could very well be the best and most epic setup Custom 80 series Landcruiser
you will ever see. So much planning, work, time and passion has been invested
into this beautiful build.
Marcus is an ultimate ideas man and has come up with
not only a very capable custom 80 series Landcruiser, but also a home away from
his home in Germany.
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This 80 series Landcruiser is taking Marcus
and his wife Lexi around Australia for the second time in 18 years.
visit was way back in the late 90’s early 2000 and this time they are traveling
around Australia again and taking their time with their well-equipped Custom 80
We caught up with Marcus and his wife in
W.A. 5000km’s into their adventure, by now they will be well and truly in the
Northern Territory on the way to Queensland.
Check out the 45min+ detailed video on this
epic build at the bottom of the page.
Vehicles factory stats (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Toyota Custom 80 series Landcruiser.
Engine: 4.2 l 1HD-T
Drive train: Constant 4wd, Automatic, Twin Locked Diffs (aftermarket).
Suspension: Coils front and
Marcus’s mod list for his Toyota Custom 80 series Landcruiser:
Top mounted Intercooler
Gauges for sub
tanks, oil temperature in engine and auto, voltmeter and outside temperature,
turbo boost and exhaust temp
for intercooler and oil cooler automatic
24 V starter
motor change for a 12 V starter motor (European version runs on 12 V but starts
Hand held GME UHF
extension 500 mm
extended drive shaft for the rear
original drive shaft in the front
axle housings with new brakes
automatic box with Upgrade from Whole Sales Automatics
Airlockers front and rear
ratio in the diff 5.29:1
CVs made of chrome moly
duty OME with 50 mm lift
Air Bags in the rear springs
Dog big bore adjustable shocks
STT 3.25/85R16 or 37x15R16 on Toyota original Aluminium rims
the wheelhouse to make room for the 37’ tires
Bar work and exterior
· Aluminium bulbar,
In the bulbar left and right from the
winch are little storage compartments.
Centre console steel for Dragon Winch
9500 with synthetic rope
custom made aluminium diesel tanks, 2 with 125L each, 1 with 70 L, total of 320 L diesel; the big tanks can be shifted from the inside of the truck, the small
one must be pumped
custom made aluminium water tank with 70 L for showering etc.
All tanks are underneath the truck, fitted in the frame.
80series Landcruiser to a 2 seater with extra steel supports welded into the
roof rack made of aluminum and strong beehive sandwich plates
In the driver’s cabin:
made fridge and freezer as middle console. The compressor for the fridge is
under the driver’s seat
console for little things
boost pressure, exhaust temperature gauge, engine oil temperature, automatic
oil temperature, voltage and outside temperature. In the middle console are
gauges for sub tanks, the gauges and controls for the Poly Air airbags and
switches for the ARB lockers
control for the winch
made aluminium frame with integrated storage box. The box holds a 15hp Honda
outboard engine, fishing gear, recovery gear and outdoor cooking gear.
the tray are additional 2 small storage boxes
cabin with a pop up roof
frame is made out of welded aluminum with sandwich plates
50l PVC water tanks
water filtration system
is made out of HPL coated lightweight plywood
custom made fridge
100 AMPs AGM battery
solar cells, 100W each, charging also the two front batteries. 2 solar cells are mobile with an extension cord.
frame in the rear wall of the cabin for an extra spare wheel – if needed
in the cabin: Osram LED lamps and 1 all around LED light strip
lights: 3 LED light strips all around the cabin
matrasses covered in real Alcantara
pack bags, 2 each left and right, made from Alcantara for doonas, towels, etc.
as back support when seating
sand boards fitted to the back of the cabin
made box trailer, steel frame with aluminum plates
is carried on the top. Top pops up for easier access to the trailer.
suspension with 80 series coil springs, OME shocks from a Prado, all bushes
from a 75 series Landcruiser
tires 37’x12.5x16 on original Toyota aluminum rim
brake system with extra hand brake cable
custom made aluminum tank for petrol for the quad and the tinnie
In- & outside the trailer:
aluminum tinnie, 3,70 m long
slip trailer, portable
wheels for the quad are used for the trailer
spare wheel Maxxis
parts for the trailer
for the tinnie
Maxtrax mounted onto the trailer
Aluminium sand ladders
Marcus’s top 3 trips
in the Custom 80 series Landcruiser:
- This is a brand new truck but with the other
80 series in Germany we travelled a lot in Algeria, Libya and Tunesia.
- One big trip with our old 75 series was to
Australia, New Zealand, Central America, North-America, Canada and Alaska
Unstoppable moment in
the Custom 80 series Landcruiser:
Our current trip here in Australia.
Most scary situation
in the Custom 80 series Landcruiser:
None so far, knock on
Top 3 tips with 80
1. Make sure you
run great suspension
2. Sub tanks
for the range
locks – and no original Toyota diff locks as one never go in if needed and the
never go out if not needed.
Things to look out for if buying one:
When I buy an 80 series it is most times not so well in shape
because when I go through it, I make everything new or rebuild all the parts.
Then you really know what you have.
Generally you should look out for a smooth engine sound and that
is not always a question of mileage.
It is important that the injectors are
well maintained and the best thing is, put new ones in at 200.000 km,
especially for the 24 valve version. The engine can still run nice even with a
little hole in a piston and that comes from bad injectors.
The gearbox is most
of the times fine. Every car with high mileage that we have had in the work shop had
to have the axles rebuilt. It is surprising how good they sometimes drive even
if all seals and bearings are stuffed!
Best 3 mod/s you have done
Frame Extension by 500mm, travel comfort on rough tracks or
corrugation is really good with a normal 80 series but the longer wheelbase
makes it way smoother (scary smooth!). There is a big danger of going to fast!
Conversion to Ute. Gives one much more space, especially if you
want to build a camper.
Good suspension upgrade.
Gives you much more comfort and a bigger load range.
What made you decide to
choose this vehicle?
It is a very good base, travels well, very reliable. If something
happens it is not falling apart straight away, it rattles a long time before it
Best thing about the Custom 80 series Landcruiser:
The whole concept is made for our purposes and works very well so
Worst thing about the Custom 80 series:
differential was the biggest stupidity from Toyota. Building a constant 4WD and
making the front diff smaller then the rear diff….
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