Finally after a long wait for many viewers we have a 76 series Landcruiser on Modified!
But it was worth the wait as this is Toyota 70 series wagon is built as tough as they get and is the fastest 76 series Landcruiser in Australia, yep this diesel machine has be running 14 seconds on the quarter mile drag strips!
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This fast tough looking Landcruiser wagon is known as the Black Knight and owned by a bloke called Anthony Collins.
This entire build started after a month long journey to the outback getting away from the stress but at the same time looking for answers and working out his future after a bad mountain bike accident which left him with a badly damaged left hand which was then made worse after surgery.
While Anthony was in the outback he saw plenty of 70 series Landcruisers roaring around and decided that he wanted one!
A while later he has built a monster but at the same time setup a program reaching out to farmers in need of osteopathic treatment.
All the stickers on the vehicle represent all the companies that have helped make both the build of the 76 series wagon and the remote farmers osteopathic treatment program happen.
To get the story and the build in detail see the video below.
Vehicles factory stats (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model:Toyota 76 series LandCruiser
Engine: VDJ76 FTV, V8 Turbo Diesel
Drive train: 5 speed Manual, part time 4x4
Suspension: Solid front on coils and solid rear axle on leafs, twin locked diffs
All Accessory Lights are by X-Ray Vision Lights:
Comms & GPS:
Suspension and tyres:
· Fox Racing 2.0 with Remote Reservoirs Fully Adjustable Canisters 9 settings hard to soft
· Partsman CompRods Radius Arms
· Dobinson Coils
· EFS Leaf Sprongs 300kg Constant
· Boss Triple Bellow Air Bags
· Tyres are 6 x Maxxis Trepadors 35x12.5 R16
· Rims are 6 x ProComp 69 Series 16 x 10, -25 Offset in Matte Black
Bar work and exterior mods:
· Baguley Steel Fabrication Front Bar, Side Rails and Side
· StepsKaymar Rear Bar Twin Wheel Carrier
· ARB ¼ Trade Steel Roof Rack
· James Baroud Espace Tent, 4 x Black Maxtrax with Tyre Harness
· Tinted Windows 5%
· JMACX Offroad Solution Rear Diff housing and axles
· Bushranger Hot water Shower
· Longranger 167L Fuel Tank
· Longranger 47L Water Tank and Pump
· ARB Premium Recovery Gear, including 2 x Extension straps, 1 x Snatch Strap and 1 x Tree Protector, Chain, Snatch Blocks, U-Bolts x 5 (3 are vehicle mounted)
· Kruiser Kustoms Touring Drawers and Fridge Slide
· Department of the Interior Roof and floor consoles
· MineCorp Internal Roll Over Protection Bar work
· Fully dynamatted (sound-proofed) throughout.
Unstoppable moment in the 76 series Landcruiser:
.. On this recent trip after completing a hellish Madigan Line I took a wrong turn and ended up in deep swampy water and marsh coming into Mt Dare.
The water was over all wheels and all I could think to do was stomp the right boot down and feed it to the max. If I didn’t I couldn't see any way of getting out without flooding the vehicle.
Luckily the old girl pulled me through with the help of the extra power and the Maxxis Trepadors.
Most scary situation in the 76 landcruiser wagon:
On our trip to Fraser in March I was coming back from the tip, heading southbound and negotiating the infamous Ngkala rocks sand dunes.
This was no problem until I rounded the last bend and where the road narrowed with a steep drop off into the waves on my left and there was a vehicle bogged blocking the way out.
My only choice was to head to my left, which initially seemed wide enough, but I didn’t really take into account how much the sand would shift me side ways and I very nearly ended up in the salty water.
I managed to prevent a precarious tilt left by stopping, digging out in front of my right side tyres and placing my MaxTrax under my left side tyres. Then I locked her up and as I crept forwards she leveled out and I managed to slip through unscathed.
Very much a scary moment.
Anthony’s modification tips:
Take your time, ask questions of many people on forums etc, draw a sketch of what you want you dream vehicle to look like and it will help guide you through the often confusing process of what to add.
Choose a logical order and be very kind to your Mrs as this is going to be an expensive process. But also, take some joy out of the journey.
There’s no rush, and once it’s finished you’ll be proud of what you’ve achieved as it’ll be a close resemblance of what you set out to in the first place and also a true reflection of the man/woman that built it.
Top 3 tips with the 76 series Landcruiser:
1. ... Buy a fully sealed water cooled alternator at the earliest convenience. This is a design flaw in these vehicles and there’s no point having a fancy lift and power mods if your vehicle is stuck in a bog hole with no power to even run.
2. …. If you’re tall then buy a Workmate or GX cos you’ll get irritated by the GXL Electric window location digging into your leg constantly,
3. …. Dynamat really does make a difference to comfort and reduced driver fatigue due to road noise. Best installed when new.
Things to look out for if buying one:
Sloppy finishing buy Toyota. Check all your fittings closely for marks or sloppy finishes. You paid good money. Do this before you drive out the door.
Best mod/s you have done and why:
What made you decide to choose this vehicle?
Toyota V8 Turbo Diesel that looks and sounds like a veritable beast. I had to have it.
Best thing about the 76 series wagon:
Personally I think they look great and the shorter wheel base means that a Dyno of 200rwkw in a 76 needs to be 250 in a 79 for the same real-world speed and acceleration due to less loss of torque with shorter drive shafts.
Worst thing about the 76 series Landcruiser:
Lack of internal room as my ambitions grow.
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