We’ve received a lot of interest in the Flex Ventures vintage Toyota J60 Land Cruiser conversions of J80, J90 Prado Series, and J100 Series Cruisers. But Flex is a Japanese company, with its Renoca division transformation into vintage Land Cruisers only available there. Until now. The U.S. will soon see a custom shop in San Diego that will do the conversion with the Renoca pieces.
How are these Land Cruiser conversions done?
These Land Cruiser “renovations” transform both the inside and outside of J80, J90, and J100 Series Cruisers with retro bits that have struck a chord. What makes this so appealing is with the later J80, J90, and J100, you get the look, while at the same time you get a better ride, handling, and more room inside. Plus, it’s a lot easier finding an unmolested later Land Cruiser than one of the vintage originals.
The grilles (in either black or chrome) and round headlights look like they’re straight off of a J60 Series because they are real OEM components. In some cases, the hood and front fenders are also new metal units to tie into the retro components.
Square headlights for the 106 are an option. All versions get new bumpers, in keeping with the looks of the J60 SUVs. Side mirrors can be spec’d for either chrome or paint, and nine different wheel designs are offered as well. These include the painted steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps.
Does Renoca change the cabins?
The J80 Series renovation is called the “Wonder”, and the J100 Series makeover is called the “106”. Inside the cabin, the seat materials and fabrics can be changed up to reflect more of a vintage look. Wood rim steering wheels for FJ80 conversions, and aftermarket touchscreens and infotainment systems are also options.
Renoca will also offer the typical off-road lift kits, roof racks, and so on. There are also a wide array of paint colors and two-tone breakups to make a truly unique Cruiser. And you can see how these components and options look with a configurator on the website.
Where can you get the conversion done in the U.S.?
Currently, only conversions of Toyota’s Land Cruiser, Hi Ace and Town Ace vans, and Euro Box wagons are being done in Japan. But Renoca says that it wants to expand past those two models for the U.S. Especially since neither of the current models of those two vehicles is sold by Toyota in the U.S., that might be a good idea.
Supposedly, they’re looking into conversions for Toyota Tacoma pickups, which it hopes to launch early next year. It plans on opening the San Diego custom shop in December. No prices have been announced, but going by prices in Japan, we can give you a ballpark idea.
The Wonder version of the Land Cruiser conversion sells in Japan for between $22,500 and $28,300. That’s still cheaper than an original Land Cruiser.