Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

FJ40
The FJ40 Land Cruiser was Toyota’s answer to the Jeep CJ. It was in its 14th model year as of 1973. The wheelbase under it was a short 90 inches and it overall length was just 152 inches. Curb weight averaged about 3500 lbs. Two body styles were available which were a choice of 2-door hardtop or a 2-door soft top.

A 3.9L 2bbl I6 provided the propulsion in 1973 and 1974. Horsepower was adequate for this lightweight vehicle, rated at 125hp and 209 ft/lbs of torque. A 3-speed manual was the only transmission in 1973, but it was changed over to a 4-speed for 1974. The transfer case was a 2-speed unit. Axle ratios were 4.11:1.


New for 1975 was a 4.2L 2bbl I6, which replaced the 3.9 engine. This new version made 135hp and 210 ft/lbs of torque. In 1976, the front brakes were changed over from drum to disc. In 1979, the headlamps took on a new appearance through new squared-off bezels.

The FJ40 Land Cruiser stuck around right ’til the last year of the smog-era, 1983 with little change. By this time, the 4.2 engine lost some of its gusto, down to 125hp and 200tq.

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