Interior Color: Black
Model: Land Cruiser
Number of Cylinders: 6
Drive Type: 4WD
Exterior Color: Blue
Block Island, Rhode Island, United States
|Bought this truck a year ago but never drive it - maybe have driven 1,000 miles. I had anticipated keeping this truck for the longhaul , but need room in my garage. Automotive Appraisals & Pre-Buy Inspections LLC UBI# 602991237 6392 Polaris CT West Richland, WA 99352 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 VIN# FJ40274852 Appraisal requested by Scott Fleming Owner is Hal Young Feb 24, 2011 This Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 is a brand new completed mint restoration. The work has been completed in a professional Land Cruiser restoration shop. This vehicle is built to better than OE standard, but to OE specification. There are only test and tune miles on this truck, I could not find a single imperfection or blemish. On the typical car show judging scale of best being 100 never driven, trailered only, I would give this truck a strong 97-98. Miles show 46,244 which I believe to be original. The mileage is noted exempt due to age and WA title requirements, but from the pristine nature of this vehicle prior to restoration, I believe the odometer is correct. Every mechanical component of this vehicle is new or refurbished. Most of the new parts are OE Toyota, aftermarket parts only used when OE were not available. This is a true frame-off nut and bolt restoration. Every nut and bolt are new stainless. Toyota FJ40ís came with a crude single stage paint from the factory. This FJ40 has a perfect base coat clear coat paint with 6 coats base, each coat wet sanded, and 4 coats of clear, each coat wet sanded. This is the type of paint job you would typically see in a show perfect classic muscle car. The undercarriage is coated with POR-15. The paint and rust prevention given to this truck exceeds factory specs, and will ensure this vehicle remains rust free for many years to come. Overall, this restoration is the finest Iíve seen on a 4x4 truck, it is absolutely spectacular. I would rate this FJ40 in the top 1% known in the world. I estimate this FJ40 to have an actual cash value of $50,000-60,000 in the present market. Replacement value of a ground up rebuild would be in the $90,000-100,000 range. My opinion for this range relies on research with Vintage Off Road, TLC, and ICON whom are the known authority for these vehicles as well as recent eBay sold auctions. I based this value on the three restoration shops listed above from their posted vehicles for sale on their websites, as well as their listed costs for restoration work.|
For the first time since 1998, J.D. Power and Associates says its data shows that the average number of problems per 100 cars has increased. The finding is the result of the firm's much-touted annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which charts incidents of problems in new vehicle purchases over three years from 41,000 respondents.
Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year's study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost.
Interestingly, JDP notes that "the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100." Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines.
Sometimes we pluck cars from the listings of eBay Motors because they're old and interesting, some for being simply lovely, some for rarity and some for pure fun. And sometimes we pick eBay Finds of the Day, because they're hacked apart Toyota Prius' with Harley Davidson V-twin-power; concocted by the same mind that brought you innumerable Jalopnik articles and is partially responsible for the joy that is the 24 Hours of LeMons. This time it's that last one.
A fairly subtle tweet from long-time Jalop contributor and well-regarded grease monkey, Murilee Martin, hipped us to this crazy Frankenstein Prius. Built from the bones of a 2008 Toyota and the heart of a 1986 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, the motive portmanteau is, well... it's a thing.
Toyota's advanced Hybrid Synergy Drive has been unceremoniously wrenched and snipped out of the engine bay, making room (via an artful hole in the hood) for the towering, bored out V-twin. Or, as the maestro himself puts it:
Toyota is announcing a recall for about 130,000 examples of the 2014 Tundra Tundra pickup in Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab configurations.
According to the company, the "garnish on the center pillars" inside the trucks might not have been installed correctly. If the vehicle were in an accident, the side curtain airbags could deploy in the wrong shape. Toyota says that it's not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this potential problem.
To fix the issue, the pickups will have their interior center pillars inspected, and if faulty, the pieces will be replaced. Obviously, this will be done at no cost to owners. Scroll down to read the full announcement.