ADVENTURE CURATED LC76 Build
Before we dive into the details of the build, I thought I'd share what we're planning to do with the vehicle. More than anything we like to explore isolated areas. Reliability, toughness, 4x4 capability, range, water storage, payload and off grid power are all critical. We're preparing it to be capable of tackling some of Australia's toughest remote tracks.
We also do a wide variety of trips throughout the year. We tow camper trailers, carry kayaks and camp with swags, tents and rooftop tents - so this 4x4 has to be versatile. If we were setting up a vehicle exclusively for long overland style trips, like from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska (hopefully one day) I'm sure the build would look quite different.
With their commercial build quality and reputation for reliability for us the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series range was the obvious vehicle choice. As for the choice of 76 Series wagon - on long trips there are usually only two people travelling, so it has all the room we need, plus I love wagons.
So let's have a look at the progress.
We've replaced the factory fitted raised air intake with a fully sealed Safari ARMAX snorkel. These keep water out of the precious engine much more effectively, and at four inches in diameter they deliver 50% more air to the whopping V8!
Inside the bar we've bolted a WARN ZEON 10-S winch - we do lots of trips with one vehicle, so it's great to finally have a winch.
For our new baby we've chosen a Uneek 4x4 bull bar. It's Aussie made, steel, and is relatively light at 55 kilograms due to the low profile and the small diameter tubing over the lights.
We've mounted two RFI Antennas. The CDQ7195 connects to a Bury iPhone cradle, and the CDQ5000 to our Icom IC-450 UHF radio. In the city/country pack the CDQ5000 comes with the CDQ34, a short whip which is designed for getting in carparks, but I think we'll use more to increase driver vision when we don't need 5dBi of gain.
We've also have a flat ROLA Titan Tray for when we need to load lots of gear up top. It simply bolts on top of the cross bars - we'll show you that at a later date.
The ROLA Awning Brackets mount on their HD Bars or Titan Trays - we're ready for the arrival of our DRIFTA Rapid Wing Awning.
Last updated - 11th April.
Once we've finished the build, the fun begins. We'll be putting this baby through it's paces, with features of the finished build and the components to follow.