If there’s a vehicle more completely adapted to being off road than the 1972 FJ40 then I have no idea what it is. It’s built for doing rugged and manly things and has rugged and manly lines. It has a utilitarian interior which has been softened a bit with bucket seats to provide the less rugged and manly among us to be able to tolerate the um…raucous…ride that an off-road vehicle with a short-wheelbase tends to impart. Think: driving a basketball floating in jello.
Rolling it out onto the lumpy earth of the Arizona desert floor where it is located, I would surely be mightily grunting manly sounds. I imagine feeding the Toyota F series inline 6-cylinder with my right foot as the brutal terrain provides the backbeat of the double dribble through the arid landscape. All the while I’d be saucer eyed as I was white knuckling the circular grab handle attached to the steering column. You know, the one that when rotated is said to aim the vehicle where you want it to go; which is to say not off a cliff or into a big cactus. One thing for sure is that I’d be letting out one hell of a whoop doing it. Man, this thing looks like a blast!
Twisted as I am, this particular example makes me imagine what it would be like to drive a pith helmet. It even looks like a pith helmet. Or a safari suit. Either way, there’s no mistaking what this buggy is for, and it means business. But it mixes business with pleasure. Naughty. Beguiling even.
Out of my imaginary world into the world where this FJ actually exists, the seller says that it was resto-modded with everyday use and easy maintenance in mind. He also claims it was rebuilt with “comfort” in mind which of course is relative. Nobody is going to mistake the ride for a Lexus Luxo-barge. But then again, you’re not going to take a luxo-Lexus even onto so much as an unpaved driveway.
This rust-free AZ truck has been modified to include above noted bucket seats, Vintage HVAC system, Champion radiator and 6 blade fan, Weber carb, 70 amp alternator, new gauges, front disc brakes, and new paint inside and out, including frame and floor pan. It has a clean title and is ready to go anywhere, so long as you know how to use a manual gearbox. Otherwise it makes a nice driveway ornament.
There’s no telling how many miles are on this little dude, and apparently neither is the seller in his ad on craigslist. There’s one way to find out everything you want to know about it though, and that’s to click HERE to take you to the listing so that you can get the skinny for this $28K desert dweller.
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