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1982 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser - True Original

Posted in Features on March 1, 2008
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With an off-the-showroom-floor look and feel inside and out, Randall Elkin's '82 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has also been properly outfitted to function ably on the trail. A Natick, Massachusetts, resident, Randy first happened upon his FJ40 in 1992 while driving past a Land Rover dealership. In bone-stock form, the FJ40 was parked among a host of new Rovers with the only nonstock items being a set of Rancho shocks and a hood bra. After getting it home, Randy informs us, he "kept the shocks and ditched the lingerie for obvious reasons."

Since that time, Randy and his '40 have become immersed in East Coast Land Cruiser culture, and he even became an inaugural member of the Yankee Toys club, which now has members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York.

Randy's basic build plan for the FJ40 was to create a durable and capable trail truck that retained the basic Land Cruiser drivetrain and classic good looks. In the years that he's called the FJ40 his own, he's honed his mechanical abilities and amassed a good collection of tools, allowing him to wrench on the 'Cruiser himself. He also developed his welding and fabrication skills, which are displayed on the vehicle in the custom rock sliders, rear tub sliders, and rear bumper. All that work, however, didn't come without some assistance. Randy received a lot of help from Yankee Toys club members, Tedd Brown at Cruiser Solutions, friends at North Country Cruiser in Madison, New Hampshire, and the good folks on, who offered suggestions and guidance as he tackled the building of his FJ40.

In maintaining the factory look of the classic rig, Randy had the stock wheels widened by Stockton Wheel. The hubcap-shod 15x8 wheels now hold a set of Q78-35 Super Swamper TSL tires that measure 35.5x9.5 inches. Under-fender clearance for the much-taller-than-stock tires was created using 2-inch Skyjacker lift springs up front and 4-inch lift springs at the rear. A Skyjacker 2-inch steering-correction kit was also installed, as were extended shackles and Skyjacker Hydro shocks. The suspension components were installed by Cruiser Solutions in Hampstead, New Hampshire. The Cruiser Solutions crew also fabricated a full rollcage in the FJ's interior and installed a tuned-port header on the Toyota 2F I6 engine. A Weber 38 carburetor further enhances the otherwise stock motor.

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Behind the engine, the factory drivetrain remains in stock form using the H41 four-speeed manual transmission and Toyota split transfer case. The front and rear Land Cruiser axles are equipped with ARB Air Lockers and 4.11 gears, and the lockers are actuated using an ExtremeAir onboard air compressor. The front axle also uses chrome-moly axleshafts from Longfield Super Axles.

Other vehicle highlights include a custom rear bumper with an integrated rear winch mount. The rear mount holds a Warn M12000 winch that's neatly tucked away beneath the tub floor and protected by a custom skidplate. The front bumper also houses a Warn M8274-50 winch so Randy's FJ can handle forward and rearward extractions. Additionally, an underhood-mounted Mobi-Arc welder is in place so on-trail repairs can be performed in the event that damage occurs. The Mobi-Arc welder receives power from a dedicated high-amp alternator and dual Odyssey PC1700 batteries.

With fewer and fewer stock-bodied Land Cruisers on the trail each year, it's satisfying to see one such as Randy's that exemplifies this classic Toyota model so well.

Year/Make/Model: '82 Toyota FJ40
  Land Cruiser
Owner/Hometown: Randall Elkin/Natick, MA
Engine: Toyota 2F
Induction: Weber 38 carburetor
Transmission: Toyota H41 four-speed
Transfer Case: Toyota split case
Frontend: Toyota LC 9.25-inch
  w/ARB Air Locker
Rearend: Toyota LC 9.25-inch
  w/ARB Air Locker
Ring-and-pinion: 4.11:1
Suspension: Skyjacker 2-inch/4-inch
  leaf springs w/extended
Tires/Wheels: Q78-35 Swamper TSL/
  15x8 OEM/Stockton
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