1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 PrivateCars - West Monroe - 13 views
This 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 was reportedly used as a hunting vehicle in Mississippi for many years before the seller purchased it in 2012 as a non-running project and began a refurbishment. The work was completed in October 2018, and encompassed a repaint, sandblasting and powder coating of the frame, reupholstering the seats, and fitting a new tan soft top, new cooling and braking systems, and more. Power is provided by a 4.2L inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox, and modifications include an electronic ignition, rear disc brakes, and a lift kit. This FJ40 is offered with invoices from the recent work and a clear Louisiana title in the seller’s name.
The truck was refinished in Toyota Beige in October 2018. According to the data plate under the hood, its original color was Sky Blue (854). The hard top was discarded due to rust around the upper edges and weather damage to the fiberglass. The new soft top features fabric from Trollhole’s Cruisers and bows and framing from Real Steel Cruiser Parts, which also supplied a new one-piece stamped tailgate.
Photos of the body and frame when separated during the refurbishment are included in the gallery below. The underbody was covered in black POR Raptor undercoating, and the frame was sandblasted and powder coated in satin black. The body was soda blasted and the bare metal primed, and some pitting is noted at the upper edge of the rear portion of the tub. The bumpers were also powder coated, and the badges, exterior lights, mirrors, and hooks were replaced with new parts. A lift kit from Old Man Emu was installed, including shocks, springs, bushings, shackles, and steering stabilizer. 33″ BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires are mounted on new 15″ Toyota wheels and hubcaps. The front locking Warn hubs were recently rebuilt.
Inside, the seats were reupholstered, and their brackets and frames were powder coated along with the interior’s pewter trim. Refurbished components reportedly include the lower dash pads, roll bar pads, seatbelts, visors, mirrors, knobs, switches, instrument cluster, and blower fan. New components include the upper dash pad, fuse panel and fuses, blinker relay, glovebox inspection light, and shifter boots. The wiring harness was removed, checked, and repaired.
The dashboard features a radio-delete plate that is said to be original. The 5-digit odometer shows 58,550 miles, of which the seller has added fewer than 1,000 miles. The windshield and gasket were replaced during the refurbishment, although some components, such as the floor mats, keys, locks, and window glass were retained. The original steering wheel was wrapped in leather during the refurbishment. The doors feature new trim panels, pulls, handles, weatherstripping, felts, and runs. A fiberglass patch is present in the passenger floorboard and shown in photos. The seller notes that the voltage meter is crooked and that the door glass sticks and requires manual help when raising and lowering.
The 4.2L straight-six and 4-speed manual transmission were not rebuilt during the recent refurbishment. The engine benefited from a new fuel pump and hoses, Japanese carburetor, battery and tray, starter, exhaust and muffler, as well as gaskets and seals at the rear main, oil pan, valve cover, and exhaust manifold. The cooling system received a new radiator, hoses, clamps, thermostat, water pump, heater valves, heater hoses, front and rear heater cores, and temperature senders. The points ignition and distributor were replaced with electronic components, and new plugs and wires were installed, as were new grounds and main wiring. The transmission received new seals and fluids, and a fresh clutch, flywheel, and master and slave cylinders were installed.
The rear drum brakes were converted to discs, and the braking system received new lines, master cylinder, booster, calipers, pads, and rotors. The front and rear axles were disassembled and freshened with new seals, bearings, and fluids, and the transfer case got new seals and fluids as well. Additional photos of the underside are available in the gallery.
The seller performed much of the restoration work himself and created a spreadsheet documenting the suppliers of various components, additional pages of which are available in the gallery. Numerous components were sourced from Specter Off-Road. Emailed parts invoices can be included with the sale. Walk-around, cold-start, and driving videos are provided.