About this Buyers Guide:
This guide is intended to give those interested in purchasing a 60 series Toyota Land Cruiser an overview of the important information to gather and different features to be aware of before making a purchase. Please note that this guide will not contain a list of every single difference between 60 series models and years. Toyota made small incremental improvements and changes to the 60 series Land Cruiser each year during its production run.
General questions to ask when buying any used car.
- Ask the owner for the CarFax.
- How many owners has the vehicle had?
- Are there any problems with the vehicle that you know about?
- How has this vehicle been driven most of the time you’ve owned it? Off-road? City? Highway? Not driven? Remember that a car that has been driven infrequently will start to have lots of problems when it is driven on a regular basis again.
- Do you have any maintenance records?
- Is the vehicle registration and inspection current?
- Has the car ever been in an accident?
Questions to ask when buying any 60 series Land Cruiser.
- Is there any rust on the vehicle?
- If any major modifications have been done to the vehicle such as an engine and/or transmission swap, or suspension upgrade. Who did the work? A professional or owner/non-professional?
- Has it passed local emissions testing?
- When was the last time the steering knuckles were rebuilt?
Questions to ask when buying an imported 60 series Land Cruiser.
- How was it imported?
- Has it been registered and inspected?
Also keep in mind that parts for imported vehicles may be expensive and hard to find.
Information for each 60 series model
The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ6o was sold in the United States from 1980 to 1987. It came with a 4.2L inline 6 cylinder gasoline powered engine called the 2F. The 2F is a carbureted engine. It also came with a 4-speed manual transmission called the H42. All FJ60s have round headlights. There are minor mechanical changes between some of the year models.
- From mid 1985 to 1987 the transmission was longer. This makes the 5-speed manual H55F swap slightly easier.
- From mid 1985 to 1987 the steering box setup was changed and will accept FZJ80 steering boxes as a replacement
- Up to 1985 models have an inferior headliner.
- 1981 to 1983 models have a York A/C compressor.
The FJ60 came in the following colors:
- Alpine White
- Freeborn Red
- Royal Blue
- Dessert Beige
- Stardust Silver
- Sky Blue
- Charcoal Gray
Questions to ask when buying an FJ60:
- Does the smog system work? Has it been tampered with or modified?
- When was the last time the valves were adjusted?
- Has the air conditioning been converted to r134a?
- When was the last time the A/C compressor, power steering pump, smog pump, master cylinder, fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs and wires, brake pads, and brake rotors and drums were replaced?
- When was the last time each fluid was replaced?
What to look for when inspecting an FJ60 for purchase:
- Rust! Look at all exterior parts of the body. Carefully check the roof and roof rail. Check the floor boards on the inside. Inspect the frame and underside of the body. Also check the exhaust components and in the engine compartment.
- Tears in the upholstery particularly on the drivers seat.
- Fluid levels: Brake, clutch, power steering, engine oil, coolant, transmission, transfer case, differentials, freon.
- Leaks: Small oil and gear fluid leaks are okay. Check the radiator and power steering pump for leaks.
- If any modifications to any part of the vehicle have been made inspect them carefully to make sure they were done well.
- Rubber hoses for signs of wear.
- Belts for signs of wear.
- Tread on tires.
- Engine compression.
- Front brake rotors for wear.
- Front knuckles for signs that they need to be repacked
- Vacuum pressure at different RPMs
- During a test drive:
- Let the engine idle for a bit and listen for unusual sounds.
- Take the FJ60 through all gears up to 65 MPH.
- Listen for squeaks, vibrations, grinding, and other unusual sounds.
- Check for ease of shifting, play in clutch, play in steering.
- Run the A/C.
- Lock the hubs and check to see if the 4WD engages.
This is a lot to check, especially if you are not already familiar with FJ60s. If this is your first FJ60 or if you are not familiar with the mechanics of FJ60s, I recommend looking over the vehicle yourself and taking it for a test drive. If you think it is in good shape, take it to a mechanic who works on these vehicles regularly and have him or her do a buyer’s inspection.
Follow the same guidelines given on the FJ60 tab when purchasing an FJ62.
Also see: FJ60 vs FJ62
Follow the same guidelines given on the FJ60 tab except those having to do with the 2F engine when purchasing a BJ60. Make sure the vehicle has been registered and inspected if it has been imported from another country.
Follow the same guidelines given on the FJ60 tab except those having to do with the 2F engine when purchasing a BJ61. Make sure the vehicle has been registered and inspected if it has been imported from another country.
Follow the same guidelines given on the FJ60 tab except those having to do with the 2F engine when purchasing a HJ60. Make sure the vehicle has been registered and inspected if it has been imported from another country.
Follow the same guidelines given on the FJ60 tab except those having to do with the 2F engine when purchasing a HJ61. Make sure the vehicle has been registered and inspected if it has been imported from another country.
60 series Toyota Land Cruisers also came in different grade (luxury) levels in some markets outside the United States denoted as G, GX, VX, Deluxe, and Sahara.
Where to Buy 60 Series Land Cruisers
Search Local First
It’s always best to start your search in your local area because you should look at and test drive the Land Cruiser you are considering purchasing in person. Buying a car sight unseen can be very risky and lead to disappointment. The pictures people place in ads and the descriptions they give often don’t paint a complete picture of the Land Cruiser they are selling.
Classified ads are the best place to starting looking for a 60 Series Land Cruiser in your area. Craigslist.org is a good place to start. Your local paper might have a classifieds section in the paper and on its website.
You can also look for Land Cruisers in your local area on websites like eBay.com, autotrader.com, and autotraderclassics.com. If you don’t find anything in your local area you can expand your search on these websites. (Tip: You can’t search the entire craigslist site from within the site itself but you can using Google. In the Google search field, typ: site:[URL] [search term]. For example, site:craigslist.org fj60. This will give you search results for the term fj60 from every craigslist webpage for every city.)
Land Cruiser Specific Websites
Cruizers.com is a Land Cruiser only classified ads website. Land Cruiser specialty parts and service shops like Red Line Land Cruisers and Specter Off-Road often have classified ads sections on their websites. IH8MUD has a 60 series classified ad thread.
Restored Land Cruisers
If you are a spare no expense type of guy or gal and looking for a pristine Land Cruiser, either original or restored, checkout Cruiser Solutions. They do restorations and occasionally have some amazing examples for sale. Jim at Midwest Classics specializes in restoring FJ60s. He usually has a stable of FJ60s waiting to be restored. He works on his projects one at a time so each receives 100% of his attention. Finally, TLC sometimes has super nice examples of 60 series Land Cruisers for sale that they have come across and purchased or on consignment.
Imported Land Cruisers
If you are looking for a FJ61, BJ60, BJ61, HJ60, HJ61, or an FJ60 or FJ62 with cool non-US specs like a high roof, diesel engine, or third row seat, there are several businesses that specialize in importing Land Cruisers. Vintage Offroad imports quite a few Land Cruisers and has been doing so for several years. JDM Land Cruisers is another good source for imported 60 series. Cross Country Cruisers is also an importer of rare and unique Land Cruisers.
This is not an exhaustive list, but it should be enough to get you started on your search. Good luck!