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1976 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser - Doctor Do-It-Right

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Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted June 1, 2006

So Much Cooler Than A Mercedes

Going to medical school is a lot of work, but when you're done you can find a good job fixing folks, and usually come home with a paycheck that can afford you a nice set of wheels. Unfortunately we've noticed (living in Los Angeles) that many folks with money to spend waste it on some boring Lexus, BMW, or Mercedes sedan when they could get a really cool 4x4 built like no-one else has. Luckily kidney specialist Dr. Scott Morey didn't fall into that trap, but rather spent his hard-earned greenbacks building this stretched '76 FJ-40 Land Cruiser.

Scott had the FJ since it was stock, but after a few trips with the slow old straight-six and crowded back seats full of kids and dogs he decided it was time for a change. With a little help from his friends and some investment of his salary he is now over half way to a family hauler that hauls butt and turns way more heads then some leather-lined Euro-tourer. What's even cooler is that rather than being sentenced to some suburban garage for weekend-only trips, this thing gets driven daily to various hospitals where Scott visits patients, and when we say driven we mean driven hard with tires squeelin' at every chance.

One of the reason's Scott stretched his Cruiser was so his dog Scooby could stretch out in the back and there would still be room for camping gear and kids. We think the interior of an FJ-40 is one of the most classic styles around and Scott smartly left well enough alone. He does have a hidden stereo receiver to keep him humming over the growl of the Flowmaster exhaust on long drives to hospitals, and a home-brew CO2 tank for airing up tires after airing the cruiser out at the dunes. Plus there is a front truck cage and a soon-to-be rear cage of 2-inch 0.120 wall tubing so that the only trips to the hospital are for work. The tube fenders not only protect against rock rash, but also deflect rainy-day tire spray from the Remington Mud Brutes on American Racing rims. Looking forward to more rainy days, Scott has a metal Land Cruiser hard top getting stretched and painted to match the body.

Engine: GM Performance RamJet 350
Transmission: GM NV4500
Transfer Case: Orion 4:1
Front Axle: Stock, 4.11 gears, turned knuckles, Warn hubs, diff guard
Rear Axle: Stock, 4.11 gears, custom antiwrap bar
Tires & Wheels: Remington Mud Brutes on American Racing rims
Suspension: Stock, Toyota leaves, spring-over

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