JB’s Original 80: The Other 1996 LandCruiser Off-Roader

JB’s Original 80: The Other 1996 LandCruiser Off-Roader

  • Model 80 Series LandCruiser

  • Engine Type 4.5-litre

  • Transmission Type 3-Speed Auto

  • Classification Off-Roader

That bloke in the hat is JB and he heads up the 4X4 Adventure Club. He doesn’t have a beard, hates tight pants and all of his shirts have sleeves.

And that right there is a brace of compelling reasons to tune into channel 31 and watch JB lead his fellow club members astray, on some of the toughest 4X4 tracks in the country.

348006367361150080 - Photo 696This particular 80 is one of two that JB owns and it’s the one that was there when the 4X4 Adventure Club first got off the ground. It’s since been relegated to workhorse duties and ‘White Tornado’ has taken the limelight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious bit of kit – far from it.

The Green Machine is powered by Toyota’s 4.5-litre petrol straight six. Tough as nails and thirstier than a tradie at 5pm on a Friday, JB has it set up to run on petrol or gas, to help keep a lid on the running costs.

348006367361150080 - Photo 59JB prefers to run 33″ muddies when hitting the tracks and there’s plenty of room for them, thanks to a 3″ suspension lift that uses OME shocks and Proride springs.

A pair of ARB air-lockers do their bit to make the Green Machine virtually unstoppable.

348006367361150080 - 177028_4279057047904_1245974092_oJB’s kept the bar work to a minimum on this 80 and runs with an ECB steel winch bar and a Kamar rear wheel carrier. The ECB is fitted with a Warn XD9000P winch, because you never know when you’ll run into someone on the tracks that needs your help.

4X4 Adventure Club sponsors Full Boar Fourbie Drawers put together a custom twin drawer unit for JB, which is where he keeps the recovery kit and cooking and camping gear.

348006367361150080 - 580466_534650806592924_1499997941_nThe Green Machine doesn’t get out so much anymore, but it does cover for the white 80 when it’s in for a service.

If you want to see JB and his 80s in action, tune in to Channel 31 or Digital 44 and see what the 4X4 Adventure Club are getting up to in the second series of their show.

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