BF Auction: 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

Asking: $11,500Make Offer

  • Seller: Scott M cAlpine
  • Location: Prineville, Oregon
  • Mileage: 40,378 Shown
  • Chassis #: FJ4075052
  • Title Status: Clean

UPDATE – The seller has a 2011 Chevrolet LS V8 engine they had intended to install in the FJ, while not included, a deal could be arranged to include it and any of the parts the seller has acquired for the engine.

UPDATE – The seller has added additional photos, which can be found in the gallery below!

It is often said that almost any four-wheel drive can take you deep into the wilderness, but only a Toyota Land Cruiser will guarantee you return home safely. The Land Cruiser enjoys a well-earned reputation for ruggedness and reliability, making it a firm favorite with defense forces across the globe. This 1970 FJ40 is a rock-solid project candidate ideal for someone considering a first or hands-on build. It has a known ownership history, and returning it to active service as a survivor is a realistic short-term goal. The current owner feels they won’t be able to do it justice, listing the Toyota with us at Barn Finds Auctions.

Toyota’s Land Cruiser FJ40 enjoyed an impressive production run. The first vehicles rolled off the line in 1960, with the last driving out the door in 1983. It underwent evolutionary changes throughout its life, but the company saw no reason to mess with a winning formula that resulted in a solid customer base. This FJ40 emerged from the factory in 1970 with its exterior cloaked in Capri Blue paint. This shade was available from 1961 until 1971, providing the Land Cruiser with a striking appearance. It shows its age and would undoubtedly benefit from a cosmetic refresh. However, this process would be a straightforward job that a competent person could tackle in a home workshop. The panels have a few minor bumps and bruises, but those are the worst of this classic’s problems. There is no evidence of external rust, while the underside shots in the gallery below confirm that this gem is as solid as the day it rolled off the line. The glass and trim are in good order, while the larger wheels, Badland Winch, and LED driving lights are practical additions that would improve this Toyota’s versatility.

The robust body wasn’t the FJ40’s only strength because its drivetrain was among the toughest available in any off-roader from this period. The 3.9-liter F-Series six-cylinder powerplant produces 125hp and 209 ft/lbs of torque, which feeds to the road via a three-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. The torque figure is the most significant because it peaks below 2,000 rpm. That means that combined with the transfer case and excellent ground clearance, the FJ40 quickly built a reputation for being able to access terrain that would defeat lesser mortals. This Land Cruiser has a known history, with its owner as its third custodian. He purchased it from its elderly second owner, who had commenced an engine refresh. There is work remaining, but a competent person with a Shop Manual in hand should have no trouble coaxing this beauty back to life. The cylinder head has been rebuilt and is ready to reattach with the included new gasket once the lower end of the six receives attention. The previous owner removed the pistons, leaving the winning bidder to deglaze the bores and inspect everything thoroughly to determine whether any other work is required. The six can then be bolted together with the new piston rings the owner includes in the deal. The previous owner also added power steering, which would make this a much nice truck to drive.

The hallmark of the 1970 Land Cruiser FJ40 interior is its unerring practicality. Toyota designed these vehicles for off-road duties, and knowing how mud and slush can find their way inside, they chose hardwearing trim materials like vinyl and rubber. That made cleaning everything following any adventure an easy task. This Land Cruiser features its original Black vinyl, but the rubber floor mats are gone. However, these are readily available and affordable if the new owner wishes to recapture the Toyota’s former glory. The front seats exhibit seam separations, but they are serviceable. The back seats require new covers and foam, although some potential buyers may choose to remove them entirely if they don’t intend to carry passengers. If you do retain them, the original rear heater is still in place and should help keep rear passengers toasty in the colder months. The painted surfaces would benefit from a refresh, but the gauges and switches are in good order. The interior continues a theme set by the exterior, with a few aftermarket additions to improve practicality and comfort. A CD player with a remote hides in the glovebox, and a set of extra gauges monitors the state of play under the hood. There is also a CB radio as a backup in the unlikely event that something should bring this Land Cruiser to a halt.

I am a staunch advocate for the 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, and my support results from family experience. My father worked for a power generation company, and the depot from which he worked had one of these to monitor and patrol the lines in harsh rural locations. That Land Cruiser performed the task admirably and never left its occupants stranded. This Cruiser is a gem and would make an excellent restoration project. If you have been searching for an off-roader to provide adventure, bidding on this FJ40 could be the first step to transforming that dream into reality.

Bid On This Vehicle

High Bid: $5,300 (Reserve Not Met)
Make An Offer
Ended: Feb 9, 2024 12:00pm MDT
High Bidder: TomN
  • TomN bid $5,300.00  2024-02-08 11:59:06
  • Timothy CIESIELSKI bid $4,800.00  2024-02-08 10:28:12
  • TomN
    bid $4,000.00  2024-02-07 16:24:49
  • TheAirCowboy
    TheAirCowboy bid $3,500.00  2024-02-07 14:56:58
  • TomN bid $3,000.00  2024-02-07 13:41:06
  • TheAirCowboy
    bid $2,500.00  2024-02-07 11:30:11
  • TomN bid $2,000.00  2024-02-03 16:12:27
  • Louie
    Louie bid $1,500.00  2024-02-03 14:25:29
  • Darren
    bid $1,000.00  2024-02-02 12:19:07


  1. Michael Schaffner

    Sweet classic off roader. Likely a straightforward project to get some mud splatters back on the fenders ?

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    These are great rigs. Look good, do everything, fun drivers.

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  3. Uncle Ed

    Needs an LS.

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    • Trevor

      I wish there was a thumbs down option for this comment ha

      Like 19
      • Uncle Ed

        Now you aren’t thinking about my feelings 😢

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    • Joshua Mortensen Staff

      The seller has an LS they were intending to install in this FJ. While it’s not included in the auction, it is available separately or could be negotiated into the purchase.

      Like 1
  4. bob boyd

    how can this fj only be bid to 1000? these are bringing 30k and up restored!!!!

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    • Bob

      There’s still 6 days left. Give it time.

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      • Christopher Bartlett

        Needs a four.two straight six from a Trailblazer. That would be perfect for this rig.

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    • Rob A

      These are super cool trucks for sure but I can’t even imagine the cost to restore any old vehicle…I saw a mint 67 Riviera with probably a $10,000 paint job sell for 6 grand at a Mecum auction. It must be for the love of the art….not for the broke or faint of heart.

      Like 1
  5. Ray Member

    I had a 1978 FJ40. Best vehicle I ever owned. The truck had those big tires on it. I replaced them with stick rims and winter tires. It was much better suited to the Pacific Northwest after that. Took me to many remote places. Never broke down

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  6. Piros1

    From what it states the engine needs an overhaul. The pictures show the engine assembled but the write up said the head has been rebuilt ready to put on and the pistons are out of it and the cylinders would need attention, deglazed. So probably going to need to pull the engine if it is out and do a proper overhaul or go a transplant. Hard to say about the rest of the drivetrain since it is not running.

    If you look at the tub it has a fair amount of rust through around the back of the tub needing repair. I think

    I suppose the bidders are seeing what I’m seeing but it is still early in the game.

    I had a 1974 I purchased new and sold it in the late 1980’s that the body tub and the frame were ate up by the cancer work. I loved driving it, and had a lot of fun with it. Hopefully this one doesn’t have more hidden issues.

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    • bob boyd

      all is true , but most are swapping ls motors and all resoration parts are available. these things are bringing crazy money at auctions.

      Like 3
  7. Piros1

    One other comment I would like to make is if the engine is in the state as described it would be good to have photos showing that.

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  8. jim

    Not a bad looking rig a little work and off through the woods to gramothers house

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  9. TomN

    I’d buy it just because of the stickers in the rear window. Actually, I really am trying to buy it. What a great project this will make someone. You could do little or you could go full boat.

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    • Jake

      Good luck to ya

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      • Bryan

        You can get a new Mahindra Roxor and drive it now for less than it will take to get this rig back on the road.

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    • Jmm33

      I have 5 of these needing restoration.

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  10. MB

    The worst thing I ever did was put a V8 into a 72 FJ40 like this. It totally killed the traction of the front axle, I think it lost about 175# IIRC.

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    • bob boyd

      yes bryan. you can buy a mahindra, and it will be worth nothing in 10 years. or buy an old landcruiser and still be worth a lot. so go ahead.

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  11. bob boyd

    sorry mb. that was meant for another reader. i didnt say it was the best decision. i said it makes these cruisers worth a lot of money at auction.

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