This 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Looks Perfectly at Home in 2016

While maintaining its vintage charm.

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The art of restoring vintage automobiles is a true craft, and expert updates often make these cars better than the original. That’s exactly what FJ Company did here to a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. Originally belonging to a family in Colombia, the US build of this vehicle was put through a concours-quality restoration. Featuring the original Toyota blue paint and white hard top, the car also features a rebuilt transmission and drive system. Check out below for the full range of updates, and expect this car to be auctioned off this month. Learn more here.

The frame was powder-coated, and two coats of urethane sealed the chassis and floors. Two coats of anti-corrosive primer preceded multiple coats of the Toyota’s original Sky Blue paint, with the top of the factory hardtop finished in Cygnus White. Inside, the roll bar was repainted, the door panels, dash pads, and headliner were replaced, and the seats were re-upholstered in the correct grey material. New windows were installed and new seals throughout were used.

The matching numbers 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, and four-wheel-drive system were systematically rebuilt, using Toyota OEM parts wherever possible, and a new Old Man Emu suspension was fitted. The wiring harness was replaced, along with all fuse blocks and relays, and the gauges were refinished. The original heater was overhauled, a new Toyota OEM A/C installed, and all fixtures, nuts and bolts were zinc-plated.

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