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I just discovered Motor Trend’s bi-weekly YouTube offering, Dirt Every Day, hosted by Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s tech editor, Fred Williams. Here are a couple of episodes in which he takes his recently purchased, $1900, Land Cruiser 80-series off-roading, and then fixes it up for the same amount of money.

I like that they include both kinds of dirt: the off-road kind and the under-the-hood kind. That’s pretty much the reality for most of us who drive, and do whatever maintenance we can, on our trucks.

I look forward to seeing more of their episodes. Find the second video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »


Expedition Portal spotted this 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 on ebay the other day. Not only is it a factory-locker model, it’s all built up and ready to go with an ARB front bumper, swing-out rear bumper, 10,000 lb. Warn winch, Old Man Emu suspension, African Outback roof rack, side awning, Hella lights, and 35″ BFG All Terrain tires. It even has a snorkel and steel guide wires to fend off brush and limbs.

The ad states that the truck has a few little issues (and the steering column looks like an extra from Terminator) but overall the truck looks nicely set up. This Land Cruiser has about 185k miles on the clock and is available in Nashville, TN for $14,500 or best offer.

Bidding closes on April 23rd. You may have some leverage on the price as Expo reports it’s been on ebay for about a month.

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Jonathan Ward, of TLC and Icon fame, shows off what he calls a “142,” basically an FJ62 on an 80-series chassis. This truck was built through TLC, his Land Cruiser restoration shop in Southern California.

As you can imagine, this was an extensive rebuild. Even the engine was replaced with a GM Vortec unit. They went through the truck inside and out and everything looks to be first class.

Update: I called TLC to see how much a remixed Land Cruiser like this costs. They said it varies from vehicle to vehicle, since it’s a custom project but gave a ballpark figure of $120,000.