Disc brakes started 10/75 with the 76 model in the US. Not all markets got disc brakes at all. Australia wasn't until 10/82 the start of the 83 model.
Small vent window was 8/76 the start of the 77 model. Again in the US. Many markets had sliding windows which would open with the US required roll bar. Roll bar also prevented the LX models with forward facing rear seat from being imported. Trim package doesn't work with a roll bar. Toyota was already slowing down the import of the FJ40 by the time the LX models starting and figure was worth the effort to make a special version for.North America. The H55F would have been a easy bolt in to import but didn't happen. Even on the FJ60 was never offered. H42 is a street friendlier transmission than the H41 or H55F may be the reason why.
Thanks all. Built my 40 about 15 years ago. Then acouple 60’s, and acouple 80’s.
Thinking of jumping back into a 40 project, but looks like most the rigs coming onto the market recently, are parts rigs. Not sure what I can mix & match to get a rig like Johnny Cashes’ one piece at a time Cadillac !!!
You’d be surprised. My “74 has a ‘71 hood, ‘81 hardtop, ‘75 hatch, ‘77 Fj45 rear axle, ‘77 Fj40 knuckles (axle shafts & birfields), ‘75 Transmission & T-case, ‘75 front seats, ‘72 SBC (replacing a 9/69 SBC), and the list goes on and on.