A restored and modernized 1973 FJ40
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