1964 FJ40 Factory Soft Top Model
This super unique truck strikes the perfect balance between classic styling and mechanical upgrades geared for the modern world. We first built this truck in 2009, when we found it out in the Mojave Desert. When discovered, it was incredibly dry and had been sitting for decades. It received a Stage Three restoration with extensive upgrades. This was the first time we ever applied some ICON engineered components on a TLC build. The goal was to keep the cool vintage style, but eliminate the archaic mechanical experience.
Original 1963 manufactured US market soft top FJ40. The original sheet metal was fully restored, and all of the panels originally on the vehicle when built 57 years ago are still on it! The rare Land Cruiser stamped headlight bezel (which the original owner wisely removed and stored), the drop-down one-piece tailgate, the soft top frame, crank-out vent style windshield frame, fenders, hood… everything is original to this vehicle. We simplified the dash design, welded in a fuel filler neck into the passenger rear quarter panel, added a lateral brace to the soft top frame (to control sag and reduce wind noise) and worked hard to maintain the original design and appearance.
Paint is a rare OEM color (6H9/Olive, used on Pakistani Police models, and a few other Non-USA applications). Seats are original, and include the removable driver’s seat, with the locking storage compartment underneath. Seats were upholstered in a dark red marine rated vinyl (looks brighter in images than in reality). Seat and soft top materials are top quality German quality. Since we deleted the original (and slightly troublesome) stock gas tank under the passenger seat, you now have a nice storage cubby there as well.
Striped to bare metal, fully disassembled when painted. Polyurea coated inside floor and body underside. Original hardware was re-plated and reused in the final assembly, while many were upgraded to stainless steel in key areas. All new weather stripping, including many NOS parts that would be impossible to locate today.
All trim (gauge panels, wheels, bumpers, chassis, suspension…) has media blasted then powder coated.
Powder coated Art Morrison chassis upgraded bring in a host of significant upgrades including Fox Racing coil-over suspension (three-bar / Panhard front, four-link rear), DJI Safety limiter straps, and tunable sway bars in the front and rear. Lee power steering system (14:7/1 ratio, mated to the original steering column housing and steering wheel).
GM 5.3 LM4 350 HP aluminum fuel injected V8, 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, mated to the extremely rare 19 spline split-transfer case (two speed) with tail shaft mounted parking brake. Howell Engineering OEM based engine management system. Lokar “manual trans” style shifter, again to keep the modifications as subtle as possible. Custom Griffin aluminum radiator with internal transmission cooler.
1976-78 FJ40 axle assemblies with disc/drum brakes, FJ60 master and booster. The stock axles were fully restored and braced for the evolved suspension system. Stainless steel brake lines.
Custom 19.6 gallon steel fuel tank fit in the rear, boxed by the chassis, with internal fuel pump.
Purpose built wiring harness, using easy to source components.
Custom gauges that color match the body. Based on the original unit, modified for the modern reliable functions. Simple audio system with two Alpine speakers fit into custom enclosures down by front kick vents, run through a Scosche dock, straight to your iPod or iPhone (although now a bit outdated, running the old large connector).
We built this truck over ten years ago. It has only 5144 miles on it. It has not been abused, but it did spend some time as a beach home vehicle, so there is some light corrosion evident in the nooks & crannies. These are shown in the images. While not as evolved and elevated as a current ICON, it offers a drastically more comfortable and fun driving experience than the stock vehicle. Stable suspension, excellent track record of reliability, loved by all. A rare opportunity to get into a quite versatile vintage FJ40 that could not be built for anywhere near the price. Clean enough to be proud of, but not so fresh that one would be afraid to use and enjoy!