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1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Frame off restoration



1978, the last year of the classic round bezel and most sought after in those models.  The restoration started with a cosmetic overhaul after all mechanical checks and maintenance.  The whole truck was torn down piece by piece and attended to.  The rear tub was replaced with an aluminum aqualu tub upgrade ($5000)……no worries of ever rusting!  (The FJ tubs were susceptible to rust especially at the rocker panels and rear quarters due to poor quality sheet metal.)  All new Toyota OEM replacements were used when available.  Engine bay is all original with the exception of the carburetor which is a Weber.  Engine fires right up without the need of the choke.   The original 2F 4spd engine has less than 100K miles, runs extremely strong, and cruises comfortably down the road.  All cylinders passed compression tests. All smog components are still in tact (just not attached). This can be easily reconnected if your state requires it (CA). 

Tires are all new 33″ BFG Mud Terrains.  Just added a new Optima battery and muffler.  All new OEM weather stripping, emblems, correct stainless steel hardware, door run channels, etc.  Seats have been re-upholstered with all new CCOT leather covers exact to Toyota specs.  Suspension includes a 3.5″ lift kit with OME springs and RC shocks.  The original radio in dash was left for classic appeal and value, but a JVC CD player was added in addition to a Tuffy console box.    All spot weld marks were attended to……..all body lines are smooth like today’s cars (not wavy in the sunlight like original).  No expense spared on the meticulous paint job.  Truck looks and rides better than factory.

This truck has spent 90% of it’s life in Missouri with it’s original owner and garage kept.  I have owned many FJ40’s over the years, and this was probably the cleanest find I’ve come across as far as it’s condition.  I can confidently say that over 85% of the FJ’s I find will not make the cut for restoration.  Climate shows these are becoming more popular in the high end auctions (Barrett-Jackson, Mecum) as they have topped over $100K in less time than predicted (2013).  Pics do not do this FJ justice……it is a showroom piece. 

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Really too much to list so here are the basics as I know I am missing quite a bit………..

Cosmetic work done:

Frame-off restoration.  Truck completely disassembled.

Professional 3 Stage Sherwin Williams Ultra 7000 paint in Toyota color code 532 (Mustard Yellow). 

Work completed by J & T body Shop Charlotte, NC with over 40 years experience!

All Seats have new leather upholstery in gray color code CCOT Toyota specs!

All new stainless hardware inside and out for appearance and never to rust! 

All new emblems, badging, weather stripping throughout, etc.

Mechanical and Electrical include:

OME springs with RC shocks

Tuffy console

JVC CD player

BFG 33″ Mud Terrains

Weber Carburetor

Original 2F engine 96K miles

Original 4 speed transmission

Aqualu professionally treated aluminum tub……..no rust ever!

New front fender turn signals

Painless wiring harness, thicker gauge than original!

Front knuckle seal kit

Oil pan gasket

Optima Battery


1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 (full frame off restoration)

Another very nice restored 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 available from catsexotics.com via Ebay

1970 Toyota FJ40

1970 Toyota Land Cruiser finished in Tan over Gray interior. Having had a meticulous restoration just completed less then 250 miles ago; the rust free body was stripped to bare metal at the start of this no expense spared restoration. All new rubber seals, powder coated bumpers, powder coated wheels with the correct caps, all new marker lights and assemblies new trim pieces and hardware.  Mechanically it has been completely restored as well with the 6 cylinder motor mated to the 3 speed transmission. Runs and looks better than when it left the factory. A vehicle to enjoy as its upward value as a collection piece keeps moving forward.

This car has gone through our Cats Exotics 75 point used vehicle inspection and is available upon request.


This fine flatbed HJ45 is currently available on ebay

This rare diesel Toyota Land Cruiser pick up is in amazingly, clean condition. It has been well maintained and garage kept. There is absolutely no rust or bondo/body filler on this truck. It’s a really good, solid running pick up. A nice bonus is that it has Power Steering and Power brakes. I can have A/C and heat added for a reasonable cost.

This was the last year HJ45s were made before Toyota switched to the HJ47s.
It has the powerful H diesel motor, able to do 80mph easily and still average 22mpg.
You can tell it has low miles by how strong the engine is, and how well it drives.

A certified mechanic inspected the truck, and all tests passed perfectly.
It shifts cleanly, transmission, 4×4 shift, all perfect. Lights, wipers, horn, original radio even works. It has the original overhead compartment for the radio and speakers, a really nice feature not found in all cruisers.
The truck bed is made of solid, hardwood, that will never rot, These truck beds are built to last a lifetime.
The pictures don’t do justice to how nice this one is.
This is a posted video on youtube to check out. Here is the link http://youtu.be/XgMFJMs5ltQ


Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43 1981 (Stock &Clean!)

This very clean FJ43 is currently available on ebay

This vehicle has been in the garage around 15 years already, without moving it at all; therefore, almost all its parts are original.Vehicles like this one, are not usually found in US. The glasses of the side doors retain the factory counter-mark made by Toyota. The car has 190.000 Kilometers that are fully guaranteed and verifiable.

1966 Toyota Land Cruiser (factory soft top-restored)

This incredible 1966 Toyota Land Cruiser w/ Factory Soft Top is currently available on ebay

Here’s an opportunity to own an incredible Concours Winning Factory Soft Top FJ40 Landcruiser. This FJ40 received a 3-year complete bare metal nut and bolt restoration to the highest standard. The restoration was completed in 2013. It has been driven 151 miles since being finished.

Originally sold at Hil Probert Motors in Lakespur , California (see inner glove box decal), and still wearing its original California black plates to this day.

This 1966 cruiser started out as a dry and complete California example, never hit, original Volcanic Beige paint, a true cream puff and the best possible base car you could ever hope to find for a full blown nut and bolt restoration.

The restoration was a team effort involving some highly respected Landcruiser experts based out of the Pacific Northwest. Genesis 4 wheel drive, Metric TLC, and Landcruiser Northwest.

I have a 3 ring binder full of all documentation pertaining to the restoration.

Every component is restored, rebuilt, detailed, plated, accurately reproduced, etc.

Many New Old Stock parts were used during the build. It has correct coral red upholstery, proper red seat belts, khaki green soft top and soft doors, proper canvas safety straps for the door openings, correct decals. I also have a rebuilt Jack with handles, and a restored hand crank start handle that are included.

Drivetrain is a freshly rebuilt 2F with a 4 speed; it was built to be a great driver.

I’m a firm believer in pictures being worth a thousand words. Please see my gallery for as found, under construction, and finished photos.


This beauty was debuted at the 2013 Forest Grove Concours D Elegance where it won its class and was runner up for best in show post-war. Not an easy task by any means.

If you’re just starting your search for an investment grade FJ, I’d recommend taking a few minutes to browse this article recently published by Hemmings Motor News, particularly Item #3:


The reason for selling is I’m making a move on a once in a lifetime muscle car that is available.

Has a clean CA title.

Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 1970 (one original owner)

I love the patina on this 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser…to me this is what a land cruiser that you plan on using should look like…a trail blazer…love it! This sweetheart is currently for sale on Ebay.

One owner, bought new 1970 in CA, still have much of the original paperwork, books, manuals, receipts, original tool kit, jack etc. Spent about 4k recently to bring it back out of the garage and to back to public eye. Still have all the original parts that were replaced and still have about 2k worth of new OEM parts that go with it. Runs and drives great, very very original and not ever hacked up. All the parts new and old are in mostly original boxes and will go with the sale (see pic) The original working Warn Winch will also go with the sale (see pic) there is only one spot of rust on the entire FJ and its along the floor lip under rear door area, otherwise it is completly rust free as far as we can tell today. So much is new with Toyota replacement parts to make it dependable and reliable again. 5 new oem wheels and tires, and hubcaps, all 8 wheel cylinders, fuel lines, fuel pump, water pump, radiator, hoses, belts and new in boxes are new headliner, new rear window glass, all new replacement bumpers many many more new items, we just got carried away trying to buy new things to have it restored. After we got it on the road the shop doing the work said we should keep it original and enjoy it but we cant really use it anymore. Any questions please ask, its a wonderful rig and a joy to drive. The green mini bike comes with the FJ included in the sale.


FJ45 Troopy Toyota Land Cruiser 1980 ( Rare and Restored!)

This beautiful FJ45 rig courtesy of www.vintageoffroad.com

1980 Freeborn Red & Cygnus White Toyota FJ45 Wagon Hardtop Troopy.
Premium Body off Restoration of a very scarce Left Hand Drive Land Cruiser.

Fully restored in 2006. Just under 17,000 miles. Acquired from a large car collection/collector.

This custom built & upgraded FJ Wagon has all the best options: Left Hand Drive, Newer Mechanical, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, upgraded Steering, Bilstein Shocks, New Heavy Duty Springs, New Bushing, New Tie Rods, New Shackles, New 33″ BFG All Terrains Tires. New rebuilt motor, transmission, transfer-case, restored 4×4 system, newer brakes & more.

A 100% rust free and super clean.

Classis Vintage Lines & Looks. Upgraded to a luxurious & spacious modern interior from a late model Toyota Land Cruiser. Seats 9-10 adults, Goes anywhere. Premium Kenwood Sound system with remote. Call for all details. This special Red & White Land Cruiser wagon draws loads of attention from onlookers – it is a true crowd pleaser..

Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 1975 ( Rebuild by TLC ICON)

This beautiful FJ40 was rebuilt by Jonathan Ward & the master craftsmen at ICON in 2006. It was previously listed for sale on ebay last week.

This 1975 ICON FJ40 is one of the first we built, back in 2006. It is #5! It remains in as new condition, with just under 2000 miles logged. Stored in a climate-controlled garage with an eclectic collection of vehicles. It is a nice and simple example, built upon the original Toyota chassis, enhanced with Old Man Emu suspension system. 350 HP, 400TRQ 5.7 cast iron GM Performance fuel injected Ram Jet V8, NV4500 five speed transmission, Atlas II shift-on-the-fly part time transfer case, Dynatrac axles (D60 Pro-Rock high pinion rear, D44 front), four wheel power assist disc brakes, ceramic coated exhaust, Warn 8274 winch, P/S, A/C, heated front seats, Mercedes vinyl seating textiles, tuck and tumble rear seat, machine turned dash panels, ARB Bull Bar, Kaymar rear bumper system. Hand crafted 5052 H32 5/32″ think aluminum body (New OEM steel hood). MIL-spec innovative powder coated finish, polyurea coated underside and floor surfaces. Locking gun rated center console, full width locking compartment in tailgate. Runs and drives very well, it is a great FJ40 ICON! If you are not familiar with ICON, we started restoring vintage Land Cruisers back in the early 1990’s with our TLC brand, and quickly became known as the best in the world at what we do. In response to the direction we witnessed the market heading, we started the ICON brand. ICON is focused on capturing the vintage aesthetic of classic vehicles, but married with high end custom engineering to provide a distinctly evolved mechanical experience. Please look into our brand, and I trust you will discover we take great pride in our work, and obtain a higher level of perfection that you are likely to find anywhere else. International shipping arranged with ease, local visits and test drives welcomed. We are in Chatsworth, California. We are a licensed and registered Ca dealer. All buyers will pay an additional $150 document fee. In State buyers will owe Ca sales tax and DMV. Out of State buyers can legally avoid paying Ca sales tax by having the vehicle shipped out of State via a licensed automotive transporter, which we will coordinate. icon4x4.


Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 1980 (rare trayback style pickup)

1980 Toyota 4×4-FJ45/FJ40 Landcruiser 5-Window Trayback Style/Pickup (Rare) Low Miles

This amazing relic is currently for sale on Ebay…what an stunning example of the classic FJ45…love it!

Super Rare to find in this condition! 1980 Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 FJ45/HJ45 Pickup Truck. Completely original, except for the wheels and tires. Purchased from a private collection, this truck was imported from Australia in 2006. It is RHD (Right Hand Drive). Super fun to drive Original Factory 6 cylinder 4.2 litre 2F engine. 67,700 original miles/108.300kms. Original Factory 4 speed manual transmission (With Granny Low Gear) and Power Brakes. Runs and drives excellent, and gets 15/16 MPG. Factory PTO driven Thomas Winch and PTO driven Air Compressor under rear chassis, behind cab. On board “ARG” Welder under the hood. The 6’x7′ “TrayBack Bed” is very unique. You can drop down one side independently or all 3 sides at one time to create a flatbed. It has new cedar boards installed, bed light. Tow package with 2″ ball and light adapter. The bed also has a steel frame to support the canvas canopy, the sides roll up safari style (Very Cool) The paint and body are original. No dents or dings replaced metal anywhere. No Rust, just a few rock chips here and there from driving. The roof is fully removable like most FJ45 and FJ40’S are. The top and back of the cab come off (along with the doors). The vehicle comes with the stock front bumper installed, as well as the “Safari” bumper. Wheels and tires are new. Spare tire under the bed, bottle jack and rods under/behind the seat.


T O Y O T A F J 4 0 L A N D C R U I S E R 1979 (Low Orginal Miles!)

Great story and a great looking truck! This beauty is currently available on eBay

O R I G I N A L 1979 T O Y O T A F J 4 0 L A N D C R U I S E R

I am selling this extremely low mileage 1979 FJ40 Land Cruiser beauty which is in pristine condition. I first saw this immaculate truck in 1996 in Runnemede, NJ in response to a classified ad. I took it for a test drive that afternoon and it was love a first sight. It had only 28,000 miles on it and looked factory new and drove like a new truck. The owner said he bought it from the original owner who had it in storage. I went home to get an ok from the boss and phoned the owner that night only to be informed that he had just sold it. Needless to say, he broke my heart. I continued my search for another cream puff FJ40 in the Philadelphia & New Jersey region but FJ40’s are scarce in this area. I finally responded to a Philadelphia newspaper classified ad in 1998 for a 1979 that turned out to the one I tried to buy in 1996.

It now had 32,500 miles and still in the same immaculate condition as when I first saw it two years earlier. I bought it on the spot and since have had many happy years with this awesome truck. Sadly to say, I must sell my faithful and beautiful FJ40. I have recently retired and in the process of selling our much too large home and we are going to downsize to a condo. My truck has only about 37,500 miles on it now. I only put about 5,000 miles on it over the past (15) years due to a demanding international traveling schedule. This truck has been spoiled and always maintained with frequent oil changes and coolant changes even though it had low miles. It has always been garage kept and has never seen a night outside. After rain, it was always wiped dry.

This FJ40 is truly a “Garage Queen”.The exterior and interior paint (031) is in immaculate condition. I was told by the second owner that the paint was original as was the brown striping which was dealer applied. There are no dents, dings, chips, scratches or rust. The truck has ambulance doors with a factory swing out spare tire rack. The fiberglass reinforced steel hardtop is removable. All doors are in mint condition with mechanically perfect operating windows and locks. Steps are in mint condition. All glass is clear with no chips or cracks. All metal Toyota emblems are intact and in excellent condition. The interior paint (031) is in excellent condition. There is a factory roll bar along with (2) opposing fold down seats. Head liner is white and in excellent condition. All seats are vinyl and grey and equipped with seat belts. Door panels are matching grey. Door panels and seats are in mint condition except for some slight fraying on the driver seat bottom about 2″ long.. The dash board is black and in mint condition with no cracks or fading. Front black Toyota floor mats are in excellent condition. The front heater and blower along with rear floor heater work great in the cold weather and operate perfectly. Rubber boots for transmission and t-case floor shifts are in excellent condition.

All gauges, speedometer, odometer are in perfect condition with wipers that always park properly. The cab is perfectly tight with no air or water leaks. The 2F (4.2 L, in-line 6) is strong and in excellent condition. A new catalytic converter and exhaust piping was installed this past summer. I have never registered this truck in New Jersey as an antique vehicle, therefore, it was always subject to New Jersey’s strict emission standards during bi-annual inspections. It always met the standards and I have copies of all the inspection results. The brakes and e-brake are strong and there is no squeaking, squealing or pulling. The engine compartment is exceptionally clean. The hood and its latches are in excellent condition. Tires are GoodYear P235-75R-15 (90%+) tread that are mounted on the original steel wheels with original chrome hub caps. The wheels original grey color was replaced with a dark brown color to match the exterior striping. The swing out spare tire rack has a never used spare matching tire. The truck has black fender flares and a locking fuel access door. Also, the original Toyota jack kit and repair tool bag are included.


Console mounted TUFFY LOCK-IT-BOX complete with a PIONEER radio-cassette player with dual cup holders. The box is grey and floor mounted between the front bucket seats. All in excellent condition. 2 rear mounted SPARK-O-MATIC speakers.SHARP CB radio mounted behind driver’s seat. Ooga horn