A US-based restorer of vintage vehicles, Legacy Overland, has meticulously restored a 1981 US-spec Toyota LandCruiser FJ40 for a client.
The complete ‘frame-off’ rebuild involved not only a full refresh of the 2F six-cylinder petrol engine – new pistons, rings, bearings and sleeves, plus the polishing of cams and machining of all surfaces and valve ports – but the exterior was stripped to bare steel and flawlessly rebuilt to “better than new”, according to Legacy Overland.
While the FJ, wearing a custom blue hue, maintains the core components of the original FJ, it does differ from original specification in a few ways. Per the client’s request, a five-speed H55F gearbox has replaced the four-speed manual, and a Weber carburettor (with an adapter for the OEM air-filter box) has been installed.
Other tweaks from original include the addition of an extra-strength roll bar, Old Man Emu suspension components, a Bluetooth-enabled RetroSound media receiver and updated light-grey interior leatherette and trim.
Other notable features of the rebuilt FJ40 include Warn manually locking front hubs, LED lighting fore and aft, galvanised metal brackets, bolts and fasteners, and a custom-fabbed cubby box. It runs 16-inch steel wheels wearing chrome OEM hub caps and wrapped in BFGoodrich AT tyres.
The classic resto-mod Cruiser is priced from US$100,000, placing it at around the AU$150,000 mark.
Last week we wrote about The FJ Company’s run of custom-built, resto-modded FJ40s with a sticker price starting from $270,000!
Clearly built for those with deep pockets, the waiting list for such vehicles exceeds 12 months.