The Toyota 80 series, one
of Australia’s favourite choice when it comes to coil sprung wagons. Flex
straight of stock form.
John has set this 80 up for long range touring and has
been using this Toyota 80 series for 13 years. Yep 13 years in one vehicle, that
says a lot.
Although John had issues with the motor 290,000 kms into the life
of the vehicle it hasn’t miss a beat since.
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Apart from the clever DIY
design on the rear this 80 series is equipped with plenty of comms even HF
This rig only has necessary
gear bolted to it. Enjoy the video and be enlightened with loads of ideas.
(NOTE* Mod details below):
Engine: 4.2l 1HDT Factory Turbo
train: Full time 4WD
lift Dobinson springs in front and 2in lift rear with 200kg constant old
man emu springs in the rear and Dobinson twin nitro charged shocks all
John's mod list for his Toyota 80 series:
the original engine but was rebuilt at 290k after the big end bearings let go
also did the injector pump and new injectors at the same time that was 160k
Twin battery using a redarc smart smart isolator, twin battery
gauge (SAAS) to monitor the two batteries. 600w 240v inverter modified
24in twin row LED light bar
for close light and two IPF driving lights with HID upgrades fitted for longer
Comms & GPS:
two Electrophone UHF cb radios and for longer comms using a Codan 9323 HF radio
that allows me to communicate upto 1200Ks and to make radio phone calls and GPS
logins to family and frends.
Three GPS’s two 7in sat navs one being a
HN7 and Xgody 704 and a basic Garmin GPS5 for waypoint work.
Suspension and tyres:
Suspension as listed above and tyres
are the Toyo open country AT2’s which are a crossover type of tyre.
Bar work and exterior mods:
Front Bullbar is the premium steel
winch and the rear swing away twin wheel carrier bar are from Powerful 4X4 made
by Rock Armour.
Roof rack is a combination of Rhino rails and a Tracklander
basket cutdown to take the ARB rooftop tent the Rhino rails allow me to mount
awning’s on both sides off the car and shovel holder.
Back of the wagon:
home made two draw system with the drawers above each other and the other side
having storage areas. Mounted on a removable shelf is the 40l fridge.
barrier with a shelf mounted off the barrier for storing camp chairs and table.
Warn 9500kg winch with steel cable,
XBull recovery boards,
Recovery kit containing 2 snatch straps 1 tree protector
1 equalizer strap 2 10m winch extension straps and long handle shovel.
Top 3 trips in the Toyota 80 series:
1. Hay river track through
the north simpson desert
2. Finke Gorge proper
west of Alice Springs
3. Googs Track
Unstoppable moment in the Toyota 80 series.
Most scary situation in the Toyota 80 series
many flooded creek’s in the Flinders Ranges including one where the road
follows the creek bed for several hundred meters only knowing the tracks
location by following star droppers. All this was after the other side of the
range had received 65mm in a couple of hours before crossing the range and
starting at our camping area.
My recommendations are to do a 2in lift, Fit a snorkel and
a 3in exhaust to help the engine to breath better and to assist with power
to lookout for with the HDJ80R:
1HDT motor fitted to the HDJ80R was known to have bad big end bearings and can
have a catastrophic failure so recommend you find out if they have been changed
over if you are unsure have them replaced as this is way cheaper than an engine
Also look for rust around the passengers footwell area and around the
sliding windows at the back.
Top 3 tips with the Toyota 80 series:
buying an 80 series go for the factory turbo model
you buy a GXL or DX model upgrade the seats to the 40th anniversary or
Sahara model way
3. If you buy a model
with the 1HDT motor for peace of mind just have new big end bearings rolled
into the motor as it can be done without removing the motor.
The Modified Video.
Thanks to the following people for
helping with my Toyota 80 series:
I would like thank a
very good friend James Ruediger for the many hours of help he has given in
rebuilding the motor in my vehicle and his mechanical skills and work to help
me keep the car on the road.