'97 FZJ80 Land Cruiser, Triple Locked, 180k, Super Solid, Great Truck

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: Land Cruiser
  • Type: SUV
  • Year: 1997
  • Mileage: 180,500
  • VIN: JT3HJ85J3V0178450
  • Engine size: 4.5L Inline Six
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Interested? Contact seller!

1997 Toyota Land Cruiser Description

Right, so it's not that I'm looking to sell this truck so much as everything I own is for sale all the time for the right price.
This is a really nice '97 Land Cruiser. Tan and gray over tan leather, 180k miles, inspected until 12/18. Runs and drives beautiful, best winter vehicle of all time. This one also has factory locking front and rear differentials, plus a locking center diff.
Since I've had the vehicle, I've made a few improvements to it. Here's a list:
285/75/16 BFGoodrich All Terrain TAs about 5000 miles ago. One picked up a screw shortly after and became a spare, so it's got a full size matching spare as well.

Valve cover gasket replaced in March, along with the PCV valve and the seals for the spark plugs.

Rear brake pads replaced 1000 miles ago with Toyota pads, I've got a set of 100 series Toyota pads for the front but haven't installed them.

Wheels Plastidipped black, and Gorilla all-lock lugnuts installed.The left rear needs to be touched up, since I had the new tire mounted it tore up the dip a little.
Replaced a few of the dash trim pieces.

Replaced power antenna.

Installed BH3D double cup holder and dashboard cell phone holder.

Installed center diff lock switch. From the factory the center diff lock comes on automatically when you shift into 4L, with the switch (and the 7 pin mod, which I haven't done but is dead simple) the center diff switching is done manually and can be locked in 4H as well.

Installed a Blue Ridge Overland Landcruiser Attic, which might be my favorite thing on the truck. It's a webbed net that hangs from the 2nd and 3rd row grab handles that can hold stuff like jackets and blankets in the wasted space up by the roof. Really neat part.
Removed the running boards and 3rd row seats, but I've got them and will include them in the sale.

Installed a 4 pin trailer wiring harness.

Seat rail extension mod. If you've driven one of these and are 5 foot 10 or taller, you're way too close to the wheel. Cruiser Parts sells a kit that increases your travel about 2 inches back, and it's made the truck super comfortable for me at 5 foot 11.

New Sylvania Silverstar Ultra high and low beam bulbs.

Switched out the factory gross badging with new OEM chrome badges. I also learned you can't just buy the rear lock cylinder, which was gold, so I Plastidipped that black along with the wheels and it looks good.
Replaced front driveshaft, it was causing a vibration but it's good to go now.

So lots of really good stuff done recently.
On the interior, I'd say it's good. The seats are 20 years old, the leather is cracked and has a few small tears, but they're not shredded like you sometimes see. You could probably get away with replacing the center seating surfaces, but I was going to put some SOR seat covers on it at some point. The dash has a small crack in it right behind the steering wheel (probably why I haven't fixed it, I can't see it from where I am). I also replaced the steering wheel (which was atrocious) with a decent one from a similar vintage Lexus LS...it's worlds better but not great.
Outside, it's probably 98% rust free with zero rot. Underneath is totally rust free, solid as a rock...I included a few sample pictures, the frame is like that the whole way underneath. Apparently it was undercoated, because there are spots where the undercoating has flaked off revealing black paint underneath. The biggest rust on it is some bubbling under the paint above the gutter on the passenger side (pictured), as well as a spot on the left rear where it was dented that has rusted a little (also pictured). It's got its various scratches and scrapes, but it's a 20 year old Land Cruiser. Also, the front bumper is pushed in just a little bit on one side, I've been meaning to pull it out but haven't gotten to it, plus I may put an ARB bumper on it anyway if I keep it.
A small oil leak (used to be a huge oil leak until I had the valve cover gasket done). Diagnosed as the front crank seal, I'm told it not an awful job.
Radio missing volume knob.
Feels like theres some runout on one of the front discs, but it could be a pad thats worn unevenly.Could use a new AC belt, it squeals at startup sometime but the AC is nice and cold even on really hot days.

I'm sure there's another couple small things it needs, I'll update this if I think of any.
If you want to come have a look at it and drive it, feel free to set up a time with me. Need more pictures, let me know. Want to call and talk to me just to make sure I'm not a total weirdo...well, I mean I am a total weirdo but still. This is a very good truck, if I needed to drive it to California tomorrow I'd have zero doubts that I would make it. Thanks for looking.

On Jul-23-17 at 17:56:04 PDT, seller added the following information:

7/23 Update
Hey guys, I just wanted to add a few things.
When the vehicle sells, I require a $500 deposit via PayPal within 24 hours and the vehicle to be picked up and paid for within 8 days. If you need terms different from that, just shoot me a message BEFORE the end of the auction, I'm a pretty reasonable guy and I'll be happy to work with you. Hell, I sold a car to a guy in Russia, held onto the thing for almost two months for him until his shipper got to me. I mean if it gets paid for I'll sit on it for six months if you need me to.
I included a picture of the left rear wheel, which needs its Plastidip touched up. Thats the tire that was replaced, and I hadn't had time to respray the wheel. The other three wheels all look great, I'd probably just mask off the tire/lugs and spray it right on the truck.
The lockers all work...I mentioned it had them, I should have also added that they work. The center locks quickly, the front and rear require a little bit of rolling forward or back but apparently thats normal. They all disengage quickly and don't make any unusual noises.
I don't know if I included a picture in the listing, but I made what I call homeless man's drawers for the back. Basically I bought a pair of big Husky rolling toolboxes, put them in the back, and built a plywood shelf to go over the top of them. They're not attached to anything, so you can pull the shelf right out. I'll include the shelf with the truck if you want it (it actually adds a TON of storage and versatility), but I'm keeping the boxes for my next truck.
Its due for an oil change, so I'm going to do that. I drive the truck daily, so the mileage is going to creep up. I don't do a ton of miles though, so it won't be a lot more.
Let me know if you've got any questions, I check my email constantly.