Wednesday, June 3, 2015

5k: Chevy V8 Powered: 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60

The iconic FJ60 generation Land Crusher Cruiser was built and sold by Toyota from 1980 to 1987.  It is a rugged vehicle known for its boulder climbing abilities as well as its ability to run for miles with basic maintenance. If something does go wrong, the engines are rebuildable, but many owners chose to swap in a domestic V8 for cost/power/noise factor.  Find this 1984 Toyota Landcruiser FJ60 offered for $5,999 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The FJ60 might not be as rugged and manly as the FJ55 it replaced, but the added comfort and driveability will be appreciated in a world where full sized pickups drive better than economy cars from a few years ago.

Power in this beast comes from a 5.7 liter Chevrolet small block V8.  It looks like a typical truck spec small block good for something in the 200 horsepower range, but a cam, headers, intake, and carb can free up some horsepower and torque if needed.

See another V8 powered Land Crusher for cheap?


  1. "All in all I've only had it about 2 months and it has been a blast. "

    Excuse me, let me translate from Craigslistese to California-administrative-law-state English:

    "I didn't know what I was doing when I bought it, the smog guy laughed at me when I brought it in, and I don't want to deal with trying to make it legal."

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    2. Chevy pickup trucks circa 1984 did in fact wear a Quadrajet, so given an exhaust system using bits resembling stock from manifold to catalyst, and the rest of the stock bits, you SHOULD be able to get this thing past a BAR referee.

      But, once again: post-1975, open-element air filter w/o CARB EO # (there are a FEW applications where the mfr got one), don't even bother.

      My guess is that this thing's exhaust is joyously catalyst-free, as well.

  2. Unless it's titled as a diesel, in which case one would think the seller would promote that fact.

    1. Toyota never sold diesel Land Cruisers in the US market, so if it started off life that way it came from somewhere else.

  3. When my 287,000 mile original 6 cyl in my LC dies I'll go the Chevy route - more power, better gas mileage.

    But I live in Montana where I could put in anything I want without the govt bothering me.

    Bit too high of a price I think but that's just me.

  4. I'd find a 5.3 LS and swap after I got this


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