A few updates
One of the main tenants of our culture at The FJ Company is to be transparent in everything we do. As a part of that, we want to take some time today to provide some updates on our progress so far in 2017. Most noticeably, we’ve recently made changes to our pricing. In this post, we’d like to explain why.
At The FJ Company, our mission is to build the best vintage Toyota Land Cruisers on the planet, and provide all clients with ongoing service and support after the initial purchase. With that in mind, we’ve made significant changes to our production process in order to continue delivering the highest quality and dependability in our vehicles.
These are the highlights:
- Since our first restoration, we use only steel body parts, not aluminum reproductions. Starting this year, every project vehicle is fully assembled first in its raw state (bare metal) onto the chassis, with engine, interior, and exterior accessories attached to it (like this). Once every component is fitted and aligned properly, the project vehicle is disassembled, and the individual pieces are taken to paint preparation. It’s a time consuming process, but the result is significantly higher quality and better than factory finishes – the quality that you expect from us, and that we demand of ourselves.
- As of June of 2017, we replace a much larger percentage of each vehicle with new OEM parts, rather than restoring original parts. By default, we now replace most engine components with new parts, sourced in the US or directly from Toyota in Japan. We do the same with other features such as glass, rubber seals, and electrical components.
- As of August of 2017, we overhauled our quality control procedures. For example, vehicles are now tested at both high altitude and low altitude to ensure proper operation in any condition. At least 300 miles of testing go into every vehicle before it’s delivered.
- More features are now included in our base models. For example, our Classic model now comes standard with a Vintage Air A/C & heater, retractable rear seat belts, larger 31” BFG tires, and more. These features were previously optional, but most of our customers were choosing them anyway.
While these changes are all positive and are yielding superior vehicles, they do have an impact on cost. However, rest assured that if you’re looking for the highest quality restoration of a vintage Land Cruiser, you’ve come to the right place.
One final change that you may notice on the website today, is that we’ve retired our “California” model – the essence of that model was that it started with an early-70’s FJ40 or FJ43, which is California emissions exempt. That body style is now available as an option on either the Classic or Sport model, rather than being a separate model on its own. It just makes more sense… and it also gives us room for another model, to be introduced soon.
Nelson & Juan