As a California resident
and total Jeep fanboy, the FJ40-series Land Cruisers don’t set my heart aflutter the way they do those from saltier, less sunny climates. They’re everywhere out here and always have been. However, we get into the oddball models and things get a notch more interesting. Here we have a remarkably rare 1965 FJ45LV Wagon in halfway decent shape, just minus the drivetrain. The tailgate is removed due to some rust issues, but otherwise it’s typical surface-wear type rust.
I guess the tricky part with a rig like this is whether it’s best to restore it in stock(ish) form or build it to your liking. Dropping in a Chevy drivetrain is pretty much a one-weekend affair–in fact, I’d wager there are more Chevy-swapped FJs on the road than originals, at least in the US. But really, if you wanted a Detroit-powered 4-door 4×4, there are plenty of those around. Maybe keep it in the family and drop in a TRD supercharged 5VZFE from a later Tacoma? Maybe a UZFE?
The reserve’s unmet at $5700, which seems like a lot for a project truck with no drivetrain. Then again, try finding another example in better (or any) condition…