1981 FJ40 w/ Factory PS and A/C - Documented 42420 Miles

1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

Make: Toyota
Model: Land Cruiser
SubModel: FJ40
Type: SUV
Trim: FJ40
Year: 1981
Mileage: 42,420
VIN: JT3FJ40CXB3341226
Color: Medium Blue
Engine: 2F
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Johnston, Iowa, United States
Power Steering, Air Conditioning
4-Wheel Drive, Convertible

Description for Toyota Land Cruiser 1981


Here’s a super nice, rust free low miles 1981 FJ40 with factory power steering and factory air conditioning and documented low miles. I've traced this truck back through her previous owners. Clean Carfax shows this truck had 32,000 miles in 1991. By May of 1998 she was at 36,167 and today has 42,420 miles. The truck spent it's life in Hereford Arizona where she was owned byJohn Nicolais, a pharmacist.

Birds build their nests out of barbed wire in Hereford. It's dry, so rust is not an issue! You can still see the spot welds on this gal. The sun baked the original paint to point where most the horizontal surfaces were getting down to primer so in 2016 the truck received an exterior repaint in the original Medium Blue (code 857). The top and bumpers also were repainted in the correct colors.

I've spent months repairing and fine tuning this truck. She's had a ton of love and turned out to be a very stellar example. She's a KEEPER! Please take a moment to read the description and click the links to get to all the info and over 180 photos.


  • Just over 42400 documented miles on the original 2F engine.
  • All dings and dents (very few) were corrected.
  • New exterior matching paint job with the original color (857 Blue).
  • Roof was repainted the factory white.
  • Bumpers repainted the factory pewter color.
  • The original interior paint is in great condition.
  • Original Toyota mats front and rear.
  • Factory Power Steering
  • Factory Power Brakes
  • Factory Air Conditioning - Converted and blowing cold
  • Original Radio in working condition
  • New BF Goodrich 30 x 9.5 x 15 tires (5, including spare) with < 50 miles on them
  • 4 Chrome Spoke Wheels, spare on OEM wheel. 4 additional OEM white wheelsavailable as an option
  • New weather stripping around doors, windows, and roof seals (OEM)
  • All fluids have been flushed and replaced
  • New tail pipe
  • New windshield
  • New manifold gasket
  • New thermostat
  • Carb Rebuild
  • New OEM Toyota grill emblem, rear "TOYOTA" emblem, and 4WD emblem
  • Line-X material professionally applied to rear tub floor (color matched to factory paint)
  • Carburetor rebuilt
  • Rebuilt OEM radiator
  • New Axle Seals
  • New fan clutch
  • Restored original seats front and back using OEM material
  • Reproduction Owner's Manual
  • Has the original Toyota Tool Kit
  • OEM Door straps
  • OEM Inspection light
  • New headliner
  • New OEM dashpad

Well over $10K in recent work, you can click on the link below to see more details and many more photos of the truck.

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This truck has seen little use over it's life and shows no signs of any demanding off road activity. The body is excellent. There are no scratches, dents, blemishes or rust. She sits on her original stock suspension with new BFG tires wrapped around chrome spokes. I have a set of OEM white spoke as an option.

Factory power steering makes this FJ40 a pleasure to drive. Theoriginal 2F enginehas very good power and the truck runs and handles among the best of them.She shifts through all gears smoothly. The taller3:70 gearsmeans she willdo 65-70mph without a problem. 4WD Hi and Low work perfectly. She's quiet and smooth going down the road compared to most FJ40's. Very low miles dry climate original clean truck that runs great.

Unlike many FJ40's, this truck has not been modified by her previous owners.She has all herfactory emissions. The original jack, jack rods, toolkit, door straps and inspection light are included.If you want a great late model FJ40 with a high degree or originality, here’s avery nice one! The truck is in Johnston, IA

Buyer is responsible for shipping I will assist as needed.Please call me or email with any questions BEFORE bidding!$500 non-refundable Paypal deposit is required within 24 hours after Auction closing. Remaining balance due with 5 days of auction closing in the form of a wire transfer,cashier check or cash. Please have your funding in order prior to bidding. Anyone with less than 10 feedback's will need to contact me prior to bidding. Auction may end at any time. Good Luck and Happy bidding!

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Contact me at (515) 864-1275 or e-mail overton@aol.com

FJ40 Evolution Overview

Let me offer a brief overview of why 1981-1983 FJ40's outshine early trucks. Besides the fact that there are very few of these FJ40’s available, any truck produced at 8/80 has all the upgrades that make it the best all around Land Cruiser Toyota ever built, and the most coveted.

These enhancements were evolutionary. Early FJ40's had the 1F engine, 3-speed transmissions, bench seats, no roll bars, etc. By 1974/75 the trucks received a make over with 4-speed manual transmission, larger 2F engine, bucket seats, roll bar and ambulance doors in the rear. In 1976, USA trucks saw the upgrade to front disc brakes with four-piston calipers. 1977 added the fold out windows in the rear and the more modern tubular spare tire carrier.

By 1979, Toyota went to 3:70 gears, which gave the FJ40 better highway speed than earlier 4:11 gear ratio models. The fuel tank was relocated from under the passenger seat to a safer location underneath the vehicle that allowed for an increased from 16 to 21.6 gallons and the odometer was upgraded from five digits to six-digits.The seats became reclining, the jump seats were given metal U-shaped legs for added support. The cabin courtesy light came on when the doors are opened. The center console, which was a simple metal and then plastic box, was upgraded with an ashtray and integrated rear heater.

In August of 1980 we saw the change to the split transfer case and updated four-speed transmission, which was considerably smoother and quieter than it’s predecessor. The emergency brake design was updated using cables to actuate the rear drum brakes vs. the earlier models, which deployed a drum that sat behind the transfer case and was problematic and less efficient.The steering wheel was re-designed to a more modern look.