BJ74 Landcruiser, Modified #58.

This BJ74 Landcruiser will be 30 years old come 2019 and 15 years of ownership will be with Russell, the owner of this old school cruiser.

That’s a fair amount of time with one vehicle, but as most modified episodes convey, these are not just vehicles. These are purpose built 4 wheelers to enable us to get to faraway places in comfort and stay there for some time. 

BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.

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This BJ74 Landcruiser is a perfect example of that. Not only are there plenty of mods, there is also as much routine in the owner the way its packed, unpacked and stored. You can tell Russell has had this vehicle for a long time and its clear to me Russell won’t be parting ways with this BJ74 Landcruiser for quite a bit longer.

This segment will show you more than just clever mods, pay close attention and you will see routine and a well thought out setup to go with it.


Vehicles Specs (NOTE* Mod details below):

Make model: Toyota BJ74 Landcruiser

Engine:         13B-T 3.4L Turbo Diesel

Drive train:    A440F Automatic Transmission (Factory), 4.59 Ratio Diffs (Up from 4.11 Factory), Front and Rear ARB Air Lockers,

Suspension:  Old Man Emu 2” Lift.


Russell's mod list for his Toyota Landcruiser BJ74:

Engine:  

  • Factory 13B-T 3.4L Turbo Diesel Engine,
  • Custom Water to Air Intercooler,
  • 15psi Boost (Up from 8psi)

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Electric upgrades:  

  • Second 24v Alternator, 
  • 3rd Battery for Auxillary Power (Power, Fridge Water Pump etc), 
  • 180w Solar Panel and Charger, 

  • 240v Caravan Plug for running in-built battery chargers, 

  • Various Temp Gauges, 

  • Wireless Remote and In Cab controls for Electric Winch,

 


Lights: 

  • Cibie Oscar and Super Oscar Spotlights with HID Upgrade Kits

 

 

Comms & GPS: 

  • 1x GME TX3500 80ch UHF

  • 1x ICOM IC-400PRO 40ch UHF
  • iPad 4th Gen (SIM) with HEMA Explorer Pro
  • Waze for City Navigation
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.

Suspension and tyres:

  • 33”x 12.5” BF Goodrich KO2’s
  • Old Man Emu 2” Suspension
  • Air Bag Man Air Bags fitted to Rear with In Cab Controls

Bar work and exterior mods: 

  • Custom Aluminium Bar from Irvin Bullbars
  • Kut Snake Wheel Arch Flares
  • Custom Roof Rack to suit FRP Roof

 

Back of the wagon: 

  • Factory Spare Wheel Carrier.
  • High Lift Jack Mounting
  • OzTrail Wheelie Bin


BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.


Recovery gear: 

  • 9,000lb High Mount Factory Electric Winch (Warn)
  • 2x Tree Trunk Straps
  • 1x Snatch Block
  • Winch Rope Damper
  • Winch Sand / Mud Anchor
  • 2x Drag Chains
  • 10m x 10T Snatch Strap
  • Various 4.5T / 6.5T Shackles

BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.
BJ74 Landcruiser, modified.


Russell's top 3 trips in the BJ74 Landcruiser.

  1. Karijini and Millstream - October 2016
  2. Perth - Brisbane - Perth  - September 2012
  3. Perth - Port Lincoln - Israelite Bay - Perth 2015


Unstoppable moment in the Toyota Landcruiser:

Beach Trip from Cervantes to Wedge Island.



Most scary situation in the BJ74 Landcruiser:

Hill climbs through Glenn Forrest Powerline Tracks.



Russell’s modification tips:

Sometimes quality is better to have than saving money

The first hole in your car is always the hardest to make

No kit ever fits like the instructions.

Online forums and Facebook pages / groups are a goldmine of information for any modifications

Keep it as legal as possible.


Things to lookout for with this model Toyota Landcruiser:

OEM parts are hard to find. Especially 24v items.

OEM parts were sourced from Landcruiser 75’s, 60’s and Hiluxes.

Auto Transmissions are expensive if drowned.

 

 

Top 3 tips with the Toyota Landcruiser:

1.      Research before purchasing. Some sellers will say kits / items fit when they don’t. Check Pages, Groups, Forums.


2.   Think outside the box when trying to source parts. Sometime non Automotive Companies can have items which are more reliable and cheaper than OEM


3.     When in doubt, give it a go.



The Modified Video.


Thanks to the following people for helping with my build:

United Parts International: https://www.unitedparts.com.au/index.html

Irvin Bullbars: https://www.irvinbullbars.com.au

Landcruiser 70 MWB Owners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/239341879600384/

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