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I have wanted an FJ Cruiser since they first came out... they are the polar opposite of the Spyder, but I love the rugged utilitarian nature of this thing... I just drove it home:)

 

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Looks like you have the TRD wheels, but the TRD versions have black tops. Maybe stockers painted black? I had an FJ too, but my wife really hated it, so I sold it. It's shaped like a brick so it sucks gas. FYI, despite the Premium fuel warning on the gas gap, it runs perfectly ok on regular.
 

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So sexy! Nice work
Thanks, but I should admit that I didn't do any of the work:) PO painted the wheels, and did nerf bars, and a few small mods. I'm sure I will have to do a few things to it, but I'm not going to go crazy and put ridiculous tires on it or anything--this is going to be my daily driver for awhile.
 

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Ahhh, warnings on an FJ. The fuel cap on my brothers 40(his first 'car') used to read "Use unleaded gasoline or alcohol stronger than 120 proof ONLY".

An FJ40 is mean enough... an FJ40 drunk on cheap tequila is outright ornery.
 

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Looks like you have the TRD wheels, but the TRD versions have black tops. Maybe stockers painted black? I had an FJ too, but my wife really hated it, so I sold it. It's shaped like a brick so it sucks gas. FYI, despite the Premium fuel warning on the gas gap, it runs perfectly ok on regular.
Not TRD wheels--they are the 17" stockers painted black. I may black out all the silver stuff--leaving the roof white because this is Florida:) I did get the TRD exhaust on there--nice free mod! And I got the locking rear diff and ATRAC and all the fixins... I'm ready for the mileage, should be about what I got with my Colorado...

Fortunately, my wife loves the thing--we can pull out little camper with it; and after we took a trip over Engineer Pass in CO a few years back, she is a big fan of "wheelin".
 

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sweetness ! having a convertible spyder and an utilitarian "SUV" rocks. U got both bases covered. Looking to save some money myself to get a 4 runner or rav 4 so I can go back and do some outdoor activities again.
 

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I like the Cruiser and would love to have one. Here is it's grandfather. This is a '66 FJ45, one ton Land Cruiser pickup that I restored and kept for several years, a very rare truck. It was the most kick-ass 4 wheel drive I've ever encountered.

 

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I like the Cruiser and would love to have one. Here is it's grandfather. This is a '66 FJ45, one ton Land Cruiser pickup that I restored and kept for several years, a very rare truck. It was the most kick-ass 4 wheel drive I've ever encountered.

I always lusted after the FJ40's with the parallel rear seats, but that truck is REALLY COOL! I see you have her winched and ready for action. The top mount wipers are interesting--my FJ has traditional wipers, but there are three of them to accomodate the wide shallow windscreen. I love the sand color--I would have bought that color if I could have found a sand 4X4 in SoFlo--all the poseurs down here own two-wheel drive vehicles:huh: That's sacrilege, I would never own anything but a four-wheel-drive SUV. Otherwise, just buy a station wagon^_^
 

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Had you bought *ANY* sportscar, I'd be glad for you.
But you didn't, and I'm not.

Wow OldMan, we're going to have to change your name to GrumpyOldMan:)

I have a sportscar. I also have a car that gets 30 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy. Now I have a car that will tow my trailer, haul my bikes, and go anywhere. Being from E TN, you should really try your hand at wheeling some time--you just might like it...
 

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Tecaholic, I'm envious, very envious, of you getting to restore and drive an fj-45. IIRC those were one of the if not the first truck model Toyota imported into the US.

Mateo, like I said on FB, the new FJ's are pretty cool. I actually equate spirited driving to off-roading. It both takes driver skill and control, and ultimately showcases the driver's abilities as much as the vehicle's, especially in a close to stock trim.
 

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I always lusted after the FJ40's with the parallel rear seats, but that truck is REALLY COOL! I see you have her winched and ready for action. The top mount wipers are interesting--my FJ has traditional wipers, but there are three of them to accomodate the wide shallow windscreen. I love the sand color--I would have bought that color if I could have found a sand 4X4 in SoFlo--all the poseurs down here own two-wheel drive vehicles:huh: That's sacrilege, I would never own anything but a four-wheel-drive SUV. Otherwise, just buy a station wagon^_^
The winch is a 3ton Ramsey PTO driven unit with 200ft of aircraft cable on it. The truck has 3 brake systems on it. First is conventional brakes, except that it has huge brakes with two wheel cylinders per wheel. Second is a vacuum brake that you can set like a dump truck has, third is a set of brakes that clamp the driveshaft. The picture is a little deceiving as those are 31" tires on it. The desert sand painjob I did myself, plus I did all the body work. The interior was all new, replaced by me. All rubber around the windows and doors was also replaced by me, and was a bitch to find. The back quarter windows on an FJ45 are not the same as those on an FJ40. It took me about 2 years to restore the truck. This truck in a one ton, left hand drive is almost extinct. Very few were even made, and they were not officially imported into the US. This truck was brought into the country by a rich guy in Houston. It was just a toy to him.

The truck sat around a lot, and I wanted another project. When I sold it the truck had 64K miles on it. It was bought by Gene Messer who has several car dealerships in Amarillo, TX. and is an avid
collector. I still regret selling it, but it is one of the few that I actually made money on.

There is a company now called Icon that does nothing but FJ's.

http://icon4x4.com/overview/fj/gallery/by-color/sand
 

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Tecaholic, I'm envious, very envious, of you getting to restore and drive an fj-45. IIRC those were one of the if not the first truck model Toyota imported into the US.
Yes they were some of the first Land Cruisers that Toyota brought in. I've seen 1/2 ton FJ45's as early as 1964 here in the US. I'm not sure what was the first year here for those. To this day I've never seen another one ton besides the one I had. I've also owned Jeeps, and I have no doubt that my old FL45 would easily rip a Jeep half into. I used to occasionally take it to the Canadian River bed up in the Panhandle, there weren't very many other good places in that area to play. I would go out into the middle of the river and drive up and down and through all the hard places to freak out all the Ford and Chevy four wheelers because they couldn't do that. I never did get that truck stuck.
 

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I guess this is the opposite end of the spectrum from a Prius:) My wife is driving our Scion, and she talked about trading it for a Prius at one time, but now I think she is waiting to see what that Hyundai Veloster turns out like. That really looks to be a cool little economical car. Those crazy Koreans are really starting to make some great stuff...
 

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make sure to gut the precats, oh wait :p

I've always liked these cars, they have a very distinct and unique style and look very rugged.
 

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Great buy! I've always loved the FJ cruisers and your's is no exception, congrats!
 

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I never did get that truck stuck.
I think getting any old FJ's stuck without submerging the exhaust was a near impossibility. I've seen my brother do some mind boggling things in his 40, dead-lifting a friend's Grand Am for 30 feet from the wet embankments of a canal is the one that sticks out the most in my mind.

As much scary crap that we did off-road in that thing the scariest thing that you could ever do was take it over 60mph on interstate. There was one instance it took us almost 2 hours to get from New Orleans to Baton Rouge because a drunken female passenger was truly in fear for her life and would break out in crying hysterics at every bump in the road. Of course, it didn't help that when we first got on the road the exhaust supports decided to give way and the rear half of the exhaust system went by us when we stopped to see what the noise was (the 18 and 20 year old's quick fix.... hacksaw the rest of it that wasn't supported and fix it later when there was more than one sober person around). As god awful as it was when he first bought it, he loved that truck almost as much as I loved the Sprite I was driving at the time. After 2 years of "getting to know it" in it's purchased state he gave it the same treatment I did to my Sprite, take it down to the frame, clean, paint or replace each individual part, panel, or bolt and put it all back together.

That truck was his wife and then his mistress after he got married. I can't put into words the way he sunk when he sold it, his wife made him sell it when she was pregnant with his first child. It was like the "kid" in my kid brother died that day. It's only been recently that the "kid" has come back, I glanced it first when he drove my son's Spyder, and it has returned fully now that he has bought his own.

I asked him recently what had converted him from serious off-roader to a roadster guy, and his reply was actually kind of sad...

"All the old trails are either paved over or have been developed, there's really nowhere to hit long stretches of mud anymore unless you want to drive over an hour to get there. If ya want fun now, you gotta have something that's fun on the road." (Insert lyrics to Big Yellow Taxi here).
 

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I think getting any old FJ's stuck without submerging the exhaust was a near impossibility. I've seen my brother do some mind boggling things in his 40, dead-lifting a friend's Grand Am for 30 feet from the wet embankments of a canal is the one that sticks out the most in my mind.

As much scary crap that we did off-road in that thing the scariest thing that you could ever do was take it over 60mph on interstate. There was one instance it took us almost 2 hours to get from New Orleans to Baton Rouge because a drunken female passenger was truly in fear for her life and would break out in crying hysterics at every bump in the road. Of course, it didn't help that when we first got on the road the exhaust supports decided to give way and the rear half of the exhaust system went by us when we stopped to see what the noise was (the 18 and 20 year old's quick fix.... hacksaw the rest of it that wasn't supported and fix it later when there was more than one sober person around). As god awful as it was when he first bought it, he loved that truck almost as much as I loved the Sprite I was driving at the time. After 2 years of "getting to know it" in it's purchased state he gave it the same treatment I did to my Sprite, take it down to the frame, clean, paint or replace each individual part, panel, or bolt and put it all back together.

That truck was his wife and then his mistress after he got married. I can't put into words the way he sunk when he sold it, his wife made him sell it when she was pregnant with his first child. It was like the "kid" in my kid brother died that day. It's only been recently that the "kid" has come back, I glanced it first when he drove my son's Spyder, and it has returned fully now that he has bought his own.

I asked him recently what had converted him from serious off-roader to a roadster guy, and his reply was actually kind of sad...

"All the old trails are either paved over or have been developed, there's really nowhere to hit long stretches of mud anymore unless you want to drive over an hour to get there. If ya want fun now, you gotta have something that's fun on the road." (Insert lyrics to Big Yellow Taxi here).
I understand those feeling that your brother has.
 
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