The best of both worlds.

Like many people we talk to, the client for this build always liked the look of classic Land Cruisers and one day dreamed of having his own. When he was ready to embark on this project with us, he wanted to mix things up and create something that was truly his. The result? A classic, weekend driver with plenty of attitude to keep things interesting.

A Classic Beginning

Once we received the client’s specs through our online builder, we selected a great donor from our pre-restoration inventory - one with no visible rust, straight body, ready to rock and roll. We confirmed the specs with the client, and got to work on the full, frame-off restoration. After the vehicle was disassembled, perfected and repainted, we began, what we like to call, “the fun part.”

Bringing Out the Bold

This project began as one of our Classic builds and gradually morphed into something more custom. We added 33” BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires and the Old Man Emu suspension to give it a more rugged look. This FJ40 is also equipped with a custom soft top and a custom bikini top - because you never know what the weekend will bring.

2F Performance

Look under the hood of this FJ40, and you’ll find the original Toyota 2F engine rebuilt with a new carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 135-horses - the perfect powertrain for a weekend driver.

Classic looks. Modern comfort.

The cabin of this FJ40 was designed to take you back in time. Here, we kept things classic with a traditional 60/40 split bench in the front and traditional folding seats in the back. A Vintage Air A/C keeps things cool, while the premium audio system with integrated Bluetooth and JL Audio component speakers flush mounted into the door panels provide the perfect soundtrack to any drive.

The Ultimate Test

When this build was finished, the new owner decided to put it through a test of his own. He flew down to Miami, picked up his FJ40, and embarked on a cross-country trip back to his home in St. Charles, Illinois. His only cargo: a backpack and tent. In the end, he traveled around 1,500 miles, taking the scenic route through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. He arrived home safe and sound, with some great pictures and a story to tell. 

Looking for the perfect ride to transport you to YOUR kind of weekend? Build your own custom Land Cruiser and send us your creation. We’d love to work on a project with you.

Highlights

  • Matching Numbers
  • 2F engine
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Front disc brake system
  • Power steering
  • Toyota wheels and hubcaps
  • Custom bikini top and soft-top
  • Vintage Air A/C
  • Premium audio system
  • Dash pads
  • Classic seats
  • Flip windows

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