Toyota Landcruiser FJ-45 Frankenstein Build

Post By: Ross Vosloo

Date: 09/05/2023

The Story

This is a complete Frankenstein of a build. This is my 3rd old Landcruiser project, and this time Im taking everything I have learnt and putting it into this one build. The goal from the start was very clear, I want a daily, streetable, fun car to drive, that looks old school, but drives modern and has all the modern comforts. To that end, I took a 1993 Toyota 4Runner, threw away the body, engine and gearbox and then cut and extended the chassis by 300mm. I then took a 1998 Lexus LS400, gutted it of its 1uz-fe vvti, a650e auto box, complete wiring loom, front seats and center console, as well as a whole pile of other things. Then finally I took a 1966 Toyota Landcruiser FJ-45 body and shoehorned that over the whole thing. Even though she's not yet finished (paint to come, AC to come, bar work to come), I have been daily driving her for over 6 months now. Absolute blast to drive, great power and torque from the v8, comfortable with the 4runner suspension and just puts a smile on my face every day.

Current Setup

  • Wheels: 16\" Steel Pro Whites, 7J Offset
  • Tires: 285/75R16 Sailun Terramax A/Ts
  • Suspension: Gabriel Safari Shocks, Torsion Bar IFS, 4 Link Coiled Rear
  • Performance: Stock 1uz-fe vvti, a650e 5 speed autobox. Stock ECU and tune
  • Performance: Custom Exhaust from manifolds back, Y pipe, single muffler.
  • Exterior: 3\"Body lift, Custom load tray, Paint still to come
  • Interior: Complete custom interior. Lexus LS400 front seats, powered adjustable, heated. Custom center console. Push button start, remote start, alarmed and immobilized. Android audio head unit, JBL stage 2 6x9s behind seats

Planned Upgrades

  • Performance: Spitronixs stand alone ECU and TCU planned in next 3 months. 4 states of tune for both engine and gearbox, including shift at will
  • Exterior: Custom front bar, rear bar, roll bar and rock sliders