1974 Toyota Land Cruiser: Dry But Rough


In this week’s edition of Jeff in the Junkyard, one of the vehicles retired to Amish Country included an FJ55 Land Cruiser which a few of you had recollections of being unstoppable off-road. Well, here’s your chance to save one before it ends up sleeping in the forest, rusting away! This 1974 Land Cruiser here on eBay with bidding just over $1,000 and the reserve unmet is rot-free but the interior is a mess and the engine has been removed and disassembled. The seller doesn’t sound too optimistic the original mill can come back to life, but I suspect he’s the one who broke it down and then let it sit, gathering rust. Regardless, it might be an excuse to upgrade to a modern powerplant, and there are even specialist shops that have begun offering these conversions specifically for vintage Toyota 4x4s. Which direction would you choose – try and find a non-matching but original engine for rebuild, or go all-in on a V8 conversion?


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  1. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Neither. Diesel! Will a Cummins fit?

  2. JW

    I was just thinking the Diesel route myself. My kid has a few diesel pickups I’m sure I could rob a motor and trans out of.

  3. Thad

    Another vote for a diesel conversion.

  4. cuda scott

    I had one and did the V8 350. And it was a monster. Had fun and sold it and still made a grand,

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