But if you could have the aesthetics of the earlier trucks with the capability, comfort, and durability of the '90s tank, why not? The retro theme carries over to the wheels which are steelies adorned with 40 series (or similar) dog dish hubcaps, a solid classic shade of blue on the exterior, chrome door handles (not my favorite), and even to the interior. The Nardi wood rimmed steering wheel is a nice touch and looks oddly at home amid the arcing gray plastic dash.
I'll admit I own a 1994 FZJ80 myself, and have thought a few times about backdating it with steel wheels and a two-tone paint job a la FJ55. It never occurred to me to go whole hog and swap the 60 series' front end on as well, and I'm a bit surprised that I like the end product so much. This one's even an HDJ81V diesel model, with the forbidden fruit 1HD-T six cylinder making only 162 hp but 267 lb-ft of torque at a lazy 1400 rpm.
I'm tempted to scrounge up some junker 60 series parts and start test fitting. A few weekends of welding followed by a trip to DT's favorite cut-rate paint shop (Beto's in Wilmington, CA) and I could have a retro cruiser of my own. With the 25 year import rule now allowing 1990 model year vehicles into the US without much fuss, it's only a matter of a few more long summers before we Americans could buy these pre-converted from Flex themselves and save the trouble. As a consummate cheapskate I have to think that the sum of the parts and labor would be less than $18k + shipping + duties (and fees, etc) if I built one myself using my cheap beat-up Cruiser as a basis. The only question would be: monochrome as above, or two / three tone as shown on the "Wonder" marketing page and below?
If you're a kook like me and are into this type of thing, Flex has many many more converted 80s for sale here. Just don't ask me for help with translation.