1978 Toyota Land Cruiser
Truck Car for sale in Trumbull, Connecticut 06611
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Land Cruiser Details FJ40
1978 FJ40 North American Model purchased in 1984 from original owner with 75K miles. Truck was mechanically sound. Came with factory hardtop, metal front and 2 rear (ambulance style) doors and steel hardtop quarter panels, all glass windows, rear heater & Warn hubs and was never in an accident, highly original and only had some minor rust issues at time of purchase. The 1978 model year did not come with a catalytic converter. First thing I did to the truck was drain ALL lubricants and replace them with AMSOIL synthetic lubricants and DOT 5 brake fluid. Plus adjusted the valves, adjusted ignition timing, replaced air, oil and fuel filters, belts, hoses, spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap and rotor. Hey what’s a distributor? (Just kidding)
I drove and maintained the truck on a regular basis for a few years. I can’t begin to tell you some of the amazing places I drove this LC because I’d probably get arrested. In the mid 80’s I also started driving/collecting some other vehicles….Mustang 5.0, Exotic Italian Sports Car, pick up truck, additional motorcycles etc. You probably get the picture here. As I started driving the other vehicles more it bothered me to see the LC just sit unused, and I could not just let this Land Cruiser sit there with those rust issues. The Cruiser was such a great driving, well built truck I could not let it go. So after a long hard time thinking, I decided it was time to man up and go for a full restoration. The drive train was in good mechanical condition. It was the body, primarily the rear quarters and floor areas which were perforated. But I just couldn’t disassemble the body and chassis without freshening up the drivetrain too. Yes I am a little OCD, fortunately I have learned to calm down a bit (parenthood I guess).
LC underwent a thorough (documented) full body, chassis, and drivetrain restoration which took about 18 months. Restoration finished in fall of 1993 and re-assembled with a soft top and doors since the truck would now always be garaged. Drove the truck almost daily for 2 years so it would not be a trailer queen and I would get all the little bugs worked out. Truck now has 36,000 miles, and has been maintained & garaged with very little regular use for the last 23 years! My purpose during the restoration was to make any and all upgrades to the truck without compromising the authenticity of the beast. Drive train is basically stock (original engine) with upgrades. Body and chassis same concept: keep it stock looking but make it work better and last longer (no rust, rot or cracks). The body tub itself is Fiberglass made by Malotte, all the nose parts are OEM sheetmetal, doors, windshield frame, rockers, etc. Chassis was processed by Redi-Strip in PA, then went thru a cold galvanizing process (gray zinc compound) then painted in gloss black Imron, and top coated with black paraffin based rustproofing (not asphalt based undercoating). Front suspension was upgraded with the shackle reversal modification. I can discuss any and all details of the restoration.
Sorry the pictures aren’t all pretty with quickie paint work, Armor All and juicy undercoating, or picturesque background just pulled truck out of garage, went for a drive then took pics with all dust, dirt chips, scratches etc. Nothing was cleaned or touched up before these pics. Remember it’s a real truck not a trailer queen. No matter how long it sits connected to the battery tender as soon as the fuel pump fills the carburetor bowl I hit full choke and it fires right up! Even with ethanol fuel. Each time I fire it up I take it for at least a 20 mile drive. Last 2 pictures taken last year.
Sure there some little cosmetic things which can be done, but most importantly the truck is sound, solid and runs great. Also still have all the Original Toyota hardtop cab pieces with the Ambulance Style steel doors with glass windows etc.
Too many toys, too many projects, too many priorities….Now it’s time for somebody else to use and enjoy this awesome truck which has been steadily increasing in value. One less thing for me to maintain. Truck is valued in the mid to high five figure price range and negotiable. Thank you for your interest, Rob.
Classic Car ID101081797
Transmission4 Speed Manual
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