A re­stored and mod­ern­ized 1973 FJ40

Four Wheeler - - Contents - By Jim Allen ed­i­ Pho­tos: Jim Allen

THE TOY­OTA FJ40 LAND CRUISER IS A FOUR-wheel­ing leg­end, but when viewed in the con­text of to­day’s tech­nol­ogy, some say that it’s an anachro­nism and ill-suited to the mod­ern high­ways. An owner of a vin­tage FJ need­ing a re­fresh has some ma­jor choices to make: re­store to stock, or nearly stock, or bring it up to mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal stan­dards. Kelly Pfled­derer, of In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana, faced such a choice, but for­tu­nately his choice was easy, and he could avoid be­com­ing a tar­get for restora­tion purists be­cause his ’73 Land Cruiser was al­ready a bas­ket case and miss­ing a lot of orig­i­nal gear.

Kelly was look­ing for an ex­pe­di­tion-style Land Cruiser, one that was long dis­tance–ca­pa­ble on or off the high­way, with good all-around trail ca­pa­bil­ity and more than a lit­tle com­fort­able. Luck­ily, he had a very skilled, ex­pe­ri­enced, and renowned builder/fab­ri­ca­tor nearby: John Con­rad, of

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