This 1965 Toyota FJ45L 4×4 Custom Pickup is a unique vehicle that is the ultimate Land Cruiser. The Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser is a versatile, rugged and no nonsense vehicle that was available in three different configurations: 4-door wagon, shortbed pickup and longbed pickup. Availability in the US was limited to the years 1963-1967. The 45 longbed has a square bed with tie-down loops on the sides and a removable hard top. This FJ45 was treated to a frame off restoration with many custom features throughout. The goal during the restoration was to build something fun that could be enjoyed. The entire truck was disassembled and bead blasted while keeping some of the factory pinch welds.
During the restoration a 1978 hood, side aprons, front panel and grill were added to give it a slightly more modern look. It has new fenders with later model doors with one-piece glass. It was painted white which looks beautiful. It was then decorated with TRD emblems and decals. It has all new glass with the exception of the door glass. Some exterior upgrades include a Lazer Star 48” LED light bar, Summit Racing LED headlights, ZXR 9000LB winch, custom bumpers, diamond plating and chrome wheels with 37 x12.50 R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires. The bed was rhino lined black and a storage box along with a matching full size spare tire was added. The interior cab was painted and the floors were also rhino lined. The restored interior is also beautiful and comfortable. Some interior upgrades include a carpeted headliner and sound bar, custom gauges, Billet Specialties Formula 14” steering wheel, 1979 FJ40 bucket seats, RCI seat belts, custom pedals, custom console, custom shifter, custom sound system and mounted fire extinguisher.
The painted engine compartment is nicely detailed throughout. It houses a 350 V8 that runs and sounds great. Some engine upgrades include an Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock carburetor, Holly fuel pump, Billet Specialties Streamline air cleaner, Streamline valve covers and custom pulleys. The engine is cooled by an aluminum radiator with billet overfill canister. The engine breathes through Hooker ceramic headers and a Flow Master exhaust system with chrome tips. The engine is coupled to a 1978 FJ40 4-speed manual transmission with Center Force clutch. It’s equipped with a Saginaw power steering unit that works nicely. The undercarriage is detailed throughout with many upgrades. Some of the upgrades include a counter act electrostatic corrosion control system, FJ40 front and rear differentials with front disc brakes, Bilstein shocks and a relocated battery. Many modifications were made throughout to make this build function. It has recently been serviced and detailed which is documented with an invoice that is included.