Toyota Land Cruiser Specialists (TLC) has taken its restoration business a step further and started offering its own line of FJ40 Land Cruiser-based vehicles called the Icon. Recently, one of the Icons received an optional 2.8L International diesel engine that combines great fuel economy and torque wrapped in a classic package. Since the FJ40 was never available with a diesel engine in the U.S., the Icon gives Land Cruiser lovers the diesel they never had. Called the Biocon for its ability to run on B100 biodiesel, we decided to take a closer look at what makes this clean Cruiser tick. A differentiation must be made between a restored vehicle and one that is basically built from the ground up. The only actual stock part on the TLC Icon is a '60-'78 frame, and even that is reinforced, modified, and then powdercoated. Suspension mounts are also revised to stretch the wheelbase, improving weight distribution. Every other part on the vehicle is custom built, including the entire body, suspension, powertrain, electrical system, and interior. In addition to the frame modifications, the floorpan of the vehicle is changed to make more usable space. The vehicles are assembled by a six-man team one at a time at TLC in Van Nuys, California. While TLC also restores older vehicles, the Biocon uses virtually all new parts to practically make it a brand-new vehicle. Installation of the turbocharged and intercooled 2.8L diesel is very well packaged. With 276 lb-ft of torque at only 1,400 rpm, crawling along is not a problem. Installation of the turbocharged and intercooled 2.8L diesel is very well packaged. With 2 This is no normal restoration. All parts used on the Biocon are brand new, not refurbished originals. This is no normal restoration. All parts used on the Biocon are brand new, not refurbished These Land Cruisers are so custom they even get their own name badge. Suspension upgrades include Old Man Emu leaf springs from Australia, nitrogen-charged shocks, and poly bushings. The rear leaf springs are 1/4 inches longer than the original design for improved ride and performance. Suspension upgrades include Old Man Emu leaf springs from Australia, nitrogen-charged shoc The interior can be custom ordered with any number of custom options and hides many high-tech features; Ididit helped design a stock-appearing collapsible tilt steering column, and the console hides an Alpine CD XM/AM/FM/iPod stereo, with four Infinity Kappa speakers integrated into the body structure. The interior can be custom ordered with any number of custom options and hides many high-t The resulting product of all this effort is one that truly embodies the feel of the original FJ40, while offering improved seating, braking, power, fuel economy, and a more comfortable ride. With the 2.8L diesel installed, it's said to get 25-30 mpg and runs at an easy 2,200 rpm at 70 mph. Not only is it biodiesel capable but TLC has been running B100 fuel since day one in this vehicle. The fuel system was actually designed with bio fuel in mind to put an Earth-friendly twist on four-wheeling. The end product of all this effort is very impressive; with the 2.8L diesel swap in the vehicle, it has almost everything you could ask for: fuel efficiency, off-road capability, a classic look, and modern performance and driveability. Getting your own custom, handbuilt Biocon doesn't come cheap though. The diesel model has a starting price (which is basically fully loaded) of $92,500, which will reserve it for only the most hard-core enthusiasts. This is the "Old School" version of the Biocon; a second styling package is also available with an ARB Bull Bar, Kaymar dual pivot Class II rear bumper, and American Racing Teflon-coated alloy wheels. This is the "Old School" version of the Biocon; a second styling package is also available The seats are covered in highly durable cloth from Mercedes and are also heated! Hard to believe, but this body is completely custom built out of aluminum. Important changes increase rigidity and add legroom for both front and rear occupants while still maintaining the stock look and feel of a Land Cruiser. Hard to believe, but this body is completely custom built out of aluminum. Important chang Part of the new/old theme, the original feel of the Land Cruiser is maintained while adding new comforts, such as cupholders. Part of the new/old theme, the original feel of the Land Cruiser is maintained while addin SOURCES TLC www.tlc4x4.com Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!