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Rebirth of a ‘67 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

Having been an auto enthusiast since he could scoot a Hot Wheels die-cast around, it was then no surprise Herbert Langlois III would own his first car even before obtaining a driver’s license.

During these same teen years is when Langlois spotted a strange Jeep on his way to school. It stood out sitting on a major street in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, surrounded by small compact cars. Since it didn’t have any notable emblems, it was hard for him to identify or even describe it when he asked his father what it might be.

After a week of driving past it, he finally had to get off the bus and take a closer look. As luck would have it, the owner spotted him admiring his tan FJ and proceeded to tell him all about it. The owner stated that his FJ was the most reliable vehicle he had ever owned and that he even drove it down from his home in Vermont. From that point on Langlois decided that one day he would own one also.

Many years later, Langlois had rebuilt and restored various autos including a ‘57 Willys CJ-5, a ‘72 Chevy K10 short bed, and an ‘89 Wrangler Sahara with SBC overdrive transmission pushing a Ford 9-inch rear and Dana 44 front diff. Langlois currently has a couple of ‘69 K10’s underway to which one was a support vehicle in the Baja 500/1000 races, and he is restoring to stock a red ‘73 FJ40 at Procision Industries located in Walpole, Massachusetts. This FJ soon earned the nickname “Little Red Riding Hood.”

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