Talking about the FJ40 is like ‘there is no death’! This is because after the Toyota Land Cruiser Indonesia Jamboree about 6 years ago in Jogjakarta, the FJ40’s prestige has soared, also accompanied by spectacular prices. The cheapest can be priced from the price of 100 million with ‘not bad’ conditions, what is clear is that you will spend money on repairs and completeness of accessories. If you choose the restoration is not cheap, the costs incurred are practically the same as the purchase price. Even then, the original accessories and spare parts are not included.
For 40 Series lovers, this one can be an inspiration. Let’s take a look at Velocity Restorations (VR). VR is widely recognized for its work dominated by the Ford Bronco and International Scout, but the FJ40 is its first project. This Florida-based restoration shop has done its magic on the iconic and classic FJ40 legend.
The ’74 FJ40 was discovered by a man at a hunting camp in Alabama after spending nearly two decades there. The man who is now the owner accidentally stumbled and immediately realized the potential of this vehicle. Then the man rushed to buy it and sent it to Velocity Restorations for a new chance to live.
VR also said that the owner wanted to keep most of the original fittings and restore the factory-default style. “This FJ has been silent for so long. I think the end result has brought him back to the extraordinary character of this vehicle, ”said Brandon Segers, Co-Owner of Velocity Restorations.
Although not one hundred percent of the style of the vehicle is restored to factory defaults, Velocity Restorations provides new elements from both the interior and exterior. However, the FJ40’s innards still rely on its original components. The factory default engine can still be saved, namely the 3.8 liter 6-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual gearbox, including the OEM transfercase and exhaust.
Also the suspension, the OEM front and rear axles are still reconditioned, and the FJ40 frame is coated in satin black powdercoated. The 15-inch aftermarket wheels are wrapped in BF Goodrich All Terain K02 tires. Meanwhile the built-in body is also reconditioned, seen in the before and after photos. One thing that stands out the most is that the OEM hardtop has been removed and replaced by a soft-top bikini model, as well as the addition of a custom 6-point rollcage / rollbar.
Entering the cabin, thick shades of tan combined with black. Almost all the instrument panels look authentic although there are a few extras such as a CD player and USB port and console box. Yaps, the steering wheel does look different from the three-spoke model even though it’s only been refurbished. For seats and seatbelt using aftermarket brands.
If you have this clarity, do you think you can’t use it for offroad?