Schattenjager's 1997 LX450
The FZJ80 Redux!!! Having owned a bunch of cars in my life, I occasionally remember a car or two that was so special, I start to miss it. The 97 Land Cruiser was one such great. I had it all built and needed nothing except proper tires, not the cost savings retreads that caused a major problem for the buyer. (Sorry again Adam) But, she sold to a good home and I jumped into a u-haul and headed to Alaska for a few months. Bought my old Disco II back from my boss up here. Lost it's engine the day I registered it. Flirted with a black Jeep Cherokee for a while, but was afraid of the miles and sketchy history. Then it was on to a 4runner which was pretty neat if you wanted to conquer a playground, but it lacked the solid feel of an 80.
After much hemming and hawing, I happened across this deal: 1997 LX450 loaded to the gills with working everything, no paint issues and ZERO rust. Tail gate looks factory new!
It will need some base lining right away - front brakes and rotors, odd squeak from the steering wheel on occasion, and a slight hesitation in the motor (tune up?), lube the birfs and update the running lights with the LED's. Then off with the running boards and paint the wheels!
Here she is:
Excellent overall condition - full service history is in hand and the lady was careful at getting things done. Leather and paint are 100% Carpet is about 90 percent.
So nice to be in the saddle again - if everything works out this going to be a long term commitment. Didn't know what I had till it was gone. Thankfully I can try to remake the first 80 and have wondrous Cruiser adventures again. Stay tuned for rapid goodness to occur!
Here is the ever-faithful Atlas doing a Birf inspection for me after he helped get the uber useful basket aboard:
*edit - fixed the million typos from trying this on an iphone. Geez - won't do that again....*
Last edited by Schattenjager; 05-20-2011 at 06:28 PM.
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