If America''s favorite off-roader is the Jeep, then Japan''s is the Toyota FJ. But this Japanese-American hybrid 1966 Land Cruiser successfully crosses the Pacific with its box-shaped bodywork that''s instantly identifiable on six of the seven continents, plus an equally famous Chevy small block V8. It''s hard to call the FJ "styled" because it''s simply the bare minimum required to carry people and gear to inhospitable places. However, that''s it''s appeal, a go-anywhere, do-anything kind of vehicle that has become iconic with its abilities. The 4-year-old bright orange paint is like a signal flare, but combined with the white top and fender flares, it looks pretty awesome. Fit and finish are what you get when you go off-roading, with shiny paint and Toyota build quality that you can still feel when you slam the door. The body is quite solid with no issues in the usual places, and the truck obviously hasn''t been beaten to death off-road. There''s a heavy-duty bumper up front ostensibly designed to push large objects out of its way, but little in the way of protection out back save for some cool little taillights and a 3-way tailgate. The interior is nowhere near as bare-bones as you''d expect, with high-back bucket seats and a pair of folding jump seats in back. Sure, all the hard panels like the doors and dash are painted to match the body, as well as the roll bar behind the front seats, but it''s easy to get comfortable in there for long hauls along the trail. All the controls save for the shifter are original Toyota, including the big steering wheel that makes it easy to put the front wheels exactly where you want them. The factory gauges are still in place, too, augmented by a complete set of white-faced instruments under the dash that are more compatible with the Chevy V8 up front. The shifter is a B&M unit for the TH350 3-speed automatic underneath and it''s neatly integrated into the interior, with the shifter for the 2-speed transfer case just ahead of it. Three years ago, the original inline-six was yanked and a built 327 cubic inch Chevy V8 went into its place under the hood. The swap is not unusual, and the quality of the work means that this off-roader is still just as reliable as it was originally but with about twice the horsepower. Clearly a lot of thought went into the installation, as there''s a heat shield for the brake master cylinder and custom headers that wind into the wheel wells to feed a great-sounding dual exhaust system tucked neatly into the frame. A big custom aluminum radiator will keep things under control even during low-speed climbs and service access is still quite good. Underneath, it''s still mostly Toyota, with original axles fore and aft suspended on a 4-lift that looks awesome and adds ground clearance. Shiny aluminum wheels carry giant 35x12.5-15 off-road radials that look like they could climb Everest. Go ahead, take this one out and tear up some dirt, it won''t mind. Icons are like that, and with Chevy V8 power, you''ll always be the first to the top of the hill. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.