FJ40 Ranch Truck: 1967 Toyota Land Cruiser

This 1967 Toyota Land Cruiser is a desert-dry example of the classic FJ40 utility vehicle, said to be uncut and unmodified after years as a workhorse on a Utah ranch. Finding these early FJ40s in unrestored and unmodified condition has gotten to be a challenge, as so many of them were snatched up for concours restorations or built into extreme off-road rigs. Trucks like these, wearing all their battle scars after years of hard work, are the ones to get it you want a blank canvas of your own. The seller notes that this FJ40 wears low mileage of just over 85,000, and is listed here on eBay as a running vehicle with a $12,500 Buy-It-Now.

The bodywork looks quite straight despite the paint being baked off of it, but that’s just part of the appeal with an honest survivor like this. The lack of rust is a sure sign of a survivor FJ40, as these trucks will rot out quite quickly if not properly stored or at least used in a dry climate. The original color is a two-year-only shade known as “Sand Dune White,” and it’s obviously been repainted green – but that’s the only other paint job from new, according to the seller. The glass all looks sound, and while the rear bumper is missing, it’s fitting for a scruffy example like this. The seller does note some so-called “…very small” rust spots in the rear fender wells.

The interior is a pleasant surprise, looking far more complete than I’d expect for a truck used as a working rig on the vast expanses of Utah where protection from the sun isn’t always a guarantee. The bench seat is in great shape, as is the dash which shows plenty of original details. The floors look rock solid, and it’s amazing how good vehicles can look after decades of use if they’ve survived in the right climate. The seller says “…new glass all around,” but doesn’t elaborate as to what exactly that means as it’s uncommon to see side and quarter window glass replaced; perhaps he’s just referring to front and rear windscreens.

The engine is the F-series inline six, paired to a three-on-the-tree manual gearbox. The seller claims it runs out well and that the gears are quiet, and emphasizes that its life on the farm was a quiet one spent at low speeds. The brake pedal is said to feel firm and the tires have clearly been upgraded. Other improvements include a recent alternator and battery, and the carburetor has been rebuilt. There’s also a winch on the front bumper should the going get tough, but I doubt this survivor FJ40 will be going anywhere that requires heavy-duty extraction. These FJs have cooled off a bit from their previous value surge, but it’s still hard to go wrong with it as a collector vehicle you can use without ever losing much money.

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Comments

  1. Butch

    Rear bumper isn’t missing, that’s all there was, there a pair of bumperettes that are missing.
    Butch

    Like 4
  2. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Simple and tough, these were all over the place out here in the high desert. If somehow someone completely broke the motor it was usually replaced with a Chevy drivetrain-usually an in-line six found discarded in the old equipment pile on the ranch but sometimes they got an SBC: there, I said it! 😆
    Nice find, glad to see they’re beginning to come back down into reality prices, though they’re still higher than they should be for what they were designed.

  3. BTG88

    Missing the air cleaner assembly.

    Like 2
  4. rex m Member

    Just another FJ40… bfd

    Like 1
    • ace10

      Awww,
      What’s the problem… unhappy there’s a Toyota displacing a Mustang/Chevelle/Corvette on BF?

      Like 1
      • Butch Baker

        he probably owns a new Jeep with angry eybrows…….

        Like 1
  5. Doyler

    The one I should have bought.

    UGH.

    Like 1

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