Starting with a custom frame, Redline sourced a custom extended length cab aluminum FJ-45 pick up aluminum body from Aqualu and added factory Toyota steel for the bib, hood, doors, and bezel. The bed is also custom aluminum. As I mentioned the main color is OEM Free Born Red with Cygnus white for the bezel, OEM wheels, and roof.
The LC sits on factory disc-brake wheels and new OEM hubcaps, with 33X10.5 15” Toyo Mud Terrain shoes. Redline built a custom steering shaft and Ididit column mated to a AGR 4-turn power steering box to ensure easy drivability. For suspension, they used a standard Old Man Emu 2.5” lift kit to make sure the truck has adequate clearance for tires and any trails the owner wants to explore. Axles are stock FJ-45 with ARB air lockers front & rear, with a NV4500 Manual 5 speed and Orion transfer case with 4-to-1 low range. The customer wanted plenty of power so Redline dropped a Ramjet 350 into Snowflake that produces 350hp and 350 ft/lbs of torque.
While the mechanicals of this truck are impressive, my favorite part about this build is the attention to detail on the interior. Some purists may want all-original interior bits, while others want to go ultra-modern. Redline has a perfect formula for building custom interiors that matches classic form with modern function.
Justin sourced electric heated seats from a 2006 4Runner, but re-covered them in leather with red stitching to tie everything together. The custom center console hides all heat and A/C components and includes custom knobs hand-made at the shop. The ‘modern hot rod’ concept is carried to the dash with a mix of classic gauges and a modern Nav/XM/Bluetooth audio system. The speakers are hidden under the seats to allow for plenty of great tunes without impacting the interior aesthetic.
The bed includes a fold & tumble rear seat for carrying the kids, and is lined for easy cleaning. The build includes a custom rear soft top and custom Redline bows. This setup mimics early factory soft tops for the 25-40 series Land Cruiser, and is completely removable. The sides & rear also unzip and roll-up to create an open cabin feel for rear passengers. The rear tire is mounted vertical in homage to early FJ-25 series, but inside the bed for a clean exterior.
Everything about Snowflake screams modern classic. This truck has the form and function of a classic Land Cruiser, and the fit and finish of a truly custom build. While this FJ-45 is now home and out of sight, Redline continues to knock out amazing restorations as well as modern builds. We’re excited they’re so close to TCT Magazine World HQ!
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