3.8L INLINE 6, SYNCHRO 4-SPEED, LIFTED, POWER BRAKES/STEERING, BULLETPROOF 4X4!!
How high will the Toyota FJ go? Records keep getting broken at auctions and between the restored stock trucks and the ICON resto-mods, there seems to be continued strong interest in these awesome off-roaders. The point of all this is that if this 1974 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser strikes your fancy, you should buy now because these trucks will not be getting more affordable, especially the good ones.
The classic box-on-wheels look of the FJ is probably a big part of its appeal. These trucks are legendary in off-roading circles for being reliable and as agile as a mountain goat, and given their track record in some pretty inhospitable places, well, it's easy to see why they're red-hot with collectors. However, all those wonderful features also makes finding a nice one challenging, since so many of these trucks have been bashed, abused, and just plain used up in the years before they were on the collectors' A-list. Fortunately, this one is pretty nice with a correct-looking taupe paint job and white top that looks bound for the Sahara. Those flat panels are truly flat, so the paint shines nicely and it seems that they were careful to not over-do it and it's not so perfect that you'll be afraid to play in the dirt. Heavy-duty bumpers, a rear-mounted spare, and a cool-looking luggage rack make it ready for action.
You'll find the interior is far more civilized than you'd expect for a world traveler like this, with comfortable high-back bucket seats and plenty of room for everyone. A rear bench in back expands passenger capacity and with durable non-slip coatings on the floor, you can get dirty without worrying about cleaning carpets when you get home. This truck shows a nice set of gauges ahead of the driver, plus a 4-speed shifter for the transmission and a second lever for the 2-speed transfer case. The hardtop and doors are relatively easy to remove for open-air motoring, but we like the industrial look of the hardtop. Either way, you'll find it's all but impossible not to have fun driving this 4x4.
Toyota's 3.8-liter inline-six powered Land Cruisers for decades and while it seems modest on paper, it's proven itself time and again when conditions were less than ideal. Around town, it's smooth and torquey and the gear ratios are exactly right to make it feel quick and agile. The engine bay isn't highly detailed, but it's nice to see there haven't been any major deviations from stock. It starts and runs well, makes good oil pressure, and generally goes about its business without any fuss, and should continue to do so for a long time thanks to a giant aluminum radiator up front. The suspension is augmented with a modest lift, and it's in good condition with signs of regular maintenance throughout. Simple white wheels are fitted with 31x10.50-15 off-road tires, giving it the perfect stance and improved crawling ability.
The prices on these are not a joke and they're not a temporary condition. You're already kicking yourself for not buying that awesome FJ you wanted years ago, so don't wait another day, call now!
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