Picked Clean: 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser Skeletonized By Junkyard Vultures

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
picked clean 1971 toyota land cruiser skeletonized by junkyard vultures

Toyota Land Cruisers don’t last long in self-service wrecking yards, as we saw with this ’85 earlier in the summer. When I saw this ’71 FJ40 a few weeks later, I could see the scavengers circling overhead. Now look at it!

All the easy-and-valuable goodies had been grabbed during the several days between being placed on the yard and my first series of photographs, but I knew that some portable-Sawzall-armed customer would want the sheet metal.

Sure enough, that’s what happened.

The Chevy-based six in these trucks is pretty hard to kill and good-running examples are plentiful, so I’m guessing this engine will go to The Crusher with whatever fragments remain of the truck.

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  • Roberto Esponja Roberto Esponja on Aug 12, 2012

    Why in the world would you just chop off 3/4 of the top half? Crazy...

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Aug 15, 2012

      Yup it bolts together and once it was unbolted so it could be moved then in the normal self server pay one price system it became multiple pieces that were priced accordingly so they only bought what they needed.

  • Bill mcgee Bill mcgee on Aug 13, 2012

    Always thought it was a missed opportunity for Toyota that they brought out the current FJ as such a bloated vehicle with a mile-wide blind spot instead of bringing in something closer in size to this version , which would have helped fuel economy and handling , presumably .

    • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Aug 14, 2012

      Agreed. I would like to see the FJ Cruiser as more of a direct Jeep competitor. Hell just import the 70 series cruiser and I would be in the Toyata Dealer tommorow. And don't talk to me about the current monstrosity that wears the Land Cruiser badge.

  • Ajla "The upgrade is permanent" 🤔Journos really should be calling out the automakers like Mercedes that are attempting to make this sort of thing subscription only because it obviously doesn't need to be."with a one-time price tag of $1,195"This also shows the poor consumer "value" of Mercedes wanting $1200 per year for a 60hp jump on the EQE350.
  • Dukeisduke Will the next owner have to pay up, too, like with Tesla? What's the starting price of the Polestar 2? I saw a clean used one listed locally the other day, and it was under $50k. I wasn't sure if that was a deal or not.
  • Buickman what about EMFs from riding on a giant battery?is there a vax for that?
  • ScarecrowRepair $1.2M at $1K per car is only 1200 cars, and if you spread that over 5 years, 240 cars per year, roughly one per work day and one more every weekend. Sell another every weekend for the interest. That seems plausible to me.
  • FreedMike There are the guys charging $20000 over sticker for a F150 Lightning. They won’t go broke.