"One of my favorite things about this vehicle is the total pure utility of it," says Josh Commons, "…the only creature comforts—apart from a heater—is that the seats are padded."
Built to be rugged, long-lasting, dependable, and easy-to-repair, the Toyota FJ40 has earned a reputation for being one of the world's best vehicles for going off-road, anywhere, any time. Family owned since 1992, Commons had it for 10 years before selling it to his sister, who sold it to their parents. After a time, it was passed back to Josh and hasn't left his possession since.
"I've owned it long enough to go full cycle to where the brakes and the wheel cylinders wore out and needed to be rebuilt," Commons says. "You're turning the same screw you turned 20 years ago…it's kind of special."
8,000 feet up, Commons takes us to the beautiful mining ghost town, Boulder City. Not many vehicles—let alone off-roaders—can survive the journey, but the FJ40 almost makes it look like a piece of cake.
"I don't see these as disposable, I see them as infinitely rebuildable," he says. "It's definitely an heirloom now."
Ho avuto un bj42 con cui partecipavo ai vari raduni offroad e che soddisfazione umiliare le moderne 4x4 con una facilità disarmante. 3500 diesel aspirato, mollavi la frizione e avevi tutta la coppia lì a disposizione, senza sgommate e sgasate inutili. Andavi su di trazione senza apparente difficoltà.
That has ALWAYS been my DREAM Vehicle to own. Ever since my Mom dated this guy that had a 1976 Land Cruiser I fell in Love with it. We would go up to Yuma AZ to go 4 Wheeling. That Bad Boy would Conquer almost Everything and it was Stock.
One of these days I will Finally Own one.
Oh Yes...I Will Own One. 😈 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏾👍🏽👍🏿😈🤘🏿🤘🏾🤘🏽🤘🏼🤘🏻🇺🇸
If Toyota would build a true modern version of this with solid axles front and rear basic options and a few luxury options with manual trans or automatic option 4.0 v6 I honestly think it would give most of the modern jeeps a run for their money especially on the reliability factor. The v6s jeep has been using since 07 just are not good motors they screwed them up badly they just don't last.
It can’t be stock and modified. It’s one or the other my man. If it has power steering it’s modified. And don’t rule out all luxury wagons. Modern Range rovers Will go everywhere these can but it total serenity. But really neat Toyota ! Glad you use it as it should be
The FJ40 is always better when its all Toyota. Hate it when some goobers put that stupid chevy 350 motor and make it completely chevy under the body. Really disappoints me when I see a FJ40 with a chevy 350.
I've only ever owned one "tub", a hj45.
All my other cruisers were either utes or troopies, I still reckon the hj47 with the 2H motor was the best. Had a fairey overdrive, 83 model, miss it to bits!!!!
Not sure why murricca always got the fj's and not the hj's?
She's a beauty!!! My family owns a 2-door 1989 Jeep Cherokee Pioneer 4x4 which is in the XJ family and shares the iconic beauty of being a 2-door SUV much like the FJ40. She's been gaining a lot of value recently and someone offered 9,000 cash because 2 door Cherokees in mint condition are getting increasingly rare. I hope in 10 or 15 years people will look back at the Jeep Cherokee XJ in a similar way they did with the FJ40. This thing can go anywhere and has a simplicity to it none of the new loaded Jeeps have with all their weight and extra trim inside.
What a crappy video. The scenery was boring. He's owned the same car for 20 years? His family, parents, sister, kids, lifelong friends, blah, blah, blah. Just joking, one of the coolest stories wrapped within a car video - loved it!!
My dad bought a new FJ40 back in 1965. At the time Toyota's really didn't have dealerships, ours was bought at a shell gas station, I think dad paid about 2695.00 for it. The gas station owner just had some brochures and he had to go to California to pick the Toyota up for dad. This was from Safford Arizona. The FJ40 was a great rig, kind of gutless with the little 6 cylinder motor and was about all out at 55 MPH on the highway, at a time of 70 MPH speed limits. But the highway was not where the Toyota shined, it had 3 on the tree shifting and 2 levers on the dash to pull for 4x4. Once both were pulled you could climb anything. It had a grab bar on the passenger dash to hold onto as well to keep you in the seat when 4 wheeling, we called it the puke bar. If Toyota made this body style again they would sell them as fast as they could make them. They basically copied the Jeep CJ at the time only having a little bigger body with chevy type running gear. It was an amazing rig, still wished I had it. Lots of memories of hunting and fishing using the old FJ40
i cant get my head around 145 jack up faggots disliking this beautiful video about a beautiful jeep,like it takes a bit of effort to move your finger to scroll up and then hit dislike,as if the fucking video has become some sort of vendetta against your genetic faggotness ,WHY? jealousy is a strange thing
"Everything is in a place that makes sense"
"Easy to work on"
Lol I spent 4 hours trying to understand how to remove the engine from my 72, and finally realized the transmission needs to be pulled out first, and then the bell housing plus engine come out as one piece. What a fucking nightmare. No wonder why there aren't rebuild kits for these engines and everyone replaces them with chevys
Wonderful video. Very well done. It brought back lots of memories. I had a 77 model, the first with the small pop up windows at the back. Rode it for ~150M miles and had all kind of adventures with it. "Indestructible" is the best word to describe it. The only cancer that could get to it was rust. Consumption was not its forte at ~12mpg and it was always a good idea to wear a kidney belt on long trips due to stiff suspension. Other than that, just fill it up and go...
Hi my name is Alex, Hello friend how are you, if someday I need parts for these Toyota Jeep you could travel to Costa Rica and enjoy my country and there you get parts and spare parts for these cars. In my country there are still many of these Toyota Jeep.https://www.facebook.com/LandCruiserBJ40/
I love FJ40s. My uncle had one when I was a kid in Cuba. I always remember how much I loved sitting at the back fold down seats and that meant were going to the beach. I own a Jeep Wrangler now but I believe my liking of jeeps (with lower case j) was because of that FJ40. I hope I can have one some day. And the location is astonishing. I love the Rockies and am proud I live close to them.
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