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BUSHWACKER - 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

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This Web site describes my 2nd offroad vehicle and features one of the nicest FJ40's in Canada.

History of the Land Cruiser ... The FJ40

The "Classic" FJ40

To drive a Land Cruiser is to vicariously drive the rough roads of the entire world. To drive in the driver's seat of a real chariot. What other 4x4, indeed what other passenger car can take you to that special place?

There is such a thing as having a name that is so great the actual thing or person is unable to live up to the name. The Land Cruiser name has reached great proportions as a 4x4, yet it has continuously lived up to that name in extreme environments around the world even down to the South Pole, earning its reputation over a period of 50 years.

The FJ40 was produced for the U.S. for over two decades (1960-1983).

Back in the 1950's the American Army contacted the Toyota Motor Corporation with a request for a 4WD vehicle to be used by the soldiers and military police stationed in Japan. Toyota took the request seriously. The result: the Land Cruiser, a literally bulletproof vehicle. Down to earth yet with spirited attitude, capable of enlivening the life you're living and the conversation you're having. All FJ40 Land Cruisers are two door four-wheel drive trucks with removable hard top, doors and fold down windshield frame allowing for "open-air" driving

How many Land Cruisers were Sold per Year
in the U.S. from 1973 through 1983?

  • Year....Units Sold....Series / Models
  • 1973......11,218........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1974.......8,204........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1975.......9,050........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1976.......9,236........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1977.......9,924........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1978.......8,858........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1979.......5,716........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1980.......3,058........FJ-40 / FJ-55
  • 1981.......2,027........FJ-40 / FJ-60
  • 1982.......3,088........FJ-40 / FJ-60
  • 1983.......4,805........FJ-40 / FJ-60








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    above ... A cool breeze on the N. Shore of Lake Ontario

    Large limestone plates allow for a unique aport to drive "offshore" at Point Petre near Picton, Ontario.


    Karly & "BUSHWACKER" almost done.

    Many thanks to my close buddies, Mike Amos, Bud Pitchford & Curtis King for their encouragement & assistance over the 2005-6 winter restoration project. It could not have been done without them.


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