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Old January 18th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #1
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Looking at picking up a one owner 70 or 71 toyota landcruiser. Finding it harder to get info than on jeeps. Anyone have any experience with? What axles, engine, etc, etc, etc. I'd appreciate any input except "jeeps are better". I know that, that's why my primary wheeler is a fully mod cj7! This will be a trail tooler, hunting rig for my boy and more pavement friendly than my cj. Also looking for good places to get parts. Thanks in advance. BTW, looking to go with 33's or 35's, so axle info is most important.
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fj's are way better than jeeps. the axles are nice. plenty strong for 33s or 35s try to get one with disc front brakes. the engines are heavy and long. do spring over on 35s. add some powersteering and start playing. as for parts go to www.ih8mud.com and search the classifieds. more local stuff there used to be a guy that had a cruiser junk yard about 2 hours south of you. im sure hes still wheeling and dealing parts but i havent talked to him in a few years. he is in hadley michigan.

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Old January 19th, 2009, 09:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for the input. Really been struggling with getting info like that. Much appreciated. I'll post pics as soon as we settle on something and it's in my posession. I'm really hoping it works out now. They look like a ton of fun!
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Welcome to the darkside!

x2 on ih8mud.com They are the biggest source for TLC info. People there are quite helpful and can pont you in the right direction for whatever you need.

The 40s sell pretty well if they are in good shape too. They seem to hold their value. Just take a look at Ebay.

Oh yea, while discussing 40s, I would not mind one of these:

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MUD is god......


that and pirate4x4.com cruiser section ain't bad either.
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That all said about Mud. its a good start.

70 or 71 will not have disk front axle assuming its all stock. easy to upgrade by finding a 76 or later FJ 40 front axle and its a direct bolt in. Will run 35s with a little cutting. 33s provided they are skinny with no mods. Maybe a small shackle lift if you desire.
Early 70s FJ 40s have course spline birfield joints which are weaker than the later fine spline ones. Again a later model disk front will have fine splines. Or you can upgrade to Later Toyota mini truck birfields. which are a bit bigger. Or make them bomb proof by going with Longfields.

Probably has the 3 on the tree trans. The "3 speed" Transfercase has lower more desireable gears than the later "4 Speed" transfercase.
The three speed is easy to convert to a floor shift if thats what your after for under 100 bucks.

no power steering.

Longer rear Jump seats.

1F Engine which is smaller than the later 2F. But just as heavy.... Straight 6. easy to work on.

IMHO. if its stock and clean I would not cut it up and make a trail rig out of it... They are becoming rare, even more so where road salt is used.....and are worth more not hacked up.....

Welcome to the darkside.

The guy in Hadley is still around, I have not been to his place either but I sent an email a while back and got a reply.

Post up some picks when you get it home.

There is also a Factory Service Manual for the 71 model on line at Ih8mud.
VERY nice to have.
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