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12-29-2013, 02:53 PM
Iím listing this soon-to-be-yours 1971 Land Cruiser FJ40 for $9,000. You got questions, PM me. You want to buy it, call me. Depending upon the weather and your mood, this FJ40 has an extensive wardrobe selection that is guaranteed to be a conversation starter wherever you take it.

Dead of Winter - Hardtop with dual heaters


Height of Summer - No top with tube doors


The rest of the time; SOR Extreme Plus Summer Top or Paki Top



Purchased in December of 2007 and towed home behind my 100 series, this truck has been serviced and used on a regular basis. I bought this truck to learn more about working on cars and to have cool vehicle for me and my boys to drive. This FJ40 has been seriously upgraded and improved so that it is dependable and fun to drive. Most of the work has been documented on the Rising Sun 4X4 Club in the General Tech sub-forum - just do an advanced search for all threads started by RicardoJM for details - ignore the threads where I was working on someone elseís rig.

In addition to the wardrobe components above, here is a list of the upgrades/improvements that have been done over the 6 years I've owned this FJ40 and are included in the sale...

Rebuilt F.5 Engine
60 Series Big Cap electronic ignition
RicardoJM rebuilt carburetor - take your pick Aisan or Holley - both run great
H42 4 speed swap, including new clutch, pilot and TO bearings
Front Disk Brakes, 60 Series, including a full front axle service with new bearings
Rear Disk Brakes, monte carlo calipers
Mini Truck Power Steering conversion
ARB Rear Locker with ARB compressor
OEM Steelies and hub caps
BFG 33" tires, the spare has never hit the ground
Roundeyes headlights
Bullet Proof front bumper, with tow bar; comes in handy for giving other 40 owners a ride home when needed
Rustoleum Sail Blue paint; fades to a nice patina
Mazda 626 sport seats
Locking Tuffy Center Console with the radio slot
Blue Sea accessory fuse box
True shift on the fly vacuum actuated 4wd

Engine Accessories upgraded/replaced over the 6 years include;

New Battery
New Radiator
New Toyota reman gear reduction starter
Napa Water Pump
Napa Clutch Master
Napa Clutch slave
New Toyota thermostat
New Toyota voltage regulator
Rebuilt alternator
Ceramic coated Headers
New exhaust system and muffler
New windshield w/ Toyota gasket
4Runner brake booster
T100 brake master
New Toyota ignition switch
New Toyota rear hatch lock
Garmin GPS V
Indoor/outdoor thermometer

Ok those last four are not really engine accessories, but that's where I decided to put them in that list.:D

What it needs:

Replacement of the t-case output seal (will need speedi sleeve as well)
Speedometer gear
Attention to cancer on rear sill and rockers.
Door weather stripping

Most of all, it needs a good home, preferably with an FJ40 enthusiast that will drive it and see that it gets out on every 40s Only run. :thumb:

Literally, this is a pull the choke, pump twice, turn the key and drive FJ40. As a 1971 model, it is a Colorado collector plates eligible and emissions exempt. The upgrades really improve the driving experience and while keeping the cruiser "Toyota True" and "Toyota reliable".

12-29-2013, 03:05 PM
Wow Ricardo..someone will be getting a great rig..Well maintained and upgraded..
If I didn't have its younger sibling in my garage right now I would be all over this!!!
Hopefully it goes to a great owner!

12-29-2013, 04:09 PM
Wow, curious what you're going to do next?

12-29-2013, 04:37 PM
Drive his Bronco! Good luck with the sale, Ricardo.

12-29-2013, 05:18 PM
At least who ever buys it will be getting a cruiser that's been well taken care of.

12-29-2013, 05:19 PM
I've always liked this rig.

12-29-2013, 09:00 PM
And to think this truck inspired my "Holiday Greeting" poem! A great truck for somebody here. Let's keep it in the RS family!

12-30-2013, 08:14 AM
Wow, curious what you're going to do next?

Steve is on the right track, for now I'm going to put a soft top on my Bronco and take it fishing. :D

My list of "project" vehicles is long and I'm sure the next thing will pop up. That said, I have to make room in the garage so that when the next thing pops up I'll be ready. :thumb:

And to think this truck inspired my "Holiday Greeting" poem! A great truck for somebody here. Let's keep it in the RS family!

Wow, I thought it was about the Blue Mule.

12-30-2013, 08:30 AM
Super sorry to hear you're selling your 40 Ricardo! It's a great rig and one of my favorite 40's. :(

But I understand, as I have been on the fence about selling mine as well, for other reasons. I certainly wouldn't want to compete for buyers, and your rig is so well set up that it would be foolish for me to try to sell mine right now, so thanks for helping me decide to keep it a little longer. ;)

Good luck with the sale. I think you're going to miss that rig and whoever buys it is going to be one happy 40 owner. :zilla::D

12-30-2013, 11:58 AM
I remember helping get that thing hooked up to your 100, seems so long ago....sorry to see her go.

Montana Matt
12-30-2013, 09:53 PM
Hey Timm, how about giving me a call please? Thanks. Matt

12-31-2013, 12:23 AM
Wow, I thought it was about the Blue Mule.

Well, the Blue Mule was a great truck too. Probably my favorite 40 ever. But the darker blue of yours looks better with a golden leaf on the fender...

04-27-2014, 11:23 AM
Bumping this up, put it on CL this morning.

05-10-2014, 08:47 AM
Hey Ricardo, have you sold the rig yet?

05-14-2014, 08:32 AM
My FJ40 has not sold yet, so I'll give this a bump and ask my Rising Sun brethren to help network. Someone's got to know someone who is wanting a FJ40. :D

05-14-2014, 01:49 PM
I know a really good guy named Ricardo who should have that 40.

05-14-2014, 02:51 PM
should put rick on payments. he's the only one i see driving it when its out ;)

05-14-2014, 03:05 PM
I can't believe this is still forsale. Nice rig at a really great price.

05-29-2014, 09:55 AM
Sold pending receipt of funds and transfer of title to the new owner. :thumb:

05-29-2014, 03:33 PM
Good for you, Ricardo. Sorry to see it go.

05-29-2014, 04:55 PM
I finally get that engine crank?

05-29-2014, 05:12 PM
Good for you, Ricardo. Sorry to see it go.

It is going to a good home in Austin.

I finally get that engine crank?

Don't you have a winch that gets in the way?

05-29-2014, 10:23 PM
You take the winch off to use the engine crank :D

05-30-2014, 12:09 AM
Sold pending receipt of funds and transfer of title to the new owner. :thumb:

Damn. It's hard to believe you are actually parting with this rig after all you've put into her. I hope you're getting something close to your asking price because she is worth more than that IMHO.

06-11-2014, 09:49 AM
ATXFJ40 (on MUD) has a new to him, old to me FJ40. While technically this was a run, I'm posting it up in this thread as it will be light on trail details. The trail was in good shape and the run was fun. There, trail run stuff is out of the way. :D

ATXFJ40 had a flexible schedule for getting back to Austin and was asking my thoughts on routes/side trips that would be cool to do. The best I could come up with was to send him down 285 to Alamosa and then head east. While that is a very pretty drive and would be cool, it felt a tad lame. I mean really, this guy is buying a Land Cruiser. The legendary FJ40 model, go anywhere, do anything, off road vehicle and it just didn't seem fitting to send him home strictly on paved road. That said, I wouldn't have felt it right to point him in the direction of a trail and send him off alone. I knew this is not his first FJ40, but what if trail conditions were not good and he got into trouble?

With all that in the back of my mind, Monday I shot a text off to Nattybumpo.
Lunch and slaughter house gulch tommorrow?

His response was great.
Yes! Perfect timing ricardo! I am suddenly wide open tomorrow!

But I had not yet shared with him there would be company, so I texted
Ok. Mind if the guy buying my 40 joins us?

Natty's response was straight forward.
Sounds great

Cool, everything was coming together. I emailed ATXFJ40 and he was super excited about the plans.

Yesterday morning he flew in from Austin TX, he bought us lunch and then we headed up to Slaughterhouse Gulch via Morrison and Evergreen for his first and my final trail run in the FJ40. Being new to the area, ATXFJ40 let me drive to the trail head. Once there, I handed him the keys.


My hand gesture didn't really convey it, but my thought was - "this is it, my 40 is moving on"


I've had the money in the bank for a week, but took care of the Bill of Sale and Title on the trail after making the hill climb on the back side. While the title was open (seller had signed but buyer had not) there was a brief struggle.


Ultimately, the right guy affixed his name and signature.


Then he promptly got right back to running his new rig through its paces


At the trail end, I removed the plates. We stopped at the gas station and ran into Mr. Koons. I filled the tank up for the journey back to Austin, slapped the back end of the rig and waved goodbye.


06-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Boy that looks like a great way to pass it on Ricardo!!

I'm stoked you found the right buyer!!

06-11-2014, 09:55 AM
very :cool: send off.
The buyer got himself a great rig!

Glad it all worked out for your Ricardo!

06-11-2014, 10:49 AM
Notice Ricardo's tight grip on the door as the new owner bounces enthusiastically through the mud hole. I'm quite certain this fine truck will have some great adventures in Texas!

06-11-2014, 12:25 PM
Awesome story, thanks for sharing.

06-12-2014, 11:06 AM
Sorry to see it leave Colorado! Wish the timing was better...such a great 40!