What Year fj40 To buy?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by texasrolex, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. texasrolex

    texasrolex

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    I'm in Costa Rica and looking to buy an FJ40 diesel for a friend. I'm gonig to keep it here, not bring it back into the States.

    What years were the big upgrades in? I seem to remember (about 10 years ago) Jonathon from TLC mentioning something about 77 or later, for some reasons I can't remember.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. billdance

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    I'm new....so i'm sure you will get more specific answers soon....but...I just bought a 78 (I live in Bogota Colombia)....I was looking for a 79...as if you look at the history links...this is when more upgrades were implemented. Actually....I think it was 1976 and then the next jump was 1979.

    But the funny thing is...I think it is different for exports to Central American and South America FJs....as the link below shows FR disk breaks after 1976 ..mine does not have them...

    See this link: http://www.off-road.com/tlc/faq/40.html

    Bill
     
  3. tucker74

    tucker74 Moderator

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    The consensus is '78 (less rust) or '82+ (expensive - best driving) ... anything after '76 should be a good bet though. Not sure if BJs followed the FJs exactly ... and when they got disks down there (if at all).

    Good luck!

    Tucker
     
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    The stuff you hear from the US market maybe differant than whats true there. We only got gas engines here and I think the disk brake change over was differant for some markets. Disk brakes are the one big upgrade I would look for.
     
  5. pakmat

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    pre smog....... avoid smog. pre 74 or 73 or sumthin. like that
     
  6. 73fj

    73fj Tho at sumbitch in ayer!

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    Get something after 74 when the pinions went from coarse spline to fine spline,fine spline is way stronger and will take a lot more abuse.plus after 74 you get a disc brake front,at least in Canada.Hell in Costa Rica you can probably buy a brand new one from the dealer!
     
  7. Roadnoiz40

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    As far as gas FJ's go, Late '75 or '76 disc brakes. 78 ? or so on had the front shackles on the rear of the leaf springs not sure on the diesels.
     
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    Only applies in California...everywhere else you can rip that @#$ out..
     
  9. LC_Hamma

    LC_Hamma The Anti-Leafer

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    I'd look for a '78 - last yaer for the tank under the seat. First thing I'd do is swap for '79+ steering knuckles.
     
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    Why ?
     
  11. LC_Hamma

    LC_Hamma The Anti-Leafer

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    Besides the birfs, the knuckles studs are the next weak link. The '79+ knuckles hold a larger stud & the arms have a wider mounting contact area. If you had one of each to compare, you'd clearly see the difference.
     
  12. Bodean

    Bodean Hot Damn SILVER Star

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    What? I have a 78 and the shackles are on the front of the front leafs.

    Later,
     
  13. dieseldog

    dieseldog She idles just fine . . .

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    There was no Land Cruiser made that came from the factory with a shackle reversal.
     
  14. sonoranfun

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    Buy the year you get the best price on. If you're not going to run 33s the front end isn't going to snap on you like some cheap toy. They're all pretty good and all have their ups and downs. I have a 74 all swapped around, a friend has a 78 with 4 wheel disk and power everything and on and on.. Then I have a 65 course splines and all with four wheel drums. I can stop that thing on a 45 degree slope with no troubles.. Sometimes it's better to buy older and just fix/upgrade as you break it.

    Bottom line, shop for a deal not a year...
     
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