By on June 2, 2012

Sometimes I see a vehicle in a self-service junkyard that I know is going to look like the carcass of a Thanksgiving turkey by about December 4th, after all the bits of meat have been harvested for sandwich-making. The Toyota Land Cruiser is such a vehicle. When we saw this truck on May 10, it had been been stripped of some parts but was largely complete. When I returned to this yard a couple of weeks later… well, see for yourself.
The Land Cruiser is like the Acura Integra or International Harvester pickup; the word spreads that one has appeared in a low-price junkyard, and then the vultures swoop in.
Actually, this truck still has plenty of good stuff left, including most of the drivetrain and some interior bits. By the time it gets gobbled up by The Crusher, it will be a bare shell.

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11 Comments on “Picked Clean: Toyota Land Cruiser Junkyard Shoppers Must Move Quickly!...”


  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Old Cruisers never die, they just live on as pieces on other Land Cruisers.

    I’m surprised that the liftgate is still there.

  • avatar
    mr_muttonchops

    I know they say the Amish don’t drive cars, but with how fast this thing was picked apart, they must at least work for mechanics.

  • avatar
    DubTee1480

    At the Pull a Part in my neck of the woods 1st gen S-Series pickups are like that. I lucked out last weekend and managed to find a drivers side arm rest for my truck, thankfully the only one that was left even matched my interior.

    • 0 avatar
      I've got a Jaaaaag

      In my local Pull a Parts it is the Honda Civics picked to oblivion, I was going to help a friend replace his power steering pump cooler on his Civic and there was not one to be found ended up having to go to a Honda junkyard.

  • avatar
    graham

    I’m going to guess it was just a single vulture. All those missing pieces are simply routine replacement parts for a Land Cruiser after a few years of exposure to the elements.

    • 0 avatar
      Steven Lang

      There is a high probability that you are correct. Although given the cosmetic condition of the doors, this more than likely was an enthusiast.

  • avatar
    daveainchina

    Funny I’ve seen more than that happen in one night on the streets of Newark NJ.

    Somehow I don’t think this was done with quite the same speed.

  • avatar
    chicagoland

    Entusiasnt complain about ‘good’ vehicles going to bone yards, saying ‘it should be put back on the road’. Well, quite frankly, this one is. And it also is a helpful for needed parts to scrap a non-running older car.

  • avatar
    1998redwagon

    that action puts a smile on my face. reused, recycled. delaying the date with the crusher. it’s all good.

  • avatar
    icemilkcoffee

    I am amazed the front axle is still there. I beleive these wagons have the very valuable high-pinion front axles.

    • 0 avatar

      The FJ60s had low-pinions that were basically the same as the trucks. Wasn’t until the ’80 that they went to high-pinion and rear steer axles.

      Still surprised it’s there, though. Toyota solid axles are getting harder to find.


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