SOR - Specter Off-Road May 2005 visiting Toyota LandCruiser FJ40 grave yards in Saudi Arabia
SOR - Specter Off Road visiting several LandCruiser graveyards in 2005 in
Marv Spector - SOR
It is with great sadness that we annouce the passing of Marv Spector after
a brief battle with cancer.
Marv was the driving force behind Specter Off Road and along side his wife
Kay are respected leaders in the Land Cruiser community.
His knowledge and wisdom will be greatly missed.
His friends and family were by his side and the outpouring of Love
will continue to surround him forever.
In Memoriam - Marv Spector July 30, 1949 - January 10, 2014
V8 45 Series Landcruiser Test
Testing out Flat Out Off Road Racing Teams 6.0L v8 45 series landcruiser,
running King triple bypass shocks all round.
Restoration FJ40 1976 | Video 63
Cruiser Solutions Video #2210 - To view all videos in this series go to:
Toyota Land Cruiser fj40 1978
Toyota Land Cruiser fj40 1978
Publiée le 2013-11-07 avec musique
The Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 1978
Historic Japanese Car
For not only did the Land Cruiser FJ40 help Toyota develop its engineering,
production and sales abilities here in the U.S. and elsewhere, but those
abilities, once developed, provided the foundation for the design,
production and sales of the automobile lines that followed the Land
In 1955 development of the BJ concept led to the BJ25, which featured a
metal top and doors, along with roll-down door windows. Amazingly, air
conditioning also was available. These attempts to bring a bit of civility
to the BJ signaled that Toyota had in mind larger markets than those
represented by Japan's National Police or public agencies in other
countries. It intended to penetrate the civilian market. And not just with
this vehicle. According to the tenets of "The Land Cruiser Strategy," the
Land Cruiser was much more than merely another vehicle to be sold. It was
the point vehicle that established a base in each new country into which
Toyota moved so that the Land Cruiser could be followed by Toyota passenger
Land Cruisers quickly found their way to Venezuela, Malaysia, Kuwait,
Jordan, Dubaï and Australia, where they were ideally suited to challenging
driving conditions in those countries. Finally, in 1958, Land Cruiser came
to the United States. Just one unit was sold in that first year.
That was about to change. In 1958 Land Cruisers were known by the
model-name FJ28V. But model-year 1960 brought engineering and styling
changes that heralded the birth of an icon. That's when the 20 Series took
an evolutionary step into the 40-series. The familiar fold-down windshield,
solid axles and sturdy leaf springs of the 25-series remained. But design
revision provided the FJ40 with its now-familiar flat, white top, angular
lines, wrap-around rear windows and fold-out rear doors, short overhangs, a
horsepowerBoost to 125, a three-speed transmission and
the introduction of a two-speed transfer case. The change worked,
especially here in the U.S. From 1961 to 1965, the FJ40 was Toyota's
Early experience in developing countries amply illustrated the FJ40's
suitability as an exploration/expedition vehicle. Only one thing needed
improvement: There wasn't enough space in which to haul the fuel and
supplies needed for long trips -- this notwithstanding the presence of the
FJ45V, a long, four-door version of the basic FJ40, which was built
alongside the FJ40. So in 1967, responding to calls for a Land Cruiser with
more comfort, more capability and more cargo capacity, the FJ45V was
replaced with the four-door Land Cruiser 55 Series.
The 55 Series was a development of the 40 Series, using hardware lifted
from the 40 Series. But it rolled upon a wheelbase that was lengthened by
16 inches. To satisfy those looking for more comfort than available from
the 40 Series' utilitarian interior, the 55 Series offered a padded dash, a
fold-down rear seat and seating for six.
The payoff came in production and sales numbers that nobody -- at least
nobody outside Toyota -- could have predicted. By 1968, Toyota had built
and sold 100,000 Land Cruisers. Demand for them was so great that assembly
was done in a number of countries outside of Japan, including Brazil and
The early 1970s were years of development of existing Land Cruiser models.
For instance, in 1975 all Land Cruisers received an enlarged 4.2L (256.3
c.i.) B-series engine and with it, a new four-speed transmission. This
engine underscored the Land Cruiser's reputation for unstoppable torque, a
critical element that helped provide the Land Cruiser with its ability to
crawl over obstacles on challenging trails.
By now, Land Cruisers were an established part of rough-country life in the
United States. For miners, ranchers and surveyors, the Land Cruiser was the
vehicle of choice. In fact, in 1971 a Land Cruiser was driven the width of
the United States while surveying an off-road route.
By 1972, more than 200,000 Land Cruisers had been sold worldwide -- and
300,000 by 1973.
There was play, or at least sport, as well as work: In 1974 a nearly stock
FJ40 won the grueling Baja 1000 off-road race. Its sole modification
involved its conversion for the use of propane, instead of gasoline, as
As the Land Cruiser's reputation grew, so too did the demand for it. As a
result, by 1977 a half-million Land Cruisers had hit roads and trails
everywhere. But time was closing in on the 40 Series, and also on the 55
Series. For all the refinement it had received over its life span, the 40
Series remained fairly Spartan. So 1983 was its final year of sales in the
U.S. Production of the 55 Series ceased in 1979. Sales numbers, meanwhile,
continued to reflect the popularity and success of the Land Cruiser name.
By 1980, 1,000,000 had been sold.
1980 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Custom by TLC
This video depicts a customized FJ40 built by TLC for a client. We did not
repaint the truck, as it was in fine shape. The client wanted an FJ40 with
upgrades designed to enhance the ulitity vaule and drivability of the
truck. So we fit Old Man Emu suspension, an LS fuel injected V8, updated
the transmission and transfer case, power steering, A/C, enhanced the brake
system with four wheel discs, improved seating, console, insulation, ICON
front and rear bumper systems, and much more. The truck is now tearing up
the roads in the southeast.