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Beloved ’74 FJ-40 ready for next owner


Just back from a drive from Oklahoma to Colorado, the Pick of the Day is a 1974 Toyota FJ-40 that the private seller has owned since 1990. And according to the vehicle’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, this FJ has been cared for very well.

So why is it for sale? “I would like to find a diesel,” the seller says in offering the vehicle, which can be driven like an open Jeep or as a sport utility vehicle with the roof section and passenger-compartment enclosure in place.

FJ-40, Beloved ’74 FJ-40 ready for next owner, ClassicCars.com Journal

The frame and bottom of the Toyota were sandblasted several years ago, the seller reports, adding that there’s still “no rust anywhere.”

More recently, the chassis was undercoated again and the body taken down to metal and repainted.

The engine was rebuilt less than 5,000 miles ago, with 1,600 of those miles coming on the recent roundtrip drive from Colbert, Oklahoma, to Colorado. The seller says total mileage since new is 62,225.

The engine has been updated with electronic ignition and throttle-body fuel injection so there are no points or carburetor to adjust.

“I drove it around 65 mph to Colorado and back, and it’s not ‘wound up’ at that speed,” the seller notes in the advertisement. “Held 45 psi oil pressure at all times, about 160 on temp gauge, and 13.8 on charge system. Never faltered. Didn’t leak or use any oil.”

In addition to the recent engine rebuild, there are new Bilstein shocks and steering stabilizer and universal joints. The 4-speed gearbox also has new seals and gaskets.

In addition to a new 16-gallon fuel tank, there’s a 22-gallon auxiliary tank “so you don’t have to worry if you’re far from a station,” the owner notes.

There have been other updates as well, including rebuilt jump seats, muffler, roof rack and a new Danhard heater.

“You can drive this to Alaska and back and it will not fail you or leave you stranded,” the seller assures.

The asking price is a very reasonable $35,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. thank you pat w and larry for showing off my fj40 the way you are. I appreciate it. I am the owner. I was wondering if maybe I should lower my asking price as mine isn’t shiny like all the others, it’s more like the military style paint job on jeeps. but I did take it down to the metal and used very good paints to finish it with. don’t know, maybe someone out there will be looking for those features. I could go as low as $29,500. maybe ya’ll could advise me. I have had 777 views on it though but you know more than I do on this. you guys really make me feel "special" and I appreciate that. even if it doesn’t sell, would be happy to say a good word for you. thank you.


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