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Thread: Expeditions West: FZJ80 Land Cruiser

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    Default Expeditions West: FZJ80 Land Cruiser



    As many of you know, I have long considered the FZJ80 Land Cruiser to be the pinnacle of expedition vehicles brought into the US. No other vehicle combines its reliability, durability, payload and capability.

    Despite driving them on several continents and traveling along with them on many adventures, one has never been a vehicle in the Expeditions West stable - until now. The reason for this is two-fold:

    1. They are getting old, and the window of opportunity to have one in reasonable shape is closing.

    2. Christian needed a company vehicle, and he is immune (fortunate for him) to the seductions of the Land Rover. Christian is a true Cruiser guy, and has traveled in dozens of countries in a 79 series, including Cape Town to London.

    Our original intention was to buy a bone-stock 1997, but we fell into such good fortune during a conversation with Greg from Miller Motorsports and Proffits Cruisers. They had a very clean and well maintained 1997 Collectors Edition with several credible modifications. A deal was struck, and it was driven from Salt Lake to the SEMA show and then immediately used for a serious "government" project, and then off to drive 3/4 of the Baja (all with temp plates still affixed). I am stunned by the refinement and robust nature of this 220,000 mile and 14 year-old vehicle.


    1997 Toyota FZJ80 Land Cruiser:
    Miles: 220,000
    Automatic Transmission
    Full-time and Part-time Transfer-case modified with selectable CDL and locking hubs
    Factory Locking Differentials
    ARB Front Bull Bar with 8,000lb. Warn Winch
    IPF HID Lighting
    OME Suspension with HD (and longer) springs and L shocks
    Long-Ranger Replacement Stock Tank
    Long-Ranger Auxiliary Tank
    Kaymar Rear Bumper with twin-swingouts
    295/75 R16 BFG AT tires (currently)
    New AGM group 27 battery (installed before Baja)

    The interior is completely stock, even including the 7-passenger seating. It looks like it has 60,000 miles on it. The only modification I performed before 20 days of heavy dirt and international use was twin 12v outlets in the rear cargo area. I upgraded the battery and bought a spare started - then left.

    Planned Modifications:
    Tire change for "jungle" environments
    Fridge
    Recovery kit and upgrade to synthetic rope
    Tool kit and spares kit
    Compressor
    Slee AC dryer skid
    Slee OEM hand throttle
    ARB Snorkel
    Some kind of protection for those goofy cats
    ExPo sticker
    Christian might put a few things on the roof too

    Look for more images, opinions and plans in the coming weeks, then it leaves on a serious adventure south - stay tuned

    Scott Brady
    Overland Journal
    D1 | LJ78 | LR4 | MKIII | J8 | G-Wagen |

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    Congrats on the find! Really a beautiful truck, I have a 97 CE and I think I am going to keep it forever. Even though the truck is great right out of the box it seems my list of mods never gets any shorter.

    Have fun with the build and looking forward to what you have planned.
    97 FZJ80 Factory locked with some stuff
    08 X-TERRA offroad edition (wifes rig)
    1978 FJ40

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    Congrats on the purchase. It looks like it's in great shape and I wish you all the luck with it.
    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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    Scott,
    The only thing missing in this combination is a diesel....
    Colin

    Inveniemus viam aut faciemus (Either we find the road, or we make it!)

    Desert Rat
    '07 FJC TM- Metaltech front bumper, CBI Rear swingout, OME Suspension/lift BFG AT 265-75R-16, ARB Snorkel, MAF auxiliary tank

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    Default sweeeet

    sweeeet!

    and gas is just perfect
    Harald Pietschmann

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    Protection for the cats (and the rocker panels) indicates a Hannah slider set. I love the ones I have on my 80.

    Nice buy, Scott.
    Mike S
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    Quit your job.
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    Oh man, can't wait for the build! Welcome aboard!

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    All I gots to say is, "It's about time!"
    Robert Muniz
    1993 Toyota Land Cruiser
    1971 Toyota Land Cruiser
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    haven is offline Expedition Portal Moderator Expedition Leader
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    I was just about to tell you about a white FZJ80 I found in a neighbor's garage. Original owner, all maintenance records, 78K miles, factory lockers, $7800 ... Just kidding!

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    Does someone know what is the total capacity of both tanks combined?
    Christian

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