Someone has towed home a new project car, and it’s a tough one, literally.
The FJ55 Land Cruiser was the FJ40’s big brother, with a long wheelbase and squared-off styling. These were legendary trucks, and were the ones that muscled the Land Rover out of Africa. They were popular in the deserts and mountains of America’s West too.
This one hails from Arizona, which means it’s a former desert rat, and rust, other than superficial, will be a non-issue. The colors alone suggest the desert.
The FJ55 had a long run, starting in 1968 all the way through 1979, at least in some places. The engine was the rugged 3.9L ohv six, an engine that got a lot of inspiration from the GMC and Chevrolet sixes of the 40s and 50s. It was rated at 125 hp @3600 rpm. beginning in 1975, it got a bump to 4.2 L and 135 hp. Transmission was a three speed until 1974, when a four speed took over.
To how many remote Arizona desert spots have these seats carried its occupants?
The four wheel drive system was traditional old school, with solid axles and two-speed transfer case. The ride was as rough as gnarly as it looks. But these quickly developed a rep for getting one home, which was the most important thing.
Needless to say, it hasn’t come home under its own power this time. A bit embarrassing for it, but not necessarily a result it being unable, but more likely the new owner was unwilling to put it to the test. Or just couldn’t face that long of a ride in it.
Toyota Land Cruiser history here: CC 1965 Toyota FJ – The First Toyota Sent Out To Conquer The World