We recently finished a meticulous frame-off restoration on this stunning 1970 Spring Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40. Our team of FJ experts went through every nut, bolt, wire, gasket, bearing…everything…to ensure this FJ will be solid and beautiful for our customer for another four decades. It’s quite original with just a few exceptions including power steering, custom Red Line factory Toyota OEM replica Air Conditioning system, and a 5 speed manual transmission mounted on the original F engine.
Colorado-based FJ (always buy FJs from dry states like Colorado!)
The current presentation is a bit rough, but this is a great candidate for a full-blown restoration as it is completely original! An aluminum 3/4 tub from Aqualu (Part #4005 – $3,300+$800 shipping from Canada) and a better hard top ($1,000)
Original F engine (straight six) runs strong
Recently tuned up
New brake master cylinder
Odometer reads 92,000 miles (not sure if this is original or not)
This Land Cruiser was sold through the Red Line classifieds listing. To list your Land Cruiser for free on Red Line, fill out the form here.
This FJ40 has just undergone an extensive 3+ year total restoration which has been restored to better than new factory correct condition!
The only modifications are the diamond plated aluminum running boards, the new Mickey Thompson Callic 2 wheels, BF Goodrich 33-12.50 KO all terrain tires and everything is factory correct and original all the way down to the emissions control sticker under the hood.
It has been upgraded with a freshly rebuilt 2F engine that runs strong, also has a Weber carb and electronic ignition (for reliability) conversion. This FJ40 is a 62K mile, locally-owned survivor and is as solid as a new one with absolutely no rust or body damage of any kind when I started this restoration on it and now is just waiting for some to buy it and enjoy it.
It has all new weatherstripping throughout, and with the exception of the vent windows and hardtop corner windows it also has all new glass which was installed with new rubber seal. Each piece of chrome was sent out to World renowned Graves Plating in Florence Alabama where it was polished, re-chromed and is all in better than new condition. The chrome work is much better than factory original.
I also installed for safety, a set of factory correct appearing LED tail lights which also have to be seen to be believed. Every piece of trim on the vehicle is perfect and is all factory new Toyota replacement parts and believe it or not this FJ even has the factory original spare.
This FJ was completely disassembled as far as it could be without removing the body from the frame and every piece including the body tub was media blasted and epoxy primed multiple times, massaged and then painted inside and out with 3 coats of Dupont ProThane factory correct Olive brown (code 653). The white trim was painted factory correct Cygnus white. As you can see in the pictures this vehicle looks amazing! The pictures do not do it justice! I could talk for days about this FJ40 but look at the pictures, watch the video and decide for yourself!
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$
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
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
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!
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.
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.
“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
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 »
Red Line is currently working on 2 Resto Mod Landcruisers. As we all know, Landcruisers aren’t competing for quietest rig on the road, especially if you’re running on oversized mud terrain tires. And in the summertime if you’ve got your hard top on, the cabin can heat up quickly turning your FJ into a full-blown sauna.
There are several options out there for trying to quiet your FJ cabin or keep the heat down. There are products that can slip under your OEM front or rear Toyota mats. These are fairly inexpensive but they don’t do a very good job of quieting things down or keeping the heat out.
Over the years, our favorite product that we’ve come to rely on is Dynamat Extreme.
Here’s what Dynamat has to say about their product:
When it comes to making your hot rod ride like a luxury car, Dynamat does the job. Dynamat is used by the world’s top hot rod and custom builders because they know it makes their cars ride cool and quiet. Dynamat makes cars feel solid – doors and trunks slam snug, rain and wind virtually disappear and your interior becomes a quiet, comfortable cruising environment. Use Dynamat on the interior sheet metal of your vehicle to stop vibration and reduce road noise. Add a Dynamat brand thermo acoustic liners- such as Dynaliner, Extremeliner, Tac Mat or DynaPad to fight heat and low frequency hums from big engines and exhaust systems – and you’ve got the ultimate ride. Dynamat is the ultimate automotive accessory.
We typically buy the Dynamat Extreme Bulk Pak, which covers 36 square feet. It includes nine sheets of Dynamat Extreme. Each sheet mesaures 18″x 32″ (457mm x 812mm). If you’re careful, you can do the floors on an FJ40. It takes about XXX boxes to cover the floors on a FJ55, FJ60, or FJ80. But why stop at the floor? This stuff does such a good job of stopping road noise, that we install it behind the door panels and on top of the roof. If you’re wondering about the headliner, there’s no need to worry…your OEM FJ headliner can be easily adhered to the dynamat without and drooping.
Dynamat is about as thick as a nickel and, in our minds, does the best job of keeping you cooler in the summer and affording you a decent conversation in your Cruiser (as opposed to shouting your conversation in the cab).
A box of Dynamat Extreme Bulk Pak runs $169.95 + shipping. Order online through Red Line today or have us install it for you at our Colorado Springs location. Give us a call at (719) 210.0101 or email us for a quote.
We make selling your Land Cruiser easy with our free FJ classifieds. If you are a private LC owner, you can list your Land Cruiser or Toyota truck quickly with our free online car classifieds service! If you are a dealer, we can list your Land Cruiser for a fee of $75.
Simply fill out the form below and we’ll add your listing to our website. Listings typically go live within 48 hours. Once your Cruiser has sold, please email us at email@example.com so we can remove your listing from our website.
Please note: only the copy you add to the description will be used in your post. We will not add your name, address, phone number or other personal information to your listing. That’s only for us in case we need to contact you. We will also set up an online form on your listing that will allow you to keep your email address private. Interested parties can fill out a form, which will be directed to the email address you provide us.
If you would like us to sell your Cruiser on consignment, we can also help you get top dollar for your FJ40, FJ55, FJ60 or other vintage FJ. We’ll take the pictures, shoot a custom video, list it on eBay, Craigslist, RedLineLandCruisers, and other FJ sites. Folks are always asking us to help them find them the FJ of their dreams, so we’ll work to connect you with buyers that have come to us looking for a Cruiser. We also provide options for safely and securely storing your FJ while it awaits a new buyer and can work with leading companies to ship your FJ to the new buyer. In some cases, we can arrange for pickup and transportation of your FJ ourselves. For more info on selling your Cruiser on consignment with Red Line, please call Justin at (719) 210-0101, drop Justin an email or check the box on the form below.
To list your Land Cruiser on the Red Line classifieds section for free please fill out this form.
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:
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.
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.
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