1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 Custom

LS6 Powered, Resto-Mod, Off-Road Ready


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Land Cruisers have carved out a strong niche in the off-road enthusiast segment and this example is sure to catch their attention.


This is a fully restored custom built 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 that is ready for daily use, show or off-roading.  A no-expense spared five-year build turned this particular FJ into a stunning and even more capable 4×4 ready for just about anything.  Only 300 test miles have been added since its completion.

The custom two-tone white over dark green paint shows well and is in overall excellent condition.  Even in direct sunlight, the car has tremendous depth, shine, and luster. While not free from blemishes, most would be hard pressed to find an issue on initial inspection.  The brightwork on this FJ is largely original and in good condition with some minor scratches and some very minor pitting, most notably on the door handles. The custom ARB front bumper with integrated WARN Zeon 10 winch looks right at home on this Toyota and many will notice the three LED light bars seated on the bumper, which pair well with the aftermarket black LED headlamps and black painted grille. Adding to the overall dark theme of the accessories are 35″ Toyo Open Country M/T tires wrapped around flat-black 17″ Method wheels with Aisin front lockers. Other exterior highlights include removable doors, custom rock sliders and a custom swing-out rear tire carrier.

The interior is equally custom and matches the exterior like a glove. You’ll notice immediately the custom black and olive leather upholstery along with its matching leather headliner and door panels.  Dynamat sound deadening has been added to the interior, and the floors have been coated in a bedliner material and lined with rubber mats.  These additions help to ensure that this will be impervious to rust and will prove to be relatively quiet and comfortable.

Additional features include an integrated roll cage, a custom center console, a Rugged Radio CB system, a heater with ducting to the front and rear, an ARB on-board air compressor, and a JVC CD stereo wired to a 410-watt power inverter and four Alpine speakers and tweeters. A black three-spoke steering wheel frames a custom instrument panel that houses AutoMeter instrumentation including a 120-mph speedometer with an inset 8k-rpm tachometer, and a combination gauge for fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and voltage. Custom rocker switches for vehicle functions have been added to the dash, and the digital odometer shows just over 300 miles, all of which have been added by the seller.

Mechanically, this FJ runs and drives great, and understandably so. The 5.7-liter LS6 V8 crate engine comes alive with a quick twist of the key and is paired with GM’s 4L60E four-speed automatic. This electronic transmission is said to have been fitted with an aftermarket valve body, shift kit, and kick-down cable and sends the power to the wheels through a twin-stick Atlas II two-speed transfer case. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the Tom Woods driveshafts, a custom Toyota front axle, Dana Dynatrac 60 rear axle, and front a rear ARB air lockers. As you can see, this is not just built for show, it was built to be just as capable off-road as it is on the highway.

Overall, this Toyota is one of the coolest FJ resto-mods that we’ve seen, with no expense spared. With only 300 miles on the build, this one-of-a-kind FJ55 will give you years of enjoyment, in whatever manner you choose to enjoy it.  Please see the accompanying 158-point inspection report for more details. The build is well documented with a binder a few inches thick.

For more information, please call, email or text Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or This Toyota is available for viewing in our Phoenix showroom. 

1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 Custom


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1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 Custom
1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 Custom


VIN FJ5515005
FUEL Gasoline
GEARBOX Automatic
INT COLOR Black/Olive
EXT COLOR White & Green Two Tone
YEAR 1970
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Toyota FJ55

The Land Cruiser 55 was produced from 1967 to 1980. Toyota refers to the FJ55G and FJ55V as the first "real" station wagon in the Land Cruiser series, thus marking the beginning of the station wagon body style. It was the first Land Cruiser to have fully enclosed box frame members. Of all the Land…
The Land Cruiser 55 was produced from 1967 to 1980. Toyota refers to the FJ55G and FJ55V as the first "real" station wagon in the Land Cruiser series, thus marking the beginning of the station wagon body style. It was the first Land Cruiser to have fully enclosed box frame members. Of all the Land Cruiser wagons sold in the U.S., including the FJ45, it is the only one to not have hatch and tailgate in the rear, but rather a tailgate only with an electrically operated window that can be retracted into the tailgate. Production began in 1967 of the FJ55. The FJ55 was a 4-door station wagon version based on the FJ40's Drive-train, replacing the 4-Door FJ45V. It was colloquially known as the "Moose". It has also been referred to as a "pig" or an "iron pig". The FJ55 had a longer wheelbase (at 2,700 mm (106 in)) and was mainly designed to be sold in North America and Australia. Fire engine versions were also available, using the regular front clip but with open bodywork and no doors. January 1975 saw the F series engine being replaced by the 2F engine. Unusual for Toyota, the model designation (e.g. FJ55) did not change, except in Japan, where it was changed to FJ56. Production ended in 1980.

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