This 1983 Land Cruiser left Toyota City, Japan with a 2F gas engine and headed to the Western Hemisphere. 7 or 8 years later (we assume) an 80 series left Japan with a 1HD-T turbo diesel and headed to either South Africa or Australia. Somehow, 25 years later, this Land Cruiser met up with the 1HD-T motor and are now together on offer for sale in Oregon. Is this the Trans-Pacific Partnership at work?
1983 is early in the run of FJ60's and those models didn't include some of the refinements found in the later models. The build date is a moot point though because the combination of the 1HD-T motor and H55F transmission more than trump any improvement the later US models received.
This 60 has a ton of updates, and perhaps a few too many exterior "farkles" for our taste but nothing too extreme. The conversion was done by Rob Lassman who is well known in the cruiser community. The motor and transmission have about 110,000 miles on them while the truck itself is showing 375k!
In addition to the motor and transmission, the ad lists a slew of updates and improvements including: ARB air lockers front and rear, front disc brakes from a 4Runner, dual Optima batteries, and an oil pan heater.
OME provides a few inches of lift and things look to be done nicely with greasable shackles. Dual tanks provide for 42 gallons of capacity so we'd expect highway range to be pushing 800 miles. The H55F transmission should allow for more than comfortable highway speeds at low RPM while providing a lower than stock 1st gear for crawling and pulling.
Outside things are driver quality but we've never seen the point of anything more in a truck. Little if any rust is visible and the "Frame is solid all around and shows only light, normal surface rust." There is some paint damage from spilled diesel under the filler door, and a "section around left passenger door has bubbling and light corrosion."
Inside, new upholstery on the seats looks very nice but it makes the rest of the cracked and faded trim stand out a bit. A new headliner is already in place so if you're so inclined a carpet kit would really clean things up.
This cruiser is currently on eBay in Bend, Oregon with a buy it now price of $25,000. That's a lot of dough, but we don't think you'd be able to build this for less. The VW Syncro in our garage is sweating a bit while we contemplate driving the truck back from Bend.
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