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H55F 5 speed Transmission swap, Toyota Landcruiser

H55F 5 speed Transmission swap, Toyota Landcruiser

 The H55F 5 speed transmission swap is a very popular service here at Red Line. We will convert your Cruiser with a brand new H55F 5 speed transmission, and all the required parts needed, into a fully tested and turn key service.  This service will convert your existing  auto or manual transmission to the H55F. We can and usually do supply all the necessary t case components, Clutch and pedal components. Thats not always the case, You can supply parts need if you have them. We recommend rebuilding the split t-case to go along with this new 5 speed. Please call us for a quote on this conversion. Pricing usually starts at  5,000$

“Green Machine” 77 FJ-40 Conversion Project

V8 Conversions are a very popular service here at Red Line. This customer found this beautiful 77 FJ-40 here in the mountains of Colorado, from the original owner.  It has since been the customers mountain exploration cruiser for summer time trips. The original 2F and 4 speed were used for 2 seasons of exploration with the customer and his family. It was then concluded that the 2F provided plenty of of it’s long lasting heritage but with out power and poor fuel economy at high elevation, a 410H.P. LS series 5.7 L was chosen to be the “Green Machines” new heart. With that a 5 speed manual trans and late model FJ-60 “Split” transfer case was mated to the new all aluminum 5.7

Red line converted this new heart transplant with love and care. Other additions included a custom rear fuel tank, and Red Line’s Big brake Kit in the front to slow down this now Power full cruiser.  If you see the “Green Machine” in the mountains of Colorado this year, stop and say hi to the Lucky customer and his new family FJ-40

Additions to this FJ-40 Include

  • 5.7 L 410 H.P. V8 Conversion
  • Power steering Conversion
  • Red Line’s Big Brake kit
  • Rear disc brake E-Brake conversion
  • Aluminum Radiator
  • 4″ Lift
  • 35 x 12.5 x 17″ BFG KM2 tires
  • Hutchison DOT approved Bead locks
  • Bilstien shocks
  • Proffits rear Tire Carrier
  • Warn 8274 winch and bumper
  • JW Speaker Projection headlights
  • Custom Roof Rack
  • Rock sliders
  • New front seats
  • 5 speed manual transmission
  • Split Tcase

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FJ-25

Red Line Shop Project “MILDRED” a 1960 FJ-25

Red Line has acquired a very rare 1959 FJ-25. Its Titled as a 1960 FJ-25. So “Mildred’s” story begins with its Original owner buying this beast for his ranch in Colorado in 1960. It then served his ranch until 1975. It was parked in 1975 outside in the weather, taking a beating from wind, rain, snow, high mountain sun, ice storms, and the heat. We were very curios as to why it was parked in 1975. Upon us toying around with getting her to run for the first time since 1975, we had to clean out the fuel tank, find a rare OEM Big window 1bbl carb, witch we did! We bought all new Toyota wires, plugs, cap, rotor, fuel filter and oil filter. As we have had time we have replaced the oil, un sized the motor, cleaned the OEM green painted DIZZY, resetting the timing, adding zinc oil additive and re-priming the numbers matching motor, we fired it up!

Acorns, mouse droppings and Colorado ranch field debris flew out of the old rusty tail pipe, smoke filled the room in a hurry! With excitement running in my veins I know knew why she was parked…A slight rod knock. That noise filled my ears with  the answer I was looking for, with a little disappointment. As I had these two different feelings going threw my blood, I knew I was lucky. Luck that without that rod knock I may not even have had the chance to stumble upon this rare, early 25 Series. Yep, I said I’m happy, happy to even have the chance to slowly restore this old girl to it’s original glory. FJ-25 series are the first land cruisers brought into the USA and are the predecessors to the well known popular 40 Series.

These Pics below are from when we first got her to replacing the carb! More to come as time goes on. I do know that finding this truck might also help other FJ-25 owners with part locations and pieces!. I am also working on a video of us getting her to run! Enjoy

Justin Robbins

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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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1979 FJ55

Project “Iron Moose” – 1979 FJ55

Project Iron Moose is a 1979 FJ55. These 79s are few and far in between. So cutting one apart and putting new components into her is an opportunity to show that Red Line will take great care on this project. Red Line Custom Crafted full custom armor, a 5.3L V8 swap with a matching auto. For lower gears we built a 4:1 Low range Orion. Red Line provided a custom SOA conversion with FJ60 axles for width stability. Our full Big brake kit for the front axle and rear disc brake kit was installed. New gears and ARB air lockers with Chromoly axle shafts Power steering conversion and A/C conversion for keeping cool on hot days. Red Line Resto modded Cruisers are top notch in every category…Period Follow this build with the link below for up to date progress of this rare and beautiful Pig.

Check out the build thread on IH8MUD.com.

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Your Dream Truck is Waiting

You know what you want, but the thought of installing it seems a little overwhelming? Trust Red Line to walk you through your options, source all of the parts, and craft your truck to the same exacting standards as we do for our parts. Our team has over a decade of experience building Baja, Rock Crawling, and Performance Offroad vehicles and will use all of our knowledge to craft the strongest, lightest, and best performing truck you have ever driven.

Just like our parts, we never let a truck leave our facility without a complete quality review. We will never hand the keys over on a truck we wouldn’t drive ourselves and with our families. Check out some of our featured customer projects and contact us to find out just how easy it is to get the vehicle of your dreams with Red Line Land Cruisers.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Restorations – Let Red Line Restore Your FJ40, FJ45, FJ55 or other FJ

If you’re looking to restore your classic FJ40, FJ45, FJ55, FJ60 or other vintage Toyota truck, SUV, or 4WD , talk to the pros at Red Line Land Cruisers. We’re FJ freaks of nature interested in helping build your dream Land Cruiser. While every project is unique, we typically see three different types of restoration projects come through our garage bays here in Colorado Springs, including:

Classic Restorations:
Keeping your Vintage Cruiser…well…vintage is a long, tedious process. One can only dream of a brand new cruiser. Every component is sourced new, or rebuilt in-house with exacting precision to make your truck just like the day it rolled off the lot. If you’re looking for a group of anal-retentive  and meticulous mechanics, electricians, body shop experts and FJ historians to rebuild your Cruiser, then look no further. Red Line Land Cruisers has been trusted by hundreds of clients who demand precise, detailed work, and we’d love to partner with you on your project.

Resto-Mods:
Red Line will craft you your perfect balance of classic restoration with modern day technology and comfort into your dream truck. We will restore your cruiser, upgrade the drive train, suspension, steering components, customize body armor and interior, creating a new clean and classy way to set your Land Cruiser apart. Here are some examples of some of our favorite resto mod projects:

Trail Trucks (Sky’s the Limit):
Have you ever mixed business with pleasure? Well now is your chance! We create what ever you can dream up, from full bodied hardcore crawlers, to Cruiser Truggies, this is your chance to have what you have dreamed about. Anything goes in this category. 44’s, 1 tons, superchargers, baja trim suspension. You name it and you get it.

Looking to start your restoration but have questions? Give us a shout! Fill out the form below. If you can’t see the form, you can also access it here.