1981 FJ45 Toyota Land Cruiser - Very Original Survivor, Complete OEM Refresh

  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: Land Cruiser
  • SubModel: FJ45
  • Type: Standard Cab Pickup
  • Trim: PC11
  • Year: 1981
  • Mileage: 2,500
  • VIN: WDDGJ7HB2DG008906
  • Color: Yellow
  • Engine size: 2F
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive, CD Player, Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Interested? Contact seller!

1981 Toyota Land Cruiser PC11 Description

Please note the VIN for this FJ45 is FJ45-297564 and is not recognizable by eBay.
I jumped on the opportunity to purchase and import this barn find in 2015. The car was in excellent shape overall due to the arid conditions it lived in, the low mileage, and the fact that it was parked in a warehouse for years as a prior owner needed AC (not an easy job by any means) and no local shops could source and install one for him. This particular FJ45 also excited me as its the only one I have ever seen with the rear jack gear on the end of the bed to lower the spare.
Once imported, the car received a complete cosmetic and mechanical restore with Toyota OEM NOS parts sourced from all over the world. All work was done at a local Toyota dealer (receipts available at a cost of over $7k for labor alone). The aim was to restore this tank to be usable on a daily basis while retaining the stock ride and indestructible feel Toyota intended for this car. The car has handled monsoon-level rains, snow, and sand without a single hiccup. It dependably cruises at 65-70mph on the highway. The ignition system brings the car to life easily at the turn of the key.
I recently came back from a 1,000-mile adventure through Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont and it didnt skip a beat. I have been daily driving it otherwise since the restoration.
NOS OEM highlights include:
  • Repainted in Toyota Bellatrix Yellow
  • Replaced all rubber trim including window seals, bumper/bed stops, and weatherstripping (including disassembly and replaced of all removable top gaskets and seals)
  • Restored all original interior pull knobs and brake warning light
  • Replaced interior and exterior mirrors and sun visors
  • Replaced speedometer and gauges (original gauge cluster available showing mileage on removal - 72k kms)
  • Replaced steering column, steering wheel/cover and signal stalk
  • Replaced ashtray and glovebox covers, shift knobs, and gear shift dash plaque
  • Repainted all factory tools and jack
  • Replaced the door panels, door locks, door pulls, and window handle
  • Replaced all nuts and bolts
  • Replaced wipers and wiper covers
  • Replaced cooling system and related hoses and gaskets
  • Replaced ignition system
  • Remanufactured VIN plates
  • OEM key and lock set (doors and ignition, including spares)
  • Replaced power steering pump and reservoir
  • Installed windshield washer fluid reservoir and motor
  • Restored original PC11 plaid interior
  • Replaced all factory emblems, headlights and headlight bezel, side signals, rear lights and front bumper
  • Installed factory license plate light in the rear
  • Installed original front license plate holder
  • Original work drop light with connection in the glovebox
  • Refurbished original stereo
  • Original bed
Other notable restoration details:
  • Installed Vintage Air AC and Heat (with windshield defroster and driver-side vent)
  • Carpet installed with insulation pad underneath (includes weatherproof rubber mats also)
  • Maintained a binder full of all the pictures of the original condition of the car, loading in UAE, and arrival in Boston, along with all related documentation and books
  • Color-matched Rhino-Liner bed
  • Refurbished original 16 inch split rims and installed imported original spec tires (Casumina)
  • Concealed Bluetooth high end stereo system in glovebox, amplifier under dash, and concealed speakers behind seats (over $3k) - in place using strong magnets and can be easily removed
  • Rewiring of the entire electrical system
  • No leaks, no smoke
Please text or call at 617-669-3753 with any questions or to view the car around Boston. I also have hundreds of pictures of the restoration work over the past year and a half that i can send if anyone is interested. If you are looking for a '45 you can use, this is it and you wont be disappointed when you see it. I would love to keep it but I am moving into something that I can enjoy with my kids (LJ70) and cant keep both.
The car has more character than anything I have ever driven and is comfortable with anything you throw at it. Its simplicity and fantastic engineering also means it can be enjoyed and maintained easily indefinitely.