THE DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN! Panmundo.com drives Toyota LandCruiser. To be exact – it’s a 1996 HDJ80. A really cool car: a mixture of tank and truck with three differen-tial gears, a strong 4.2 litre turbo-diesel motor and an enormous vehicle payload.
Three factors have been decisive to buy the Cruiser:
1) Off-road capability: the car has an excellent axle articulation, three differential gears and, of course, a gear reduction. Further-on, the ground clearance is state of the art. Well, true, a Landy Defender would be almost as good in this aspect.
2) Technique: A brand new car would have loads of IT-stuff inside. The HDJ80 has an old-fashioned but reliable antechamber diesel motor which can be repaired in most bush-garages (I hope).
THANK GOD – EBAY EXISTS! Of course a LandCruiser is ready for heavy terrain. We tested this in a forest close to Basel and promptly got caught by a forest ranger. This gentleman luckily got fascinated by the Cruiser’s three differential gears (his Puch G does only have one of them) and let us go without even shooting in the air.
However, more equipment is needed for a trip like this. Here we go with a list of the most important installations:
1) Additional tank with 170 litres. Sponsored by Toyota Switzerland.
2) Electric winch: Found for half the price of the normal shop price at Ebay.
3) Heavy duty bumper (TJM): Needed to install the winch. Used part bought in the www.buschtaxi.de market place..
4) Air pipe (snorkel): Sponsored by Toyota Switzerland.