This Hero Actually Off-Roads His Perfectly Restored Classic Toyota FJ40

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Josh Commons likes his Toyota FJ40 for its unapologetically utilitarian nature. Just about every old truck fan can see the beauty in that. But what makes this one even cooler is the fact that it still gets put to work on the trail.

Commons tells Petrolicious; “I don’t see these as disposable, I see them as infinitely rebuildable. It’s definitely an heirloom now.” The truck’s been in his family for ten years and it doesn’t sound like it’s going anywhere else.

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This video’s a great story and, as usual, a visually beautiful Petrolicious production.

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There is something wonderfully simple, almost in an farm-implement way, about Broncos, FJs, and Jeeps of the 70s. When robust still meant something and before design started to take precedence by hiding the hard, greasy bits underneath plastic shrouds. Takes me back to the days of my youth, riding on the spare tire in the bed of a pickup.

Wish we could buy new vehicles like this with some kind of ‘farm and ranch’ registration where they only get 10-15k miles a year. Might be a market for that kind of stripped down, weekend-use truck after all.

This one belongs to a friend of mine...