This Cummins Diesel-Swapped Toyota FJ40 Redefines What it Means to be a Silver Fox
Icon Presents Its New “Old School” Trim
Published November 8, 2017
The Series 40 Land Cruiser, or, as it is better known – the Toyota FJ40 – managed to become one of the world’s toughest off-roaders back in the Sixties. Similar to the Jeep CJ in its basic architecture, the car spruced a whole new segment of Toyota cars which evolved into the modern day Land Cruiser. Arguably, it was the best off-roader in the world.
Some, however, do enjoy the expressive nature of the old model. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a cool resto-mod Toyota FJ, but this one from Jonathan Ward and his Icon 4×4 restoration company is a different breed. This badass FJ made its debut at SEMA 2017 and instead of a typical LS swap, this baby got a proper Cummins Diesel.
Obviously, the car was restored to its former glory, but unlike Icon’s FJs of the past, this one does not show off its modern touches. The Toyota FJ40 Diesel was designed to be as close as possible to the old model. At least stylistically. Icon’s new trim, dubbed ”Old-School”, focuses on bringing back original features from the Sixties and incorporating them into the cars they are restoring.
In that regard, this particular FJ received bumpers, hubcaps, a new grille and other style features similar to what we have seen in the original model. Sure, the majority of the parts were custom built and are probably of better quality compared with anything Toyota sold back then, but the important thing is that it looks like it could’ve been a factory unit.
Toyota FJ40 With A Cummins Diesel
Apart from gifting this Toyota FJ40 with newly built pieces stylistically rooted in its past, the Icon 4×4 actually used the 2.8-liter Cummins diesel engine for propulsion. Not that we expected to see this, but it seems fitting somehow. The diesel motor is not exactly super powerful. With 161 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque, it seems docile and subtle, but it is definitely capable of getting the Icon FJ where it needs to be. The power is transferred to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission and Dynatrac Dana axles with ARB locking differentials.
This, of course, is not the first time Icon built the FJ40 with a diesel engine. Back in 2011, they delivered one to a customer in Norway. What is different is the fact that the “Old School” trim has become a thing. While the diesel does seem fine in a car like this, Icon does offer the same car with the V8 as well. Actually, customers can trim out their car in any way they want.
This particular 1970 Toyota FJ40 also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the company. It celebrates it in style as Icon designers and engineers really put their heart into this. The body was made of 5052-grade hand-crafted aluminum. Finished with matte beige paint and stainless steel badges, the exterior really does scream “Sixties”. Inside, on the other hand, the FJ received a whole bunch of modern touches. Leather from Moore & Giles, new gauges and obviously, a new steering wheel.
“We have customers who love the ICON ethos but who don’t necessarily want to get drawn into a lengthy conversation about their vehicle every time they stop for gas,” said Icon founder and Lead Designer Jonathan Ward. “Certain people prefer an understated, stock-appearing exterior but all of the modern performance and amenities. We’re launching the Old School Series to appeal to them.”
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