Brett couldn’t resist the allure of Toyota’s V8 turbo-diesel. He found one with a Land Cruiser attached and reckons buying it was the best decision he’s ever made.
Brett cut his 4X4 teeth on Nissan Patrols, and had a Patrol parked in the drive for six years before he bought the Cruiser.
So does he miss the Patrol?
Well “miss” may not be the right word, but the 76 Series Cruiser does remind him of the old GQ Patrol he owned and loved. Of course the Cruiser is a lot newer and under that huge expanse of bonnet sits a 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel: the GQ ain’t got one of those!
Brett’s ‘improved’ his Cruiser’s performance by fitting a DPU performance module and fitting a 3″ straight through exhaust. The V8 now breathes fresh air through a 4″ snorkel.
The rest of the drivetrain is factory stock, and being a GXL that means it has a pair of lockers fitted at the factory.
There’s a colour-coded ARB Deluxe winch bar protecting the front sheet metal and Brett’s had it modded to fit a Warn High Mount winch. A pair of 9″ spotties are mounted on the bar and the ARB foglights have been replaced with small, but powerful, LED units.
Colour-coded scrub bars and side steps, protect the front guards and sills.
Out the back is an XLR8 Fabrication’s custom full-plate rear winch bar, fitted with a single wheel and dual jerry can swing out carriers. This bar is home to a Warn XD9000 electric winch.
Brett is running 35″ Toyo Open Country muddies on 16″ Allied Savannah Beadlock rims. Running 35s on a 76 Series doesn’t involve re-engineering the suspension and in this case a modest 2″ lift was achieved using an EFS suspension kit.
A rear drawer system and false floor setup – with the second row seats removed – increase the Cruiser’s storage capacity significantly. Brett consider’s it “the ideal Tourer” and finds that his current setup is perfect for solo touring and hitting the harder tracks on the weekends.
In Brett’s own words, “there isn’t much this weapon can’t do!”
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