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Any Landcruiser owners here

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Jamie James, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Does anyone on this site own a FJ40 or fj45 landcruiser. I was thinking of having one for towing :canadaflag:a trailer and doing my lawns with........

  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I had a 1976 FJ40 back in the late 90s, It had a 5" lift with 35" tires and the 350 chevy engine swap, I had the hard top with the ambulance style doors and the soft top. It was a beast off road, but kinda rough on road, and had constant engine trouble. That was the only truck Ive driven that had a different shift pattern, 1st gear was down and to the right? You actually had to get out and lock the hubs too! That thing would go anywhere though! I loved that rig, and had alot of plans for it, I was going to restore it and put in leather seats I had from a newer cadiallac! A couple friends helped me take the body off and start restoring the underside first. But it started costing alot more money than I had thought, so I had to sell it. I wish I still had it though, maybe someday I will get one again? I see ones that people have restored selling for over $40K today!!! Mine originally had the diesel engine, why they replaced that with a 350 chevy is beyond me?

    Which type are you planning on getting? The FJ80s looked pretty good too, but hard to find. Many people confuse the FJ with the Mercedes G wagon. but I wouldve taken a G wagon over the FJ anyday!!
  3. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I have had about 15 landcruisers, fj40's, fj45 pickups, wagons, parts everywhere,,,,, I sold my 1984 BJ42 last year,,,, 4 cyl diesel, org, red, last year of the fj40 style, I will be looking in a few years when or if I have the money to buy one......... Up here in ontario canada we seem to have a rust issue with them and everything else,,,,,,, I would buy a rust free truck and park it in the winter indoors,,,,,,,,,,,,:canadaflag:

  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Yeah, rust is the big killer here too. My 76 FJ40s rear frame was so bad, the rear shackle was halfway hanging off! Im glad I quickly saw that and welded it back. Do you ever come across any older 70s cruisers that are basket cases for under $1500.?
  5. tony58

    tony58 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Looks great, yours is in much better shape than mine was! Although I had that exact air filter on mine! I ended up parting mine out, but the only think I wanted to keep was the glove compartment door, with the shifting info on it. You could get alot of money for that today, as good a shape as it is in.
  7. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Seems odd to me that so many people take out the I-6's and swap in a 350. Always did think the I-6 engine was about the best part of those rigs - althought I would prefer a diesel, maybe a good place to swap in a 4bt cummins.

    Don't think i'd reccommend one for lawn care, however.
  8. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Back in the early 2000s, you could find early to late 70s FJs all over the place, now they are almost impossible to find, unless its a restored one selling for $30K or up!
  9. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    *trucewhiteflag* I bought another landcruiser its a 1977 FJ45 lab org condition from Barrie Ontario.

    My next one will be a bj42 or hj47 from oz

    Nice cruiser in the picture above.
  10. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    WOW what a clean fj40 we had one growing up just like that tan color though 76 model with a 327 v-8 and four speed...what memories...

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