For sale / auction is my 1985 FJ60 Toyota Land Cruiser. I have owned this vehicle for about 2-1/2 years which is when I purchased it here on eBay from a gentleman who is quite versed in all of the different series of LC’s. This is the only LC that I have ever owned but I have been tinkering with and restoring muscle cars for about 30 years. I do not do this for a living and in fact my wife would argue that it’s good that I do have a good regular job that allows me to put money into vehicles that never seem to quite give a full return on the investment. Since purchasing this LC I have learned that there is a whole community of professionals and individuals that love and fully understand every detail of them. Fortunately I have been able to tap into this network of parts and knowledge to restore this machine to a very high level. Ok, let’s get on with it:
BODYFirst of all I had no idea of what a great and rare rust-free starting platform I had when I was envisioning this project and honestly it probably was way too nice of a vehicle to have done what I did to it but oh well, live and learn. The only blemishes on the body were two smaller than ping pong ball sized dents, one on the front right corner and another on the rear left. Both were properly pulled back out with a stud welding process and then minimally / properly filled, sealed and primed. This work was done by a friend of mine that has been restoring and painting very high-end classic cars for over 30 years. I then removed all of the doors, tailgates, hood, fenders, glass, weather stripping and interior from the vehicle. I also manually scraped all of the factory sound deadening material from the entire floor of the vehicle (no small task).
I had been talking with my local Linex dealer about a couple of different projects I had in mind to do a complete vehicle spray inside and out and this ended up being the project I did it on. This business has done several complete body sprays over the years including a couple of their own shop vehicles that are over 10 years old and still look like they were just sprayed. This business happens to have a couple of very professional vehicle body guys on their staff and the quality of the craftsmanship in this spray job is absolutely unbelievably perfect. Because of the way that I disassembled this entire vehicle everything was sprayed in one continuous process so there are no cold joints or seams. This spray job is about a year old and it still looks every bit as good as the day it was done. To wash it I simply wet it down with a hose, I have a little hand spray bottle of Simple Green Cleaner that I use to put a couple of sprays on an area and then I take a long handled brush and scrub the area and then rinse it down and it looks perfect every time. I want to reiterate that this was a perfect bodied vehicle with no rust when I started and the decision to coat it was not because there were things to hide and I do have a large amount of pictures inside and out throughout the entire strip down and build process that I will share. I also want to reiterate that this vehicle was professionally shot with genuine Linex material and this is not some do it yourself roll-on kit from Home Depot.
The front bumper is an ARB bull bar that was on the vehicle when I purchased it, it was in great condition except the finish was chipped and faded so I removed it and had it powder coated gloss black. I also had the lower yellow marker lights that are standard on the bar replaced with a set of Rigid Industries LEDs that are stunningly bright and wired on their own switch.
The rear bumper is a factory bumper that I had blasted and powder coated gloss black. It also has a set of rigid industries LEDs in it that are separately wired up for when you’re backing up or need to see behind you or maybe in the off chance that somebody is tailgating you...
The side steps or a set of ARB rock sliders that are u-bolt mounted around the frame in three places on each side. Originally the top plates were solid and a raw aluminum finish that in my opinion looked kind of funky so I took a holesaw and drilled out the plates and then had them powder coated in a grey and black speckled finish and mounted them with polished stainless Allen-head hardware.
INTERIOR As previously mentioned in the body section every bit of the interior was completely removed, this included the dash and the heating system. The complete interior floor to roof and everything in between is coated just like the outside of the vehicle is.
All seats were professionally recovered by a local upholstery shop that I have used for several different vehspectericles. I purchased the seat upholstery kit from Spector Off-Road, they are marine grade really heavy vinyl in charcoal gray. I also purchased their new lower foam pads for the front seats.
Center console is a Tuffy locking console with the separate secure compartment for mounting the stereo head unit.
I fabricated all of the door and cargo area panels out of 12ga steel with 3/16” aluminum trim pieces. All of the main panels are powder coated with a gray and black hammered finish with a clear coat over that. The trim pieces are powder coated gloss black. The driver side rear cargo area panel has a hinged door in it so you can store a set of jumper cables and a small amount of tools if you desire. I also cut new kick panels out of aluminum and they are coated front and back with Linex. All panels are held in place with Allen head black oxide bolts and stainless centering washers. The backs of all panels and the insides of the doors have been covered with sound deadening mat and I used a reinforced / flame resistant plastic sheeting to install a vapor barrier behind each door panel.
I also built a matching dash piece to cover and make use of the old factory radio hole. There are three light switches (one for the front lights in the brush guard, another for the set of reverse lights in the rear bumper and a spare if you ever add a roof rack with a full light bar) a dual powered USB outlet for charging and a seat heater switch for each front seat. There are not heaters installed in the front seat because I thought of that after I had already had the seats recovered but it is an easy addition for only a few hundred dollars and the switches are there. On the dash piece there is also a really heavy duty versatile phone mount that can hold small to large phones and they also sell different heads if you ever wanted to put a small tablet in that area. There is also an area to the right of the mount that has grippy padding and a border around it to sit things like sunglasses or similar items and they will not slide around.
I bought a new complete set of black carpeted / rubber backed Lloyd’s floor mats for the front and back seats as well as the cargo area. They are good quality and a perfect fit.
All windows are freshly professionally tinted with lifetime warrantied 3M film.
There is not a headliner in the vehicle because once the roof was sprayed there is no noise and I like the look of it however I do have a brand new headliner from Spectre off road that is still in the box and I have all of the original metal bow’s that support it and they will be included in the sale in caseyou want to install it.
SOUND SYSTEM All brand new components and wiring was used and all installed by a professional local shop that I have used for many many different vehicles. The system is made up of the following:
Kenwood KMM-BT518HD head unit, has USB input on the face, another on a pigtail in the storage area of the center console, Bluetooth connectivity and HD radio.
Rockford-Fosgate T400x4 amp that is mounted to the bottom of the console box to where it can’t be seen (or stolen).
All speakers are Hertz Energy Series, there are a set of 6" speakers with separate tweeters in the front doors, a set of 4" speakers in the rear doors and a set of 6x9's mounted in the panel on the rear gate.
ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN The engine is still a 2F motor that would have originally came stock in the vehicle. It is not the original engine as it was replaced in May of 2014 with a different engine that had 150,000 miles on it at the time. The engine swap was done by a local shop called Torfab that specializes in only Land Cruiser service and restorations so it was done right. At the same time all of the gaskets, belts, hoses, clutch and water pump were also replaced and the flywheel was resurfaced. I can't trace back to tell exactly how many miles are now on this motor but I have owned it for just over the last two years and in the time it has been driven less than 6,000 miles. For those of you that are not familiar with the 2F engine it will not out run your Corvette, it will not compete with your Prius for fuel economy but what it will do is start every time you turn the key and run forever in about any condition imaginable. The engine does have a couple oil leaks that are normal business for about any LC running a 2F. I tried to get the local LC repair shop to fix them and they told me not to waste my money because they will just return so I took their word for that and was appreciative of their honesty. The trend is to put a Chevy Vortec truck engine in these because you can easily get 400 horsepower or more and get good fuel economy. Torfab who I have mentioned does this conversion, there is a 9-12 month waiting list and it is a fairly sizable investment but if you did this you would have a vehicle that you could drive for 25 years or more with just simple maintenance.
Transmission and transfer case are all original and work fine as they should. Brakes work good as they should. I have paperwork showing that they were serviced with all pads and shoes replaced in December of 2014 which as previously mentioned is not that many miles ago. SUSPENSION I purchased a complete set of springs, shocks, shackles, bushings and hardware (including all greasable shackle bolts) from Spectre off road and had a local off-road shop that I have had do all kinds of suspension work for me install it. The vehicle stance and ride quality are both excellent. The springs are a 3” lift and have a heavy duty rating to handle the extra weight of the front bumper and coating.
OTHER ITEMS Tires / Wheels - Tires are Toyo Open Country AT's in LT285-75-R17's and the wheels are Fuel Trophy's in 17"x8.5". All are first quality and were purchased new and were installed on the vehicle in August of 2017 and have less than 4,000 miles on them. The following other items were all replaced with new items: dome lights (complete assembly), side marker and tail light lenses and assemblies, side mirrors (Australian style), side Land Cruiser emblems and rear 4x4 emblem. The heater core was not leaking but while I had the dash out I went to head and replaced it to reset the clock on that since it is an expensive / labor intensive repair. I did the complete disassembly of the dash and heating system but I had Torfab put it all back together so that it would be right. As briefly mentioned in the interior section there are a brand new set of Rigid Industries lights in the front and rear bumper, they were professionally installed by the same off-road shop that did the suspension install. Each are on their own separate switch. All new billet window crank handles in black anodized finish, they are by Eddie Motorsports. Skid plate that protects transfer-case / transmission was blasted and powder-coated in a matte red that looks really cool (even though you don't really see it unless you kneel down). Muffler is a mild sounding Flowmaster that was on it when I bought it but it is solid and sounds good without being annoying (you don't hear it in the cab like some Flowmaster mufflers). Tailpipe was replaced. I have a lot of pictures from throughout the tear-down and reassembly of this project, I have included a couple as examples and am happy to provide more. I will include a flash drive with all pictures with the vehicle sale as well as all of the previous service records which are extensive. I also have a couple of videos showing the details of teh exterior, interior and suspension on my phone that I can email or text you. This vehicle is very unique, it gets comments every time I take it somewhere. My buy it now price is less than I have in it and cheaper than anyone could replicate it. If it sells for this price great and if not it will continue to live a charmed life in my shop and be drive periodically as it continues to appreciate in value. Vehicle is sold as is where is (which is about an hour north of Seattle, WA). If you want to ship it I will help get it loaded on the truck you hire to haul it. If you want to fly in and drive it away I will meet you at the airport in Seattle. Obviously this will all be after payment has cleared. I have sold a couple of fairly expensive cars and a lot of various parts on here all with perfect feedback, I do not play games, nor should you. I do not need help selling this nor am I interested in wire transfers from south american dictators or any of the other fun and games that are attempted.