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Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 Restomod unveiled with 430 hp, modernized cabin


If you’re looking for a classic Toyota Land Cruiser with modern amenities, take a look at this recent build from TLC Automotive. The company is a sister of Icon 4X4 but focuses exclusively on restoring and modifying Land Cruisers. Upgrades come at a cost with this 1988 FJ62 carrying a price tag of $ 175,000.

Construction begins with a frameless restoration of the Land Cruiser, and TLC rebuilds it even better than the original. Rather than the original inline-six engine, there’s now a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that produces 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts) and 425 pound-feet (576 Newton-meters) of torque. It goes through a GM 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission.

For comparison, a 1988 FJ62 came with a 4.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine producing 155 hp (116 kW). The V8 in this version has 2.7 times more horsepower than the stock powertrain.

The SUV has suspension from the Old Man Emu company, and TLC says the parts make the ride much more comfortable. The 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires provide good off-road grip. There are now disc brakes at the rear as well.

While the exterior looks original other than the wheels, the interior receives many upgrades. New leather upholstery covers the seats and door panels. The seats are heated and there are new HVAC controls. The modified dashboard incorporates an infotainment system with navigation.

Jonathan and Jamie Ward founded TLC in 1996. The company recently opened a new 28,000 square foot catering facility in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Prices for its Land Cruiser restoration builds start at $ 125,000.

Although it has just gotten a new generation, the Land Cruiser is no longer part of Toyota’s lineup of vehicles in the United States. As an alternative, there is the Lexus LX which maintains the off-road capability but loads the SUV with more luxury equipment than the Toyota version would have.