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This is a “Spotted” post but in this case the seller of this beautifully restored FJ45 Troopy spotted me (or the site rather). It’s WCXC’s first seller submission. Here’s the story:

The seller states that this right-hand-drive, 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Troopy started its life in Australia where it racked up only 127,000 km (~79, 400 miles). In 2011, it was legally imported into the U.S. and given a ground-up, frame-off restoration during which the frame and body were stripped, chemical dipped, and epoxy sealed. The frame was then painted with POR-15, and the body got a fresh respray. Truck has clocked 600 km (~375 miles) since then.

The seller also reports that the engine, the venerable 4.2-liter 2F, was rebuilt, balanced, and blueprinted. A new H55F, 5-speed manual transmission was fitted and mated to custom drive shafts. The suspension is an Old Man Emu system, fitted with heavy springs, and greasable shackles and spring pins. The addition of custom sway bars are said to virtually eliminate body roll while cornering. The seller further reports that the axles, differentials and transfer case have all been refreshed with new Toyota parts. Six new 33″ BFGs round out the picture — no pun intended.

Up front, the ARB bull bar is ready for your choice of winch. Out back, a dual swing-away bumper, carries two spares and a Hi-Lift jack (not pictured but said to be included). The roof and doors are removable.

Perhaps the biggest change from stock is the conversion to a dual-fuel system, meaning the truck can run on propane or gasoline. The big advantage of propane is significantly reduced vehicle emissions. Cleaner burning fuel also means a cleaner, longer lasting engine. On the downside, propane packs about 25% less power per gallon than gasoline does. It also sells for about 25% less than gasoline, based on national averages. According to Petersen’s 4Wheel & Offroad propane’s relative lack of punch should only result in a 10% drop in mileage. But a 10% mileage loss at a 25% savings means you’ll still come out ahead. With 12 gallons of gasoline, and 15 gallons of propane on board, the range should be an improvement over the stock 22 gallon tank.

The seller goes on to say that throughout the $72,000 restoration, every nut, bolt, seal, and bearing on the truck was replaced — nothing was left untouched. The result is an almost 30-year-old truck that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

The cost of this beige beauty with comfortable seating for eleven? Significantly less than cost of the restoration at $55,000. Given what restored FJ40s have been selling for at auction lately, this Troopy seems like quite a deal.

Click here to email the seller directly. The truck is located in northern Colorado.

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In these two videos, South African 4×4 expert Andrew St. Pierre White puts 30 years of off-road experience into building a Land Cruiser 70-Series. He aims to create the most robust and simple-to-operate rig he can.

The first video shows the build, which includes a custom interior, roof-top tent, and suspension modifications.

In second video, he and his daughter take the new Land Cruiser out into the bush where Andrew goes into further detail about the trucks features, including the newly fitted turbo-charger.

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Update 1/20: Lot 1555, the mustard yellow FJ40, sold today for an even more staggering $88,000, including buyer’s commission. Wow.

Update 1/17: The beige FJ40, lot 751, sold today for a staggering $59,400, including buyer’s commission.

Among the many cars well-known auction house, Barrett-Jackson, will offer at its Scottsdale sale this week, two restored Toyota FJ40s stand out, a 1981 model in classic, mustard yellow, and a 1978 model in beige. Both look like they’ve come straight from the factory.

For me, the mustard yellow version pushes all the right buttons. It is described as having a factory-correct, removable hardtop, a folding windscreen, rear jump seats, and a balanced and blueprinted 4.2-liter, inline-6 engine, with an H55 5-speed, manual transmission. The suspension is from Old Man Emu. The wheels are OEM, which, to me, always look better than aftermarket. The truck is said to have been fully restored in 2007/2008.

The beige truck is also said to have been restored with less than 100 miles on the clock since then. It also features the 4.2-liter, 2F engine, this time, however, mated to a 4-speed, manual transmission. Although it’s not explicitly stated, this one also appears to have a removable hardtop, folding windscreen, and rear jump seats. In addition, it’s said to include the optional rear heater. Both trucks appear to have factory roll bars.

The mustard yellow FJ40 is lot 1555 and will be auctioned on Sunday. The beige FJ40 is lot 751 and will be offered on Thursday. No estimates are given but a look into Barrett-Jackson’s auction results (search for “FJ-40”) reveals that restored FJ40s, in original trim, have sold in the high $20,000s.

More pictures after the jump.

Note: two other FJ40s with Chevy V8s will also be offered, lots 403 and 544.

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This 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 was treated to a Stage 2 restoration at Southern California’s premiere Land Cruiser specialist, TLC, in 2001 according to the seller on ebay. Included in the rebuild was a fully-integrated 5.3L Vortec V8 (churning out 285hp and getting better mileage than stock) and a set of ambulance doors. The cost of all this work is reported to have exceeded $100k.

It’s now for sale in North Carolina. This looks like a great opportunity to own rebuilt Land Cruiser from the best in the business, without the high price of entry or long wait times.

The bidding currently stands at $23,100 with six days left on the clock.

Here’s a link for more photos.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > ebay


No, I’ve never heard of it either. According to Wikipedia, Daihatsu built the 4×4 Blizzard for Toyota from 1980 into the 90s. It was domestic market model (hence the right-hand drive), based on the Daihatsu Taft but utilizing the L-series, 2.2l, 4-cylinder, Toyota diesel engine. A 2.4l turbodiesel became available in 1984.

The seller says only two other hardtops exist in North America. The seller seems to be something of a collector as he sold a convertible version a couple of weeks ago, the only one in the country, according to the ad.

The seller states that this particular 1982 Toytoa FJ22 Blizzard is a Deluxe model which features a center dash console, better seats and climate control, an automatic glow plug system, and fender flares, among other items not fitted to the standard version. Aftermarket wheels and a bull bar were also fitted. Read the rest of this entry »


Toyota has devoted a section of its global website to Land Cruiser heritage. I really like this shot of the FJ60. Beige paint over grey steel wheels, that’s a good look.


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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This fantastic Land Cruiser promotional video from the early 1980s, called Getting Through, demonstrates various driving skills filmed throughout Australia. It features footage from sandy beaches to snowy mountain tops and covers the following:

Rocky terrain
River crossings
Beach and dune driving
Winch anchoring
Snow driving

The tips and techniques (many of which were new to me), and animated illustrations are excellent. The vintage TV-detective-show soundtrack and mustaches are hilarious.

Very informative, very entertaining, and highly recommended.

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Scott Brady, the publisher of Overland Journal, wrote an interesting piece on Expedition Portal a few weeks ago revealing that the 200-series Land Cruiser is now the worst selling SUV in America. He wrote that the Land Cruiser has gone from being one of the greatest off-road vehicles in the world to being a soft, round appliance that can no longer carry its weight on an expedition.

He advocates for Toyota bringing the more purposeful, outback-proven 70-series Land Cruiser to North America. I agree. The above video shows what we’re missing.

Can’t wait for Toyota to make up its mind? Neither could Scott. He imported one through Luxury Imports in Canada. Here’s the Expedition Portal article on their new (to them) 1991 78-series Land Cruiser Prado.


Today I spotted this rare 1966 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 for sale on Craigslist. This longbed version of the Land Cruiser was known as a station wagon in its day. The seller says the body and interior are in rough but usable condition. Mechanically it sounds sorted out, however, with a newer engine and transmission, Old Man Emu suspension and a factory PTO winch.

A PTO (power take-off) winch is driven by the engine, via the transfer case, instead of off of the electrical system or the hydraulic system like almost every aftermarket winch. The main advantage is that it will run all day, unlike electric winches, which typically have short duty cycles given the heat they generate and the huge amount of current they draw.

The owner is currently considering offers over $5000.

Find this truck on Craigslist near Portland, OR.