This is one of the earliest FJ60s I’ve ever come across. The VIN plate reads “Sep 1980” and according to the final four digits in the VIN this would be the 1,021st FJ60 brought into the United States. Since the first FJ60s brought into the United States were in 1981, and since the official production dates (according to a vintage Toyota shop posted I have) say they started in October 1980, this one is early.
What’s especially interesting about this 60 series is the fact that it is completely stripped down. No A/C, no rear wiper, no rear defrost. It’s is completely utilitarian.
I bought this from the previous owner here in Colorado who began worked on it over the course of a couple years. He started to do the body work on it and did a “meh” job. The rust was cut out and replaced with bondo and fiberglass patches. The rust was primarily in the rear quarters, rear lift gate, and a smidge in the rain gutter in the rear corners (maybe a quarter size hole), and a couple holes under the rear wheel wells and under the driver seat floor pan.
When I found out that it was an extremely early FJ60, I decided I would clean it up, tune it up, and put a little love into it. To do a killer body job and paint job would be around $8k to $10k. I couldn’t commit to that level of a restoration, but I decided to give it a solid paint job in one of my favorite FJ40 color combos: Olive Green (code 653) and Cygnus White top. Yep. It’s a nice paint job over a “meh body” job. But, dang, it looks cool. And I’ve priced it according to the level of investment I have into it. It’s not a $20,000 to $30,000 restoration, but it looks great going down the road and it’s tuned and dialed in.
This will make a great trail Cruiser or could be daily driven.
- New paint job – Olive Green and White top (FJ40 colors)
- Lower miles, only 182k
- Carb rebuilt; runs great
- Thule cross bars
- Valve adjustment, valve cover replaced, new valve cover grommets
- New PCV valve
- New fuel filter
- Tuned and adjusted (note: adjusted for an elevation of 7,300′. If you’re at sea level or below 4,000′ it will require low altitude jets and an adjustment for elevation)
- New dash cap
- Installed much nicer, original front bucket seats
- Installed nicer door cards
- Brand new, old stock front orange side marker lights, rear tail light lenses, wiper caps, and wiper arm covers
- New carpet in the rear
- New rear cargo side panels (backing and carpet)
- Carpet up front in very good shape
- New FJ40 emblems (to go with the FJ40 color combo). The “Toyota Land Cruiser” rear side emblems, rear 4WD emblem, and rear “TOYOTA” emblem would have all originally been on a late 70s FJ40.
- Original center console cup holders there and in good shape (rare)
- Lifted with newer tires
- Frame sanded and repainted
- Power steering appears to have been rebuilt recently (we didn’t do it, but it feels great and you can tell by how clean and oil-free it is. Most are a hot mess. Literally.)
- Rear main seal leaks (most of them do…we usually wait until the clutch needs to be replaced and do it then…it’s a $30 part).
- Front axle leaks (most of them do…we usually wait until it needs a brake job and use the Cruiser Outfitters kit to do the whole thing)
- The rust. That said, one thing that could help with that meh body job is to have LineX sprayed on the bottom portion of the Cruiser. I had this on another FJ60 in the past, and it actually looked really cool while protecting the most vulnerable areas. See photos.
- There were some splits in the headliner. I just frankenstein stitched them up. I think this is a pretty cool (and appropriate) look for this Cruiser, but the headliner is less than perfect.
- Missing the hood insulation that clips under the hood. I have one on a parts Cruiser that’s decent and I plan to install that this week.
- It comes with a nice set of new speakers for the front doors, a set of good 6×9 speakers, and a used Kenwood amplifier that will fit under the front seat. Not installed.
- I have a set of original FJ60 chrome rims, if you want to go back to stock on those. $250 for the set. Or, you could put a set of FJ40 rims on it with hub caps and all. We can get those brand new for around $650 complete.
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