1994 HDJ81 Land Cruiser

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When a classic truck has lived three decades and still looks this good, you know it has to be special. Toyota's 80 series has a staunch reputation for being a tank on wheels, and our 1994 HDJ81 is no different. Backed by a bulletproof turbodiesel drivetrain and legendary full-time 4WD, this is a do-anything go-anywhere rig. Its finished in a slick coat of one-off Bomber Black and is set off by a 2" lift, refinished factory alloys, and chunky 35" all-terrains. The all-business aesthetic looks the part and should give you a lot of bragging rights as an owner. Better yet, the 137k miles on the clock are verified and documented, and we've given this Cruiser a thorough once over to make a turn-key trail weapon. Ideal for a weekend out in the great outdoors, or even the parking lot of your local cruise-in, this Land Cruiser is nothing short of a Japanese Classic, and a downright good one at that!

The exterior is rugged and purpose-built, but the interior quality really impresses too! With premium materials, a full slate of power amenities, and a few modern upgrades to boot, our customers love daily driving these 80 series models. The seats are upholstered in a two-tone suede, and show little defects, apart from some light pilling and staining from daily use. The dash is in decent shape overall aside from some cracks atop the cover, and the center stack is easy to navigate, with automatic climate control on standby. The air conditioning blows ice cold and hot heat isn't too far behind when you inevitably trudge this all-weather warrior through the winter months. We did want to note the rear heater lines have been capped but the cabin still warms up properly. An adjacent Pioneer touchscreen headunit features Bluetooth functionality and plays at above-average quality through a set of upgraded door speakers. Power windows, locks, and mirrors work like a charm, and an optional power moonroof is on hand and unfurls rapidly to let in extra natural ventilation. A Peyton steering wheel adds a touch of old-school class to the interior and the headliner is surprisingly clean and taut for a vehicle of this vintage. The middle row can tumble forward to accommodate extra cargo space. For a 30-year-old cabin, the condition really impresses. That's not to say it's perfect, as the center bezel is cracked around the radio, the door cards have a few nicks and stains, and the power folding mirrors and rear heat are inoperable. Otherwise, it's hard to critique this cockpit as a whole.

Under the bonnet, the 1HD-T sits loud and proud and is just about the coolest Toyota truck powerplant we never received in the States! We did a laundry list of maintenance to this rig to get it road-ready, starting with two new 12v batteries we installed to aid ignition. New serpentine belts drive your accessories reliably, and an oil and filter service was performed alongside a new valve cover gasket to keep this 4.2 well lubricated. A new engine air filter and fuel filter keep any pesky contaminants out of your diesel, and with the maintenance performed she fires right up and chugs happily to highway speeds. Shifts through the automatic transmission are smooth and power is sent to all four wheels, with 4WD low and a center locking differential at the ready should you become mired in the muck. The drivetrain was given a hearty refresh, with emphasis on the suspension. The shocks were bolstered with new bushings in the front and rear, and we replaced new bushings at the front and rear lower control arms as well. The swaybar bushings had cracked and were replaced with new ones, and we replaced the rear upper control arm bushings for a bit of preventative maintenance. Lastly, we addressed the bushings at the front track bar and performed a fresh alignment here to get everything into compliance. The steering is easy to articulate thanks to a new damper, and the brakes stop on a dime thanks to new pads up front. Further aiding ride comfort, traction, and overall aesthetics, the brand-new Falken Wildpeak's look great, ride even better, and should deliver tens of thousands of miles to come thanks to a fresh alignment!

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.

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