Restoration Stages

Stage One
TLC Inspected and Certified Land Cruisers undergo a two day inspection encompassing over 300 points so that we become aware of all systems conditions. This inspection follows a 30+ page document designed specifically for Cruisers. We find that due to the reputation of the Land Cruiser, even the most diligent owners only repair items when they break. After a decade (s) of reliable service, we think it is time to take a far more comprehensive approach. Systems inspected range from wiper blades to engine, tranny and transfer case, brake system, cooling system, electrical system and much more. Once a TLC technician completes the inspection process, the service manager reviews the report, then itemizes and prioritizes the discoveries made during the inspection. Stage One is the thorough repair based on needs, realized by this inspection. Stage One seeks to give your Cruiser a clean bill of health, to get you on the road again with renewed faith in the reliability of your rig. After a final quality control check and road test by our foreman, we write a complete repair order indicating what jobs were performed and warranty information. Trust that a more comprehensive repair process does not exist in the business. In fact, the stage one process is far more thorough than any inspection regiment offered by Toyota.

Stage Two
Once Stage One has been completed, customers may elect to move on to Stage Two. Stage Two focuses on upgrades and cosmetic restoration needs of the vehicle. Priorities are determined by the trucks needs, the client wants, and our experienced opinion. Stage Two can range from simple upgrades such as suspension and brake system improvements, full repaints, upholstery..... all the way through to V8 or diesel conversions, five speed transmissions and other popular upgrades. Sometimes, the condition of a vehicle will lead us to recommend that Stage Two is not the way to go, and the only way to deliver a quality job is to jump straight to a Stage Three...
Stage Three
TLC Land Cruisers are simply the best in the world. On display in Toyota's museum overseas and in service as daily drivers world wide, there are no more comprehensively restored Land Cruisers to be found. Born out of Jonathan's life long habit of taking vehicles all the way down to the frame and back up to new condition, these Cruisers surpass even our most demanding customers (including Toyota) expectations. Choose to stay stock with improvements in the suspension, braking and engine systems and enjoy the retro ride, or opt for our conversion designs featuring the best modern fuel injected V8 engines or diesels, five speed or automatic transmission choices, four wheel power disc brakes and much more to enhance the versatility of your Cruiser in the modern world. The process begins with photo documentation of the trucks original condition and quickly moves on to the process of disassembly. In short, the Cruisers are stripped to a bare frame and all parts are rebuilt, replaced, or otherwise restored to new condition, with a higher focus on the details than the original assembly line process ever allowed. TLC has set the standard over the last twenty years, with our Stage Three restorations of Land Cruisers.

Stage Icon
The ICON process can be done to your Cruiser or to one supplied by TLC. For those of you who simply want the styling of the classic FJ40 combined with modern function and versatility...... get a TLC ICON. Built by TLC in very low volume, the ICON is the pinnacle of our abilities and represents the best industrial strength content and clarity of design purpose you can find anywhere in the modern automotive world. Classic styling.... modern performance .... timeless utility. The ICON is an FJ40 recycled with an all new 5052 H32 aluminum body and all new everything upon the original frame. Design updated in every way while remaining true to the original aesthetic character. For more info on our ICON brand, go to

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