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Save this one for when you have some time. It’s an hour and ten minutes of overlanding action as three mates head up the wild east coast of Australia’s northern Cape York Peninsula.

When I say wild, I do mean wild. They’ve gotten permission to drive much of it along the beach and have to take tides into account when rounding rocky points and crossing rivers. That and, of course, avoiding the crocodiles while doing a bit of night fishing. It looks like a lot of fun.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Turbo-diesel, West County Explorers Club

I just spotted this lovely looking 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on BaT. It looks like quite a find: 2.5-liter turbo-diesel, automatic transmission, 126k original kms (78.8k miles), fully loaded, aluminum roof rack. OK—it’s right-hand drive, which would take some getting used to. But that classically handsome shape, that great color, it looks really nice.

It’s located in Vancouver, Canada; the asking price is an attractive $9,600; and it’s one year away from legal U.S. import. This is my kind of truck!

More photos after the jump.

Note: the ad states the engine is a 2.0-liter diesel but my research shows that all 1991 Prados were equipped with 2,446 cc diesels.

Links:
Bring a Trailer
Craigslist ad

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Land Cruiser BJ70 Diesel, via WCXC

This right-hand drive, 1985 Land Cruiser BJ70 diesel was reportedly imported to the United States last year. The current owners cleaned up some small rust spots and gave the truck a respray. This looks like a nice truck.

According to the ad, the truck runs a 3.4-liter, 3B diesel engine, mated to an H55F, 5-speed transmission, and a 2-speed transfer case. The factory PTO winch with new cable is a bonus. It’s cover about 130k miles (although the speedometer reads in km/h).

This Land Cruiser can be found at Sun Valley Auto Club in Sun Valley, Idaho. The asking price is just a hair under $20k.

Lots of photos after the jump. 

Links:
Sun Valley Auto Club

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Toyota Landcruiser 70-series 30th Anniversary, via WCXC

You’ve probably heard that Toyota is rereleasing its iconic 70-Series Land Cruiser in Japan. Well, Motor Trend recently got its hands on one and published a “First Drive” article. Although they weren’t able to take it off-road, they do give readers a sense of what driving this reissued Landcruiser is like.

In case you’re fuzzy on the details, Toyota will be releasing the 70-Series as a pickup truck and an SUV—Toyota refers to the latter as a “van.” Power will come from a 4.0-liter V6. The sad news remains that this is a Japan-only release, and even that is said to be for one year only.

The price will be about $30,000. How I wish they would bring them to U.S. shores!

Link:
Motor Trend, Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series First Drive

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This 1980 Land Cruiser BJ61 GX looks like it’s powered by anime, Matchbox car memories, and Japanese surfers. While that may be true, it’s also powered by Toyota’s B3 diesel, a 3.4-liter, four-clapper good for 90 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. That’s not much, honestly. And there’s no turbo to help move things along.

What this old Land Cruiser lacks in power it makes up in cache though. It’s a Japanese-market model with the high-roof option and right-hand drive. It looks a little rough around the edges but it also looks like no other 60-series I’ve ever seen.

The seller states that import documents are included, with which you can import the truck to any state but California. If you want to bring it to California, it sounds like you’ll need to register it in another state first. Inquire with the seller, if that’s your plan.

Other things to know? It has a 5-speed manual (H55F) transmission and two-speed transfer case. The ad lists the build year as 1980 and 1986. I think the former is correct since the truck doesn’t have a 17-digit VIN, something manufacturers started including for the 1981 model year. Plus it just looks so 1980.

The truck has 157,5xx kms showing on the odometer (yup, it reads in kilometers). Bidding stands at $8,900 at the time of writing with about two days left on the auction clock. The truck is located in Los Angeles.

A bunch of pictures and the original ad text after the jump.

Links:
Bring a Trailer: 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ61 GX RHD

ebay: 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser
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Here’s an interesting find: a right-hand drive, short wheel base, 70-series, diesel Land Cruiser. Specifically, this is a 1988 BJ74 LX with a 3.4-liter, 13B-T (T for turbo) diesel engine and an automatic transmission. The 13B-T is good for 120 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. Other highlights include a removable fiberglass top, a factory PTO winch, and a hand throttle (handy for operating the PTO).

This truck also sports a Safari Snorkel and a K&N filter. If you’re interested, double check that pairing. As far as I know, it’s one that Safari doesn’t recommend. The suspension is said to be an Old Man Emu system with a bit of lift. The BJ series was never sold new in North America, making this a relatively rare find, especially with the factory PTO setup.

While this Land Cruiser doesn’t look pristine — and the chrome bull bar is bit much for my taste — it does look presentable and clean underneath. The truck is located in Seattle, Washington, and is said to have 178k miles on the clock. $13,750 is the asking price. See the links for the original ad and some research reading.

Special thanks to our friend Josh in Portland for spotting this one.

More photos after the jump.

Links:
1988 Land Cruiser BJ74 Craigslist Ad

Toyota Vehicle Hertiage site: Land Cruiser 70-Series

More 70-Series Land Cruiser research

Wikipedia: Toyota 70-Series

Wikipedia: The Toyota B engine

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Watch this 2000 Land Cruiser 100 Series go from stock to rock (ready) in a little under four minutes. The project was done by Cruiser Outfitters in preparation for the Baja 1000. They dubbed the truck, Project Death Star.

The video description states that the whole build was done in 48 hours.

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Just some guys in Saudi Arabia playing in the sand with their 70-series Land Cruisers. Looks like fun.

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There’s a very nicely built FJ60 Land Cruiser for sale in Los Angeles right now. This one has ditched the inline six in favor of a CARB-legal, Chevy 350 V-8 crate motor. The suspension has been upgraded as well to Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks. Other highlights: on-board air with a 2.5-gallon accumulator tank, dual batteries, rear diff. lock. The list goes on.

This FJ60 has 320k miles on the body, 20k on the motor and drivetrain. It’s located in Claremont, California, and is being offered for $21,000.

See the rest of the post for a bunch of photos and the full ad text.

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We’ve prepped our Mitsubishi Montero to handle journeys of a several hundred miles or so. It’s interesting to see how people who travel tens of thousands of miles prep theirs. The couple behind the site Land Cruising Adventure have a page devoted to the modifications on their Land Cruiser BJ45. It makes for informed reading.

Links:
Land Cruising Adventure, Mods page
Land Cruising Adventure, Meet the Land Cruiser page