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JFO
09-09-2013, 07:18 PM
Black Toyota Land Cruiser. Asking $5,900 o.b.o.

I am the 2nd owner, bought it with 50,000 miles. Now it has 204,000 -- mostly highway. Condition is good, interior has wear. Regular maintenance and all required major work done at Independent Motors. New cats last year so passes CO emissions with no prob. I have title and service records. I am not a 4-wheeler myself, but I hear that this is the leading 4WD vehicle worldwide, but smooth ride and tight turning make it great for around town.

coloradobound
09-09-2013, 08:59 PM
I'm guessing no dif lockers?

Romer
09-09-2013, 09:27 PM
Doesn't look like the switch is there, but hard to tell

Rzeppa
09-10-2013, 09:01 AM
Doesn't look like the switch is there, but hard to tell

Doesn't look like it. Looks like the power mirror control in that spot.

Romer
09-10-2013, 09:06 AM
Doesn't look like it. Looks like the power mirror control in that spot.

It would be to the right of that and is typically a blank black plate when there are no lockers. You can see the edge of the area and it looks like no switch

JFO
09-10-2013, 12:34 PM
You are right; just a blank plate by the mirror controls. Other than the Low Range shifter, which I think locks the center diff (?), there's no switch to lock the front/back differentials.

I'm just a layman with no mechanical knowledge, so please forgive my attempt at answering this. I just learned what little I know from this "Diffs for Dummies" site... http://www.lcool.org/technical/diffs/diffs.html

Rzeppa
09-10-2013, 05:07 PM
You are right; just a blank plate by the mirror controls. Other than the Low Range shifter, which I think locks the center diff (?), there's no switch to lock the front/back differentials.

I'm just a layman with no mechanical knowledge, so please forgive my attempt at answering this. I just learned what little I know from this "Diffs for Dummies" site... http://www.lcool.org/technical/diffs/diffs.html

We knew that and you are completely forgiven - BTW, that is a fair price for that rig.

JFO
09-11-2013, 12:23 PM
Thanks, Jeff. Hopefully I'll find somebody interested in buying it. BTW, do you think there may be any interest among the serious 4-wheelers? Or does the vehicle's lack of F/R diff locks rule-out the serious people and make it a better fit for laypeople just needing good traction on-road/around town?

Jacket
09-11-2013, 01:34 PM
The stock lockers make it easy and cost free for a buyer, but they are not perfect. There are some that prefer your setup because it allows them to install aftermarket lockers that may be stronger or faster to engage. If yours is a solid truck with good maintenance records on hand, someone will grab it for sure.

What's the story with the body side moldings? Did you add those? The "Four Wheel Drive" moldings tend to be on 80 series trucks from outside the US.

Rzeppa
09-11-2013, 03:59 PM
Thanks, Jeff. Hopefully I'll find somebody interested in buying it. BTW, do you think there may be any interest among the serious 4-wheelers? Or does the vehicle's lack of F/R diff locks rule-out the serious people and make it a better fit for laypeople just needing good traction on-road/around town?

For under $300 to purchase, a Lock Right or Aussie locker in the rear will be a quick and easy upgrade if someone wants to stay within a tight budget. I run Lock Rights in the rear of all of my Land Cruisers except my FJ45, which is more of a work truck than a wheeler. I know of several people who put them in their FJ80s and FZJ80s and were happy with the results. It takes around an hour to put one in and doesn't take any special skill. I wrote an article on installing Lock Rights in Land Cruisers that was published in Toyota Trails (http://tlca.org/trails/). In my personal experience, there have been very few times when having the front locked would have helped me, typically that is in deep snow.

ARBs (or factory electric) are stronger and work better because they are selectable, but rather expensive to purchase and install.

powderpig
09-12-2013, 12:05 AM
Took a look at this cruiser for a customer, I had told the owner it needed a bunch of work, Engine was real Oily, paint is rough, sun damaged, Passenger front door needs a work due to a wind burst that messed up the door stop broken and then dented the door, door will open, but make a binding noise when trying to open fully. Hood and front fenders have been Painted, but could not determine if they are original or not, no Vin tags on the fenders and hood. Many little dents that is hard to see in the picture. I do believe it needed service work on the Axles, and yes it does not have lockers.
Jim(the owner) is asking way too much for this cruiser. I had told him that he was a bit out of touch on the price, when I looked at it he was asking 6800 or 6900.
He has come down some, but no where near what the current shape suggest one should buy it for, it also has C-piler cracks on both sides as well.

JFO
09-26-2013, 10:28 AM
Thanks for the feedback, everybody. Responding to two of your posts...

Matt, those "Four Wheel Drive" moldings were applied by the body shop when they did the hood and fender work 10+ years ago. (I rear-ended somebody at low speed in the I-70 traffic crawl.) Not sure if these were just something they "up-sold" us on or if there were prior moldings that were somehow damaged and actually needed replacing.

Robbie (powderpig), I appreciate your taking the time to check out the vehicle and for your assessment here. It's entirely accurate. The fender painting I'm pretty sure was just where it meets the hood for "blending" - as that paint looks different from what's on the rest of the fenders.

The price I was asking was actually $6,499 when you visited. I've since added in the grille and tail light guards ("damage enhancers" I think you call them:)) and dropped the price to $6,199 on Craig's List and $5,900 on my post here. I can drop it another $400 to $5,500 for Rising Sun members if you think that's fair. If not, what do you think is fair? I'm still getting inquiries via Craig's List, so I may keep it higher there just in case.

Thanks again,

Jim