The FJ Company's new Aspen Project debuted at SEMA with handsome cues and an all-new engine.
Amongst a sea of tacky tuners and aftermarket rubbish at SEMA 2016, sits a subtle but stunning creation by Miami-based The FJ Company. The Aspen Project, as it was so thoughtfully named, mixes the classic cues of the legendary Land Cruiser — specifically the FJ43 — with more modern enhancements and everyday family usability.
Dreamt up by owner Juan Diego Calle, the vision was to create a “purpose-built family-friendly beast,” says the release, that would look at home both on the road and where it ends. Inspired by the legendary mountain ranges of Colorado, the company went with the name Aspen for the project, which is also noted by the matte white exterior finish.
Like all builds that come out of the FJ Company, the Aspen Project started out life as a full frame-off restoration. A few minor updates like power steering, front disc brakes, heating and A/C were added, while a host of enhancements never before seen on an FJ Company build followed soon after.
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The most notable upgrade came under the hood. A Toyota 1FZ 4.5-liter inline-six keeps the legendary spirit of the FJ in tact, but adds even more power to the mix. Paired with Caltech Electronic Fuel Injection and a a five-speed manual transmission, the new powertrain is good for 210 horsepower (156 kilowatts) at full tilt.
On the exterior, the handsome FJ43 style remains… but with a few extra goodies to note. The aforementioned matte white paint job is finished with matte silver accents and Toyota OEM wheels coated in gunmetal grey. A Warn 8274 winch was also mounted alongside a pair of PIAA seven-inch LED fog lights. The final touch: a roll cage ensuring safety from start to finish.
Inside, a new digital instrument cluster has been added, as well as LED interior lighting and a premium sound system integrated with Bluetooth technology. All in all, it’s a stunning package. It’s currently on display at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Source: The FJ Company
Photos: Jake Holmes / Motor1
1982 Toyota FJ43 Restomod SEMA Live
Oh yeeeees. We’re making our debut at the SEMA show in Vegas this year, and we’re bringing a very special build with us. We’ll admit we got a little carried away with this one — but in a good way. The finished product, which will be unveiled on November 1st, is one part classic Land Cruiser, one part modified monster — a careful balancing act — one we DID NOT take lightly.
So, why did we build this thing? Well, our boss told us to. Yep. This one was commissioned by our President, Juan Diego Calle, who wanted a purpose-built family-friendly beast, that could take on the rigors of everyday highway driving as well as the back-country near Aspen, Colorado. Did we deliver? We’ll let you (and Juan) be the judge.
A Return to Glory
Like all of our builds, this one began with a full frame-off restoration — we wouldn’t have it any other way. During the process, which you can read more about here, we made a few “basic” updates to the power steering, front disc brakes, heating and A/C. But that’s where the “basic” part of this story ends — and the fun begins!
A Powertrain Power Play
For us, the party really began when we replaced the original engine components with a much more capable, modern powertrain. Look under the hood of this FJ43, and you’ll find a 210-horsepower Toyota 1FZ engine (a 4.5L DOHC 24-valve inline 6) with Haltech Electronic Fuel Injection and a 5-speed manual transmission. Put that all together and you get the kind of power that inspires confidence — on the highway and the trail.
Equipped for the Trail
The FJ43 is already a design legend. Those bold fenders! That classic grille! ...all signs of an icon. So we kept its classic good looks intact and made a few tasteful updates. We added a fresh coat of matte white paint to the exterior which is offset by matte silver accents and Toyota OEM wheels in gunmetal gray. You’ll also find plenty of trail-ready parts and accessories — like a Warn 8274 winch mounted to the original front bumper along with a pair of PIAA 7" LED fog lights. And a custom roll cage was installed to ensure every joyride ends the way it begins — safely.
The cabin of this FJ43 has been fortified with super-tough materials. The Recaro SPEED seats are trimmed in marine-grade upholstery, to match the door panels and fold-down rear seats. We also added a coat of Rhino Linings® bedliner to prevent scuff marks and rusting. Now, this all-weather, all-terrain 4x4 is ready for just about anything.
Here, at The FJ Company, we take pride in building modern versions of the classic Land Cruiser. And this build is no exception. Here, we added just enough bells and whistles to satisfy the demands of today’s driver — a digital instrument cluster that provides information at-a-glance, modern LED interior lighting, and a premium sound system with integrated Bluetooth®, just to name a few.