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WCXC: Vintage Land Cruiser Ad, FJ40

If you’re interested in vintage Land Cruiser brochures, ads, manuals and articles from around the world, there’s a veritable treasure trove over in the IH8MUD forum. Check out this post.

The post covers the classics: FJ40, FJ55, and FJ60. There are also some lesser-known models. Blizzard, anyone?

Check out the rest of this post for a good-sized set of my favorites, like a nice Red Poly FJ60 with white steel wheels, for example. Good stuff! Read the rest of this entry »

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Natalie snapped this Land Cruiser FJ22 Blizzard in Northern California a little while ago. This cool (and rare) little 4×4 was based on the Daihatsu Taft. I posted about one of these a while ago. Check that post for more details.

Update 5/14/2013: In that post I wrote that the Marin county seller of the Blizzard I featured had previously sold a convertible version, claiming it was the only one in the country. If that’s true, this is that truck!

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 »

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This gorgeous, restored 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 long bed pickup looks better than new. It’s said to have traveled 53,000 miles since new. Much has been replaced and it features a new Warn winch. Bring a Trailer notes that it came from the factory with Air conditioning and power steering, two desirable options. A 4-spd manual and the Toyota 2F, inline six round out the specs.

The truck is located in Montana. Bidding currently stands at $39,800 with about 5 days on the clock.

Update 4/29/2013: The seller seems to have ended the auction early and sold the truck offline.

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I spotted this rare, Land Cruiser BJ70 on the Expo forums the other day. It’s listed as having a turbocharged, 2.4-liter diesel and the photos show a manual transmission. It looks to be in great shape. The seller doesn’t list the build year or the mileage but does mention that it was legally imported from Japan in 2005. Other features that can be gleaned from the photos: snorkel, ARB bumper, winch, over-sized tires, roof rack and brush deflectors.

The word on the Expo forum is that this seller has sold other 70-series on occasion and so trading in rare Land Cruisers may be a business or hobby for him.

The asking price is $18,500 and the vehicle is located in Atlanta, GA. To contact the seller find his phone number on the Craigslist ad. More photos after the jump.

For more research on the 70-series Land Cruiser, check out the Toyota Vehicle Heritage site, Wikipedia, or this page.

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Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings, according to their website, provides Land Cruisers to agencies working in relief, emergency and development projects around the world. They import stock 70-Series pick-ups and modify them for field use with the addition of extras including bumpers, winches, bedliners, tires, radios, and canvas enclosures.

Here’s how they do it.

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This photo showed up on Facebook a few days ago, apparently. An Australian dad built his son a scaled-down 70-series Land Cruiser, complete with Lightforce spotlight and bull bar. I wonder if the antenna means it has a radio as well.

It occurred to me that a truck like this could totally go on the trail with an adult convoy since trail speeds average about 10 mph. How amazing would that be for a kid out in the wide open country with their own truck and their family there for backup?

In a related story, this was told to me the other day. A guy went out with his kids in his FJ80. They were in a big, dry river bed, so he put the truck in low range, got out and let his kids drive it around. They were nine and twelve. “They’ve been driving go-karts for years, so they know how to drive pretty well.” Then after a bit he saw his kids stop the truck. “What are they doing?” he thought. Two seconds later they were barreling across the wash.

They had shifted the truck back into four-wheel-high and were giving it the boot. “Hey get back here!” he yelled. “I gotta make sure they’re not watching me next time when I put it into kid-mode,” he told me.

Maybe it’s time to build your kids their own rig. 🙂

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Here’s a rare, and last minute, Spotted post. I just came across this ebay. It’s a 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series, 2-door, diesel in LX trim.

The 70-series was, and is, a highly capable branch of the Land Cruiser family tree that was never imported into the US. It was so capable, in fact, that Scott Brady chose the 4-door 70-series for his Expeditions 7 around the world trip. The seller doesn’t state where this one started it’s life. Canada is my guess, given that the mileage is in kilometers but the steering is on the left.

The mileage is getting up there at about 272k kms (169k miles), and there is a bit of rust and the odd tear in the seat. But for someone interested in a rare, diesel, Land Cruiser, I imagine this would be quite a find.

The vehicle is listed on ebay in South Carolina with a current bid of only $8,700. If you’re interested, jump on it. There are only four hours left in the auction, which currently has 32 bids.

Update 2/13/2013: Bidding for this rare Land Cruiser topped out at $11,600.

Links: ebay . Wikipedia 70-series article . Expo Expedition 7 article

I’ve always liked the idea of PTO winches. Here’s an interesting video showing how one works on a Land Cruiser FJ60.

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Read the whole post here.

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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