I dedicated this restoration journal to my latest victim, A 1981 Toyota Land cruiser BJ44V-KCY. This specific model was only sold for a period of 2 years, and only for the Japanese Domestic Market. (JDM). The most interesting part about this Land cruiser is its wheelbase, its slightly longer than the common FJ/BJ40 series sold worldwide, but shorter than the famous Long wheel based BJ45/FJ45/HJ47, also known as “Troopy”.
The first time I looked this car into its eyes, I knew that this was something for me… As an Icon of Industrial design, this car will never loose its charm, beauty and strength. Build for hard work, based on the idea that form follows function. The Japanese designers looked very carefully to the American Jeeps, and managed to add an extra flair to their final design…
As an industrial designer, a fan of classic Japanese design, and someone who likes to make things beautiful, I knew this was my new destiny: Restoring a timeless piece of Design.
A friend of mine, who owns a business in Japanese motorcycle parts, imported this car from Japan. His first intention was to drive the car himself, but after a while he realized that he had no time for a vehicle like this. Besides that, he already drives an Toyota FJ Cruiser :), So to make a long story short, I took my change and bought the car.
And here it is, the moment I fell in love: