ICON FJ44 Pre-Delivery Video

A 1973 FJ40 with the full ICON transformation!

byEvan Yates|
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Located in Chatsworth, CA, just north of Los Angeles, Jonathan Ward and the crew from ICON create amazing renditions of classic vehicles with today’s capabilities. Although known for resto mods of all types, the FJ is the vehicle that truly made ICON a household name within automotive communities.

The FJ44 is ICON’s take on the classic FJ40. ICON has produced a good amount of these high-end creations and with every build, they seem to add or update something which is commendable and cool. Before every delivery, the ICON team puts considerable mileage on the vehicles to check for any issues and the final step is the pre-delivery video from Jonathan Ward himself.

Check the video below of this awesome FJ44!


HiPo LS ENGINE  (optional)

 450 H.P, @ 5500 RPM,  470 Ft Lbs. Torque @ 4500 RPM          

Type: 5.7L V8 Small Block

Displacement: 5665 cc (346 ci)

Compression ratio: 10.1:1

Bore x stroke: 3.90" x 3.62"

Fuel system: sequential fuel injection

Rev Limit: 6400 rpm

Block: cast aluminum

Cylinder head: cast aluminum

Intake manifold: composite

Connecting rods: forged powder metal

GM Performance camshaft

Chromoly Manley push rods

Heavy Duty GM Performance Valve Springs

Complete AN Fitted Fuel System

Cad designed motor mounts to isolate vibration.


Purpose-built high density core alloy radiator with GM fan & fan clutch.

Handcrafted TIG welded black wrinkle powder coated steel fan shroud.


OE cast iron high flow manifolds into a custom single exit 2.5” computer controlled mandrel bent aluminized steel exhaust system with special design high flow stainless steel muffler.

Ceramic coating option available.


Volant dry intake with cold air isolation intake point.


Four Speed Automatic (optional with gas engine only)

4L65E GM transmission

Bonded Spacer Plate Assembly Incorporating Solenoid Screens


Purpose-built Atlas II transfer case is competition proven and freeway friendly, too. Part time 4x4, shift-on-the-fly.

The Advance Adapter's Atlas II 3.0:1 low range (optional 5.0:1) and 1: 1 high range transfer case is CAD-CAM designed and CNC machined for off-road performance, without sacrificing on road performance.  The one-piece case with structural access cover is manufactured of heat- treated aluminum alloy. The gears are precision machined and are supported by needle roller bearings that are matched to finely finished shafts. The shafts, including the bulletproof 1-3/8" diameter, 32 spline rear output shaft, are fully supported on tapered roller bearings. The Atlas transfer case also features the convenience of synchronized shift on the fly capability. Twin stick controls allow individual front and rear axle manipulation for maximum control.


Material: Heat-Treated Aluminum Alloy 

Overall length: 13.8 

Weight: 110 lbs. (dry) 

Internal Components:

Gears: Helical Cut 

Bearings: Needle & Taper Rollers 

Synchronizers: Borg-Warner T98 

Input Shaft Splines: 10, 21, 23, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32 

Tail Shaft: 1.375" Dia., 32 Spline, with C.V. Joint Capability 


Low Range: 3.0:1 (5.0:1 option available)

High Range: 1:1 


Oil Type: Synthetic Gear Oil - MT90 Red Line SAE 75w90 (2 Quarts).


The original Land Cruiser frame is updated with Art Morrison crafted 2"x4"x 0.180" mandrel-bent mild steel rails

utilizing state of the art bending technology to create a rigid, wrinkle-free frame rail. All accessory mounts are precision laser cut and formed to exact dimensions. Chassis-specific jig tables are used, and all welding is completed by certified welders.


Custom built 3/4 ton-1 ton Dynatrac Dana 60/44 based solid axle assemblies. 

4.09:1 ratio. 

General driveshafts, with 1310 joints, high strength steel shaft bodies.

Rear CV joint standard on FJ40 short wheelbase model.

Optional ARB front/rear locking differentials with air compressor.


Platform specific design featuring 12” true wheel travel front and rear..

Four wheel coil suspension, with triangulated four link rear, and panhard front linkage designs.

Fox Racing 2.5” Emulsion shocks, Eibach coils.

Front and rear Currie Anti-Rock sway bars.

Heavy duty Johnny joints and .250 wall 2” O.D. equal length steel control arms.

Optional Sport Suspension package upgrades to Fox Racing  2.5 Nitrogen charged shocks with remote canisters.


Sport Brake Package features Brembo designed six piston front and four piston rear calipers with dedicated parking brake calipers, 355mm front rotors, 345mm rear rotors.


Non-vented 19.6-gallon (36 G IN FJ45) powder-coated black steel fuel tank.

Mounted in the rear of the vehicle, boxed by the frame plus steel skid plate.

Stainless steel system plumbing (hard and braided lines).

Large serviceable fuel filter, in-tank fuel pump.

External frame mounted Bosch serviceable filter. In-tank sock filter.


Designed for mild power effect, and maximum control in all environments.

PSC 4 rotations (left to right) steering box.

14.7:1 mild ratio for safe high speed off-pavement control.

Nascar style alloy GM type II high efficiency pump with remote reservoir. 

Single turn steering shaft with Borgenson joint. 

One ton GM steering arms and ends.

Ididit designed custom tilt collapsible steering column.

Hellcat 16” steering wheel with spun pewter ICON lizard insert.


An all-new 5/32” thick 5052 H32 aluminum body captures the original Land Cruiser character but with even greater longevity and resistance to the elements. The body is built by hand, and finished by hand. The hood is new OEM Toyota stamped steel, and the grill is a vintage part.


BF Goodrich A/T or M/T 285/70/R18 tires standard.

ICON cast aluminum black 18” x 8” wheels.

Optional ICON f18” forged aluminum wheels.

Optional ICON 18” Old School CNC’ed aluminum wheels & hub caps.


Front : ICON Designed BULL BAR finished in black powder coat. Optional LED fog lights and Warn winch.

Rear : ICON Designed Class II tow bumper with dual pivoting carriers finished in black powder coat. Hidden locking storage lockers. Optional LED Reverse light.

DIMENSIONS (estimated)


FJ44…………………………………..17’1” (205”)

HEIGHT (all models) ………………. 6’6” (78”)

WIDTH (all models) …………..…….5’5” (65”)


FJ44……………………………....….. 9’6” (114”)

TRACK WIDTH (all models)……...…4’8.25” (56.25”)