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Turing a legend into an Icon.
Introducing the Icon By TLC Inc.

TLC Icon

Throughout the history of 4x4's there are only a few that earned the right to be called legendary.  The original FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser was one of the few to earn this title with character, simplicity and genuine utility that continued production through three decades from 1958 to 1983.   Today there are many who treasure the original FJ40's and restore them to their original beauty and functionality.  Along with the love for the original Toyota Land Cruisers, came companies who proudly restore and build varying degrees of custom Land Cruisers for their customers.  Then there are companies who take it to a whole new level.  TLC Inc. in Van Nuys California is one of those companies who took their love for the original FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser and created a whole new animal.  The TLC Icon.  In a world of custom 4x4's there are some vehicles that stand out from the crowd and the TLC Icon does just that.  The Icon takes the best of the classic designs of the Toyota Land Cruiser and balances it with modern performance to create a hand crafted, custom designed 4x4 vehicle that retains the best of the legendary FJ40 Land Cruiser built on proven modern systems and highly desirable components.

The Icon has an impressive driveline, getting it's power from the venerable GM crate fuel-injected Ram Jet V8.  Its heavy-duty, New Process, One Ton five-speed transmission and purpose-built Atlas dual-stick transfer case apply power are well suited on both the highway, cruising at 2200 RPM @ 70 MPH, as well as on the trail  with a 87:1 crawl ratio.  The Icon uses Dynatrac Dana 60/44 custom-built axle assemblies for easy maintenance and proven durability, complimented by four-wheel power disc brakes and ARB Air Lockers.  All of the Icon's systems are easily serviced with common parts that are readily available almost anywhere.

The full list of specification of this vehicle is quite impressive.  It's obvious that a lot of planning and design went into the development of the TLC Icon.  It's also obvious that TLC Inc. knows Land Cruisers.  The Icon is built by hand in California by dedicated craftsmen in very low volume and availability is limited.   If you are interested in the Icon by TLC Inc., please contact directly or visit one of their websites for more information. Contact info at the bottom of this page.


TLC Icon Specifications

The Icon's all-new Ram Jet 350 V8 uses state-of-the-art components developed by GM to give you all of the benefits of modern electronic engine management. Its cutting-edge electronic port fuel-injection system is designed for power, efficiency and ease of maintenance. Its Vortec heads with roller rockers provide smooth RPM response throughout its wide power band. Its air to fuel ratios are ideal under even the most extreme conditions providing superior cold starts and hot starts. Throttle response, power and drivability are always exceptional. And its oxygen sensor circuit and sealed fuel system provide responsible fuel efficiency and are easy on the environment.

General Motors' crate-performance Ram Jet 5.7 350 V8 350 HP / 400 TRQ
Displacement  . . . . . . . . . .  349.7 ci
Bore:  . . . . . . . . . .  4.00-inch
Stroke:  . . . . . . . . . .  3.48-inch
Compression ratio:  . . . . . . . . . .  9.4:1
Block:  . . . . . . . . . .  Cast-iron, two-bolt main
Cylinder heads:  . . . . . . . . . .  Cast-iron Vortec with 1.94/1.50-inch valves; 63cc chambers
Crankshaft:  . . . . . . . . . .  Cast-iron one-piece rear-main seal
Connecting rods:  . . . . . . . . . .  5.7-inch forged powdered-metal with 3/8-inch bolts
Pistons:  . . . . . . . . . .  Cast aluminum
Camshaft:  . . . . . . . . . .  GM PN 14097395 hydraulic roller; 196/205 degrees duration at 0.050 inch tappet lift, 0.460/0.481-inch lift (with 1.6:1 rockers)
Rocker arms:  . . . . . . . . . .  1.6:1 roller
Timing chain:  . . . . . . . . . .  Single roller

Optional Engines: Bio-diesel model, 435HP 383 V8

GM HEI electronic ignition with Jacob Performance ceramic and silicone plug wire set.
Cad designed to isolate vibration.
Purpose-built alloy cross-flow radiator with GM fan clutch and hand-crafted steel shroud.
Sanderson cast iron manifolds flow into a custom single exit 2.5” aluminized steel exhaust system.
State of the art engine accessory package utilizes a serpentine belt to spin a 140 AMP alternator, high-efficiency Sanden R134-A A/C compressor and a GM type II power steering pump.


Full syncro 1-ton NV4500 five-speed transmission
at home on the trail or highway.


New process new Venture 4500 Heavy Duty Five Speed

Synchronization  . . . . . . . . . .  All Gears
Main Case  . . . . . . . . . .  Cast iron
Shift Cover  . . . . . . . . . .  Aluminum alloy
Gear Bearing  . . . . . . . . . .  Caged roller
Main Shaft Pilot  . . . . . . . . . .  Straight roller
Lubrication  . . . . . . . . . .  Syntorq LT Synthetic 75w85 gear lubricant
Support Bearing  . . . . . . . . . .  Timken tapered roller
Input Thrust  . . . . . . . . . .  Flat thrust bearing assembly
Dry Weight  . . . . . . . . . .  195 pounds
Rated Gross Vehicle Weight  . . . . . . . . . .  HD: 16,000 pounds
Rated Gross Combined Weight  . . . . . . . . . .  HD: 21,000 pounds
Torque Rating  . . . . . . . . . .  HD: 460 lb.-ft.
Oil Capacity Transmission Only  . . . . . . . . . .  4.5 quarts
PTO  . . . . . . . . . .  Standard 6 bolt on each side
HD Input Shaft  . . . . . . . . . .  1-1/4" 10 spline with .750" pilot tip diameter
4x4 Output Shaft  . . . . . . . . . .  HD: 29 spline
Gear ratios:  
1st  . . . . . . . . . .  5.61:1
2nd  . . . . . . . . . .  3.04:1
3rd  . . . . . . . . . .  1.67:1
4th  . . . . . . . . . .  1.00:1
5th  . . . . . . . . . .  75:1
Reverse  . . . . . . . . . .  5.04:1

Hydraulic system. Mcleod precision 12” clutch. CNC Nascar specification alloy clutch master. Mcleod slave cylinder. Stainless steel flex hose.

Purpose-built Atlas II transfer case is competition proven and freeway friendly. The Advance Adapter's Atlas II 3.8:1 low range (5.0:1 option available) 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. And twin stick controls allow individual front and rear axle control.

Material: Heat-Treated Aluminum Alloy
Overall length: 13.8
Weight: 110 lbs. (dry)

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: 3.8:1 or 5.0:1
High Range: 1:1

Oil Type: Synthetic Gear Oil - MT90 Red Line SAE 75w90 (3.5 Quarts)


The Icon's frame is based on the original, solid Land Cruiser double C-channel boxed frame construction, reinforced, modified and powder coated by TLC to enhance rigidity, ride quality, and durability.

Custom built 3/4 ton-1 ton Dynatrac Dana 60/44 based assemblies.
4.09:1 ratio, limited slip standard.
ARB front/rear lockers optional.

Special-engineered ARB Dakar / EMU components.
Enhanced wheelbase with extended rear springs,
polyurethane bushings with greasable pins and anti-inversion shackles,
Old Man Emu gas shocks,
Custom reversed U-bolt axle hangars for high clearance.

Common US parts based four-wheel, slotted and vented, power assisted disc brakes.
Dual diaphragm booster with GM style master cylinder.
Stainless steel flex lines.

Isolated to rear brakes by shrouded stainless cable.
Stainless steel floor actuator with dash warning light.

Custom fuel system with powder coated, steel, 18-gallon fuel tank in the rear, boxed by the
frame. In-tank fuel pump and steel fuel tank skid plate.

Designed and built by JE Reel.
1310 U joints.
New high strength steel shaft bodies.
Rear CV joint.

Designed for mild power effect, and maximum control in all environments.
AGR stage Four (4 rotations left to right) steering box, aircraft Aero-quip hoses, inline magnetic particulate filter, Nascar style alloy GM type II high efficiency pump with integral reservoir.
Industrial 17” black powder coat three spoke steering wheel. Ididit designed custom tilt
collapsible steering column.
Single turn steering shaft with Borgenson joint.
One ton GM steering arms and ends.

We used the latest, most reliable components to make sure the Icon's electrical systems are tough enough to stand up to the harshest environments. Components selected include Painless Performance switches and wiring harness with sealed micro blade fuse panel, cross-link wire and waterproof triple seal connectors.

Submersible high beam floor switch.
Halogen H-4 85/120W headlights with integrated LED turn and running lights.

Domed head knurled edge stainless steel dash control knobs with engraved and hand painted vintage font for function identification.

Custom Westach gauges in smooth or optional hand finished machine turned aluminum panel. Matched glove box face with lock.


140 AMP single wire alternator.

Optima battery.

An all-new steel and 5052 H32 aluminum body designed by TLC captures the original Land Cruiser character but with even greater longevity and resistance to the elements.

Innovative textured epoxy, polymer-based, marine powder coat finish offers aircraft quality surface protection and easy maintenance. Traditional automotive finishes are also

Line-X heat-cured, polyurethane coating provides further corrosion protection and vibration isolation for underside of body and cabin floor surfaces.

Versatile, soft-top tailored in high-quality, black, three-ply German canvas over steel, custom-built, powder coated frame structure. Removable window panels.

Choose Teflon coated 16" American Racing alloy wheels or vintage Cruiser 15" steel wheels with hubcaps on BF Goodrich A/T or M/T tires.

Traditional light housings hide modern halogen headlights with integral LED driving and turn signal indicators.

Optional Kaymar rear bumper isolates spare tire carrier from the body and provides a class-two tow-receiver rated up to 3,500 lbs.

Optional front ARB steel front bumper provides protection and presence, with room for a winch.

The interior of the Icon is as comfortable as it is functional. And that's saying a lot.

Collapsible tilt steering column by Ididit for improved ergonomics and safety mated to a no nonsense 17" industrial waterproof steering wheel.

Optional front seat heat. Seating for four with three point seatbelts for all. Front seats hinge forward for eased rear access. Tuck and tumble or remove rear seat with ease.


Aircraft-design inspired Westach gauges. LED illumination and indicators.

Modern Hurricane R-134A heat defrost and A/C system.

Large locking steel center console with hidden stereo compartment.

Custom-knurled, stainless-steel dash knobs. Exposed stainless-steel body hardware. Cabin floor and underside coated in tough Line-X polyurethane. Optional machine-turned, damasked dash panel set.

12V power port in dash and cargo area.
Large locking steel Tuffy security console.
Additional storage compartment hidden in tailgate.

We've strived to make the Icon as safe as possible even in the most inhospitable environments.

Reconfigured seating positions for four with three-point seat belts for all offer improved ergonomics and safety.

Collapsible tilt steering column design by Ididit provides improved protection.

Vintage FJ40 steel bumpers or optional ARB front Bull bar (winch compatible) and Kaymar rear dual pivot class two tow bumper.

US parts based, power-assisted, four-wheel, slotted and vented disc brakes exceed Government rating.
Dual diaphragm booster with GM style master cylinder. Stainless steel flex lines.

Isolated to rear brakes by shrouded stainless cable.
Stainless steel floor actuator with dash warning light.

Original high strength double C-channel frame is enhanced with further structural improvements to gain in safety and performance, then powder coated for a durable finish.

Steel fuel tank is isolated from the interior and moved to the rear of the vehicle, boxed by the frame and a steel skid plate.

LENGTH 13’2” (158”)
HEIGHT 6’6” (78”)
WIDTH 5’5” (65”)
WHEELBASE 7’6” (92”)
TRACK WIDTH 4’8.25” (56.25”)

We built the Icon with the premise that the people who spend the most time in wild places have the greatest interest in preserving them.  So the Icon is built with a sense of the environment and recycling responsibly. The Icon emits less harmful emissions in a day full of stop and go driving than the original Land Cruiser did idling in a parking lot. Its modern drive train design provides more than triple the horsepower and double the torque of the original Cruiser while reducing emissions and increasing efficiency thanks to its intelligent gearing, modern fuel injection system, oxygen sensor circuit and sealed fuel system. We further reduce environmental impact by recycling an older vehicle instead of producing a new one. No CFCs or VOCs are emitted in the production of the Icon. TLC remains committed to the development of diesel, bio-diesel and electric drivetrain designs. We are actively engaging partners in those industries and intend to expand our offerings in the near future.

Because the Icon is built by hand, we can assure you that no two will be exactly the same. We are pleased to be able to provide a wide range of options, including but not limited to:

  • Machine-turned, damasked dash panel set.

  • Heated front seats.

  • Seating textiles: Choose from standard marine vinyl or optional Chilewich, designer-woven, vinyl seat upholstery with Chilewich, rubber-backed, matching floor mats.

  • Audio packages (AM/FM/CD/IPOD/GPS/Satellite radio).

  • Warn Winch and recovery gear.

  • 5.0:1 transfer case low range gearing.

  • Wheels & Tires -BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KO or All Terrain KO tires. 285/75/R16 mounted on American Racing Teflon coated 16” wheels or 33x10.5R15 tires on stock vintage Toyota 15” steel wheels with hub caps.

  • ARB locking differential(s) with air compressor.

  • Kaymar rear bumper which isolates spare tire carrier from the body and provides a class-two tow-receiver rated up to 3,500 lbs.

  • Optional front ARB steel front bumper provides protection and presence, with room for optional winch.

  • Special design needs or requests invited.

The Icon is built by hand in California by dedicated craftsmen in very low volume. Availability is limited. Please inquire.

TLC Inc.
14743 Oxnard St
Van Nuys CA USA 91411
Phone: 818-785-2200
Fax: 818-785-2209
Email: info (at) The Official TLC Icon website Catering specifically to the FJ Cruiser community Toyota Land Cruiser Service and Restoration.  From a basic oil change to a full body-off restorations. From the ultimate off-road suspension to premium sound systems. All stock or highly modified. Specializing in high end new Zircon steel bodies and body parts for FJ40 and FJ45 models.

©2005 TLC, Inc. Specifications subject to change without notice. Buckle up and respectfully enjoy the planet. Toyota Land Cruiser is a registered trademark of the Toyota Corporation. No affiliation exists between TLC and Toyota. Icon is a registered trademark of TLC corporation. All trademarked names are the property of their respective companies.


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