Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has an illustrious history. For decades,
the hard-core 4x4 has been plying the backcountry of the planet
and doing whatever has been asked of it. With the advent of extreme
four-wheeling, it's no surprise that we find them competing in the
rock crawling championships that seem to be sprouting like weeds
around the country.
Guthrie of Glendora, California, built this 1970 Land Cruiser with
the help of his friends at All-Pro Off Road of Hemet, California.
After performing well for years as your above-average FJ40, Mitch
decided to change things a bit. What he ended up with could almost,
but not quite, be called a rock buggy.
venerable Toyota straight six was deep-sixed and replaced with a 350
Chevrolet V8 crate motor. Turbo City supplied the fuel injection to
keep the Land Cruiser running at any attitude. A custom aluminum radiator
keeps the V8 cool in any conditions. All-Pro Off Road started out
life as a transmission shop, so they built a Chevrolet Turbo 350 automatic
tranny for Mitch. A Marlin Crawler Ultimate dual transfer case setup
from a pickup was adapted in, which allows Mitch to traverse the obstacles
at any speed he wishes. In fact, the Marlin Crawler setup gives Mitch
unbelievable gearing choices for whatever he may choose to do, on
or off the highway.