Crush All Land: 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser

This next car comes as a tip from TeleArrow who writes: Given the price of FJs these days this one seems pretty reasonable. I agree, and even though this FJ62 has some rust and quite a few miles on a rebuilt title. But this isn’t a car that you buy based on blue book value, this is a car you buy based on a thorough inspection and the number of miles you can put on it before it needs any major work. Find this 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser offered for $13,500 in Salt Lake City, UT via craigslist.

From the seller:

1989 Toyota Land Cruiser
VIN: JT3FJ62G1K1100484
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 170250
paint color: grey
title status: rebuilt
transmission: automatic
type: SUV
FJ62 with 3FE, original as far as I know. Odometer reads 170,250. Rebuilt title issued in 2002. Runs and drives well.

Purchased in 2016. Has only seen occasional use since then. Had plans to build into camping rig for wife and myself. We’ve since had two boys and are transitioning to RV camping and need a tow vehicle. Although it’s a rebuilt title, it’s a solid truck that needs some mechanical attention that I don’t have time to provide.

Overall, the body of this rig is in really good shape. Spent most of its life in Vegas. First registered in SLC in 2014. I never drive it in the winter to avoid the salt. Frame and drivetrain have very little surface rust. Body is in very good shape. There is one oddball rust spot on middle of passenger’s side rear door as seen in pictures. Some slight bubbling of paint around the bottom of rear hatch window. Rain gutters, front and rear fenders, rocker panels, tailgate, and other problematic spots are all in good shape. Front grill and side mirror chromes finishes are starting to ripple. I have pictures that show condition of all the common rust areas if interested.

Power locks and windows all work excellent.

Front seats have been replaced with non-factory, but still have originals with significant wear to driver’s side.

Also have an extra set of OE wheels that are in good shape.

Tires have decent tread. Not sure how old, but show no signs of cracking.

Battery works fine but is 7 years old.

The not-so-great:

Front end collision in 1998. Issued rebuilt title in 2002.

Horn was finicky and has been disconnected at relay.

Clear coat is gone on most of vehicle and actively peeling. All paint is original as far as I know except probably hood, front fenders, and front doors from collision repair. You can see the difference in paint color in pictures. Not really noticable in person, but the camera picked it up.

Transmission/transfer case electrical issues:

-reverse lights don’t work

-4WD works, but dash light does not come on and is not burned out

-AT Oil Temp light always on

Previous owner stated the AC was converted to R134. Worked great in 2016 but slowly stopped working over the last 6 years. Possibly a leak, not sure.

Leaks some oil from back of engine. Haven’t taken time to clean and diagnose.

Cracked dash, has carpet cover.

B-Pillar on driver’s side has some small dents that appear to to be pry marks from someone trying to open a locked door.

Interior fuse cover missing.

Head unit is a cheap single DIN JVC and the front speakers are in rough shape. Rear speakers are aftermarket and work fine.

Aftermarket antenna. Still have original working power antenna motor but mast is broken off.

Not interested in trades but will consider reasonable offers.

Can provide link to a Google photo album with pictures of rust prone areas and undercarriage. Contact me for link.

Thanks for looking.

See a better way to drive something cruisy??