1971 FJ40 VINTAGE MOD BBC SM465 Trans Lifted 33's Custom Ralph Lauren Arizona

West Coast Mags

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Located in Buckeye, AZ 85326 * Delivery Available * Email is best: westcoastmags@gmail.com * $24K OBRO

Up for sale is a nicely appointed and finished 1971 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser. We are the 2nd owners, original owner purchased it new in 1971 in Tucson, Arizona and it has been in Arizona ever since, primarily in Wadell, AZ and Prescott, AZ. The original owner repowered it with a big block Chevrolet engine and SM465 four speed manual transmission in 1974 and it has been how it is since. It retains the original Toyota transfer case by way of an Advance Adapters old school kit, and has the factory Toyota axles. The odometer currently reads 00984, and the title says in excess of 100,000, so we believe the mileage to be 100,984. The FJ40 is equipped with power steering, power brakes, Warn lock out front hubs, and a GM tilt steering column. It runs and drives well and is a pleasure to drive, ample power, ease of parts location, and reliability.

Engine - new valve cover gaskets, vintage period correct Edelbrock aluminum valve covers, new air cleaner assembly, MSD billet distributor, MSD coil, MSD 6a Ignition, MSD wires, new radiator overflow tank, coolant, radiator hose and radiator cap. The Rochester quadrajet carb has been rebuilt and starts easily, idles properly, and drives well.

Wheels/Tires - New set of (5) 15"x10" Ion aluminum wheels, gloss black and machined lip, with New 33"x12.50"x15" Falken AT tires. The spare tire is a very close to new Toyo AT. New chrome lug nuts all the way around

Undercarriage - The FJ40 has a 2.5" lift to clear the larger tires, has four New Pro Comp shock absorbers, dual exhaust with mellow sounding mufflers, moderately deep at idle, not very loud when driving, a good balance.

Exterior - OK condition paint job, very recent, some hazing in portions of the top coat on the hood, perfectly fine for an all around driver vehicle, but not a show quality paint job. If you desired more of a museum quality FJ40 then you would want to repaint and while at it, obtain new rubber gaskets for all of the body glass and windows. The color is a gloss sand, looks a bit more yellow that it is in the photos due to the outdoor light conditions when it was photographed, but it is a sand color.

Interior - New Full Custom Interior - front high back bucket seats professionally covered in oxblood brown leather, with Ralph Lauren plaid inlay. The seats have new foam so they are firm and supportive, rear troop seats have been refinished as the fronts, fully foamed and molded, and a million times better than the stock horse hair stuffed original vinyl. The seats are very high end, and strategically set this FJ apart from all the others, that use the stock black plain vinyl slip covers that most restoration shops use. Other appointments include new OEM Toyota sunvisors, new seat belts, shift boots, door weather strip. There is also a 1970s liquid filled compass and a 1970s CB radio installed, the CB does not appear to work. The inside floor portion of the body tub has been coated with a durable black Herculiner coating for ease of maintenance.

Condition - The headlights, taillights, and turn signals all function, the side marker lights and wipers do not. The FJ40 also does not have a radio or speakers installed. There is an oil leak between the engine/trans and also between the trans/transfer case, that will leave drops after it has been driven. Overall the FJ40 runs and drives well, this could be repaired or resealed at a later date. The only other item we have noticed is that speedometer reads slow above 40mph, it seems to be accurate from 0-40, but above 40 it does not seam to keep up. In conjuction, due to the low gearing of this FJ40 as it is equipped it definitely is not a "freeway flier" It is geared pretty low and would be best suited as a cabin or beach cruiser vehicle, possibly used to tow a boat, trailer, or small camping trailer in rural areas, or especially be used in mountainous terrain where the low gears would be in their element. The SM465 transmission ratios are as follows (1st 6.55, 2nd 3.58, 3rd 1.70, 4th 1.00, reverse 6.09:1) The FJ40 shifts easily to Low Range and that ratio is 1.96:1. The differential gearing is 4.11, and total combined crawl ratio in all low forward gears is 52.76 to 1. A modern Jeep wrangler has a crawl ratio of approximately 26 to 1 for reference. We would estimate the top safe comfortable driving range to be about 55, which is probably very similar to the top factory speed, as it would have had similar low gears, and much smaller tires from the factory originally. It is also a short wheelbase vehicle, which makes it highly maneuverable, but also limits it at high speeds.

The cruiser is located in Buckeye, AZ zip code 85326. We have worked with a number of vehicle transporters in the past and can assist in arranging and quoting shipping if needed. Signed notarized, Arizona title, in our name, ready to go for the next owner. This is very solid and unique vintage Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser, very nicely outfitted and appointed. Please feel free to ask questions, we will do our best to answer - Thank You!








 

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