Land Cruiser FJ45
BODYWORK / TRIM
Spending much of its life on a coffee plantation in Guatemala, this high-riding ute recently received a detailed, frame-off restoration that left no part untouched. As you can tell from our high-resolution photos, that first class build is highlighted by a smooth coat of glossy red 2-stage. Under that high-quality pigment, an incredibly straight fuselage hangs solid panels that, apart from a thorough massage during the aforementioned reboot, appear to have led a pretty quiet life. Those massaged panels feature better-than-factory alignment that's seated in even planes and tight gaps. And that carefully finished body presents very well, supplementing timeless aesthetics with serious collector car swagger.
When you pop this pickup's doors, you'll find a crisp vinyl cockpit that's full of utilitarian charm. A wide split-bench seat complements small door panels, a tight headliner and a thick floor mat. A body-matched dash hangs fully rebuilt telemetry next to modern air conditioning. The driver feels the road through a large steering wheel, a big shifter for the 4-speed and a small shifter for the 4-wheel drive. And behind the cockpit, a long bed props a structured canopy over plenty of dry storage.
Perpetually cool and virtually timeless, this tough Land Cruiser is a refreshing take on the classic truck concept. Combining a top-notch restoration with proven mechanicals, it presents the rare opportunity to land a truly unique classic that easily doubles as a well-oiled road warrior. Don't miss your chance to own this killer pickup!
DRIVETRAIN / SUSPENSION
Crawl under this classic and you'll find solid, undercoated floors that appear to have spent most of their life living clean and working hard. The fully rebuilt 6-cylinder twists power to a tough 5-speed, which spins a direct-fit, 1983 Land Cruiser third-member. The truck's chassis rides a solid-axle suspension that, thanks to Old Man Emu shocks, springs and shackles, stands 1.5 inches taller. Tracking is provided by factory power steering. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes. At the center of the floor, aluminized exhaust pipes make good use of a painted muffler. And at the corners of the floor, hard-to-find split-rims spin 265/75R16 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs around trusty Aisin hubs.
Toss the hood and you'll find a trusty Toyota 2F 6-cylinder that was fully rebuilt during the recent restoration. At the top of that 2-tone mill, a shortened air cleaner feeds oxygen in to a fresh Rally carburetor, which is seated on a cast iron manifold. At the side of that intake, a factory cylinder head brandishes a painted, “2F” branded valve cover. Fires get lit by an old school distributor with electronic ignition, which jolts short plug wires. Cooling comes courtesy of a shrouded radiator, which frames a modified pulley system that features a relocated alternator, relocated power steering, a modern AC compressor and a double-groove crank pulley. It should be noted that all the truck's pulleys are original Toyota Land Cruiser components that are configured to 2F US specs for efficient arrangement and easy access. Spent gases exit through a second cast iron manifold. And the truck's clean engine compartment is very well done, with items like a Toyota coil, yellow chromated fluid lines and a fresh brake booster rounding out an otherwise impressive build.