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2015 Toyota Landcruiser VDJ79 Single cab GXL

Discussion in 'My 4WD' started by mac_man_luke, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Got my new 79 Cruiser ute today, just in time to start kitting it out over the weekend.


    Good Points
    Reliable, Live axles, Ground clearance, V8 Diesel

    Bad Points
    Wheel track, Gearbox ratios, Leaf spring rear.

    What mods have you done?
    Will have the following shortly after delivery:
    ARB Deluxe Bull bar w/ Large tube
    Hayman Reece Towbar
    Cruise control
    Nitto trail grappler 285/70R17 on King Terra 17x8" Black steelies
    Dual battery
    Light bars etc

    What mods are on the list to do?
    Audio system (Splits, Sub, Amp, Touch screen headunit)
    3" Radflo / Remote res lift
    35" Tyres

    Why did you buy this vehicle?
    Wanted a more reliable vehicle with less to go wrong and one of the few choices available new / less than a few years old

    How often do you go offroad?
    At least once a month if not more.

    What will your next vehicle be?
    No plans to change, hopefully a keeper for the long term.
  2. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    I look forward to seeing how this ends up!!

    Good work.
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  3. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    Congrats mate
    Good times ahead for you :cool:
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  4. 80lover96gxl

    80lover96gxl Moderator

    Awesome mate, cant wait to see it on the tracks.
    Really looking forward to you letting me have a drive oneday, maybe at Terowie ;);):p:D
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  5. Les PK Ranger

    Les PK Ranger 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Great stuff Luke . . . hey, wanna swap a really neat Pajero ?? :D
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  6. Bomber2012

    Bomber2012 Well-Known Member

    Watching this build , looks great Luke
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  7. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    Yep there a nice looking unit. Could see myself in one one-day..
    All the best with it..
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  8. rob_macca67

    rob_macca67 Well-Known Member

    Is this replacing your Ford Ranger then?

    What sort of issues did u have with the Ranger..... reliability wise?
  9. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Yea its replacing my ranger.

    Ranger had a lot of build quality related issues and looked like it was going to get really expensive if i kept it any longer.
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  10. Towie

    Towie Moderator

    Nothing quite like a new car is there - exciting & have fun developing it into your own
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  11. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Yea there was not much incentive to buy used, most were dearer than i paid for a new one.
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  12. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Todays progress

    Took ages to centre/square up on the chassis, not much to measure off and the mounts were not consistently aligned.

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2016
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  13. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    You planning on any water or fuel tanks between the rails or storage?
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  14. fazz

    fazz Active Member

    Look forward to seeing the build mate
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  15. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Iv got a 70L Diesel tank and 40L water tank which i bought to put on the ranger which will fit perfectly.
    Questioning whether i need the diesel with factory 180L capacity but likely will mount it up seeing as i have it. Filler will be a little interesting to setup though.

    40L water tank is certainly going in and i might even make provisions to mount a second tank while i can seeing as there is plenty of room under the tray.

    Also going to put a drawer in the rear, i can get a good 200mm tall by the width of the chassis and about 600-800mm deep depending on tank situation.
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  16. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    I have a different tank as it is a dual cab but I put a 90l poly tank under the tray to give me 220l capacity
    I gravity feed it into the OEM tank
    With the rear storage I made mine to fit my spare which took some fiddling but sometimes carry spare in tray and store gear in there in plastic tubs

    Lots of room under the tray, you might as well make good use of it
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  17. Patrick Albrecht

    Patrick Albrecht Active Member

    Looks good Luke they are a great vehicle. Just about un breakable. Not sure on that model, the fuel solenoid used to be located under the drivers side door. (70 series 6 cylinder ) I have taken a few of the fuel lines and the solenoid out with sticks and rocks. When pushing the me scrub. May want to keep a eye on this.
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  18. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    thanks, looks like they have moved it to on top the chassis just behind the cab
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  19. akin

    akin Active Member

    Good point but they do have a Fuel cooler under the drivers seat (well on the 76 series) and hit once with a biggish branch. Did manage to bend some fins but I think it was a case of me being a dickhead more than anything else.

    Regardless nothing quite the rumble of the 1VD-FTV on song :D
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  20. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Painted up and ready to be fitted once dry so truck can be registered (and bull bar fitted)
    Still needs some tidying up and a few bits done eg checkerplate in the head board, mount water/diesel tanks, spare tyre mounts

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