1988 FJ142 Land Cruiser

We built this truck using a very clean 1988 FJ62 Land Cruiser with a blown engine. We combined that with a very clean and built up FZJ80 chassis in order to create an FJ142 (62+80)!

To get the wheelbase to match from 80-series chassis to 60-series body we shortened the frame on the 80-series by five inches. Most people who have done this decide to shorten the frame in front of the rear control arm mount where the frame is actually not on a straight angle.

We decided to cut out the five inches of the frame where the control arm mount is located since this is the straightest location on the frame to work with for the swap. We removed the control arm mount carefully to do this and then welded it back on the frame after the shorten had been performed.

By combining the FJ62 and the 80-series chassis we feel the best of both generations has been retained. You get the classic FJ62 Land Cruiser with the better and updated chassis using coil sprung suspension.

This was one of the most enjoyable projects we have undertaken to date.

Build List

  • GM LQ4 6L v8 engine
  • GM 4L80e automatic transmission
  • HF2A Non-vicious coupling transfer case from an FJ80
  • FZJ80 E-Locking axles using a Low Range Off-Road kit to run them
  • SLEE 4” lift kit with adjustable panhard bars
  • Custom made rear lower control arms, made from Johnny Joints and solid 2” 7075 aluminum