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.
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!
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
Suspension: Solid front on coils and solid rear axle
on leafs, twin locked diffs.
mod list for his 76 series Landcruiser:
GTurbo Red Wheel
2”GSL Crossover Pipe
4” GSL Stainless Steel Exhaust
5” GSL Dump Pipe
GSL Stainless Plenum and intake
PWR Front Mounted Intercooler
Custom AirBox and Custom 4” forward facing Stainless
Steel Snorkel with K&N Filter
Fuel Manager Secondary Fuel Filter
Optima Yellow Top Battery
HiTech Brass Core Radiator
Revolution Power Australia 60ah Lithium Batter
RedArc Boost/EGT/Dual Battery Gauges
RedArc 1000W Inverter
RedArc BCDC Lithium Battery Charger
VMS Offroad Double Din Multi-Media Head Unit
EHarrop Front and Rear Lockers
Accessory Lights are by X-Ray Vision Lights:
Facing Roof Lights: Middle 3 are Spot Quad-Optic 175 Series, Outer 2 are
175 Series Spread
Mounted Lights: 2 x 220 Series HID SpotLights, 1 x Quad Optic Light
Bar, and Down Low on Bull Bar is a single 3W Slim Line LED light bar.
accessory Camp lighting around roof line between roof rack and roof are 7 x
3W Slim Line LED Light Bars. Headlights are HID Projectors.
Bull Bar Mounted Antennae = GME 1 x 6.6dbi and 1 x
2 x GME 4500WS Radios
1 x Satellite Phone Extreme
1 x GME Personal Locator Beacon
Suspension and tyres:
Fox Racing 2.0
with Remote Reservoirs Fully Adjustable Canisters 9 settings hard to soft
CompRods Radius Arms
EFS Leaf Sprongs
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:
Fabrication Front Bar, Side Rails and Side
Bar Twin Wheel Carrier
ARB ¼ Trade
Steel Roof Rack
Espace Tent, 4 x Black Maxtrax with Tyre Harness
Solution Rear Diff housing and axles
Water Tank and Pump
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)
Touring Drawers and Fridge Slide
the Interior Roof and floor consoles
Internal Roll Over Protection Bar work
top 3 trips in the 76 series landcruiser:
14,500 Coast to Coast trip including great
tracks and sights such as The Madigan Line through The Simpson Desert, The
Gun-Barrel Highway, Steep Point,
The Pilbara inc Kirinjari NP, The Gibb
River Road, The Tanami, Strezlecki and Oodnadatta Tracks
Darling River Track, Paroo River Track and Mutwinji NP
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
Dynamat really does make a difference to comfort and reduced driver fatigue due
to road noise. Best installed when new.
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.
mod/s you have done and why:
… Sealed Alternator. Reasons above.
… Performance Mods - Because it seriously pulls
hard and I have a heavy vehicle and need the extra power.
… Personally Designed Snorkel - because it really
gave my vehicle a personal touch and I’m really proud of it.
made you decide to choose this vehicle?
Toyota V8 Turbo Diesel that looks and sounds like a
veritable beast. I had to have it.
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