This 1977 FJ40 has been with the same owner for the last 20 years, and has received significant investment in practical upgrades to make the car the perfect weekend cruiser for the short-wheelbase enthusiast. The current owner is regrettably offering the vehicle for sale, having covered only 3,500km since the engine was replaced with a new 350ci unit in 2006.
This cruiser is offered with full NSW registration expiring on 26 February 2019, and is in excellent roadworthy condition, seeking a new owner who will appreciate the time, energy and dollars that have been put into the car over the last two decades.
An engineer complied 350 Chev is currently fitted, with a Holley carburetor, and power sent through a 5-speed manual gearbox with additional Fairey overdrive gears making for relaxing highway cruising whilst retaining the classic bottom-end FJ40 4X4 capability. The engine runs very smoothly, with all 4WD gear connected and working well. The car also has power steering and a power clutch fitted for ease of driving.
In 2006 the car received a replacement engine (receipts can be provided). Since then, only 3,500km have been covered. The engine operates with dual-fuel through the addition of twin 80-litre (150 useable litres) stainless steel LPG tanks in the rear cabin (in addition to the 100L petrol tank). This provides excellent range for those long weekend trips.
The brakes and suspension have also received significant upgrades. Front discs are fitted, and the larger diameter front drum brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels. Load variable shock absorbers have been installed in the rear, allowing pressure to be increased under heavy loads or to suit the driving conditions.
The car also received brand new rear axles in July 2018, and sits on near new 16 X 8 GT 8-pot alloys with barely used Light Truck 285/75 R16 Hankook DynaPro MT tyres (including the spare).
- Body and chassis
The history of this vehicle is not straightforward. The chassis and running gear are from a 1975 vehicle, with the body from 1977. At great cost in 2006, a good straight 1977 body was sourced and taken off its chassis. The shell was then fully submerged in a caustic acid then a phosphoric acid dip to kill all and any rust inside and out. The condition of the undercarriage is a testament to this, and having been garaged all its life the body remains very well preserved.
Following the acid dip, body work was completed to adapt the owner’s preferred rear barn-doors to enhance accessibility (originally the vehicle had the lower barn-doors and upper hatch). The factory mild steel bolts fitted throughought the body were all replaced with stainless steel bolts, to prevent any future rust outbreaks. It then received a 2-pak paint job of gloss black with burgundy accents. The body was then put back on the chassis with the V8 driveline and various upgrades. Although there are some minor scratches and blemishes around the body, the paint retains and excellent shine, and only small touch ups would be necessary.
The vehicle is currently fitted with a light-weight aluminium bull-bar (with Narva spotlights), and towbar. All electrics are hooked up and working.
The seat trim has been very well preserved for its age, with the current owner having always fitted seat covers to the original bench seat. Examples of the cloth condition can be seen in the images, with very limited wear to the seat bolsters or bases.
Custom-cut rubber floor mats are fitted to the front floor-pans and rear deck sitting on top of the metal, providing for great protection and easy cleaning. The floors are all in excellent condition. In the rear, neat side benches have been custom built to house the twin LPG tanks, which sit nicely on either side of the rear deck, with plenty of space in the centre for luggage.
The cruiser comes with a large number of spare parts and extras as part of the price. This includes a water pump, 2 front brake rotors, 4 front brake pads, 4 rear drum brake shoes, 2 rear shocks, Chev vacuum advance, 2 new distributor caps, tail lights, headlamps and more.
Fore more details and to arrange an inspection, contact Adrian by clicking "contact seller" above.
Spotted this one in early 2019. In excellent original condition, with only 145,000 on the clock at the time. No mods other than head unit and Nardi steering wheel. Still has factory exhaust and intake! First one I have ever seen.
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Looks original on the outside, but this Galant VR-4 has had a lot of mechanical work.. The car was imported to NZ about 10,000km ago.
The photos are just a selection of the completely documented build of the vehicle and they speak volumes about the quality of the parts selection and the level of the work performed.
Dyne Tuned to 230kw (310hp) and 405nm (300ft/lb). Add a larger intercooler and a set of 272 cams and this build will deliver well into the 300kw range.
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Datsun Stanza SSS. Silver on black - very rare car with most of these treated terribly and sent to the wreckers. One of the last Datsun SSS vehicles before the name change to Nissan. Got a few others on the register here. This one was located in VIC in 2019. Very original, just needs a clean up.
This amazing example of the James Young Coupe was available on ebay.com USA in March 2019, with a starting bid of $100,000.00.
At the time this example was offered, the seller noted it was a fully original condition example with a breathtaking 20,800 miles from only 3 owners. The last owner being a collector having caretaken her for more than 20 years.
One of approximately 800 1275 LS cars built, this QLD based LS is finished in its original Nugget Gold paint and chocolate brown cloth / creme vinyl trim. The last of the Australian Mini models (excluding the Moke), the LS received a number of unique features which placed it at the top of the Australian Mini range at the time, and was only available in one other colour, Hi-Ho Silver.
This example runs and drives, and is an original car where it really counts. The modifications made to this car are all easily reversed, such as the steering wheel, contessa style wheels and a number of other small items which are easily replaced or sourced. Click this link to see a short video of the car running.
The engine bay is largely unmodified, with all original pollution gear, firewall insulation and several factory stickers still in place. The car retains its factory single 1.5 inch SU carby, and its 8.4 inch disc brakes. It has been repainted at some point in its life which has prevented any significant deterioration. The body is very solid, with limited rust.
The seller confirms the car's numbers (engine and chassis) accord with original records for the vehicle, and those numbers do appear correct according to our register, and research.
This particular car is the earliest body number we've found on our register of over 100 1275 LS vehicles collected over the last 5+ years. Although chassis numbers were not necessarily consecutive at the Leyland factory, there is a correlation between the body numbers and the months of compliance in the data we have.
This car shares a "12H879UH" engine prefix with the next two cars whose chassis numbers closely follow on our register – both being July 1978 built cars. This is an interesting coincidence and provides some evidence suggesting the "12H879UH" prefix engines were fitted to the earliest of the cars, before the stock of "12H902UH" engines started being fitted (which is the prefix applicable to the vast majority of the cars).
This LS will be sold without a roadworthy certificate. To arrange an inspection or for further information, please contact the seller by signing in and clicking the button at the top of this page.
For further information on these cars, take a look at the Mini 1275 LS information guide.
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It starts and drives fine, and the interior is in good condition and original LS. Body number and engine number match all records. See the photos for more information. Low ball prices and ridiculous offers will not be responded to. If you are looking for a genuine, 95% original 1275LS, then give me a call.. Test drives are available, although vehicle is not currently registered.
Great in Gold - this HK GTS was advertised in March 2019. The owner noted it is the 3030th manufactured GTS of its type to be built at the Pagewood Assembly Plant in NSW. It was resprayed around 2015 in the original Inca Gold metallic, retaining the original Buckskin Beige 18X vinyl interior. The majority of the interior is still original trim. Fitted with a 350 Chev V8 and four speed manual transmission with the 10 bolt diff.
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