1969 Model Year Toyota FJ40 Diesel Swap
The Toyota Land Cruiser has gained a fearsome reputation as an utterly reliable and capable vehicle that can get you where you want to go, and back home too. Toyota’s longest-running nameplate, the Land Cruiser was born in 1951 and still continues to sell strongly. It’s been through a myriad of generations, all of them with a faithful fan community, which is why we’re sure that this 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 will be snapped up soon. Coming to you with just 498 miles after a powertrain swap, it embodies the very spirit of a Land Cruiser and is a fantastic vehicle for getting lost in the great outdoors and embarking on a total digital disconnect. The seller reports that the vehicle was purchased with most of the work already done.
The J40 series was produced from 1960 to 1984, but Toyota in Brazil continued to produce it all the way up to 2001! Dressed in a red paintwork that the seller reports to be a repaint at some point in this vehicle’s lifetime, it rolls on a set of lovely contrasting white steelies, wrapped in Toyo Open Country A/T tires, including the spare wheel. The Toyota and Land Cruiser badges are present, and this vehicle just exudes charm and simplicity that you can’t find these days. A new lift gate handle has been reportedly installed too. Turn your attention to the undercarriage and it’s in pristine order as well. Step aboard the black interior that the seller reports to have been recovered at some point, and you’ll find two individual front seats, plus two facing benches at the rear. While this means that six could possibly travel in this Land Cruiser, a more comfortable complement of occupants would be four adults, or two adults and four children at most. Sporting white details, the red dash and door cards look in great condition, as do the dials. You’d be hard-pressed to find a vehicle of this age in such condition. We did mention digital disconnect, and there’s nothing digital to be found in this cabin, heck, there isn’t even an old-school push-button radio. It’s all up to you, really. Engage in conversation with others, or bring a Bluetooth speaker on board if you really must have music.
This 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 has received a powertrain upgrade in the shape of an H-series in-line six diesel engine installed up front. Although we are not told the exact spec, our detective work reveals that the engine may displace 3.6L, granting it outputs of 94hp and 159lb-ft as it’s non-turbo. Nevertheless, these are legendarily sturdy engines, and this one has been straight piped too, so you will really hear that diesel roar. Drive goes to all four wheels via a three-speed manual transmission and transfer case offering high and low ranges. The seller reports to have installed a new power steering pump.
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