This highly original FJ40 was delivered to our shop from Palo Alto, California as a contract restoration, ordered by an enthusiast of high-end classic automobiles. This FJ40 met the stringent criteria that seasoned restorers look for in a donor: matching numbers, original engine, and minimal rust – all it needed was a proper restoration, which is where we came in.
A California Original
This FJ40 is 100% West Coast - right down to the restored emissions equipment that keeps it street-legal in California. Its classic exterior received a fresh coat of factory paint (Yellow 532), a set of dealer optional Toyota white wheels with 31" BF Goodrich® All-Terrain tires, and a newly restored, original Toyota PTO winch. Inside, the cabin is a rugged oasis, accented with retro-style knobs and gauges, exposed metal, and black vinyl.
Refined Ride Quality
Without sacrificing the FJ40’s rugged nature, we infused this ride with some discreet updates to enhance drivability. We rebuilt the power steering system and added an Old Man Emu suspension for a more controlled and comfortable ride. Then, we completely rebuilt the drivetrain using the original engine and 4-speed manual transmission, with a slight adjustment to the axle gear ratios for a more efficient highway driving experience.
Classic Creature Comforts
This FJ40 is what the classic Toyota Land Cruiser has always been - bold in its simplicity, and iconic in its utility. Yet, A/C flows freely throughout the cabin, and the stereo system is iPhone®- and Bluetooth®-ready. But you’d never know this FJ40 was equipped with such civilized features, unless you really looked — and that’s the whole point.
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