Expedition Portal Classifieds: FZJ85 Ute

In many regards, Australia is the four-wheel drive capital of the world. There, you’ll find some of the best trucks, trailers, and off-road gear in existence, including some of the coolest conversions on planet earth. Some of our favorites are the Ute upgrades performed on 80, 100, and 200 Series Land Cruisers. They’re actually surprisingly common in Oz, and it seems that they caught on in at least a small way here in the States. This 1995 80 Series Land Cruiser was lovingly converted to an Australian-style Ute, and has only been driven 3,000 miles since then. It has no modifications to the frame, and overall, it looks very well done. The vehicle has 204,000 miles, and the head gaskets were redone at 150,000, so it’s ready for your next adventure.

We can’t help but feel that this truck would be a perfect candidate for a Four-Wheel Campers flat-bed, or a more Australian traditional Norweld tray. Check out the full list of modifications from the owner below.

  • OEM ELOCKER axles rebuilt front and rear.
  • New OEM 80-Series AISIN manual hubs
  • OEM 80-Series part-time transfer case
  • All beds sides and tailgate are removable
  • OME 850j/863j springs with 1-inch spacers
  • New OME L shocks
  • Slee caster correction
  • New ARB rear upper/lower control arms and pan hard rods
  • New front rotors/pads/rebuilt calipers with OEM parts
  • Newish TJM bull bar with winch plate
  • New OEM FJ40 tail lights professionally wired in
  • New Cooper ST MAXX 315/75r16 x 5
  • New OEM rear main seal
  • New OEM engine wiring harness (old one damaged while installing OEM valve cover gasket)
  • All new OEM engine hoses to include new OEM air intake hose
  • New Denso O2 sensors installed and high-clearance exhaust pipe
  • New Denso AC condenser
  • AC blows ice cold
  • Bed liner
  • Fresh undercoating
  • New windshield

To learn more about this awesome Land Cruiser, check out the ebay listing here. 

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

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