MEMCruiser's cruiser search.

Discussion in 'MS- CottonLand Cruisers' started by MEMCruiser, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. MEMCruiser

    MEMCruiser

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    So not to clutter the 40 thread I thought I would start this to post
    40s I see and what you guys think.

    Here are the qualities I am looking for in order of importance.

    1. Relatively clean, but not bodean purdy truck clean
    2. Ability to wheel at superlift (lift, armor, good mechanical condition)
    3. Pull my off-road trailer (V8 motor)
    4. Be a fair weather DD.


    I really value your opinions and hope to find this truck to be ready for fall.
    I am probably the least knowledgable guy on this forum so please dont assume I know something and please point out what and why something sucks or is awesome.

    I also do not care how far truck is from Hot Springs since I can fly for free and can clear my calendar for a week at a time if I need too.

    Thanks.

    1.a 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

    1.b fj40 landcruiser (1971) chevy drivetrain

    1.c 1966 Toyota FJ-40 LandCruiser Less Than 1000 Miles on New Chevy 350 V8

    1.d 1973 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser

    1.e http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/2906480169.html

    1.f http://hickory.craigslist.org/cto/2954059060.html
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  2. ntsaint

    ntsaint thatswhatIthought SILVER Star

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    Good luck with your search!

    "I am probably the least knowledgable guy on this forum" -- no, that's me...
  3. wngrog

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    Mike, the 1973...maybe get some pics on it.

    As for a V8 swap, SO MANY of these are done terribly so be real careful.

    I would be looking for (minimum) a V8 with a TBI fuel injected motor. Sure, carbs are fine, but for a non-mechanical type, a GM fuel injection is a no brainer.

    Personally I would hold out for one with a Generation II or later Vortec conversion (5.7, 5.3, 6.0)

    Remember, V8 plus an auto makes for a really short driveline in a non-stretched wheelbase truck.

    If you find the perfect truck, I talked to Pat the other day and he has been putting some 5.3's in Jeeps lately for some guys and he said a turn-key project is running about $8,000. Keep that in mind when shopping.

    This is what I would be looking for

    http://forum.ih8mud.com/vehicles-trailers-sale-wanted/448547-1974-resto-mod-fj40.html

    http://forum.ih8mud.com/vehicles-trailers-sale-wanted/428773-1973-fj40-utah-many-upgrades.html

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1034082&highlight=vortec landcruiser
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  4. MEMCruiser

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    Thanks Nolen. Very helpful.

    Where is a good place to read up on engines?
    A lof of that is greek to me.
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  5. MEMCruiser

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  6. wngrog

    wngrog SILVER Star

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    Wiki GM Gen III and Gen IV
  7. MEMCruiser

    MEMCruiser

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    Are you kidding. You got your cruiser torn apart in pieces. I am
    very impressed.
  8. ntsaint

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    Thanks, but something tells me dis-assembly was the easy part...
  9. MEMCruiser

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    FJ40 -1977


    I know its not the right engine, but about 85 percent of V8 eng. swaps have this motor.
  10. Bodean

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    That's not bad but I love the tan 73. That is a bad ass truck! Nevermind I just looked at the pics and didn't notice the date.
  11. MEMCruiser

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  12. wngrog

    wngrog SILVER Star

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    Uh...no. AK Cruisers are 99% rusted out garbage.
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  14. wngrog

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    Nice one Garth......

    I wonder if that green one with a V8 that was here in Canton ever sold. It was damn clean.
  15. MEMCruiser

    MEMCruiser

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    Wow. First 4-5 threads on vehicle classifieds are WTB 40s posts. :•o
  16. Jordan7118

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    Yep. You have some serious competition, Mike.

    :popcorn:
  17. wngrog

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    Did an Ebay scan for you. My thoughts:

    I REALLY like this truck.

    Toyota:Land Cruiser Toyota:Land Cruiser | eBay

    Clean....I like the A/C

    Toyota:Land Cruiser Fj40 Toyota:Land Cruiser Fj40 | eBay

    Great truck. He is a dealer and shooting high. May take $20,000. Love the 700R4 and the mods. This would be a great driver

    Toyota : Land Cruiser Toyota : Land Cruiser | eBay

    Love the mods, love the color. Not a fan of the bed liner and you can see some body damage on the tub, but the drivetrain is really good and it looks like the person put a lot of love into the "resto-mod"

    Toyota:Land Cruiser FJ40 Toyota:Land Cruiser FJ40 | eBay
  18. Jordan7118

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    Yeah, wish it were painted without the bedliner.

    Hydraulic front winch. Interesting...

    It is cool that he tucked in an electric winch in the rear.
  19. MEMCruiser

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    Thanks Nolen. I need to look at these and probably ask you some questions.
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  20. SHUSH

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    This is the best thread going. The cruiser porn and anticipation of the buy are killer. Woohoo!!!

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