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Toyota Garage Project: Luke’s 1984 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser

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With a little help from my friends

In our sixth profile of the Toyota Garage Project series, we bring you the story of Luke and his 1984 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser.

For many kiwis, the Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t get much better than the old FJs. For Luke, this couldn’t be more true! After 5 years of hunting high and low for an old FJ40 to restore, he found the one! Within hours of the listing going live on Trade Me, Luke was at the previous owner’s house picking up his new baby, rust and all!

An auto electrician by trade, Luke had already taken it apart and started his restoration within months of owning the 1984 FJ40 Land Cruiser. Three years on, and with the help of good mates, who are a group of engineers and panel beaters, Luke has just got it back from the painter. From Luke’s estimations, the project will take a further year to complete, as well as calling in plenty more favours from mates. On Luke’s to do list is rebuilding the roof, find original seats to re-upholster and fit, add in all new door seals, and last, but not least, clean up and put the engine bay back together.

Already, Luke has invested a great deal of time into bringing the FJ40 back to life, so he plans to let the old girl live out an easy retirement once it’s back on the road. In saying that, he’s already got the first big roadie planned! Luke will make his way from Auckland to Cromwell to attend the Toyota Festival, where he will partake in the 4WD experience day amongst Cromwell hills.

Thanks Luke for sharing the story of your 1984 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser! Do you want to be our next Toyota Garage Project profile? Head to our Facebook page and message us about what you’re working on.