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TOYOTA FJ40 SERIES INFORMATION

TOYOTA FJ40 SERIES INFORMATION:

Production times for US and Canada

MODEL
YEAR
ENGINE TRANS TRANSFER CASE OTHER INFORMATION
1960 3-on the tree 2.313:1 Start of production
  F     6 Cylinder engine based on Chevrolet 6 cyl
        Small round FR turn signals
        Majority of FJs are convertibles
        Front windshield push vent
        Single brake master cyl reservoir
1963   3 on the floor (Option)  
1964       Flip-up roof vent removed
1965       Larger side windows and corner
        windows added
1968       30 fine spline axles replace 10 coarse splines
        Birfield joints replace ball joints in FR
        Siamese centre exhaust ports replaced
        One piece manifold gasket added
        Cable throttle linkage replaces rod
        Padded Dash
        VIN plate on door pillars
1969       "Improved" steering centre arm
        Small Rectangular FR turn signals
        Replaceable element oil filter replaced
        with cartridge type (03/69)
1970       Dual reservoir master cyl
        Dual horns
1971       Power Brakes (07/70)
1972   3 on the floor STD Smog pump appears (09/72)
1973       Separate model for California introduced (09/73)
        EGR system added (09/73)
        Safety catch added on hood
        Ignition switch moved to steering
        column
        Factory AM radio
        Buckets replace bench
        Stronger steering box
1974 2F 4 SPD 1.999:1 Larger universal joints & flanges
        Rectangular RR brake lights/turn signals
        RR lower shock bolt moves from axle to U- bolt bracket
        Clutch changed from coil spring type to diaphragm (08/74)
        Longest production run of any LC (9/73-12/74)
1975     1.959:1 Thicker side doors
        Ambulance doors replace lift/tailgate
        LG Square FR Turn Signals/side markers
        Wipers move to bottom of windshield
        Muffler moved from between frame rails to under rear tub
1976       FR disk brakes
1977       Tubular spare tire mount (09/76)
        Pop-out rear windows (08/76)
1978 2F,B     Diesel comes to Canada
        Improved electricals
        Fine spline axles
1979       3.73:1 Diff becomes standard on FJ
        22 gal under-floor fuel tank
        Improved exhaust manifold
        Power steering (option)
        Air conditioning (option)
        Reclining Seats
        Catalytic converter
        Fewer, larger body mounts
        Squared off headlight bezel
1981-2     2.276 3B comes to Canada
        Larger shackles, hangers & frame gussets
        Split case transfer case
        New RR brakes with 11.8" drums and single
        self-adjusting wheel cylinder (8/80)
        Parking brake moved from rear of TFR to rear drums
        Rear heater moves under center console
        "Shield" shaped steering wheel centre
        Locking "Pocket"
        Chrome window weather stripping replaced with rubber
1983   5SPD 1.959 Dash re-designed & includes digital clock
        Chrome outer door felt replaced with rubber
1984       End of production for US

Although production of the 40 Series Land Cruiser stopped in 1984, there is still a copies in production. It is manufactured in Brazil and is called a "Bandeirante". It features a body/frame which is a copy of a Land Cruiser and is powered by a Mercedes diesel motor.
   
55 Series Specific Info
  Many of the changes on the 40 series timeline also apply to 55 series.
   
80 Series Specific Info
 

Full time 4wd

All 80 series Cruisers sold in North America and Europe are full time 4wd. In Africa and Australia, a part-time system is still available. 80's produced between '90-'91 have an open center differential which is lockable in 4HI and automatically locked in 4LO. From '92 on, vehicles with ABS had a viscous coupling that sent a maximum of 30% torque the non-slipping axle. The differential is lockable in 4HI and automatically locked in 4LO.

Locking Differentials

Locking differentials were available as options in all 80 series. From 94 on, they were standard in North America. The operation of the lockers is very elegant. When the differential lock dial is turned to the "Locked" position, it switches on a small electrical servo. The servo pushes on a dog clutch which is meshed with the splines on the axle shaft. The dog clutch slides along the axle shaft and engages on the side of the differential carrier. The axle is then completely locked. They were offered from the production date 8/92 onwards.

Please feel free to email us any additional information that
would be helpful in finding out more about our beloved
Land Cruisers.  Email greg@vintageoffroad.com

*This content is for reference purposes only, accumulated from many
different resources. We try to bring you the most exact information
possible.  However, we can not guaranty the accuracy of it

 

 


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