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I am looking into getting a Land Cruiser, as I have had a Jeep and two toyotas before and look to stick with Toyota if possible.
What are good years to look for? Third members, transmissions, transfer case. I have had an 85 mini truck 4x4 and now have an 86 4runner, so I am familiar with Toyotas 4cyls and most of the axles. I have no clue on the FJ40s of what to look for. I need it as a daily driver for freeway use a few times a week, and other than that just as transportation from school/work. I am in college, so I need something that will not kill me on maitenance or reliability (it is a Toyota, I know).
What are the first common mods and what would be a good place to look for suppliers. I want to run 33s or 35s if possible, locker in rear at least, some trail use, but not major rock crawling. (Guessing no more than 3+ or4 trails, if that) Is the nonpower steering that bad, and if so how much to convert? Sorry about all the questions, just trying to get info. Thanks, Tom
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how much work do yo like to do? 76 and up has factory disk brakes up front. but then u have a 4 speed t case rather than the lower geard 3 speed one(easy swap). if you get an older one u dont need a smogg and can change engine etc... but youll have drum brakes front and will want to do teh mini trck conversion. also youll have a 3 speed trany. where as in 74 they went to a 4 speed (i think) when i had stock rnning gear in mine all i had was arbs and i loved it (somewhat) i did all teh good trails, just lots of cltch action. jiMMy
 

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haveing no power steering with my 33's sucked ass, try to find one with some mods already done, bt make sure they are done right and no hoky. i did all my power steering for roghly 200 bucks, bt it varys in who you know and how much u can do etc... jiMMy
 

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IMO if you're looking for a freeway/local commuter, look for something other than a fj40. Poor mileage, rough ride, expensive parts make for a poor choice. 40's are reliable once brought up to speed, but typically it takes some dinero to get them in reliable shape. I would stick with a minitruck.

But if you choose to ignore my advice <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">, I prefer a 4 speed, 2F, and disc brakes, so I look for '74 and later. You can do the minitruck disc brake conversion on pre '76 rigs. Smog laws come into play, so look into those before you buy. I see you're in Glendale, so you will have to smog your rig, including visual inspection. If you buy a later model 40, be sure to get the smog equipment.

Talk to Dave Gore over on your side of town. He runs Renegade Fabrication, and he's a super nice guy and Cruiserhead. His number's in the book. I believe he's still at 33rd and Union Hills.
 

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Originally posted by cruiserman:
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Talk to Dave Gore over on your side of town. He runs Renegade Fabrication, and he's a super nice guy and Cruiserhead. QB]
that isn't the same Dave Gore that is kin to Al and a firefighter and really into the IAFF is it?
 

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I had 32x11.5 BFG mudders on mine without power steering and after a couple attempts I gave up on parallel parking, not to mention trying to get it to pull out of some ruts. if you're going to have big tires do the power steering, I believe the 80s and 81s had it stock, cuz that's where I got mine, it still has all the goofy rods, but with power. Mine was actually better on the highway with the lift and bigger tires. But that could be mostly due to how sacked the stock springs were. but 8MPG is not something you want to drive long distances often with. doesn't matter if I do 50 on the highway or 2 on a trail, I still get 8MPG. I've re-built and tuned the carb and done all the wires, cap, rotor the works. <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> Oh well, I can't wait to see what it's like on 35s.
 

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ya non p/s is rough. at first i thought...its not that bad.... well it is none the less. i have 33s and when they air down...dont plan on turnin much. in the rocks its way hard. but like many of them said...if its only a comuter....look for one with mods done. and spend the extra $$ on a very clean one. for a commuter you dont want to have to fix shit. have fun!
 
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