1983 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60
Restored Colorado 4x4
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1983 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60
“… every Land Cruiser has the guts to survive in the toughest terrain.” Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics
The FJ60 series (1981-87) Toyota Land Cruiser was a significant leap forward for the model in terms of body design, construction quality, ergonomics, creature comforts, and drivability over the earlier F40 and F55 Series Land Cruiser vehicles. Power steering, front power disc brakes, air conditioning, and dual heaters were all standard, on top of the legendary 4-wheel drive system, 4-speed manual transmission, leaf-spring suspension, and 4.2 liter V6 (F2) engine. Over the years, FJ Land Cruisers have developed a strong following among both off-roaders and classic truck enthusiasts. In that regard, the Popular Mechanics article above included some sage advice: “Land Cruisers are known for being extremely reliable, but as with anything used, it's all about what the previous owners have done or neglected to do.”
To answer the “what previous owners have done” issue, before we list the restoration work performed on the FJ 60 Land Cruiser offered here, we'd strongly urge you to look closely at the accompanying photographs, in particular, those depicting the extensive and professionally executed metal body work performed to restore this vehicle. (These photos are shown at the end of the more than 150 on our website: GarageKeptMotors.) All this work was completed in 2018. This F60 not only looks terrific on the surface, the beauty goes all the way down to bare metal. Any comparison to lesser F60 vehicles advertised as needing “just a little rust-correcting body work” will favor the F60 offered here.
The 2018 work included a full, professional repaint in the factory Land Cruiser color, “Sky Blue.” As the photographs show, the finish is virtually perfect on every surface from door jambs to tailgates, and from all angles. Inside, the gray, subtly striped fabric upholstery (note the way the fabric continues over the tops of the seats) including the matching upholstered door panels, is original to the vehicle and in outstanding condition. The rear carpet area does show some wear but has a brand new carpet cover. Complementing light-gray carpeting shows as-new. Weather-stripping is fresh. The black-and-gray dashboard is free of cracks and in excellent overall condition. Plastic finishes across-the-board are without obvious flaws. Interior and exterior lighting—including the yellow-lens aftermarket auxiliary driving lights—functions as it should. Gauges work properly inside clear plastic lenses. The carpeted rear cargo area displays the same excellent overall condition as the rest of the vehicle.
In just the past three years, this FJ60 has benefitted from additional maintenance including: new Duck Commander off-road tires (manufactured by Cooper Tire); new spark plugs installed; differential serviced; fuel system, vacuum-hose system, and brake booster replaced; new rear heater installed; full air-conditioning service (the system blows cold); alternator belt and horn replacement; front shocks and struts replaced; rear shocks replaced with air-shock units: fuel pump, fuel lines, and fuel sending unit replaced. Documentation for all this work and more (including many miscellaneous part sourced from Cruiser Parts) is included.
Returning to the Popular Mechanics article: “… if you seek a classically styled truck that is easy to wrench on and has a ton of aftermarket products, dealer support, and a thriving community of drivers, then you've got to take a close look at the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60….”
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!