Legacy Overland gives FJ40 a very modern makeover.
Legacy Overland has been doing fantastic work for some time now. The company specializes to an obsessive degree in restoring and improving classic off-road vehicles, including the Range Rover Classic, Land Rover Defender, and classic Mercedes G-Class. The beauty of Legacy Overland in an age where we see a surge in incredible resto-modded vehicles is in how the company stays true to the spirit of the original. Yet, at the same time, the specialist adds enough modern conveniences and engineering technology to ensure it has a long future. Legacy Overland's latest project to be completed, a 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, is no exception.
The keyword to this restomod is 'tasteful.' The original vehicle was a worn and rusted FJ40 in bright yellow with an equally battered interior. Now it sports immaculate and galvanized body panels painted in Toyota Heath Gray while a camel-colored fill grain leather interior features a handcrafted textured vinyl with black edge trim covering for the floor, and a custom-fabricated cubby box. A RetroSound head unit, complete with Bluetooth capability, provides entertainment to four speakers. Two of those are in the front door panels while the rear speakers a housed in custom speaker boxes.
The original Toyota 2F 6-cylinder engine has been fully rebuilt with the obsessive care you would expect from Legacy Overland and modified to use a Weber 38mm carburetor and electric choke. Power through the drivetrain is controlled by a rebuilt 4-speed gearbox, and Warn manual lockers have been added to help its off-road chops. The suspension is rebuilt using Old Man Emu components and modern disc brakes and power steering have been added.
The outside has lots of small styling upgrades, like LED lights, utility lighting, and a late-model square style grille bezel to go with the hardtop that features rear ambulance doors. Legacy Overland has spent thousands of hours on the build, and detail goes all the way down to galvanizing each and every bracket, fastener, nut, and bolt. We believe it.