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1974 Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 - Code M.U.D.

Posted in Project Vehicles on September 1, 2001
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Contributors: Wendy Frazier
In 1976, Kim Gackstatter bought the '74 Toyota Land Cruiser totally stock right down to the factory snow tires and hubcaps. Through the years the "Landcrusher" slowly transformed from stock to Chevy small-block and mundane to mud playing. Before he knew it, the 'Cruiser was involved in all sorts of mud bogging events in and around California and Nevada.

What do you think of when you hear the words "wadded up"? The time you crumpled up a parking citation, tossed it behind your vehicle and dusted it with a burnout? Most of you think about the time when you or your buddy wrapped their rig around some insane natural obstruction. That's what Kim Gackstatter thinks of when he hears the words "wadded up." The most recent of three rollovers was three years ago when he barrel-rolled his Grabber Orange 'Cruiser at about 40 mph. "One understands that there can never be enough rollcage," he says.

This '74 Toyota Land Cruiser was pieced back together again and it looks like the wadding never happened. But just in case it happens again, Kim has upgrades already written into the latest and greatest plans for the Toy. He plans on a killer new rollcage and some even bigger axles.

Kim's truck-building philosophy is to "start by selecting beefy axles and drivetrain so you only have to build it once. Build an engine for low-end torque. When you do find a weak link, solve the problem quickly. Part of the solution should involve providing beer for your friends so that you can get a little help from them." Here's what the '74 started with and what else Kim used to put it back together again.

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