1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40


If we could have any 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40, it would be this 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40. The team at Legacy Overland out of Ridgefield, Connecticut recently completed this nut and bolt, frame-off restomod, and even though it looks like a million bucks, they’d be happy to sell it to you for just $135,000. 

They’ve outfitted this BJ with a powerful Turbo Diesel 1HD-T 4.2L 6-cylinder motor from an 80 series Land Cruiser, and then added some choice restomod touches like power steering, disc brakes, modern air conditioning and suspension bits from Old Man Emu. The result is a stunning looking rig that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go.

I mean seriously, would you just…look at it? :: swoon :: 

The Model.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is without a shred of doubt one of the GOAT fourbies, and for good reason. Not only was it ahead of its time in terms of off-road capability, but it was a market leader in reliability. And since it was Toyota’s first model available for sale in the United States, it helped build Toyota’s reputation for rugged reliability that still stands.

We won’t get too deep into the history of this model here, but it’s a pretty insane story that involves WWII, an abandoned military Jeep, and a healthy dose of reverse engineering. Read all about it over at Silodrome, who covered it beautifully on their site. 

The J-Series—which included BJ, FJ, and HJ models—were traditional body-on-frame SUVs mostly built as 2-door models slightly larger than its competitor the Jeep CJ. The F denoted the rig with the 6-cylinder gasoline motor, the B was 4-cylinder diesel, and the H series was a 6-cylinder diesel. The model was available in short, medium and long wheelbase versions, with the 40 denoting a short wheelbase.

The Specs.

Legacy Overland cut no corners with this boxy beaut, fully documenting the restoration process, including a bunch of amazing progress photographs included with the listing. On the outside, it shows impeccable metallic anthracite stone gray paint that looks perfect paired with black wheels, and the inside is incredible, featuring custom-made grey perforated vegan leather. 

Feast your eyes on these specs:


  • Completely rebuilt Toyota 1HD-T 4.2L turbo diesel with new pistons, bearings, etc
  • 4-speed rebuilt manual gearbox and two-speed transfer case
  • New engine cooling system, including new radiator and all new piping
  • Mild steel exhaust system and muffler with new exhaust headers
  • Updated electrical system
  • Power steering upgrade 


  • Old Man Emu light load leaf springs with +2” suspension lift
  • Old Man Emu shocks, bushings, shackles
  • Rebuilt differentials and axles, including new gaskets, seals, bearings
  • Front and rear disc brakes (LO kit with vented discs)


  • Custom-made black vegan leather interior with micro perforated sections 
  • Two bucket sport front seats and two rear foldable jump seats
  • Black leatherette sun visors and shift boots
  • Footwells and floors covered in sound deadening Dynamat 
  • Bluetooth-enabled media receiver and four Pioneer speakers
  • Custom hot / cold air conditioning system 
  • USB charging port installed inside glove compartment


  • Black chassis treated with epoxy rust control 
  • Daytona 16x8” steel wheels
  • Cooper STT Pro 305x70R16 tires
  • Spare wheel mounted on spare wheel carrier
  • Body and wheel arches undersides coated with anti-gravel textured paint 
  • Custom fabricated mini bull bar
  • Diamond plate side steps
  • Center rear x-frame step
  • Black housing for lamps
  • Extra strength roll bar, mounted and painted black
  • Silver rear bumperettes 
  • Jerry can painted in car color with mounting hardware, license plate support painted in black and lamps
  • LED (split style) headlights
  • LED fog lamps, square, bolted to black bumper 
  • LED rear utility light
  • All new lamp glass and housings
  • Black rearview mirror
  • Silver D-rings
  • Hi-lift jack painted in body color
  • White hard top

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