1985 Toyota Landcrusier FJ60, "TLC Swapped" 2.8 Diesel, H55, Turbo, ARB Locker

Price: US $20,000.00 Item location: Snohomish, Washington, United States
  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: Land Cruiser
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 268,537
  • VIN: JT3FJ60G1F1128522
  • Color: TAN
  • Engine size: 2.8 DIESEL
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1985 Toyota Land Cruiser

This is a 1985 FJ60 Toyota Landcruiser into which TLC (now ICON) swapped an HS2.8 diesel motor and Toyota H55 5 speed transmission approximately 10 years ago. The truck runs and drives excellent and gets very good economy. Yes, it's intercooled and it has a Garrett variable vane turbo. It will easily cruise at highway speeds but the little 4 cylinder diesel is not going to throw you back in your seat or turn good tires into white smoke. When this conversion was done/completed, the customer cost was $30,000 and that didn't include the cost of the solid FJ60 platform.
The HS2.8 motor is essentially a copy of the LandRover 300TDI engine. It is a mechanical injection engine with no computer making it very simple and reliable. There is lots of information on them if you do a google search.
At the time of the swap, TLC did these swaps fairly commonly because the HS2.8 was California emissions compliant. The engine was new along with the H55. The front axle was fully rebuilt and the rear axle has an ARB air locker installed. There is also an onboard air ARB compressor which powers the rear air locker and can inflate tires. The truck rides on a 2.5" Old Man Emu lift. Here's a video link with Jonathan Ward (of TLC) narrating about the truck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCsGhsHxRTc This truck in it's current state could easily run the Rubicon and would be a great weekend/camping/overland rig.
The interior of the vehicle is very clean as shown in the pics. It oozes 80's nostalgia and is quite comfortable. The vehicle has a Tuffy security console installed and I do have the keys. The radio and all speakers have been updated. The rear bumper is a fully TIG welded Teton Cruisers unit which is ready for dual spindles/swingouts should you wish to install them. It's a VERY nice, stout bumper.
The tires are Cooper 31x10.5's and they are in excellent condition. Brakes and steering are also excellent.
This FJ60 started it's life as a California truck and there is very little rust for a 33 year old Landcruiser. The only problem spots I can find are the driver door itself (near the hinge) and directly above the passenger side wheel well. The paint is not perfect but pretty good overall. The driver side has California sun damage while the passenger side does not. The truck spent the majority of time in California but it's currently titled in Alaska as it was in Fairbanks (dry, but bitterly cold) for about the past 4 years.
Things that don't work: The AC. I don't know if it needs to be recharged or what. In WA, I rarely care. The temperature gauge. I put a new sender in it but I believe the dash gauge is no good. When I was driving this around, I temporarily installed an electric temp gauge so I could monitor the engine. It runs very cool; usually 180-195 degrees. The tachometer no longer functions after the diesel swap. To get it to work, you'll likely need some sort of magnetic pickup from Dakota Digital or similar.

Please contact me if you want pictures of anything really specific. Ican also provide videos of it running/driving if you wish.
I have a CLEAN title for this truck.