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Couldn't help but look around the net at FJ's and older Land Cruisers for sale and the best thing happened, I came across a company that specializes in fully restored models as you will see by following this link to fj.co. Yeah $65,000+ is a lot of money for one of these but anyone who has worked on older cars will know how much easier this makes life. So which one and under what spec is it going to be for you guys?


This FJ43 is on my wishlist:

 

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Restorations are always going to cost an arm and a leg, not something I ever look into because of that. But that soft top 1978 FJ40 appeals to me and I'm surprised to see it running on the original Toyota 2F engine.
 

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Restorations are always going to cost an arm and a leg, not something I ever look into because of that. But that soft top 1978 FJ40 appeals to me and I'm surprised to see it running on the original Toyota 2F engine.
Yup and funny enough its cheaper to have these guys do it since they have all the tools, knowledge and resources which for the average guy isn't that easy to come around unless you're really hands on and don't mind spending countless hours in the garage.
 

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some people are content with just an average FJ40, seen my fair share of them on the road in not so great cosmetic shape but the owners love every minute behind the wheel which is what matters most anyways.
 

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some people are content with just an average FJ40, seen my fair share of them on the road in not so great cosmetic shape but the owners love every minute behind the wheel which is what matters most anyways.
i noticed those attract the purist that just want to experience how those feel when driving much like anyone with a vehicle as old as those get, if that's what someone wants then who cares if the body is rusting away...adds a little character ;)
 

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depends on the type of purist, there's the kind that doesn't mind a fixer upper and there are those who wants one without any rust and already restored. I'm of the latter group, but $65k for it is still prohibitively expensive.
 

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depends on the type of purist, there's the kind that doesn't mind a fixer upper and there are those who wants one without any rust and already restored. I'm of the latter group, but $65k for it is still prohibitively expensive.
I guess some of that might depend on what you see in that $65k and what it could mean is a classic that doesn't suffer all the classic car issues and instead lets you just drive it as you would any new car. That to me is worth many payments over time rather than waiting for when I have the money saved up.
 

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Since they have a "Sport" option on their site, would they be able to make a FJ Cruiser that can compete against the Wrangler?
 

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Since they have a "Sport" option on their site, would they be able to make a FJ Cruiser that can compete against the Wrangler?
They can I guess it just depends on how much the market wants a model spec'd like that. They serve a small niche of people already so going even smaller is a tough call.
 

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But isn't that where a lot of profit can be made per unit? The niche market is probably where people are more willing to part with their money. But I would go for an entry-level restored classic FJ for a reasonable price if they ever offer something like that.
 

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But isn't that where a lot of profit can be made per unit? The niche market is probably where people are more willing to part with their money. But I would go for an entry-level restored classic FJ for a reasonable price if they ever offer something like that.
Not for something low production like that but its not to say they wouldn't do it. Great thing about small productions is requesting them take some special procedures is that much more possible.

But overall they should stick with what Toyota would have done, similar standard models.
 

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Since they have a "Sport" option on their site, would they be able to make a FJ Cruiser that can compete against the Wrangler?

You're in luck, just pick up any stock FJ Cruiser!!! The FJ Cruiser has been competing directly with the Wrangler sense the first one rolled of the assembly line. The youngest ones are coming up to be four years old and even with the model out of production they are still the only thing on the market that is directly competing with the Wrangler, and will continue to be until Toyota comes out with another purpose built, short wheelbase 4X4 platform.





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Couldn't help but look around the net at FJ's and older Land Cruisers for sale and the best thing happened, I came across a company that specializes in fully restored models as you will see by following this link to fj.co. Yeah $65,000+ is a lot of money for one of these but anyone who has worked on older cars will know how much easier this makes life. So which one and under what spec is it going to be for you guys?


This FJ43 is on my wishlist:


We call this FJ Porn out here, man I wish Toyota would bring back an updated version of these!!!



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I the TJ Cruiser doesn't go into production, I may very well spring for the FJ though there's always the fear of getting a second hand lemon. Restoration companies usually give yous warranty, but personal sales are iffy.
 

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I need the FJ40s in my life! It may only seat two people, but this one is a thing of beauty and all that trunk space. It may be rebuilt, but the FJ still looks retro.

 

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I need the FJ40s in my life! It may only seat two people, but this one is a thing of beauty and all that trunk space. It may be rebuilt, but the FJ still looks retro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB4B1cX5XUk
that's why you go for the FJ43, its the real road trip classic FJ if you are pressed for space
some people even like the 43 from a design standpoint because the 40's as a shorter wheelbase can seem too tall.

 

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To each their own, I prefer the shorter wheelbase because of its looks and you can still install those fold down seats in the back, just not as long as those in the FJ43.
 

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We call this FJ Porn out here, man I wish Toyota would bring back an updated version of these!!!



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missed this post but what I want more than a classic FJ40 is this SC70 from 2016 and I find it weird they have produced these overseas for many years without doing a small sample size launch in north america

 

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Most likely due to safety and emissions regulations, probably the latter. the world is getting more strict about those things after diesel gate and models need to change to accommodate them.
 

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