There’s a lot to love about Toyotas 105 series Landcruiser. For starters, it came equipped with the same solid axel, coil sprung suspension that made the 80 series an off-road icon in Australia.
Add to this a host of modern gadgets and updated styling and you have yourself the makings of a top selling 4WD. Strangely tho, Toyota never offered their 4.2L turbo diesel on the 105 Series Lancruiser, but that was a mistake crying out to be fixed…
To kick start our new readers rigs article series, we had a chat with Nick Williams from South Australia.
Nick’s vehicle of choice is a 1998, 105 series (well mostly) Toyota Landcruiser. He bought the big Cruiser fairly stock four years ago. At that time, the Cruiser was running a Safari snorkel and had a cheap turbo kit bolted to the N/A 1HZ diesel. Since then Nick has slowly built the rig into his dream 4WD.
Engine & Transmission
The 105 Cruiser started life with a naturally aspirated 1HZ diesel donk under the hood. The previous owner thought it needed a few more ponies (who doesn’t) and had an aftermarket turbo kit fitted to the motor. Sadly, these engines aren’t built to take the kind of boost that some aftermarket tuners try to force into them.
Nick soon found he was having issues with the motor. He told us, “The old 1HZ was removed after a slight issue with it running away and blowing apart a piston. It’s since been replaced with a 1HD-FTE from a 78 series Landcruiser.”
The 1HD 4.2 Turbo Diesel is widely regarded as the best engine Toyota ever made, making it the perfect choice to replace the stricken 1HZ.
Behind the legendary 1HD motor, Nick has bolted the 5 speed manual transmission out of a 100 series Cruiser. It’s taken three different Toyota’s to build Nicks dream 4×4 but after a 4 year process, he says It’s (mostly) setup the way he wants it.
Suspension & Tyres
To help keep all that new found power reaching the ground, Nick has installed a custom suspension setup. “The big girl is sitting on a Dobinsons 3″ suspension lift with roadsafe adjustable lower control arms and adjustable panhard rods to bring it all into spec.”
In the rubber department, the Cruiser is riding on 285/75/R16 Toyo Open Country mud terrain tyres. Nick only has good things to say about his choice of rubber, “The Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains are definitely the best mud tyre I’ve run on the car so far, handles very well on and offroad and has amazing grip”
To protect the outside of the Cruiser, Nick has chosen to go for a full outfit of ARB’s tried and tested bar work. Up front we have the ARB Deluxe bar which houses a Warn 10,000 pound winch. Motor upgrades are a common theme with this build, even the winch has copped a 4.6hp upgrade.
ARB’s side steps, scrub rails twin tyre carrier complete the look and help keep the panels straight when the tracks get rough.
Nick has also strengthened the front diff (a known weak point for these trucks) by installing a Superior Engineering diff brace kit and an ARB air locker. While he was at it, he figured two lockers are better than one, so chucked one in the rear too.
To give the truck a more modern look, Nick replaced the dated factory headlights with a set of black Altezza style lights. Driving lights are taken care of by a set of Lightforce 240 XGTs with an upgraded 70W HID bulb.
A Rhino rack pioneer platform sits up top, which offers Nick the versatility to carry all the extra gear he needs.