No one has to tell you this 1988 Toyota FJ62 Land Cruiser Restomod is a rugged machine.
It has the lifted stance, beefy guard bars, upgraded lights, and a winch are all there to give this the right dominating first impression. And this one has even been upgraded to a well-built small block V8 to give it the power to back up its looks. But more than just an awesome 4×4, you’re going to love this for the full custom interior and all the upgraded details that put a ton of style behind the serious substance.
The gray pint reminds us of granite, and so you know there was a solid investment in this Land Cruiser. And the black accessories are what really complete this tough-as-nails presentation. You see it in the front bumper that has an integrated bull bar, a quad pack of PIAA lights, and an integrated winch. There’s a full Land Cruiser steel roof rack with integrated LED lights. Those 20-inch BMF wheels were made for the off-road, and the Nitto Mud Grappler Extreme Terrain tires have a deep tread to live up to their name. Plus, the strong steel side steps are a handy feature to get into this lifted Land Cruiser. The rear has a swing-away mount for the full-size spare, and there’s also both a tow hitch and tow hooks. And those added LED lights on the roof can turn midnight into noon out on the trail. So this custom 4×4 is as functional as it is intimidating.
From the moment you open the door, you can see that the customization did not end with the exterior. After all, the FJ62 was the kind of Land Cruiser that first gave us a true full-size interior, and this one utilizes that volume to maximize the comfort and usability. It starts with a full custom seating package done in black with perforated gray inserts to match the exterior. The door panels are even done to match. And the way that all the details come together – like the cup holder center console – make this full custom presentation look as well-done as a factory setup. It’s an impressive fit and finish, right down to the billet finish on the door handles, switches, and air vents. This is loaded with all the best features including power windows, power locks, and provisions for R134a air condition (likely just needs a recharge to blow ideally cold again.) There are even some truly modern upgrades like a push-button start and an AM/FM/CD/DVD/XM touchscreen stereo w/Bluetooth. The driver’s seat is a commanding position with a Billet Specialties steering wheel on a tilt column, toggle switches, a gated shifter, and bright Classic Instruments gauges.
Under the hood is a terrific upgrade to a 350 cubic-inch crate V8. We love these Toyotas for their near indestructible reputation, and the Chevy small block unit shares that kind of status. At the same time, this fresher motor also loves performance upgrades. So this hardy four-bolt main powerhouse also has aluminum heads, an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, and Sanderson headers feeding the dual exhaust. It’s supported by the right pieces, like an MSD ignition, dual Optima red top batteries, and an aluminum radiator w/electric fans. So it makes for a well-built heart that gives you a huge added helping of extra power and torque. That makes this 4×4 terrific for the off-road… especially when paired with the big investment in the suspension. You have about 10 inches of lift, upgraded axles/diffs, and a full powder-coated frame. All of it looks exceptionally clean on this low mileage build. This even has features like power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, and a four-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive to be useful for more than just getting deeper into nature.
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