1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 PTO MUSEUM QUALITY

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Another amazing FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser frame off restoration for sale here on eBay : Full Before and after pics included here:

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1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Hard Top with factory PTO winch. This vehicle is a museum-quality, rotisserie, frame-off, hand built, nut and bolt restoration. It is exact to original manufactures specifications and appears just as it did when it rolled off the ARACO Toyota production line back in 1973. You will not find a more original or meticulously restored FJ40. There are well in excess of a thousand hours in this build, and probably just as many in research and parts acquisition in order to maintain integrity. As much as the photos show, this vehicle is even more impressive in person.

I have owned twelve FJ40s over the past twenty years, and worked on many more. This makes my sixth restoration, and with each comes more knowledge, ability, and efficiency. It is by far the most comprehensive I have ever completed. I am a one-man operation, and I have a passion for early Toyota Fj40s. Prior to doing restorations full-time, I was a mechanic in my fathers automotive repair business and performed restoration work on the side in my free time. I am a purist and a perfectionist when it comes to Land Cruiser rebuilds and I think my work reflects this.

This restoration is unique in that it began with what’s known as a “survivor” – an incredibly complete and unmolested specimen. All components are original to the vehicle and meticulously refurbished. The entire vehicle was disassembled and catalogued. All hardware and adornments were retained, cleaned, yellow zinc plated or re-chromed as per factory specification.

For new parts, every effort was made to use NOS OEM Toyota parts and rebuild kits sourced from the local Toyota dealership or from other reputable Land Cruiser Specialists. Aftermarket parts were only used when absolutely necessary and only because the originals were no longer available. No expense was spared and the attention to detail of this restoration is second to none. Every decal, nut, and bolt is correct in its application.

Refurbished parts:

  • Chassis

o   Frame and respective components were media blasted and powder coated

  • Wheels
  • Drive train, engine and PTO

o   All components were disassembled, thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and reassembled

o   The head was reworked

  • Valves and seats were reground
  • Head, intake and exhaust manifold were resurfaced

o   Radiator

  • Hydraulics components including:

o   Brake master, booster, slave cylinders, clutch master, wheel cylinders

 

New parts:

  • Water pump, belts and hoses
  • Hydraulics components including:

o   Lines, shoes, hoses

  • Clutch and flywheel
  • OEM shocks and Dunlop tires
  • Universal joints and tie rods
  • Muffler and exhaust
  • Headlights, taillights, turn signals, emblems, reflectors, gaskets, boots, wipers, hubcaps dash cap, winch cable, plugs and wires, vent drain tubes, grommets, and lock cylinders.

Body:

  • Tub, fenders, top etc. were media blasted to bare metal and defects were repaired at a professional body shop
  • The only rusted area on the rear sill was cut out and replaced with new sheet metal
  • Paint:

o   All body pieces were coated with a self-etching primer and single-stage acrylic enamel paint

o   The color is the elusive “Heath Grey”, Toyota paint code T-113, and was available on FJ40s in the 1973 model year

  • The floor and underside of the tub were sprayed with a color matched, tinted raptor liner for sound dampening and durability
  • Electrical wiring harnesses were circuit-tested and rewrapped
  • The fiberglass top was sanded down, recoated with epoxy resin, repainted with Toyota’s “Cignus White”, and given a new headliner and visors.

o   New OEM drip rail edge gasket

 

Interior:

  • New, custom-sewn vinyl seat covers identical to the original in color and appearance
  • New OEM shifter boots
  • All glass is original and displays the Toyota trademark in the corners
  • Seat frames, front and rear heaters, doors, console, steering wheel, dash, AM radio, knobs, pedals (including arms and bucket), wiper mechanism and seat belts are original and re-finished

 

Equally impressive:

  • Extremely rare original tool bag complete with stamped Toyota tools
  • Iconic yellow bottle jack and rods
  • Factory trouble light in its original plastic case
  • Genuine owners manual.

 

Even the ignition key is brand new OEM Toyota and comes inside a factory key wallet where it shares space with the new front and rear door keys. As a finishing touch, no true period restoration would be complete without a matching set of license plates of the very same vintage. It even smells like a new car inside! No respectable collection is complete without an FJ40 in the stable, here’s your chance. Please visit the following link to be directed to an online photo album containing supplemental images, which chronicle each stage of my process in detail. The album is organized such that there are before and after comparative pictures, followed by a complete chronicle of the restoration, and wrapped up with additional images of the finished Cruiser.

 

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I want to reiterate that this is a museum-quality vehicle, and as such is not suitable for highway driving. I reserve the right to end the sale at any time. A $5,000 non-refundable deposit is required via PayPal within 24 hours of the close of sale. I’m more than happy to answer any questions from serious prospective buyers, no trade offers please.

One point of clarification: Let me stress that this vehicle is in excellent running and operating condition. However, it was never designed by Toyota to be a high speed highway driving truck. It features a short wheelbase with a 3speed transmission, low ratio transfer case and rear axle gear ratios.  It was intended for slow operating off road use.

 

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