1970 Toyota Land Cruiser
1970 Toyota Land Cruiser

1970 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    Classic Trucks
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    75,300 miles
  • Engine
    6 Cylinder
  • Condition
  • Doors
  • Drivetrain
    4 wheel drive - rear
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Interior Color

Classic Car Overview

The beauty on the right is Elsie.
The guy on the left is Gary. (To the best of my knowlege, he is not for sale.)

I am not a materialistic person, but it is very difficult for me to part with Elsie. We have been together for over 40 years, and she has been totally loyal to me. Most of that time was in Montana, but a couple years ago I had to bring her to Florida. That was hard - it almost felt like sacrilege. This is just not her place. She may be a 1970 model, but she has a lot of life left in her. She only has a little over 75,000 actual miles. That's ACTUAL miles, not miles after rebuild or some such nonsense. As an old friend would have said if he was still with us, "She ain't but barely broke in!"

Elsie and I had a tough conversation. She got upset. I cried. But we both know it has to be this way. The only thing she asked of me was to make sure her next partner truly appreciates her.

She's all original, no plastic surgery, never been repainted. I've maintained her as necessary. Most recently a new water pump and all new brakes - including new wheel cylinders and master cylinder. One of the great joys of working on Elsie is that the nuts and bolts work like they're supposed to - not rusted tight like some other vehicles I've had. She's never been in a wreck except one fender-bender, when a drunk lady turned left in front of us. Well, it was a fender-bender for Elsie, but the lady's little pickup was completely gutted - pieces of it all over the road. Elsie is one tough cookie!

I drive her every day to work and back. A very short trip, just 6 miles each way. She appreciates the time together, but she keeps remembering the trips to Yellowstone Park. Camping and hunting trips. 4-wheeling in the Beartooths and trips to Cooke City in the winter. Now she's stuck in Florida. I do take her into my back yard from time to time. I put her in 4WD, low range and she pulls trees out of our swamp. But it's not the same.

She runs great, but she is going to want a new clutch plate within a year or so. Everything works, even all the gauges, except I don't trust the temp. gauge so I put an extra one in. Oh, and the windshield washer pump doesn't work. Tires are good but old. Steering is surprisingly tight, considering her age. She drives straight and stops straight.

As you can see, I didn't try to paint or polish or even wash her before taking the photos. She's not hiding anything. She does have some rust in the usual places. As that same old friend would have said, "She might have a blemish or three, but she come by 'em honestly!" As for custom touches - not much. I did put a trailer hitch on her and from the photo you can see that I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to fall off. I also added a knob to the dash to operate the hot water valve for the two (yes two!) heaters. Believe it or not, when this truck was brand new, you had to get out, open up the hood and open or close the heater valve manually! She still has the big ol' original steering wheel. People in Billings still talk about seeing my beautiful new Puerto Rican bride driving Elsie around - stretching to see over the wheel!

I have a set of tire chains in the secret tool compartment, along with the original jack!! Not just the jack, but all the parts that go with it. One is stored with the jack and two of the parts are stored behind one of the jump seats. There is a hole behind the front license tag where you can see the front of the crank shaft. There is a socket there where you can actually crank start the engine by hand, I guess if you're in the boonies and the battery is dead. I've been told that the jack handles can be used to do that, but I've never tried myself. I even have the original owner's manual! It's kinda fun to read. Also have the tow bar we used when I first bought her and brought her to Montana. It was actually Gary (the guy in the picture) who towed her for me. And one more thing, I have the "Inspection Light" with cord, which can really come in handy at times.

She's one of the last of her kind. Fully original, straight-6 2F engine and 3-speed column shift (Three-on-the-Tree!!) Vacuum actuated 4WD, 2-speed wipers, working heaters (one in front and one in back), the two jump seats in back and a beautiful natural patina. And once again, just a tad over 75,000 ACTUAL miles.

By the way, some might scoff at the idea of a column shift, but it does have the advantage of making it easier to have three people on the front bench seat. Many times we've had seven adults in there. One time was when we drove to Cooke City in the middle of winter. We not only had the seven adults in there, we also had luggage and winter clothes. It was a great trip! That was one of the times that little "Inspection Light" came in handy. We were driving the 35 or 40 miles from Mammoth to Cooke City, which has absolutely no human inhabitants. It was snowing pretty hard and got dark just as we left Mammoth. Unknown to us, earlier that day a truck had thrown some gravel up which cracked our headlights. So when I turned them on, Pop, Pop and they were out. No headlights at night during a snowstorm on a desolate stretch of road. HOWEVER, I plugged that handy little inspection light in, draped the cord out the window and hung the light on the front bumper. It gave out just enough light to ease our way along. And just enough light to see the four Bison on the road, which then proceeded to surround us. Very memorable! Especially with a truck full of screaming Nuyorican girls.

Fair warning, though. And if you've ever been married to beautiful woman, you already understand this. Everywhere I go, other men are giving her the eye and whistling at her. One time I had ordered at the Taco Bell drive-thru. I got to the window to pay and was told that the guy behind me had already paid for me! He was trying to make points with Elsie. If I pull into a parking lot, there's a good chance some guy will come around and want to take a picture of her. But it's not just taking a picture, they hand me their phone and want me to take a picture of them with their arm around Elsie!!!

You get used to it.

She's a wonderful lady looking for someone who truly appreciates her quality.

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