Upgraded and equipped, Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

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The Land Cruiser comes with added off-road equipment

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a champ among off-road vehicles, known worldwide for its off-road prowess as well its long-lived reliability.

While we’re most-accustomed to seeing the iconic FJ40 models, the Pick of the Day is a 1970 Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser, a long-wheelbase version that’s set up for serious backwoods treks.

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The spare, jack and ladder are attached to a swing-away frame

The F55s were introduced in 1967, distinctive because of their two-tone paint jobs and unique front-end styling, which looked more industrial than the FJ40 lineup.  While they were maligned with the nickname Iron Pigs, they also were admired for their capability and durability, as well as their spacious interiors.

This Land Cruiser has been restored and upgraded, according to the Lutz, Florida, dealer advertising the SUV on ClassicCars.com.

“The engine bay has had a ton of terrific investments,” the dealer notes. “It starts with an upgrade to a 4.2-liter 2F inline six motor. This was rebuilt about 4,000 miles ago, and that includes bored .30 (now approx. 4.4-liters total,) RV cam, port and polished cylinder head, new carb and wrapped header.

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The long body provides loads of stowage space

“Not only do you have a stronger motor, but you also get better control over it all with an upgrade to a five-speed manual transmission from Man-A-Fre. Even the transfer case was rebuilt to keep this a go-anywhere 4×4.

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“But more than just off-road prowess, the improvements also made it great for anytime driving. This includes additions like power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. There’s even a large aluminum radiator to keep you running cool in traffic.”

Creature comforts include added sound-deadening material, a R134a AC system and upgraded audio system, the seller says.

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The dashboard includes added wood accents and aftermarket air conditioning

“And just like the other Land Cruisers, this one has an instant off-road-ready attitude,” the ad says. “The tall 4×4 stance, HD push bumper with Warn winch attached, KC lights, full-size spare (on a swing-away mount that includes a ladder and jack) and the trailer hitch are all part of a package that isn’t afraid to keep going when the pavement ends.”

For all the work that’s been done on this Toyota to make it both usable and attractive, the asking price seems reasonable at $26,995.

“Finding a 1970 Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser at an affordable price is already attractive,” the dealer notes. “So when you dig deeper to see all the improvements – the upgraded motor, five-speed transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, A/C interior and much more – you soon realize that this attractive classic 4×4 is actually an unbelievable deal.”

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

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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