Toyota FJ40

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Toyota FJ40
Photo is BJ40LV (Diesel)
PredecessorToyota J20 series
SuccessorToyota J55 and J70 series
ClassCompact SUV
Body style(s)2-door truck
ManualService Manual

The Toyota FJ40 is the model designation for a Toyota Land Cruiser 40 series made from 1960 until 1984. Most 40 series Land Cruisers were built as two-door vehicles with approximately the same dimensions as a Jeep CJ.

The model was also available under the BJ40 / 41 / 42 ( short wheelbase ),BJ43 / 44 / 46 ( middle wheelbase ) or HJ45 / 47 ( long wheelbase ) designation where it had a Diesel engine.

References to the series in this article will be to the J40 series unless referring to one of the petrol ( FJ40 / 42 - 2WD ) or diesel ( BJ4# / HJ4# ) models specifically.


For the history of the J series from the original 1951 Toyota Jeep BJ through the J20 series see Land Cruiser History from 1950 to 1955

  • 1960 - J40 series launched. (wheelbase 2285 mm (90 in) / 2430 mm (96 in) / 2650 mm (104 in)
  • 1965? - Longer wheelbase (2950 mm (116 in)), FJ45-B, pickup and cab-chassis were added
  • 1967 - End of 4-door FJ45V (I) (w/b 2650 mm (104 in)) production, replaced by FJ55 Station wagon
- 2door FJ45-B renamed FJ45 (II) (w/b 2950 mm (116 in))
  • 1973? - HJ45 launched with the H , 3.6 litre in-line 6 cylinder Diesel engine.
  • 1974 - BJ40 / 43 launched with the B, 3.0 litre in-line 4 cylinder diesel engine.
  • 1976 - Disc brakes on the front axle
  • 1979 - Power steering (only F models) and air conditioning added to the options, gear ratios modified to be more freeway friendly
  • 1980 - HJ47 launched with a 4.0 liter 6 cylinder diesel engine. End of HJ45 production
- BJ42/46 and BJ45 launched with a 3.4 liter 4 cylinder diesel engine


1981 Land Cruiser Troop Carrier
BJ40V or 42V landcruiser Hard-top was modified to Bikini-top
  • The J40 / 41 / 42 was a two-door short wheelbase four wheel drive vehicle, with either a soft or a hard-top ( V ). It was available with various petrol or diesel (from 1974) engines over its lifetime. It was replaced on most markets from 1984 by the J70 series ( 70 / 71 ).
  • The J43 / J44 / 46 was an extremely rare two-door medium wheelbase four wheel drive vehicle, with either a soft or a hard-top ( V ). It was replaced on most markets from 1984 by the J70 series ( 73 / 74 ).
  • The J45 / 47 was a long wheelbase four wheel drive vehicle, available in two door hard-top or four door station wagon or two door pickup models. The 4door station wagon model ( FJ45V-I ) was the shortest-lived of the J40 series, as it was replaced by the FJ55G / V in 1967.
  • The Bandeirante ( OJ50 / 55 / 55 B / 55 2B, BJ50 / 55 / 55 B / 55 2B ) was a J40 series built in Brazil by Toyota do Brasil Ltda from 1959-2001. Identical to the BJ40 in almost every respect, it had a few stylistic modifications to the grille and used a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine ( later replaced by Toyota 14B inline 4 direct injection Diesel engine ) for much of its production life.


Over the years Toyota has changed the engines used in the J40 series. The B series motor is a 4 cylinder diesel, and the H series a 6 cylinder diesel. The diesel engined trucks were never sold to the general public in the USA, though some found their way in as mine trucks. The engines are similar, within the series. For example, the F and 2F engines share many of the same parts, however. H and 2H are almost another thing. There are individual models within the engine series, for example, there is an F125 engine, and an F155 engine, all in the F series with different power ratings. Here is a list of some of them (the power and torque figures may vary depending on the market):

Engine Capacity (l) Power (hp) Torque Used
F 3.8 105/125 189 lb·ft (256 N·m) / 209 lb·ft (283 N·m) 1960-1975
2F 4.2 135 210 lb·ft (285 N·m) 1975-1984
Engine Capacity (l) Power (hp) Torque Used
B 3.0 85 141 lb·ft (191 N·m) 1974-1979
2B 3.2 93 159 lb·ft (216 N·m) 1979-1981
3B 3.4 98 167 lb·ft (226 N·m) 1979-1984
H 3.6 90 151 lb·ft (205 N·m) 1972-1980
2H 4.0 115 177 lb·ft (240 N·m) 1980-1984
OM314 3.8 85 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) (Bandeirante)
OM364 4.0 90 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) (Bandeirante)


A 45LV (II) in action
  • Most J40 series vehicles could have their roof and doors removed, and with a folding windscreen this allowed for complete open-air experience.
  • The J40 Series also featured folding jump seats, attached to the roll bar behind the passenger and drivers seats. These folding seats not only made carrying another 2 passengers possible, but also allowed for maximum cargo space, as opposed to the folding rear seat in the Jeep CJ series.
  • Original factory winches were driven directly from the transfer case (known as P.T.O. or power take off) powered by the engine. Later models had an optional electric winch.
  • Today the J40 Series is prized for its compatibility with General Motors products. Not only does the J40 accept the same 6 lug wheel as GM, but the transmission is also compatible with the Chevrolet small block engines, including the 307, 327 and 350 cubic inch models. This allows for engine changes and upgrades, a viable option as surplus engines and engine components for the original J40s are becoming scarce.


There is a good sized following of people that collect, maintain, and drive their J-series truck off road. Toyota still offers many replacement parts, available through Toyota parts departments worldwide. Many of these trucks find their home in third world countries as work trucks, where they are used daily by their owners. Its essence lives on in the J70 series, which is essentially a J40 with an updated front half and slightly different engine offerings, such as a turbo charged diesel. It sells in many countries, but was never for sale in the USA.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota has recently introduced the FJ Cruiser, a modern SUV styled after the original FJ40. The FJ Cruiser (FJC) went on sale in the spring of 2006.