Cash for Clunkers was the best thing that ever happened to me. The local junk yards were full of old, stock fj60s and fj62s for a while in the Denver area. I was able to scavenge tons of parts for near nothing.
That being said, Cash for Clunker vehicles were all scrapped. Crushed and recycled after a few months of sitting in a junk yard. And all the 2F and 3F engines were filled with sand and run until they seized. Gentlemen, we lost a lot of good, solid FJs in the Cash for Clunkers deal. I think a few of them found there way to those high priced Yoda yards where they will continue to cough up parts and panels but for the most part there are a lot less FJ 60s and 62s than there were in 2008/2009.
Anytime you can find an FJ for around $5k that has a good interior and not a lot of rust with some good upgrades, take it. The good old days of stumbling across an FJ 60 in some old ladies garage for $2000 are quickly coming to an end.
==Rusty poors a little Fat Tire on the ground for his dead homies==