My grandfather Nelson had two cars throughout his life. The first was a 1968 Sky Blue FJ40, which he kept until he bought his second car: a 1982 Medium Blue FJ40. Truthfully, it was my grandmother who did most of the driving, navigating across towns and farms on their weekly road trips.
Since my mom was an only child, my brother Juan, my sister Ana and myself, Nelson (I inherited my grandfather's name), often found ourselves in the backseat of our grandparent's FJ40. In fact, I can safely say that, for the first ten years of my life, I spent six hours every weekend in the back of an FJ40. That adds up to over 30,000 FJ40 hours!
After school, I often went to my grandparent's house, where there was always an errand to run related to the care of their Land Cruiser. We would take it to the shop, perform minor repairs, anything required to maintain the family car in top shape for our weekend trips.
When my grandfather passed, I worked together with my cousin and my brother Juan to restore his beloved 1982 FJ40 to its former glory.
My brother Juan liked the end result so much that he bought our shares of the car and shipped it to his hometown in Miami, FL. Meanwhile, we had so much fun with the restoration process that we set out to build more like it, effectively launching The FJ Company.
Although we created the company in 2010, I feel it was truly born during those great weekend trips in the back of my grandfather's FJ40. Now, we are having a great trip aboard The FJ Company. For Juan and myself, there is no better way to honor our grandfather's legacy than by building some of the world's best-restored Toyota FJ Land Cruisers.
Come visit us! We'll be happy to take you for a spin.
Nelson is a life-long automobile racer and enthusiast - for over fifteen years, he ran professional karting and open-wheel races in South and North America. Today, you’ll still find him at the track participating in endurance and exhibition races. As a seasoned classic restorer and collector, he is the leader behind Classic Motors, LLC, parent of The FJ Company. Obsessive about detail and quality, Nelson is personally in charge of the final inspection of our vehicles in Miami before they are delivered to their new owners.
Juan is a serial entrepreneur in the Internet industry and an Industrial Engineer (...dropout). At The FJ Company, he’s responsible for product development, sales and marketing, and finance. He grew up traveling throughout Colombia in the back of his grandfathers Land Cruiser, and today spends his free time roaming the back country near Aspen, Colorado in one of the company’s prototypes.
Andres, an Industrial Engineer, is responsible for overseeing and coordinating our production and quality control staff. He’s directly responsible for allocating resources across body work, fabrication, paint, assembly, and quality control. Away from the shop, Andres is a full time car guy, spending his weekends at the local track.
Based in Texas, Cody spends his time traveling the country servicing our customers warranty, providing upgrades, and regular maintenance of vehicles. From his Dad’s beat up old Land Cruiser to his very own FJ60 he got in high school – Land Cruisers are in Cody’s blood. When he’s not wrenching or fabricating on old Land Cruisers he is either kayak fishing, bow hunting, or spending his time outdoors.
Eduardo is the grey hair on the team. Figuratively and literally. Constantly learning and researching, he’s responsible for the “build specs” of our end product, ensuring that they are being applied consistently throughout the production process. Eduardo is an ASE-certified technician and has been a recognized member of the racing community in Colombia in the last four decades.
Janira keeps the lights on. She’s responsible for our administrative staff in purchasing and inventory, accounting, human resources, import/export, and facility maintenance. She’s an auditor by trade and a certified public accountant. Janira spends her free time with her two children, and somehow manages to squeeze in some biking and reading.
Rivas makes our work come alive on our website, social media, and promotions. He’s the genius behind the pictures galleries for our vehicles. An avid gamer, he spends his free time playing Forza and tinkering with the latest electronics and gadgets.
Linda is the woman behind everything you read or see about The FJ Company. She is obsessed with showcasing our craftsmanship via the internet, print, and events so that our clients can have the Land Cruiser of their dreams. Outside of the office, Linda can be found planning her next trip to fulfill her goal of visiting all of the US National Parks.