Analog resurrected

On occasion, keeping things just as they were is a good thing. No, a great thing. Our US-spec Toyota Land Cruiser is a master-class in painstakingly restoring an FJ40, where we’ve rebuilt everything. This comprehensive frame-off build includes engine underwent a full rebuild with new pistons, rings, bearings, sleeves, polishing of cams, machining of all surfaces and valve ports. The exterior was all taken down to bare steel and built up by hand to remedy all flaws and straighten the steel panels to better than new. All mechanical were rebuilt, inside-out. One thing that the client requested we swap out was the gearbox to substitute the original 4-speed manual gearbox with a 5-speed H55F gearbox. Maybe just a small - but very worthwhile - departure from “all original.”

Refinement included

While the original spirit of the FJ40 was maintained throughout, several tasteful enhancements were incorporated. Notably the light and bright interior is based off the original Toyota Land Cruiser seat and door patterns, but upholstered in a light gray leatherette with matching edge trim. The floor has been covered in a textured vinyl carpet with black edge trim and the roof getting the original-style  perforated white roof liner. Passengers are kept extra safe with an upgraded, extra-strength roll bar. Sound is provided by a Bluetooth enabled RestroSound media receiver connected to two front door speakers and two rear speakers in custom sound boxes. Cruising on Old Man Emu suspension components and slightly lifted suspension gives the FJ40 a perfect stance and let’s it cruise in style on pavement and on dirt roads alike.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Custom blue exterior paint

  • Hard top with rear ambulance doors

  • Completely rebuilt (new pistons, sleeves, rings, bearings, machined and planed, etc) Toyota 2F 6-cylinder gasoline engine

  • Upgraded brand new 5-speed H55F gearbox with input shaft conversion

  • Weber carburetor with adapter for OEM air filter box

  • Power steering

  • Disc brakes on all four wheels

  • BFGoodrich All/Terrain 285/75R16 tires

  • 16” steel split rim wheels

  • Chrome OEM hub caps

  • Old Man Emu suspension components

  • Front Warn manual lockers

  • LED headlamps

  • Yellow lamp front fog lights

  • Jerry can painted in body color with license plate holder

  • Rear LED utility light

  • Spare wheel on swing-out carrier

  • Galvanized metal brackets, bolts and fasteners

  • Interior handcrafted in light gray leatherette

  • Custom fabricated cubby box

  • Extra strength roll bar

  • Rear sideway fold-up benches with lap belts

  • Vinyl floor mat with edge trim

  • RetroSound Bluetooth enabled media receiver

  • Four Pioneer speakers, two front and two rear in custom speaker boxes

  • Under-dash, slim line air conditioning

  • OEM heater box

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