The Landcruiser

This is it! Our new family member – our Toyota Landcruiser HZJ78. After a long research we identified the Toyota Landcruiser as the perfect car for our trip. Due to its lack of complicated electronics, its durability and a worldwide net of garages we decided to buy this all-terrain vehicle. Below we want to tell how we found, built and maintain our trusty companion.

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Six steps of how we found and prepared our Landcruiser HZJ78 for our overland trip

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Step One:

How to decide on a vehicle for an overland trip.

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Step Two:

How we found our Landcruiser and got it registered in Germany.

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Step Three:

How we refurbished the interior of our Landcruiser.

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Step Four:

How we made the electrical installations for our living compartment.

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Step Five:

How we fit a drinking water system in our Landcruiser.

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Step Six:

How we sewed kitchen and bathroom bags for our Landcruiser.

Our Landcruiser HZJ78

What we have learned from endless discussions and our long search for the right vehicle for this trip: Every overland vehicle is different. Depending on the destinations, the amount of off road usage and the level of comfort it is build for. Here is our equipment list:  

Vehicle componentsDetails
140l additional diesel tankUnknown make but does what it's supposed to do.
air compressorUnknown make, lets us inflate our tires if necessary.
air filterK&N
auxiliary water heaterEberspächer Hydronic D4WSC: not particularly suitable for heating the interior, but we are not planning to visit too many cold regions anyway 🙂
bull barARB 3412130
diesel coarse filterMonopoel
differential locksGenuine Toyota
engine batteryWinner
fire extinguisherABC Pulverlöscher
heavy duty suspensionOME leaf springs and Koni dampers
offroad jackThe good old HighLift to help us out once we're stuck
oilfilterTrabold claims that oil changes are needless with their filters. We will still change the oil, but hope that the filter will help the engine deal with low quality fuel or oil.
radiatorChinese made full aluminum aftermarket radiator
sand ladders2 on each side
self made anti-burglary protectionBlog post coming soon
side pipeTour Factory; custom-built ending to the side to make space for the additional diesel tank
snorkelARB Safari
spare wheel carriers for back bumperTwin carrier kit (KIT78D) from Kaymar
speakersInfinity speakers should enhance the sound quality a bit
sports seatsRecaro Ergomed DS
tiresBF Goodrich Mud Terrain
Camping equipmentDetails
awningUnknown make, big fabric to be attached to the sides with two awning poles
bathroom and kitchen cupboardsBlog post coming soon
drinking waterWater tank, canister, pump, filtration system, bush shower; Read more in our post
foldable table in the back doorSelf made by previous owner
fridgeNational Luna Weekender 50 Twin (40l fridge, 10l freeze)
lightingHella chart table lamps with LED bulbs
LED spots
LED working light
living compartment batteryWinner
matressesNanoForm, perfect shop for custom-made foam cuttings
pop-up roofMade by Marcus Haase
solar charge controllerSteca PR2020
solar panelUnknown make, installed by the previous owner, around 80-100 watts
storage cupboardsSelf made by the first owner, refurbished by us; Blog post coming soon

Read more about our Toyota Landcruiser HZJ78

Bathroom and kitchen bags

Bathroom and kitchen bags

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Our water filter system

Our water filter system

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Overland vehicle electrical installations guide

Overland vehicle electrical installations guide

From the day we saw our Landcruiser the first time in Gouda, we knew that we would have to rebuild all the electrical installations. On Read More

How we refurbished the interior of our Landcruiser

How we refurbished the interior of our Landcruiser

Congratulations to your newly acquired rig! Now it's time to start customizing your overland vehicle interior to suit your needs. In ... Read More

How we found our Landcruiser and got it registered in Germany

How we found our Landcruiser and got it registered in Germany

Before starting the search for the perfect car for your trip you have to consider different things. It might be a long and exhausting ... Read More

How to decide on an overland vehicle

How to decide on an overland vehicle

Deciding on an overland vehicle is definitely one tough decision. First, your choice will greatly affect the way of traveling: it will ... Read More

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