Considering an FJ40?

by Admin on August 14, 2011

Toyota FJ40
Toyota FJ40 photo credit: t i g

Are you considering getting a Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser? When you begin your search make sure to take into consideration these things before making a purchase.

First: what year does someone look for and does it make any difference? When you start searching “FJ40” for the very first time it is recommended that you stay with 1976 FJ40- 1983 FJ40. These years represent the late year styles which have the most desired features. 1976 FJ40- 1983 FJ40’s ┬áthese features to name a few: disc brakes bigger 2-F engine, 4- speed tranny, and backside ambulance doors.

Another reason we suggest that your first Toyota FJ40 is these late model years is because the motor is a bit different in the 76-83 models. The prior motor in pre 1975 was a3 speed transmission rather than the 4 speed that is better suited for off road as well as on street driving comparatively. Take this into consideration prior to jumping the gun on buying your FJ40.

Here are a few more Land Cruiser FJ40 components to look over prior to purchase.

First ensure that you understand the FJ-40 brakes. In 1976, the Toyota fit front disk brakes on the FJ40. 1975 and older Fj’s have drum brake system all-around. Make sure you realize drum brake systems prior to deciding on an earlier Fj40. Another fact to take into account is the fact that in the late model Land Cruiser’s the various components were much more constant without switching from year to year like they appeared to be in the early Fj40’s.

Stay clear of Fj40’s which have been promoted as “repainted.”

A repainted FJ40 with few other serious restorations or modifications is a sign for trouble. Largely because you will need to have the ability to see the original condition on the body. An Individual may be hiding structural damage, or rust under a fresh paint job.

An additional destroyer of the Toyota FJ40 is rust. Here’s a few spots to identify rust problems.

Rear panels

Inside the door sills

floor pans

Floor pan section close to back tail gate doors

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