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Reviving A Survivor

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

This 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 came out of California. She was purchased from her original owner by a young man who buys and sells. He bought her to sell her and he sold her to me! I'm not usually interested in "projects" but this unmolested example spoke to me.


Last tagged in 2002, the truck has been sitting for two decades. The working odometer shows just a shade over 50K miles. The body is in beautiful condition wearing most of her original paint. The only rust appears to be the drivers side floor and some in the cargo area where rain water likely found it's way in over the past two decades. The truck is a time capsule. Inside I found a wedding invitation from 1986 and a bag full of brochures from National Parks and other attractions near SW Colorado and Utah. All were dated 1990 and undoubtedly collected during a family vacation judging from the envelope of vacation pictures that accompanied the brochures. The photos in the gallery below were taken September 7th, the day the truck arrived in Iowa.


Looking forward to making some mechanical improvements where needed. We'll start with the brakes. :-)


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I can help you find the FJ‘s u want … I have access to a large variety in Venezuela…. I’m pretty green but learning fast and currently in process of shipping a couple to my home in Canada

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Thank you for the offer. I try to stick with US spec trucks only.

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I can get more Fj’s with my contacts in Venezuela and looking for buyers that want to restore or buy in mint condition…. Got ‘em all lol

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Robert Wright
Robert Wright
20 feb 2023

Who was the young man who buys and sells? How/where does he advertise his stock?

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I’m just getting started in this business and have access to a tonne of Fj’s in Venezuela…. Let me know what u want and I can get it for u

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Do you plan to sell? Or keep?

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