Category: Restorations

Old Blue FJ40 Headlights

1974 FJ-40 “Ol’ Blue”

This 1974 FJ-40 dubbed “Ol’ Blue was a project that needed a new heart! We received Ol’ Blue and she was so tired she would not go faster than 60MPH. So the plan was set, She need some help with the brakes and engine. We wanted to keep it toyota and not do V8 conversion, so our Freaky H.O. 2F was installed with our TBI fuel injection conversion. Making a 150  H.P. to the rear wheels was exciting, 75 MPH was no problem in a 2 block distance. Ol’ Blue then received a full front axle rebuild, disc brake conversion front and rear, bilstien 5100 series shocks, greasable pins and shackles, Pro Comp Lift 2.5”. To keep her cool in the heat she received an Vintage Air A/C conversion and a 3 row aluminum radiator. We added factory wheels, factory hub caps and Toyo 33 x 15.50 x 15 MT Open Country tires! We polished the paint and put in a few new window weatherstripping gaskets to keep the whistling down! Ol’ Blue was and still is one of our favorite customer projects!

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FJ45 Red

Custom Crafted Aluminum, FJ-45 Extra Cab, A.KA. Project “SnowFlake”

FJ-45 Extra Cab

This custom crafted truck is an all aluminum FJ-45 Extra Cab!This meant another 8″ of cab space. As we all know The FJ-45′ Pick ups lack interior leg room!  With all the modern components you can think of while keeping a Classy/Hot Rod/Classic theme, A healthy V8 engine, 5 Speed trans”NV4500″ , A/C and Navagation was installed.  This truck was  top shelf all the way! A custom aluminum body was crafted with the custom removable hard top. 350 H.P. V8 conversion. 5 speed transmission. Orion Transfercase. Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5″ suspension lift, Powers this hand crafted Cruiser with ease and comfort. Red Line Installed ARB air lockers both front and rear, disc brakes front and rear and a large capacity fuel tank allowing this truck to handle and drive in the safest way. A Power steering conversion was also fitted . Custom leather interior with red stitching,  Custom rear mounted Hurricane A/C – Heat conversion was built to keep the inner passenger floor and dash area clean.  Red Line installed a Custom Kenwood nav/stereo providing tunes and modern bluetooth/ navigation. Power seats from a 2006 Toyota 4 runner provide comfort and electric adjustments while re wrapped  Katskin Leather with red stitching, trims out and matches the custom tan interior.  A Custom removable rear bed soft top was Crafted to mimic the early factory Toyota FJ-40 soft tops. We then did the exterior paint with  factory Toyota Landcruiser Red Color ” Free born” red paint. The trim color “Cygnus White” was used in contrast with the red to blend the Classy Hot Rod Retro theme. Red Line snag’d up some reproduction early Landcruiser hub caps for the Factory steel wheels. Wrapping the wheels with Toyo MT Open Country 33×10.50×15″ was a perfect choice for us to blend in the Retro feel.

See: http://www.tctmagazine.net/issue

FJ-45 Extra Cab
FJ-45 Extra Cab
V8 Conversion
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FJ40 - Grrr

“The Dog’s Bollocks” 1977 FJ-40 Red Line Resto Rock Rod

“The Dog’s Bollocks” 1977 FJ-40 was crafted with the avid wheeler in mind!  The customer wanted his FJ-40 Off Road capable as well as street legal. Red Line devised a 102″ Wheel base set up with Spring over axle. Custom front 69″ WMS toyota axle was built to widen the front to add a ton of stability. For the rear axle we went with a FJ-80 rear axle. Red Line converted the engine bay to hold a Mercedes OM617 diesel engine. We mated this OM617 to a Toyota Landcruiser H42 4 speed transmission then a Advance Adapters Rock box and Factory 4 speed transfer case. On the front axle Red Line utilized  -High steer arms and chromo axle shafts ! So we tested “The Dog’s Bollocks” and with our steering and SOA set up we achieved a whopping 42″ worth of flex in front and 35″ in rear! Not bad for Toyota leaf springs! “The Dog’s Bollocks” needed some armor after the custom SOA and drivetrain was installed. This was achieved with our  Now Avaiable Red line tube fender Kit and FJ-40 Family roll cage kit. This beautiful one of a kind FJ-40 was seen in 4WTO Magazine in 2010! Below are items and conversions that Red Line performed on this Resto Rock Rod! “The Dog’s Bollocks” 1977 FJ-40

  • Red Line Saginaw Power steering Conversion
  • Red Line Big Brake for the front axle
  • Red Line Family cage
  • Red Line Seat Cradle kit
  • Red Line FJ-40 Front Bumper
  • 8000lb Winch
  • Budbuilt Rear 1/4 Panel protection…”Red Line Cut”
  • Custom Red Line rock sliders
  • Custom built 69″ WMS front axle
  • FJ-80 Rear axle Full Float
  • Bilstien 5100 series shcoks
  • Custom Red Line SOA
  • Anti Wrap Bar
  • Twin Stick Transfercase
  • ARB Air Lockers
  • 37″ Cooper STT tires
  • 17″ KMC Enduro Beadlocks

"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
  "The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40
"The Dog's Bollocks" 1977 FJ-40

FJ44

Project “Beaker” – 1981 BJ44

Beaker is a 1981 BJ44 from Japan. The owner has turboed the 2B diesel engine and is ready to begin his build of this rare truck into the perfect expedition platform. Driving and living in a truck means that you need to be comfortable. The additional 14 inches of tray length and 7 inches of wheel base make a dent, but just are not enough for the mileage he is planning.

This is where Red Line comes in. We are building a custom 3Link and Coilover front, and Triangulated 4Link rear suspension for this rig. To up the ante, we are also custom fabbing all brackets and mounts to be desert racing style fabrication, and TIG welding it all together. No one wants custom stuff to break while on a trail, and it is even worse when that trail is 15000 miles away from home. Check out the build thread below to follow our work from start to finish-line. Read more »

FJ55 Green

1977 FJ55 – Iron Pig

We restored this beautiful FJ55 to it’s original condition. A stunning example of a rare, pure, untarnished FJ55. This project was refurbished with all original toyota parts. We revived the 2F and added fuel injection. Other that new interior we only changed it form OEM blue to Oem green! We miss this old girl. She was a very fun project. You just don’t get to restore these old FJ55’s all the time! Read more »