1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Vin: FJ40162738 Current odometer: 35,862 Built: October 1973, Japan Two sets of keys Title: Clear Delaware Title. On consignment by McQueen Classics - no liens - title in hand. Vin Breakdown (FJ40162738): FJ40: Base Model Code 162738: Production Sequence Exterior: Red Interior: Black Double Rear Door Engine: Toyota “F” series, in-line 6 cylinder, 3.9L, gasoline. Transmission: Manual 4 speed Recent work performed in 2016 - 2018 Replaced with Rebuilt Toyota FJ40 Engine – Engine #F527536. New Seats New Dash New Shift Boot New Clutch New Wheels New Tires – 31x10.50 R15 BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A New Exhaust New Muffler New Carburetors New HEI Distributor New Alternator New Headers New Power Steering New Interior Mats New Bikini Top New Soft Top New OEM Toyota All Weather Cover ********************************************* THE STORY OF THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER “J” SERIES The story of the Toyota Land Cruiser J Series (FJ40 / BJ40 etc) starts in the Philippines during the Second World War, the Japanese had invaded the nation, along which much of the rest of East Asia, and they found an abandoned Jeep that had been left by retreating American forces. There is a little contention as to exactly which Jeep or Jeep-like vehicle it was that they found, most sources say it was either a Willys Jeep or a Ford GPW (Ford’s Jeep), but some claim it was an American Bantam BRC 60 Mark II. Toyota themselves haven’t included any reference to this captured vehicle in their own history of the Land Cruiser, and instead pick up the story in the 1950s. Whichever vehicle it was, we know that it was an American military 4×4, and we know the Japanese military immediately recognized how useful it would be to have their own version. It was shipped back to Japan, and Toyota was tasked with building a local version using as many off the shelf parts as possible – they were also instructed to make sure it didn’t look too much like a Jeep. There were two Japanese vehicles made from the captured American Jeep. The first was the Type 4 Compact Cargo-Truck (Yon-Shiki Kogata Kamotsu-Sha ???? ?? ?). The second was the “AK10” which was created by reverse engineering the American vehicle. The AK10 was very similar to the Jeep it was based on, and was powered by an inline four cylinder 2.3 liter (2,259 cc) Toyota Type C gasoline engine. The AK10 was fitted with a three speed manual transmission mated to a two speed transfer box. Then began the development of the “Jeep” like vehicles that would give rise to the Toyota J40 Land Cruiser series starting with the Toyota BJ in 1951, the vehicle gaining the name “Land Cruiser” coined by technical director Hanji Umehara in 1955. It’s widely believed that the new name was inspired by the British Land Rover. ENTER THE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 – BJ40 / J40 SERIES (1960-1984) The Toyota Land Cruiser J40 series made its debut at the dawn of the swinging sixties when the latest dance craze was “The Twist”, and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones became Britain’s greatest exports along with the Austin Mini, the “mini skirt”, and 007 James Bond movies. Of all the things that emerged in the early 1960s the Toyota Land Cruiser J40 proved to be one of the most practical and durable new things of all. If you were out in some remote part of the world where vehicle failure could prove fatal not only for the vehicle but also for its occupants unless there was a prearranged rescue organized, then a Toyota Land Cruiser was a comforting thing to have: especially one with a diesel engine and a decent two-way radio. By the time I went to work in a mining town in the Australian outback in the early 1970s there were very few other 4x4s to be seen: every man and his dog seemed to have a Land Cruiser and they were all very happy with them. One of the major improvements that helped ensure that the J40 Land Cruiser would become a
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