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 restored 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. Your vehicle will be disassembled and rebuilt from scratch. That includes rebuilding the engine, transmission, electrical, interior, and exterior. We install a new suspension, new wheels/tires, new carburetor, new starter engine, new wiring, new pumps, new pistons, new valves, new upholstery, etc.
  • We only provide one “level” of restoration. That level is called “the best we can do”. We learn from each restoration we perform and apply those learnings to the next one.
  • Your vehicle will go through the same process and restoration assembly-line 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 $90,000 or more in your restoration. 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 9 to 12 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. We’re probably not the most expensive and we’re definitely not the cheapest. 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.

Happy hunting.

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Ray • 2 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

The FJ Company • 2 years ago

Hi Ray - we don't sell parts, but we find Specter Offroad to be a great source ( Hope that helps!

Tara Hickey • 1 year ago

Try also cruiser Located in NH and I have dealt with them for over 10 years. Great source, reasonable and no availability problems for my FJ62.

Richard • 12 months ago

Cool Cruisers of Texas is the cheapest and has new or pre used parts

Omar • 2 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?

The FJ Company • 2 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.

lenny estrin • 2 years ago

Your service is looking good difference between these two photo clearly shows that.

J Amaya • 2 years ago

Is there an option for gasoline or diesel engine in your restorations? Thank you.

The FJ Company • 2 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:

Nick Kasap • 2 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 help

The FJ Company • 2 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

Bernard • 5 months ago

Hey guys, do you make chasis for FJ 47?

Linda Koritkoski • 5 months ago

Hi Bernard, no we do not.


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