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1974 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 has become one of the icons of vintage 4x4 utility vehicles. Produced from 1960 until 1984 in Japan, as well as Brazil from 1968 to 2001, it remains one of the most capable off-road vehicles of all time. A variety of body configurations from short wheelbase trucks, to long wheelbase pickups and SUVs were produced and are coveted by collectors and 4x4 enthusiasts.

The Land Cruiser pictured here is one of our shop vehicles and was our first complete frame off restoration. It lived most of its life as an off-road fishing and hunting truck in the woods of Montana. It was brought back to Warren, Massachusetts where it languished in a farm field until Greg rescued it in 2005 and created his first shop masterpiece.

The FJ body style based on the Willys Jeeps seen throughout occupied Japan after WW II, first appeared in 1951 with the BJ20 and was called the Toyota Jeep. Willys, the American manufacturer of the original Jeep cried trademark infringement and as a result in 1955 the “Land Cruiser” name was born. It has gone on to be the longest running model name in Toyota history. The BJ was the first vehicle exported by Toyota. The rugged off-road truck established itself throughout the world as a dependable workhorse and paved the way for Toyota car exports around the world.

From 1960 to 1975 the FJ was powered by the “F” engine, a 6-cylinder, 3.8 liter producing 125 hp. Beginning in 1975, a slightly more powerful (135 hp) second generation engine (designated the 2F) was produced. A Mercedes-Benz, 4-cylinder, 85hp diesel was also available beginning in 1974.

Greg's Restorations is currently working on another FJ40 restoration, check our What's New page for future updates on this project.