The Copperstate Overland Special Edition FJ43
Every year in October, the Copperstate Overland brings together vintage 4x4 enthusiasts for a four-day rally through the beautiful landscapes of Arizona. This event, run by the same organizers of the famous Copperstate 1000, had its first run in 2015 and we were proud to be inaugural sponsors. We are even more excited to continue our support of the Copperstate Overland this year with a special edition FJ43 purpose-built for this event.
About this FJ43
Imported from Japan into Colombia by a local energy company, the 1981 FJ43 we selected was part of a large fleet of vehicles used to transport personnel to remote locations within the country. It had the original 2F engine, and most of its body panels were free from rust.
The primary objectives for the build were reliability, safety, and comfort. Beyond that, it had to appeal to the serious classic car collector in search of an authentic Land Cruiser that could be enjoyed at the event, but would also serve as a great weekend driver for years to come. With this in mind, we maintained as much of the original vehicle as possible, while upgrading a few of its features to comply with those core objectives.
As part of the full, frame-off restoration, we rebuilt the original 2F engine, the power steering, and the front disk brakes. We installed a new carburetor, new starter engine, new pumps, and we upgraded to a new aluminum radiator. For safety, we added a custom roll-cage, a fire extinguishing system, and we installed Corbeau MOAB seats with 4-point seat belts (optional), wrapped in custom "full grain" leather upholstery extended to the rear fold down seats and door panels. For comfort and drivability, the rig sports a new Old Man Emu suspension, 5-speed manual transmission, and LED headlights. Beyond that, we did some other minor upgrades to personalize the vehicle, while keeping it authentic and original Toyota Land Cruiser. The gorgeous paint job in Olive 637, a factory Toyota color, was chosen specifically to contrast with the beautiful mountains in Arizona and neighboring States.
This car was sold to its new owner in August 2016 at Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions.
We'd be more than happy to build one just like it for you - you can custom build your own FJ43 Land Cruiser here.
About the Copperstate Overland
Taking place October of 2016, the Copperstate Overland is a fully-supported on-road/off-road rally open to vintage off-road vehicles. Modeled after the renowned Copperstate 1000 vintage car road rally, the Copperstate Overland provides a fully catered, first class off-road driving experience. This year a new route will cover miles of beautiful desert terrain, verdant river valley and alpine landscape throughout the state of Arizona and beyond. Check out the video of last year's rally below!