1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40: The FJ Company Reveals Latest Project
“Grown-Up Tonka Truck” Features Frame-Off Restoration, Upgraded Mechanicals
The FJ Company revealed its latest project recently, a 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 featuring the shop’s signature freshening, along with a list of customer-specific updates and changes to the legendary off-roader.
Inspired by a Tonka truck the customer played with as a child, the FJ40 also got a series of hot-rod–inspired touches to update its appearance and performance. Key among these is a rebuilt Toyota 3F 4.0L I-6, sourced from a later-model Land Cruiser FJ60. Although the 3F is smaller than the engine that would have originally been found in the 1972 Landie, it produces more power and torque, and fuel injection provides lower-maintenance operation in a variety of environments. Backing up the torquey I-6 is a five-speed manual transmission.
Underneath the FJ40’s metallic orange paint and behind its Mickey Thompson wheels is an Old Man Emu suspension kit, giving it impressive capability and handling. The underside is still held together with two rigid axles and four leaf springs, but those units are updated, along with new dampers, to provide slightly more modern capability from the vintage rig. Cooper Discoverer A/T3 tires should improve off-road performance as well, and power steering helps reduce kickback and on-road steering effort.
Designed for family fun, the FJ Company’s newest design also gets an updated interior. A Raptor spray-in bedliner coats the floor, protecting it from debris, pet scratches, and boisterous kids. A marine-grade audio system provided by Fusion provides tunes in every type of terrain, and Vintage Air climate controls help keep occupants feeling refreshed. Heated vinyl Corbeau sport seats match the custom black soft top, allowing four-seasons comfort in all conditions.
Aside from the blazing-orange paint and custom wheels, the exterior looks largely similar to what you might have found in a Toyota dealership in the ’70s. Changes are limited to LED headlamps, a slick spare-tire carrier with mounts for a jerry can, and a tow hitch for added capability. The front bumper also has a cheeky little bottle opener for when the Land Cruiser gets parked and the party can start.
Known for its custom Land Cruiser builds ranging from the classic FJ40 to the rare FJ25 and the extended-length FJ43, The FJ Company produces trucks that are more like extensive restorations than modernized resto-mods (such as what you’d find from Icon). Their prices are a bit more attainable as well, although at $55,000 to start, they’re still not cheap, and adding options can balloon the price rather quickly.
However, with a long list of available upgrades and the ability to incorporate the customer’s desires into the build, The FJ Company’s products might be the perfect way to spend an inheritance, celebrate a big promotion, or just enjoy an afternoon of daydreaming via their comprehensive Build Your Own tool (go ahead, your boss isn’t watching).
Source: The FJ Company