By on July 28, 2011


Well, here’s a truck you almost never see in junkyards. In Colorado, FJ60/62s have been considered sufficiently desirable that even beat ones mostly get snapped up at pre-Crusher auctions. Perhaps that’s all changing now, what with gas prices knocking down the prices of newer, more modern/less “truck-y” SUVs.

This one’s a bit battered, but it appears to be free of the tooth marks of the Rust Monster.

The good old pushrod F engine! This would make an interesting swap into, say, a mid-70s Corona wagon… but that will never happen. Next stop, Chinese steel smelter.

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14 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser...”


  • avatar
    don1967

    Nothing puts the “U” in “SUV” like duct tape on the air intake. I wonder how many Venzas will ever sport such an accessory?

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    Wow!
    I can’t wrap my head around the possibility that there is a Land Cruiser in Colorado that is not on the road. These things were unbeatable beasts.

    It is kind of like seeing an old Packard, Hudson or Roadmaster in a junkyard. These things were built like indestructable tanks.

  • avatar
    Sammy B

    That is quite surprising! it doesn’t look like it’s been in a massive wreck or anything. I would have to think, based just on those pics, a seller could certainly have got $500 for it, even in non-running condition. That’s probably more than the junkyard offered. Perhaps it was abandoned?

  • avatar
    MikeAR

    Shame to see that go to waste. It would be a perfect candidate for the Chevy truck V8 and tranny swap. Then you could keep it on the road for another 30 or so years.

  • avatar
    obbop

    The pieces parts of the Land Cruiser in the Omaha yard of wrecking created wondrous wealth amounts with virtually every salvaged stored part selling within a relatively short time period.

    From wiper “transmission” to minor trim parts orders came in from everywhere; mostly via the interconnected computerized program-sharing computers in a multitude of yards de la dismantling.

    Akin to the “system” seen on MASH with Radar O’Riley and the unseen others at the other end of the phone we could communicate using the computer system and view others’ inventories (if allowed by a yard, some opted out).

    Limited space allowed a small amount of descriptive language to be used describing a parts condition; very useful for sheet metal and similar parts salable but perhaps needing an hour or two of work to fix a minor dent.

    Repainting to match vehicle being repaired was a given. Accurate damage descriptions assisted in setting the agreed-upon price.

    Sometimes we shipped multi-thousands of bucks worth of parts daily.

    UPS was like kin and local LTL trucking firms were likely kept afloat by our output.

    Try to visit a MODERN dismantling facility operated EFFICIENTLY and with a well-honed team working together and be amazed at the mass of metal and plastic boxed, wrapped, crated etc. and sent on its way to all parts of the planet.

    Sure, there are still the places where… “Well, look over yonder next to that third tree… or is it the fourth one… and poke around in the weeds… watch out for the snakes and yellow jackets…. and the black widows… and y’all should find a part that may work fer’ yah’.”

    Yeah, those places fulfill needs but a modern-day facility run properly is akin to a high-falutin Swiss watch whose gears mesh with precision.

    And those Land Cruisers were always high on the “keeper car” list with an efficient yard even inventorying the least little part.

    Even ashtrays and owners manuals.

  • avatar
    LeadHead

    Want to grab some interior bits out of it? My ’89 Land Cruiser is missing the dash dimmer knob.

  • avatar
    gessvt

    It seems like there’s more love for the round headlight FJ60, this despite the fuel injected 6 and automatic of the FJ62.

    • 0 avatar
      LeadHead

      Well the FJ60s were built longer. Although, lots of people including me love the FJ62s. Not to mention they have a slightly stronger front axle and a beefier transfercase.

  • avatar
    Sundowner

    Ah, a proper FJ wagon makes me nostalgic for a time when men were men and could fix just about anything with duct tape, but they blissfully had no freaking idea what a “duvet” is and no care to find out.

  • avatar
    fincar1

    Maybe the owner died and his heirs didn’t know what to do with it. One of my co-workers got a 1964 300K for $125 because he knew the attorney who was handling the estate. This was in the mid-1970′s iirc, and the car was a white on blue low-option car, but it was still a letter car and the estate did get ripped off.

  • avatar

    A buddy of mine just bought an ’88 this week. 200k, $5,000 — and worth every penny, remarkably.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Here in Vegas, they crushed dozens of FJ60/62 under Cash for Clunkers. They all passed through the junkyards for 30 days or so, then were gone.

    Very capable beast, but at 12mpg, they were easy crusher fodder.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Very tough trucks, but if you don’t keep up on the care and feeding they can get costly very quick. I was looking for a nice FJ62 recently, but good examples were very costly to the point it made more sense to go with an fzj80 model. Last of the straight sixes, full floater axle, and a rare for the later models cloth interior with manual seats. Plus it will tow a lot better than the old 62s. I am inclined to agree with the above poster that this was a project that got killed by the parts cost…everything on these things is 250 bucks it seems like. Still though I would have thought someone would snatch it up.


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