This is How Toyota Should be Building This Truck.

And what if this could be ordered directly from any Toyota dealership in Australia? The key goals are:

  • Chassis extension to move the rear axle back by 300 mm to correct load handling issues.
  • Rear axle width correction. Narrower standard wheel track causes handing issues, especially when towing or on soft ground.
  • GVM upgrade to 3950 kgs (1540kgs front, 2500kgs rear). This means a worthwhile load can now be carried legally, while maintaining handling.
  • Vehicle remains similar to original length, so slightly modified trays can fit, and fits in a standard parking space.
  • State-wide ADR approvals in place.

We see just two drawbacks from this design change, and that is a small increased turning radius, and a marginal reduction in break-over angle. The departure angle is reduced while handling, ride on corrugations and stability are all greatly improved.

 

New car supplied by: Grand Toyota Wangara.

Some of the kit is listed below:

  • Some kit NEVER seen in Australia before. And some, never in the world before!! We will be the FIRST!
  • The chassis extension and GVM upgrade is being done in partnership with Multidrive and Terrain Tamer.
  • We are also very pleased to be working with one of Australia’s premier tray makers, Norweld.
  • Camper by Tommy Camper.
  • Electrical consultants are Klarmann Automotive Solutions.
  • Much of the build work will be done by Quickpitch.
  • Lights by Hella. Something very new here!
  • Lithium batteries – 2x 100 amp/h by Amptron. Why not a single 200 amp/hr? We will explain.
  • Nav by Garmin’s new GPS receiver called ‘Overlander’. DONE
  • DC-DC charging by Redarc. Best DC-DC chargers in the world, IMHO. DONE
  • Inverter by Redarc. How large/small is the question. DONE
  • Retro grill, sun-visor & headlight protectors from Grand Toyota Wangara. DONE
  • Fuel filter and catch-can upgrade by Terrain Tamer. DONE
  • 110L Auxiliary fuel tank ahead of rear axle by Brown Davis. DONE
  • Suspensions by Terrain Tamer. Part of GVM upgrade. DONE
  • Bar work. ARB. I hit a huge roo and the bar did its job. What more can I ask?
  • Compressor. ARB.  Double compressor with 4L tank as in the Troopy. I am now totally spoilt! DONE
  • Radio by GME. I really liked the one in the Troopy, so I’m doing that again. DONE
  • Centre and roof consoles by Dept. of the Interior. Nothing quite like them. Again, I’m spoilt. DONE
  • Seats by Recaro. We are fitting EXPERT-M seats – proper comfort in a 70-series. DONE
  • Front recovery point and radiator protection plate by ARB. DONE
  • Hot water and shower system by Quick Pitch. I’m spoilt.
  • Awning by Quick Pitch. This thing is brand new on the market, and huge!.
  • Tyres by Falken.  285/75R16 A/T. DONE
  • Clutch upgrade by Terrain Tamer. Because I’m fitting another Unichip, I must do a clutch upgrade.
  • Wheel rims: ROH. I still have the ones from my Troopy, so I’ll fit them here. DONE
  • Centre console fridge is a 15L Bushman Rodie, to work with Dept. of the Interior centre console. DONE
  • Main fridge/freezer, Snomaster.
  • Seat covers by Takla Cantek. They are making them especially for the Recaro Expert-M seats. DONE
  • Floor coverings by Takla. Unique Takmat with audio insulation.
  • Unichip by Dastek Unichip. The best. I’m spoilt. Installation: Perth Diesel Performance.
  • Wrap by Signarama, Joondalup. I’m going for a retro colour, but this time, not green.
  • Rack by Tracklander. Not sure how we are going to mount the spares, but we think – on the rack.
  • Recovery trax by Maxtrax. We are lucky enough to be able to choose the Extreme. I don’t know them.
  • Winch: IP67-rated Runva 13XP.All I do know is that word of mouth and reviews suggest they are really good. DONE
  • Audio: Deciding on the EC Vision head unit or the Alpine, with a set of Focal speakers. DONE
  • Dashcam by Dashcams Owners Australia. I will be going 4K this time. DONE
  • TPMS by Digoptions. This time with internal sensors. DONE
  • Recarc Red-Vision
  • QuickPitch installation of area behind the seats (Rear seats have been removed.)

SIT REP JAN 2020.

A brand new VDJ79 dual-cab in sandy taup was delivered in late November and to Geelong, Vic where the chassis was extended and the other items to improve handling, completed. This build will be in two parts: Chassis and body November 2019 – February 2020, then camper, May – June 2020. First trip July 2020, travel restrictions permitting.

 

Having surgery at Multidrive Technologies, Geelong, VIC.

Back onto its wheels after two days of conversion work. Its wheelbase is 300mm longer, but overall length, thanks to the Norweld tray, is just 90mm longer.

Bar work being done at my local ARB store.

 

SIT REP APRIL 2020.

Semi-lockdown due to Covid-19 has meant that progress has slowed, but not stopped.

We are expecting delivery of the Tommy Camper before end April, from the factory in VIC. It will be fitted by QuickPitch because being the WA agents for Norweld trays, they are familiar with it, and I’ve decided will be the best people to fit it locally. Then I’ll start to work with the electrical installation in the camper. The Signarama wrap is being done third week in April week, and the remaining ARB bar work to follow soon afterwards.

In Australia, in June or July, travel permissions permitting, we will be undertaking a minor trip on the Holland track to test the new Land Cruiser and camper, followed by a major expedition through the outback including Western Australia, South Australia and North Territory. In November, COVID-19 issues permitting, this Land Cruiser will be on display at the Perth 4WD show.

 

Sit Rep May 2020

The wrap is done and now at QuickPitch working on the interior rear space. The camper has arrived, and we hope to start work on that in the next week.