If you live near the Bay Area in Northern California, you might have seen this FJ doing its commute. It's hard to miss among the CRVs, Celicas, Mercedes, and Land Rovers. Sitting on 39.5-inch Boggers and sporting one of the rarest body configurations available, Brian White's '65 Toyota FJ45 is certainly no normal commuter ride, but for Brian it's his daily driver. A mechanic by trade, Brian can afford the luxury of having his toy be his sole vehicle, driving it to Hollister to wheel, and even down to Pismo Beach for the annual Surf 'N' Turf Land Cruiser event where we first caught up with this FJ two years ago. Back then it was super clean, the fenders hadn't been touched yet, and the Boggers hadn't seen years of daily driving.
But Brian's done a good job of keeping it together since it's also been his wheeler for the last five years. Considering that Brian started with a $500 cab and chassis 10 years ago and went from there, we're pretty impressed with what he's come up with.
Pushing this green machine around is a carbureted Chevy 396 big-block that was tweaked wit
Getting all that spin from the NV4500 is a pair of doubled-up NP203 and NP205 transfer cas
Bringing up the rear is a disc-brake-adorned Chevy 14-bolt outfitted with 4.10 gears and a
Chevy running gear was plucked for all it was worth. The front Dana 60 was cut down a foot
Brian's four-point-rollcage-filled interior is pretty clean since it's his daily driver as
When we first met Brian, he had a great-looking green and white hardtop on his FJ. Now he'
Vehicle: '65 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser Long Wheelbase
Owner: Brian White
Engine: Chevy 396ci big-block V-8, carbureted
Tranny: NV4500 five-speed
Transfer Case: Northwest Fab doubler kit with NP203/NP205
Front Axle: Chevy Dana 60, narrowed 1 foot, disc brakes, 4.10 gears, open differential
Rear Axle: Chevy 14-bolt, narrowed 1 foot, disc brakes, 4.10 gears, Detroit Locker
Front Suspension: Stock FJ leaves, spring-over-axle conversion, shackle reversal
Rear Suspension: Four-link using two triangulated upper links and lower links from a '60s 2WD rear radius-arm suspension, Moroso coils built for a hot rod front end.
Winch: Warn 8274
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 16.5x12 black steelies