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Curbside Classic: 1965 FJ 40 Land Cruiser

References to the of a brand” is a long overused and perhaps finally on the way out. But it can be a consideration, depending…In thinking Toyota and its early genetic one might well conjure up of the first Corona, or the Corolla, modern descendants (Camry/Corolla) reflect the basic mission of ancestors. But isn’t the true of Toyota’s reputation its legendary and durability? Well, the following tidbit may cement the idea of I’m going: in 1965, the year FJ40 Land Cruiser was it was Toyota’s best selling in the USA as well as the rest of the world Japan. This is the car that sent out to conquer the world. And well-worn original example it better than any other ever seen: it’s exuding ruggedness through the of its patina. How many folks has it on the brand over its long Hang on for a longish bumpy as I recount the history of the FJ and my own initiation the cults of off-roading, hitchhiking, and

I knew right away this was a particularly old FJ as soon as I those hubcaps. All the ones usually seen have a dog-dish. with a cut-out for the hubs. I’m not sure exactly the switch was made, but it probably was soon after this. I it in a hiking trail parking lot on the and the young couple that it were enjoying the 360 degree on a drive down from It had recently been relocated Colorado, where it spent its life in the mountains. The Rockies and Sierra Nevada are where the FJ cut its well-hardened teeth in the US; an appropriate ground of its toughness.

I decided to reacquaint myself a bit the origins of the LC, and here’s the tweet-length according to legend (repeated by ), the Japanese Army got its hands an American proto-Jeep, the Bantam MK II in the and gave Toyota the orders to reverse engineer it, but not to make it like a copy The KA (above) was the As best is know, few were built or used in the war. And it did use engine (a four) which in was based on a Chevy.

1951 is the true Land Cruiser DNA replicated itself. Admittedly very heavily by the Willys and perhaps even more so by the Land Rover, the  BJ series spent several evolving before it went actual production in 1953.

But its trial by fire was an assault on Mt. and the BJ went higher than any ever before. With its new “Land Cruiser”, Toyota its ambitions in it, an set its sight on global Toyota’s very early at importing the Toyopet sedan the US had not been successful, so the Land was sent out to prove its mettle. Accomplished: the LC found a loyal in the most difficult terrains of the and nowhere more so than which quickly embraced it, and Africa, where the LC slowly the Land Rover aside. about 1960, the BJ morphed the definitive FJ as we see it here.

Let’s a few minutes paying our respects to the F-Series engine that Land Cruiser from all the way through 1992, quite a Especially  so, since it was based on GM six engines first designed in the That alone may be something of a Anyway, the F’s predecessor, the B engine, was a built metric version of the Chevy six dating from And the F reportedly was also built a license from GM, although not so precisely. Its block was loosely the old GMC six, and the head on the gen2 six (1937-1962). Unlike in the B engine, Chevy parts (generally) interchangeable. But it sure looks

A long-… torquer, it was eminently for the tasks that any LC owner throw at it, all the way into the nineties, it finally got fuel injection. And the old Chevy six has a terrific rep, persnicketiness with material and quality probably give the version the edge, if you’re the Kalahari. Ironically, many of have of course have made way for a real Chevy block V8.

Now there’s one thing Toyota didn’t copy either the Jeep or Land the shifter. Yes, that’s a mounted “three-on-the -tree”. versions had a four speed in more familiar territory. its stumpy torque curve, the gear probably wasn’t that much. Well, I remember the owner telling me thing is geared mighty low numerically), and doesn’t really to go much over fifty. for winding Hwy 1, or the forest roads branch off from it.

My seminal memories are also part of my hitchhiking adventure, and involve an FJ. It was the of 1970, and a pretty young I knew at Towson High we hitchhike together out to Ocean where she knew someone an apartment we could stay at. I have to mull that over long. And I had plenty of packing up my old Boy Scout backpack Unfortunately, that “someone” out be her love interest, not me; I was just the escort to safely deliver her to his

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I grabbed my pack, walked and headed south, on foot, I hit the turnoff to Assateague Island, a sliver of sand some mile long. I had never there, just heard it. This was my first time the freedom of the open road, an itinerary or a plan. I headed the sandy road, and shortly it ended, an open red FJ40 and its driver offered me a ride. were looking up, even if it a girl behind the wheel.

He when the road ended, the air pressure in his tires, put it in low range, and we hit the It was an exhilarating alternative to Tish, and a more memorable one. I had experienced the freedom of off-roading and it planted a seed that I harvested when I bought a fifteen years later.

He was heading all the way to Chincoteage Island at the end, and returning that way via So somewhere about half way in the last light of day, I out, and he drove off, me to hear the distinctive murmur of the six pushing against the soft And when the sound of the six was finally out by the surf, I was all alone, in the middle of an now quickly darkening. So what did I do? I in the dunes, spread out my sleeping bag the stars, I pulled out my trusty audio cassette player/recorder iPod of the times), and filled the empty space of the wilderness with…Led Zeppelin! Being alone in the world is not actually all appealing to a seventeen year

In the gray wee hours of the morning, I was out of my slumber by foot steps. I my eyes to see a handful of the wild ambling just a few few feet their hot horsey breaths puffs of steam in the cool air. I suddenly realized I really alone, anywhere, and quite felt that again. Nevertheless, I do generally sharing nature’s solitude the right companion.

Well, I’ve managed to get off-track here, but then what vehicles like the FJ are all The freedom to take the road (or less traveled, although I but wonder if Assateague Island is open to vehicles. But then what the West is for.

The FJ just find its niche though; in Iowa City in the seventies, they were the of choice for the hip young guy. The of guy who probably also ended up his kids in a big Land Cruiser until fairly recently, he might have traded it in on a It’s an interesting arc: the two that most represent DNA then and now.

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