Junkyard Find: 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1989 toyota land cruiser

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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  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on Jul 28, 2011

    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.

  • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 31, 2011

    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.

  • Denis Jeep have other cars?!?
  • Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI coupe....it's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark V.....it was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).