Contract Restoration Services
Hello folks! We’ve been getting more requests for restoration services for customer-owned vehicles, so we decided to write a blog post and make the information more readily available to anyone who is interested.
First, let’s clarify the terminology: “Contract Restoration” means full restoration of vehicles that are sent to us by their current owners. It’s worth mentioning because our bread and butter consists of selling the entire package – place an order on our website and we’ll deliver a newly built vehicle to your doorstep.
In the case of “Contract Restorations”, we’ll sign a restoration services contract and we’ll coordinate to have your vehicle picked up and delivered to our shop. It returns back to you in “like-new” condition.
A few important things you should know about our restoration services:
- We only provide full, frame-off restoration services, where we modernize core features of your vehicle. Your vehicle will be disassembled and rebuilt from scratch to the specifications of the vehicles advertised on our website here. We re-engineer the chassis, install a new suspension, new steering, new engine, new transmission, new wheels/tires, new wiring, new pumps, new pistons, new valves, new upholstery, etc.
- Although our core competence is working with 40 series Land Cruisers, we can do this on 20, 60, and 70 series Land Cruisers as well.
- We only provide one “level” of restoration and customization. That level is called “the best we can do”. We learn from each truck that we build and apply those learnings to the next one.
- Your vehicle will go through the same RestoManufacturing process as any of our other vehicles. In fact, most of our folks on the ground won’t know the difference between a customer-owned car or one we’re building on spec.
- We photo-document the process. We’ll do a photoshoot pre-restoration, during restoration, and a final one of the finished product. Check out the gallery of this FJ45LV for a good example of the photo-documentation process from start to finish. The pictures are posted monthly on our website and emailed to you so you can keep an eye on our progress. In the end, we’ll include them in a nice coffee-table book that is delivered along with your car. It’s a great memory to have of the work that went into the vehicle and it’s certainly a valuable piece when it comes time to sell it.
- Expect to spend $150,000 or more for your project. Some models are more challenging than others as is the availability of parts. Our pricing will reflect that. We will review pictures of your vehicle, understand its condition, price out the customizations you are interested in, and we’ll sign a binding, fixed-price contract.
- Payments are made in 1/3s. First payment when we sign, second payment when we start body paint, and a final payment when you have inspected and accepted the vehicle. If we find more rust than expected during the restoration, that’s our problem.
- Don’t worry about the logistics. We’ll coordinate to have the vehicle picked up (wherever it may be). It arrives in Miami for a pre-restoration inspection and parts procurement, and then it goes to our facility in Bogota where we perform most of the heavy-duty work. Months later, we’ll deliver it back to you inside an enclosed truck, wrapped up in a bow (only if you want the bow of course).
- Expect the process to take 12 to 18 months. We will be clear about timing going into it and you can expect the vehicle back as promised in your contract.
Finally, we know that our services are not for everyone. But you can count on us to have the experience and passion to build your Land Cruiser beautifully. Shop around and understand what you’re getting into before committing to any one shop. Ask for references. Ask for pictures. Come visit if you want to. We’d love to meet you.
This is our previous work.
Ray • 7 years ago
Dear Sir, I need to purchase a pair of side mirrors for a 1972 FJ40. If you could direct me to a sourcs I would appreciate it greatly, Thank you, Ray firstname.lastname@example.org
The FJ Company • 7 years ago
Hi Ray - we don't sell parts, but we find Specter Offroad to be a great source (www.sor.com). Hope that helps!reply
Tara Hickey • 6 years ago
Try also cruiser parts.net. Located in NH and I have dealt with them for over 10 years. Great source, reasonable and no availability problems for my FJ62.reply
Richard • 5 years ago
Cool Cruisers of Texas is the cheapest and has new or pre used partsreply
Omar • 6 years ago
I have a 3bt conversion with no body left (rust), or what I call the rat sanctuary. Do you work on diesels, and do you work with Aqualu bodies?reply
The FJ Company • 6 years ago
Yes, we work on diesels, and we can use Aqualu - but part of our specialty is restoring them in steel. It's a matter of client preference however.reply
lenny estrin • 6 years ago
Your service is looking good difference between these two photo clearly shows that.reply
J Amaya • 6 years ago
Is there an option for gasoline or diesel engine in your restorations? Thank you.reply
The FJ Company • 6 years ago
Yes, we use either a gasoline or diesel donor as desired by the client. As an example, here's a BJ46 diesel we restored a while back: https://www.fj.co/detail/1983-Land-Cruiser-BJ46_161.reply
Nick Kasap • 6 years ago
Good Morning I have a 1979 FJ40 in good condition with a chevy engine in it. Would like to revert back to a Toyota engine/transmission. It appears that my project may not fit your restoration process. (frame off / complete) Can you provide me with any helpreply
The FJ Company • 6 years ago
Hi Nick - we can do the engine work no problem, it would just have to be a part of a full, frame-off restoration. As you noted, all of our builds are full, frame-off. If you are interested, just send us an email through our contact form at fj.co/contactreply
Bernard • 5 years ago
Hey guys, do you make chasis for FJ 47?reply
Linda Koritkoski • 5 years ago
Hi Bernard, no we do not.reply
John Weiland • 4 years ago
Hello Folks. I have a fully restored 1973 FJ frame off restoration. I am located in Key Largo Florida. One aspect I am not fond of is the steering system. In addition there always seems to be a smell of fuel in my garage although we have dropped the tank etc and find no leaks. Would you be interested in putting a new steering system in the vehicle as well as updating the fuel system to your standards. Thanks very much. Johnreply
Linda Koritkoski • 4 years ago
Hi John - we only perform full restorations, we do not do partial work. Have fun with your build!reply
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NASHWAN ABDAN • 2 years ago
HI. i love to restore Landcruiser FJ62 MODEL(LG-MCV) YEAR 1986.reply
Juan Fernando • 2 years ago
"Expect to spend $150,000" that is absolutely ridiculous for a Toyota LandCruiser Restauration! If someone wants a $150,000 US restored LandCruiser you can do it in Colombia for 1/3 of this price and imported for less than $2500 US.reply
Gustavo Nava • 2 years ago
Hello, I like everything I see in the video, restoring a fj62, which by the way I own the exact same model, I just finished reading the contract restoration service policy, my question is, the estimate amount of $150 K , it applies to any prospect project restoration? Retarding the actual conditions? Per instance my car looks pretty much similar like the one shown in the video, I really wish I can restore mine, I had it for the last 10 years and mechanical wise it's getting to the end, it still runs but it struggle, I am about to put it on non operating, but I really want to get it restore, I see many shops on line and you guys are the best from everyone and I truly appreciate the whole work done to every single project you guys have done, how do the estimate work for every future project restoration? Where do I need to from and how do we get the starting point? I would appreciate a reply to my inquiry, please stay safe at all times and I look forward for your reply, thanks for your time.reply
Speed Hut • 2 years ago
This is a great car restoration site that has been quite beneficial to me. Thanks for this!reply
Luis Zamora • 2 years ago
Hola señores...en Bogotá en que dirección donde están ubicadosreply
Elijah Ackhurst • 1 year ago
Thank you for sharing your blog, seems to be useful information can’t wait to dig deep!reply
Güntaç Gümüş • 1 year ago
Hello from Denmark/EU I have just bought a BJ46 from JDM. ( it is like vehicle that you restored) It is a bit rusty but still has time to live. As you can guess, it is RHD. Although it is a pleasure to drive it this condition, I prefer it LHD. Can you change it from RHD to LHD, when I want it to be restored by you? Or do you say “If I were you, I would not”.reply
Sam • 4 months ago
I’m looking for a stock exhaust for a 1978 FJ40, have any recommendations? Thanks much, Samreply