I have been looking for a nice FJ40 for a long time. I purchased this one for my nephew who was returning from serving in Afghanistan. He is now attending American University in Washington DC and can not take the Land Cruiser given he does not have a safe/appropriate place to park/store the FJ. I have kept it stored in my garage and have been enjoying driving it to work on the nice days.
As a result, I am thinking about keeping the FJ40 for myself, but thought I would let the market decide whether I should sell or keep it. Its paid for - and I do not need to sell it. Given how well it drives - I would consider keeping it since I am not confident I could find another that drives this nicely
It is a 1971 FJ40 and is in what I would consider VERY GOOD condition. This truck has not received a body/off nut and bolt restoration but many aspects of the FJ40 have been updated, restored, or replaced. So...it is not a "show" restoration but it receives countless compliments due to its condition and many would consider it in Exellent condition.
1. It has a 1977 2F engine (upgrade/iimprovement from the original '71 F engine). It starts, idles, accelerates, runs, exactly how it should - which is perfect.
2. It has the 1977 4 speed manual transmission (upgrade from the original 3 speed tranmission). It shifts, and down shifts, perfectly. The clutch is new and it mechanically drives as it should.
3. The front differential and disc brake setup is also from the 1977 FJ40 (major upgrade from the front drum brake originally on the 1971) It brakes amazingly well - evenly, does not pull or pulsate. NO COMPARISON to how a drum brake FJ40 stops.
4. The vehicle is geared low - so it does great around town and my commute to work where I do not exceed 60mph. I have driven it on the highway at 65mph without any issues, and it does not "wobble" nor "wander" on the road. You can tell that it has ample power/torque as it pulls up grade on the highway very nicely but is running out of gear to keep up with traffic in the left lane where cars are doing 80 in a 70mph speed limit. Therefore - this FJ40 really belongs in the right lane.
Zero visible rust nor signs of prior rust problems (driver floor pan patched/repaired with replacement metal)
All of the fluids have been changed.
Rear jump seats (center facing)
Front wipers work
Heater (front and rear work)
All of the lights/blinkers/brake lights work
Pioneer stereo/CD included
A/T tires are in good condition with miles remaining
Hard top shown is NOT included as it belongs to another FJ40 that is under complete restoration. I do have a bikini top for the FJ40.
FJ40 really does not need anything that I am aware of. If I keep I would likely put new tires on next year to improve the ride - but not with any urgency. I have not owned this that long - but I have racked up both local and highway miles and have the confidence to drive this to California tomorrow. I have owned many show cars, sports cars, and luxury cars over the years. For whatever reason - this is becoming one of my favorites so I will not be upset if it stays in my stable.
Feel free to inspect/drive if you are a local buyer.
I will not ship overseas
I will not disclose a "buy it now" price - this is an auction to the highest bidder
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Toyota has worked up a quick video detailing the brand's involvement in the transportation of the Space Shuttle Endeavour last year. As you may recollect, the California Science Center ran into a hitch when it came to moving Endeavour from LAX to its new home. While most of the route would be covered by a robotically controlled transporter, one portion of the route directed the shuttle over an interstate. Unfortunately, the bridge across wasn't designed to stand up to the weight of the shuttle and its motorized sled.
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The Science Center would have to remove Endeavour from its transporter and place it on a lighter, non-motorized sled. That's where longtime Science Center sponsor Toyota came in. As it turns out, the automaker had to prove to the California Science Center that a Tundra could actually tow the massive shuttle, so engineers put on a little demonstration with a stock truck pulling the equivalent weight over flat ground for the same distance. Once the Science Center was satisfied that the Tundra could pull it off, the move was green lit and the rest is history. Check out the short documentary below for yourself.
When Toyota first announced that it would be bringing the 2014 Tundra pickup to next month's Chicago Auto Show, we weren't quite sure if the truck would fall into the "all-new" or "refreshed" category. After seeing this latest set of spy shots, we're striking "all-new" from the record, but the enhancements do appear to be more than just a simple nip/tuck.
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While the overall shape and greenhouse haven't really changed, heavy cladding found on the front fascia suggests that a totally redesigned nose is in store, with a fully reworked grille flanked by new headlamps. Smaller styling details are hidden by the big panels of camouflage, but we anticipate a few minor tweaks to the rest of the pickup's design when all that black tape finally comes off.
Mum's the word on powertrain enhancements (if any), as well as any changes that have been made to the chassis. But with the updated 2013 Ram 1500 already on the street, the recent unveiling of the updated 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins, and a preview of what's to come from the likes of Ford, we certainly hope Toyota has injected enough new blood into its 2014 model year pickup to keep it competitive in this American-dominated segment. We'll know for sure come Chicago.
The deaths of the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car have meant overhauls of three high-profile American fleets: police, taxi and livery car. Just as police fleets are more open to considering other options and a Nissan van is the new face of the NYC taxi, livery car companies are looking at replacements for the Town Car beyond The Blue Oval. Ford, via Lincoln, has made an MKT Town Car (pictured), but an article in the Detroit News claims "it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies." The upstarts trying to move in include livery and limo editions of the Cadillac XTS, and livery specifications of the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300.
Each of those challengers, however, faces challenges. The Town Car was a workhorse, American, rear-wheel-drive sedan with plenty of rear legroom. Cadillac has been in the livery space before but with decontented models that were about selling the brand, not its luxury. It is taking the opposite approach with the XTS, pointing out that its livery edition is "contented in the upper half of the XTS range." Still, the CEO of Michigan's largest livery company says "it's quite a bit smaller than what we're used to," and he also prefers rear-wheel drive.
The Chrysler 300 is rear-wheel drive, and American, which matters to some companies, but Chrysler hasn't yet revealed the livery package for it. The livery Avalon marks Toyota's first time getting into that business in the US, a natural step after having done so well with taxi clients and with the Town Car out of the way. Still, the livery client is a different to taxi buyers, so the Avalon could face other soft-touch hurdles.