This post is to educate people who are not that familiar with the FJ60, or to act as a refresher for those who know this beloved creature. Honestly? I'm posting this as my own list so I can quickly access it on my phone when I'm about to buy one.
Some of these list items are "no brainers," but are great reminders.
1. Tears In The Driver Seat
Don't be alarmed. They all have it. Some as little as this picture, or as big as half the seat.
SOLUTION: An interior shop need to repack the foam and stitch in a new vinyl strip around the bottom of the seat. This is a $150 fix.
Or, if the original factory material is ruined, make sure to repair it the right way.
SOLUTION: Find the original material and have an interior shop stitch it together. It shouldn't cost you more than $120 a yard for the material and $150 for the labor.
2. Rubber Seals And Leaks
There are a lot of very important seals on the Land Cruiser FJ60, and it's crucial to know what they are. They can cost as little as $200 all the way up to $1,500 to replace, so being educated before you buy can help negotiate your price.
Click the picture below to see what the top 5 seals are when buying a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60. (Buyers Guide)
3. Brakes and Brake Testing
I'm stating the obvious but what most people don't know is that the Land Cruiser FJ60 is not a cheap brake job because you also need to repack the front wheel bearings and make additional adjustments.
To do a thorough inspection take the wheel off to check the pads, brake lines and hoses. When checking the brakes please don't blow the dust out with compressed air! It may contain asbestos and is harmful to your health.
These trucks are getting older, so even with the lower mileage FJ60's, you'll start to see leakage from these brake lines and hoses.
To check the rear brakes you'll need to remove the drum.
**** If the drum can't come off chances are the emergency brake is on. Check that first before taking a hammer to it!
When you test drive the FJ60 make sure you do so at various speeds with both light and heavy pedal pressure. The truck should stop evenly without pulling to one side or make a clicking noise. If there are any modifications or lifts to any part of the suspension, inspect them carefully to make sure they were done correctly. To see the difference between a stock suspension and a 2.5 lift for the Land Cruiser FJ60, click HERE.
A brake job is the one repair I don't do myself, so please see an expert who has done a brake job on the FJ60 and ask the right questions.
Here is a list: Brake, power steering, engine oil, coolant, transmission, transfer case, and differentials. (Freon if you have an AC)
5. Front knuckles for signs that they need to be repacked. Click the image for details.
6. Carburetor & Vacuum Pressure
These are the two most common problems of making an FJ60 run perfectly. Making sure the factory carburetor is tuned and the vacuum pressure is good at different RPMs. Click HERE for more info.
There are other things you should be aware of like rubber belts and hoses, tire tread and radiator temp, but these are the most common that need attention when purchasing a Toyota Land Cruiser between the years of 1981-1987. If there is something I'm missing that's vital to this list please email me so I can make the adjustments.