Overton, this is phenomenal news!
I built two FJ40 Land Cruiser projects, the first an early '70s F-engine model, the second a '78 that was originally 2F powered. These were the first Land Cruiser builds at OFF-ROAD Magazine (circa late 'eighties and mid-'nineties, respectively).
Members and guests may recall these two projects, each was heavily represented in my Toyota Truck & Land Cruiser Owner's Bible (Bentley Publishers). In my experience, the FJ40 represented the premier 4x4 chassis design for a build-up, with an optimal wheelbase, track width, powertrain and axles. These vehicles seemed unstoppable in the roughest and steepest terrain—even in pure stock form! The FJ40 recipe for traction was simple: a long, hefty iron inline six-cylinder engine positioned well over the front driving axle. I am intimately familiar with the F-, 2F and 3F engines, gear trains and axles found in the FJ Land Cruiser models. If any members have questions, please ask...
It is satisfying to see the Land Cruiser FJ40 receive this level of recognition. The current trend is vindication for many Toyota FJ 4WD owners. Land Cruiser OE parts were considerably more expensive than Jeep, Scout, Bronco and other domestic 4x4s in the day. (I stopped building Land Cruiser magazine projects when off-road enthusiasts balked at the cost of building and maintaining a Land Cruiser.) Now, as you share, Overton, FJ40 restorers can realize a great return on their investment!
Whether you use your FJ40 on the Rubicon Trail, where I first shared that trail with an FJ40 Land Cruiser in the summer of 1967, or have recently begun collecting Toyota FJ40 4WDs with a meticulous restoration and high-end auction in your sights, the forum members would like to hear about it!
Looking forward to your posts and great photos, Overton. Check out the 'Garage' Photo Gallery here at these forums, and please share these terrific 4x4s with members and guests!
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