Toyota : Land Cruiser Jf45lv Toyota Land Cruiser Fj45lv, Perfect Project,runs Drives
The proverbial barn find! When I bought the truck I was told it ran (took their word for it) and the rear diff was blown. The PO was correct on both counts. This truck is painfully straight body-wise. I can't see where it's ever been hit, cut up or molested. The two previous owners were both engineers and the 1st one was meticulous to a fault. I have a spiral note pad that he kept from the day he bought it at Lutz in Menlo Park, CA, 15 Nov 1966. Everything ever done to the truck was documented till he sold it to owner #2 in 1979.
The 2nd owner replaced the motor with a '73 F155 motor when he got it home. He drove it for a few months then moved to Europe for four years and had the FJ stored for that period of time. When he returned he took the truck up to his 85 acre ranch in Pine Crest, CA, where it remained till I bought it a few months back. He used the FJ almost exclusively on his property and it rarely ever saw the highway. The speedo isn't working at the moment and shows 74k and change. The PO estimates he couldn't have put more than 10k miles on it from '85 till the present. That would make it under 100k miles and I have no reason to believe otherwise, but I can not prove that.
Since I've had it I had the diff repaired, installed new water pump, hoses and belt, rebuilt the carb, valve cover gasket and rubber top seals, replaced the master cylinder and slave cylinder for the clutch. The clutch needs to be replaced but since I decided not to keep the truck I will leave that to the new owner who may not want the motor or tranny. It does drive though.
Along with the clutch are a handfull of almost minor repairs to be made. The floor pan across the front of the bench seat needs to be repaired. In the back seat and cargo area it's just fine. There is a small scuff/dent on the wheel well flair and a bit on the sill below the rear passenger door. Those happend at the same time. There is a pressure dent on the hood behind the louvers on the passenger side. The 2nd owner backed into a tree with the top gate up and that ripped the hinge out of the metal. A body shop friend said it would be an east fix.
The interior is very good considering the trucks age. The headliner is up and not drooping, 3 out of 4 door cards are good to fair, the back seat had been removed and stored and has a tear on the upper left corner of the seat back. No cracks in the windows and all door wiindows go up and down without resistance. Except for a Sun Tach, compass, altimeter, and beefy hinhes on the glove box, the dash is original. The wipers work, all lights work, turn sigs need a new flasher, brakes are stock but work as well as drum brakes can. The e-brake works but needs adjusting. The visors are very good. No tears and not flattened out.
The drive train is fantastic. The motor shows 149 to 152 lbs of compression across all 6 cylinders. The rear diff was just rebuilt and rear wheel bearings and seals were included at the time, the Warn hubs are free and smooth, the x-fer case is fine, the tranny (3 spd) has a scritch here and there but that could be the poor clutch. Both drive shafts check out and there's 2 or 3 years left on the tires.
The rust you see on the outside of the truck is ALL surface and I cannot find any rust thru other than the front floor pan. All the door sills are solid with nothing other than surface discoloration. It's a very solid truck!
The pictures are very accurate and all taken within the last month. I would be happy to answer any questions or provide specific pictures upon request. If you're a bidder.good luck!
On May-15-09 at 16:05:26 PDT, seller added the following information:
I missed a couple things. Title/pink in hand, reg'd till March 2010.
Undercarridge dry as a bone. The Stewart/Warner guages were installed and calibrated by the 1st owner Aug 17 1970. He didn't trust the factory guages. The ones in the dash cluster should be fine. He just re-routed the wires. All SW guages are working well and the motor runs at 160 to 175 average temp.<p.