1972 Toyota FJ40 Hardtop Land Cruiser, Frame-off restoration, Rare rear heater
- Make: Toyota
- Model: FJ Cruiser
- SubModel: FJ40 Hardtop Land Cruiser
- Type: suv
- Trim: FJ40 Hardtop Land Cruiser
- Engine size:3.8L inline six-cylinder F engine
- Number of cylinders:6
- Drive type: 4WD
- Interior color: Black/Yello
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1972 Toyota FJ Cruiser FJ40 Hardtop Land Cruiser1972 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser Description
1972 Toyota FJ40 Hardtop Land CruiserDry Arizona, Nevada and California truck, driven by previous owner for nine years! Frame-off restoration – completed in November 2008 with new paint, weather stripping, hood latches, side marker and tail lights, clutch and tires 3.8L inline six-cylinder F engine Four-speed manual transmission Yellow exterior with white hardtop Black seats with yellow painted metal interior Fold-up rear jumpseats Rare rear heater Pioneer CD Receiver, two speakers mounted over driver, front passenger Documentation includes owner’s manual, stereo owner’s manual, assorted receipts, parts and service tickets and miscellaneous, related papers
Highly sought-after in the classic 4×4 market, MotoeXotica is thrilled to present another fully restored Toyota FJ40 Hardtop Land Cruiser. This one had a frame-off restoration in dry Arizona and California completed in November 2008 by its previous owner of nine years, with all new paint and rubber weather stripping plus the following new parts – hood latches, nuts and bolts, side marker and tail lights, clutch and tires.
According to 2012 emails from the seller, a Mr. Painter, he originally bought the truck because of its lack of blemishes and no major body repairs had been made. The seller said the only non-stock items on the truck are the headers intake manifold, exhaust, stereo, stereo shelf, tow hitch and front shoulder belts. He said after the restoration, the truck has only needed general tune-ups and engine oil topped off. The engine compression is okay and truck still retains its original ignition system points. A previous owner replaced the alternator. He goes on to explain the cooling system is in great condition and the new headers allow the engine to run cooler. The intake manifold was replaced along with the headers. All steering joints and tie rods were replaced. The transmission and transfer case are in very strong condition.
Painter said all of the truck’s original smog equipment, pump, bracket and air rail were all removed. California is smog-exempt for the 1972 model year and Painter wrote that the truck runs better and gets better fuel economy without the smog equipment.
The paint on this sunny rover was professionally applied and is in very good condition, with only a few blemishes visible upon close inspection. The glass panels are clear and intact. The vehicle’s lights are in one piece, clear and work as designed. The truck rolls on BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, 33×10.50/R15, front and rear surrounding Toyota hubcaps.
All body panels are straight and look nearly impeccable and the bumpers are in great shape. The seats are in very good shape, as is the matching carpet. The headliner is in good shape while the instrument panel with its yellow painted metal sections is in near-excellent shape with all gauges working as designed. The steering wheel is in very good order and the door skins are in great shape. The fold-away rear jump seats look great and there is a rear heater plus safety device. The mirrors, shifter and transfer case lever are in good shape and completing the interior is a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD mounted above the driver and front passenger seats.
Service records indicate the following – Painter bought four new rims for the truck (date unknown); in September 2015, a Mr. Coffey had the right front wheel cylinder replaced, new one adjusted and bled; h ordered passenger door lock and paddle handle; in August 2015, a new steering gear box was installed; in July 2015, a new latch lock assembly was ordered; in June 2015, five new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires were installed/added as spare; November 2013, clutch assembly and rear main seal replaced, resurfaced flywheel; November 2008, a heater hose replaced and new spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor installed; October 2008, various electrical work performed; majority of tickets dated 2006, 2007 and 2008 are related to the truck’s restoration. In March 2006, truck’s previous set of tires installed; more tickets for parts written before 3/2006; March 2002, carburetor vacuum hose routing inspected on just-installed carb. The earliest ticket available is from October 16, 1982, when a Mr. Cutler out of Prescott Valley, Arizona, had four new tires replaced on the truck.
The Toyota J40 is the model designation for a Toyota Land Cruiser 40 series made from 1960 until 1984. Most 40 series Land Cruisers were built as 2-door SUVs with slightly larger dimensions than a Jeep CJ.
The model was available as the FJ40 series (with F engines) and made legends out of the FJ and the F engine. Its first production year was 1960 and it debuted with a short wheelbase version. The FJ40 was produced until 1984. One of the key features of the FJ40 is its folding jump seats behind the front two seats, making it easy to squeeze in more passengers or cargo. Though relatively sparse on creature comforts, the FJ40 nonetheless captured the attention of buyers the world over impressed by its reliability, sturdiness and off-roading ability. The FJ40 comes either as a soft top or a hardtop.
While not legal in some countries, most J40 series vehicles could have their roof and doors removed. With a folding windshield this allowed for complete open-air experience.
The J40 Series also featured folding jump seats behind the passenger and drivers seats. These folding seats not only made carrying another 2 passengers possible, but also allowed for maximum cargo space, as opposed to the folding rear seat in the Jeep CJ series.
Original factory winches were driven directly from the transfer case (known as P.T.O. or power take off) powered by the engine. Later models had an optional electric winch. Documentation includes owner’s manual, stereo owner’s manual, assorted receipts, parts and service tickets and miscellaneous, related papers.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 85,177 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear title.
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