This 1971 FJ43 will be a powerful weekend driver

Part of our California Series of builds, this 1971 FJ43 will be converted into a powerful Land Cruiser, suitable for any driving condition.  While maintaining the authenticity and look of the traditional Land Cruiser, our client from Los Angeles, California wants the car for quick sprints to the store and back, weekends on the beach, and even commuting to the office in central LA.  

For an early 1970's vehicle, we have a solid donor to work with.  Minimal rust, straight chassis, and most of its body parts are in decent condition.  The engine will be upgraded to the modern Toyota FZ with electronic fuel injection.  Used by Toyota on their 1990's and 2000's Land Cruisers, its 210 HP make it a serious powerplant for the 43.  Inside, we'll keep the vehicle looking classic with saddle color interior and metallics painted to match the exterior; Heath Gray, possibly our favorite Toyota-factory color.  

As is common in most of our projects, we're doing power steering, front disk brakes, and the suspension will be upgraded to Old Man Emu.  The vehicle will cruise comfortably on 31" BFG All Terrain tires on the Toyota original steel wheels (hub caps delete!).   To finish things off, a powerful sound system by JL Audio will provide entertainment and a custom soft-top by The FJ Company will provide cover from the elements. 

Stay tuned on this build.  It's going to be awesome. 

Want to learn more?  Contact us below. 



  • Matching Numbers
  • Toyota FZ Engine
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • 5-speed Manual
  • Vintage Air A/C
  • LED headlights
  • Premium Sound System

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