The FJ Company modernizes a 1982 Toyota LandCruiser FJ43
The FJ Company in the US has just revealed its latest project at SEMA in Las Vegas, a 1982 Toyota LandCruiser FJ43.
FORGET ALL OF THE Mopar-tweaked Jeeps and the one-off-will-never-be-built Hyundai and Kia stuff on show at SEMA this week in Las Vegas, this 1982 Toyota LandCruiser FJ43 is the coolest thing on display.
If you’re into classic FJs then you’ve probably already heard of the FJ Company, but if you haven’t then all you need to know is that they produce some absolutely stunning looking FJ restorations. This particular car is called the Aspen Project and was built for one of the company directors, and has been described by the company as “one-part classic Land Cruiser, one-part modified monster — a careful balancing act — one we DID NOT take lightly”.
It began with a full frame-off restoration which obviously means the things was pulled apart and refurbished, along the way tweaks were made to the power steering, front disc brakes, heating and air-conditioning. Beyond that, this FJ got a new engine, a Toyota 1FZ 4.5L inline six-cylinder with Haltech Electronic Fuel Injection and a five-speed manual transmission. The engine was swapped as the owner wanted something reliable and usable as a daily driver.
The body was tidied up and a coat of matte white paint applied to the exterior offset by matte silver accents and Toyota OEM wheels in gunmetal gray. To make is trail ready, a Warn 8274 winch was mounted to the original front bumper along with a pair of PIAA 7-inch LED fog lights. And a custom roll cage was “installed to ensure every joyride ends the way it begins — safely”.
Inside, there are Recaro SPEED seats trimmed in marine-grade upholstery, to match the door panels and fold-down rear seats. We also added a coat of Rhino Linings bedliner to prevent scuff marks and rusting.
But that’s not all. A digital instrument cluster was added, LED interior lighting, and a premium sound system with integrated Bluetooth, just to name a few.
Question: Let us know what you think of this modified FJ Cruiser… Did FJ Company go too far?