.50R15 all-terrain rubber. There is a bikini top and soft doors that come with this truck, as well as a body matching hard top (seen in photos). An exterior mounted spare hang off the back gate, a power electric winch is up front behind the bumper, and the iconic oval grille on cream color, is now fitted with LED headlights. Climb every mountain!
Utilitarian but effective with gray vinyl big buckets up front and show in fair condition with some rips in the seam areas. A cloth smaller aftermarket rear seat is seen, and touch rubber and metal floors and headliner keep the floors and ceiling easily cleaned. The original dash has a handmade insert with Autometer Gauges. The center of the dash also has Autometer gauges inserted, as well as many original knobs and chromed glovebox. An AM/FM/CD player also hangs below the dash. A rally style steering wheel fronts the dash. Give me your mud, your rain, your camping gear, and your firewood…
A non-original crate 350ci V8 fits nicely into the engine bay. Held on by an Advance adapter block that mates the engine to the original H42 4-speed manual twin stick transmission and can put power to all 4's with a recently rebuilt transfer case (less than 500 miles ago). Some kids grew up on mean streets with crips and bloods, but me I was born on a back road on a 4x4 rollin through the mud.
Some surface rust, and rust on the usual subjects, all is secure and sturdy, structurally sound underneath. Leaf springs smooth over some of the bumps and are on all 4 corners of this truck. New bearings and seals for front and rear axles new brake lines on power discs upfront and power drums on the rear, is good because what goes up must come down!
A quick starter, and smooth runner, this truck can get the tires singing, and the exhaust playing a melodious throaty tune. Sing with me: Let's get a little mud on the tires…
Some restoration, a circa mid 80's crate 350 motor mated to the original but rebuilt twin stick transmission, utilitarian but nice interior which can be cleaned with a hose, and a good looker. 4 wheeling in a classic Land Cruiser, you'll have the hikers and mountain bikers turning their heads when you are coming and going…throw a little dust or mud on 'em just for kicks!