We have a lot of love for the 70 series, a vehicle I consider to be one of the best overland platforms ever constructed. In late2011, our team began searching for a 70 series that would serve as a personnel hauler and adventure vehicle to augment our staff vehicles. There are a few challenges in doing this, principally the rarity of these vehicles in the US. The other challenge is the expansive model line-up that spans 25+ years and dozens of models. We are currently using two 78s for an around-the-world expedition, but I wanted something slightly more civilized for daily transport. This led our search to the first generation Prado Land Cruiser, which was based on both the 70 seriesand HiLux platforms. We selected an LJ78 SX, which is the long-wheelbase variant.
The staff is exited about the new project, which we intend to take slow and with purpose.* This truck is already an excellent exploration platform, so modifications will be limited and hopefully enhance the overall usability and performance. Look for detailed editorial on each step of the process.
A ton more images and more detail on the home page article HERE:
We would also appreciate any insights from current owners of these vehicles. What modifications did you perform? We are aware of the engine issues when overheated, so that is top of mind for us. Fortunately, it only has about 60,000 miles on it.