A Land Cruiser That Can Do It All
If you could only have one vehicle, what would it be? For guys with a crowded yard, that is a scary question, but most people don’t have that luxury. A rock buggy is cool when you are climbing ledges but not much fun when you are driving down the highway or trying to find a place to put all of your gear for a weeklong trip like the Ultimate Adventure.
A do-it-all vehicle needs horsepower, gearing, proper engineering, and enough space for all of your stuff without an abundance of sheetmetal to get smashed and dented.
Over the last 13 years Brian Gobin of Denver has built his version of the perfect 4x4 out of this ’68 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40.
Instead of starting with an expensive and rare FJ45 pickup, Brian converted his FJ40 and fabricated his own bed. The FJ40 already had a V-8 and 1-ton axles, and the added wheelbase provided stability on the pavement and the dirt while making way for 43-inch Super Swamper SXs.
While the big meats suggest dedicated rockcrawler, Brian still drives his Land Cruiser on the street regularly and takes it on camping trips and multiple-day outings in Colorado. Although we still bristle at the idea of having only one vehicle, if we were forced to make a choice it would be hard to argue with Brian’s formula for success.
1968 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Engine: 5.7L Chevy TPI V-8
Transmission: SM465 4-speed manual
Transfer case: Advance Adapters Atlas II with 5:1 ratio
Front Axle: Dana 60 with ARB Air Locker, 4.56 gears, Alloy USA chromoly axleshafts, Longfield U-joints, Yukon hubs
Rear Axle: Dana 70HD with ARB Air Locker, 4.56 gears, Moser chromoly axleshafts
Springs & Such: 3-link with King coilovers and air bumps (front); Skyjacker leaf springs and Rancho 5000 shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 43x14.5-17LT Super Swamper TSL SXs on 17x9 Trailready HD beadlock rims
Steering: PSC steering box, hydraulic ram, and pump, Poison Spyder Customs steering arms
Other Stuff: Warn 8274 winch with Masterpull synthetic winch line and aluminum fairlead, custom Hillside 4x4 rollcage, enclosed cab and custom bed, titanium boatsides, stainless steel fuel tank, ARB freezer/fridge, ARB rooftop tent, Hillside 4x4 front tube fenders, onboard shower, York air compressor, Hillside 4x4 rollcage that doubles as air tank