A 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 Deluxe adjustable 4" air-bag suspension lift. 36" Super Swamper tires with deep tread. Rocker sliders and rear quarter guards. HUGE ground clearance (see pictures).
This is the real deal. Purchased new by the previous owner he took his family camping all over the West. Canada, Baja, skiing, fishing, this rig has been there and done it. Eventually the kids went off to college and there it sat. Unused. Although the vehicle was well-maintained, the years were beginning to show in the usual places (mostly the rockers).
The original six cylinder fires right to life and runs exceptionally well. No stumbling when cold. Fire it up and drive away. I would not consider replacing this motor with a V-8 or rebuilding it until you put another 100,000 miles on it. It really purrs. Tons of low-end torque. The exhaust has been shortened so it has a very pleasant and sporty sound. The engine compartment is completely stock down to the air cleaner wing nut, so you aren't starting with something that has been monkeyed with. New starter, etc. Runs Awesome.
The interior is pretty nice overall. The Seats were re-upholstered by the previous owner. They are very nice. The dash is also very nice with the original radio and good knobs and switches. The electric rear window works good although it is a little slow when it is real cold out. The ceiling is ok but has a few tears that could use vinyl tape. All the door panels are present but I took them off to redo them and put dynamat inside the doors (which I haven't got to yet). The windows all roll up and down nicely. This Cruiser has the toasty rear toe heater. The original jack and factory tool kit are under the rear seat. It's all there. Bone Factory Stock except for the off-road mods.
The rockers were removed and replaced with 2x6 steel tubing for rock sliders. The rear quarters are 2x4. This gives about 4 inches extra rocker clearance and increases the strength of the body greatly. These are not super heavy. They are high-tensile steel which is thick enough to resist serious abuse without adding a lot of weight. You can now jack the entire vehicle by any part of the rocker. The rear quarters were brought up to just below the signature round lights out back. Since those always take a beating I extended the tubes just a bit past the lights to form "bumperettes". Now you can back into the garbage can (or a dumpster) without worrying about those cute little lights. The tires are 36" x 12.5" x 15" Super Swampers TSL on aluminum wheels. They have been on a couple of trails, but have almost full tread depth. The fenders were trimmed and have fender flares. The rear fenders were extensively massaged and modded to fit the 36" tires while allowing full flex without rubbing. This whole project involved a SERIOUS amount of welding and many long nights kneeling on the concrete. All the welds are MIG wire feed with inert gas shielding. Anyone who knows about these rigs will tell you it is practically impossible to fit 36" tires without limiting flex. This took a lot of special attention. If you are interested I can go into details, but this is getting long so suffice to say you won't find another like it.
While there are a few spots that still need attention, the bulk of the hard work has been done. This Cruiser is overall very solid and ready to run. The brakes are there but take a pump. I was planning on bleeding them before the auction ends. It is normally kept in the garage, I just drove it out to take pictures. The factory undercoating was in good shape on the frame and most of the underbody so I pressure washed everything really good and after a few days to dry in the shop preserved the undercarriage and new rock sliders with Toyota-Black Rust Stop paint. There is no bondo in this rig. I have pictures of the bare metal during the welding and fabrication. The grey is to protect it from the elements. A finish paint job would turn this into a top-quality show Cruiser.
The adjustable airbag suspension gives about 4" lift and an AWESOME ride. Far superior to a spring lift, it literally feels like you are on a cloud. It can be lowered and raised by adjusting the pressure in the bags. All the air hardware is DOT airbrake line and all brass componets. These are really nice bags. Airlift Dominator. They have very long travel from 3" to 12.5". I have them set up so you could put on longer shackles if you want more suspension flex and droop. The suspension is all stock except for the airbags.
Well, that should cover most things. Feel free to ask questions and look those pics over.
This vehicle is sold "as is" with no warranty. Buyer is responsible for shipping. Contact me following the auction. I can store it here out of the rain for a while, within reason. This vehicle has a clear title which will be transferred via registered mail following payment.
Thanks for looking and cheers to all the FJ55 fans out there.
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The Lexus RX shares much with the Toyota Highlander, but its more direct counterpart is the Toyota Harrrier. Never heard of it? That's because Toyota only sells it at home in Japan, and now it's revealed a new one. So if the Harrier is essentially a Toyota-badged version of the RX, then what's the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the new Harrier which leaked in July, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and which you see here isn't quite the same as the Lexus, and those differences could (and in most cases likely will) make their way over to the RX as well.
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For starters, the styling is different. Granted that the Lexus version will almost certainly get a spindle-shaped grille, but even so, the Harrier's nose seems to protrude further than the RX's and the headlamps are a notably different shape. The greenhouse is also a different shape, coming to a sharper point at the back, and the mirrors are fixed to the A-pillar not to the door panel. The taillamps are revised, the tailgate has a new profile and there's a pseudo-diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. Subtle changes, to be sure, but then Toyota and Lexus are known for their evolutionary approach to styling. The interior has apparently undergone some updates as well, with a more dynamically styled dashboard, a more symmetrical center stack and different seats, steering wheel, door panels... the works. The infotainment display screen has also moved further down from its position in the current RX.
Toyota will offer the new Harrier with a 2.0-liter four mated to a CVT and driving either the front wheels or all four, and a hybrid setup with a 2.5-liter married to a 140-hp electric motor. The RX is offered here with a 3.5-liter V6 either on its own or with an electric assist. We wouldn't expect Lexus to go swapping the larger engines for the smaller ones, at least not for the US market. There's plenty more to the Harrier, of course, than the similarities and differences to the Lexus RX, and if you're buying a premium crossover in Japan, you can delve into the full details in the press release below, together with the images in the gallery above.
Participants in the annual LA Design Challenge always manage to come up with edgy, wacky designs for future vehicles, but with a theme of "Biomimicry and Mobility: 2025" this year's crop of cars might be the quirkiest we've ever seen. As usual, automotive designers from around the world participated in this year's competition, and all the designs will all be unveiled next week during the LA Auto Show with a winner being announced on November 21.
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Chinese automakers made a strong showing with Qoros, SAIC Motor, JAC Motors (the company responsible for the Ford F-150 clone) and Changfeng all bringing interesting takes on the biology, human intelligence and sustainability theme. One of the more innovative ideas among these automakers is the Qoros Silk Road System allows autonomous vehicles to drive in packs similar to how ants travel. Speaking of ants, the SAIC Motor Mobiliant (shown above) gets its design from the shape of an ant's body, and, like the insect, it can climb building acting as a personal elevator as well. The JAC Motors design also merges vehicle and building design, while the Changfeng LaBrea inspired by the design of muscle fibers.
Other entrants include Subaru and US-based design teams for BMW, Toyota and Mazda. BMW's duo of concepts mimic plant and animal life. The LA Subways concept acts as a submersible, single-person vehicle to take advantage of the LA river, with a shape similar to an Ocean Sunfish. The Sustainable Efficient Exploratory Device (SEED) imitates the shape of a seed pod, and uses propulsion methods inspired by a shark, dragonfly and a water bug. Mazda's Auto Adapt might be the most car-like concept of the bunch, while the Subaru Suba-Roo and the Calty-designed, Toyota e-grus are the most mind-blowingly awesome.
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MotorWeek's massive back catalog of reviews are slowly making their way onto YouTube, and they provide a fascinating chance to look back on how performance cars rank against their contemporaries from back in the day. Two recent additions include the show's old looks at the 1986 Toyota Supra, the dawn of the third-generation model, and the now-iconic 1991 Acura NSX.
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