NEW LIFE for a 20-Yr OLD LAND CRUISER. 1. First View.

NEW LIFE for a 20-Yr OLD LAND CRUISER. 1. First View.

two months ago I purchased a 20 year old
Land Cruiser I was in Australia with the vehicle in South Africa it’s for my own
use in Africa when I visit to come and explore yet another a dreary Airport
wait I mean Johannesburg just arrived after
11 how a flight from Perth and normally when I come to Africa I’ve come to do a
big trip somewhere amazing and to tell some stories not this time this trip is
very different I’m Andrew st. Pierre White join me as I
share my passion for building four-wheel drive trucks and traveling to the
remotest parts of the world because every time I come to Africa
before I arrive I have to arrange for a rental four-wheel drive or a loan for
drive up to now since I left the country in 2013
they’ve always been rentals and wrinkles have their problems as anybody who has
rented a vehicle of any kind no particularly one that is full of camping
equipment and has the potential to be abused as do rental vehicles
particularly four-wheel drives so this visit is to find and rebuild a Land
Cruiser that I can use for the channels future productions in Africa
I’m flying into the town of George on the coast not far from the southern tip
of Africa I’ve purchased blind a Land Cruiser and I’m on my way to see it for
the first time there’s quite a bit at stake here so here I am I saw a glimpse
of it hello funny very nice to meet you masturbation there you go hey that’s my
car you’re gonna miss your car I’m glad you’re gonna miss your car because if
are you were gonna miss your car you means you’ve loved your car unlike other
100 series Land Cruisers the 105 has solid axles phantom back and like the 80
series manual 5-speed gearbox full-time four-wheel drive with lockable center
front and back differentials no electronics diesel engine and this one
has done three hundred thousand kilometres well it’s too bad if I didn’t
like it hey see I’ve paid for it but they’re very rare so I had to either
take it or leave it so I thought I would take the risk and she looks good
it actually looks better than the pictures which is a very nice surprise great I’m happy man after a good night’s
sleep and a drive of or about seven kilometers first impressions are very
positive very positive feels reason to be tight for three hundred thousand
kilometers it feels good the suspension doesn’t feel particularly
well set up it has a three inch lift which is a little bit more than I would
normally put on this vehicle the interior looks in better condition than
it did on the photographs but I think that’s because the previous owner had it
cleaned and cleaned properly but let me cut to the chase what don’t I like about
it that’s the first thing it’s a bull bar that it actually is a bull bar from
a 79 series that’s been adapted it’s not very nice
it’s tjm they don’t make a bad bar but it doesn’t look that great
The Rock sliders be very slippery to stand on in the wet but yeah tires
Pirelli scorpions yeah I don’t read them hardly at all for
kind of driving I do rear bumpers actually not bad at all but I’m gonna
replace it because I’m gonna put in a Gobi X because the Gobi X is just the
best of ever used and I’ve been offered one so I’m gonna change it it’s a lot
better than that and the interior again is really quite
nice so I’m pretty chuffed this morning I feel good about this decision and this
choice I like the colour it’s unusual and I’m actually excited about it and
now of course I’ve got to drive it to Cape Town in Cape Town it’s where we are
going to strip it mechanically and all the mechanical upgrades and then
following that I’m going to drive all the way to Pretoria and we’re going to
turn the inside into a camper Torah without any proper
camera rigs in the car actually have to hold the camera while I’m driving and I
have a hundred kilometers on the clock I have done that distance
in the in my new Cruiser and I have a big big smile on my face and into fifth
gear box is good all the gears no clanking no backlash no nothing in the
cadet the gear change feels very good and what is what is really surprising me
and I’ve always known that these cruises are very well engineered cars a good
Carter well with this mileage on this vehicle there is no play on the steering
it’s absolutely normal that’s remarkable I think that’s I think
that’s pretty pretty exceptional the ride isn’t particularly nice it’s a bit
jittery and it’s not terrible now it has Ironman Springs and my experience of
Ironman Springs is that the death they’re they’re fairly firm then they’re
gonna produce a firm ride and the shock absorbers are not Iron Man I think they
are the tjm shock absorbers but that’s not the problem with the ride the ride
is the jittery because I believe it’s lift is 3 inches and that’s contributing
to it to it and that perhaps maybe they didn’t do sufficient cast correction
bushes on it so it’s a little bit sensitive on the steering at speed and
the riders have been jittery I mean I’ve owned these vehicles before and I know
how good the ride can be and yeah I can get it I can get a lot business
but it’s not terrible it’s just you know I’m being I’m being picky
the engine is sweet and it’s it’s pulling like a one egg said it’s like
um what do I say I think the expression I’m
trying to reach for is couldn’t blow the froth off a cappuccino crack windscreen
the seller didn’t mention that I’m assuming you forgot because he did
mention quite a few things that the handbrake doesn’t work you mentioned
that I thought that out the there is a clunking in reverse gear I can feel it
it’s my guess is it’s quite serious I don’t think that’s going to be an easy
fix at that
that’s the sum total of the I have no other concerns about
this vehicle at all none at all imagery it’s running nicely so far it’s
lovely it’s gonna do the job brilliantly
so I’m very happy very very excited very very snowman’s four-wheel drive is a
Land Cruiser specialist outside of Cape Town and specialize in doing exactly
this rebuilding old Land Cruisers and bringing them a new life or even
sometimes bringing them back from the dead
leading this rebuild is my close friend and friend of the channel all mark-paul
should be here Paul how are you man good to see you back in Africa yeah and
anyway I like the colour ya know these vehicles are in my heart because the 80
and the 105 are such capable trucks yeah and you know we’ve both driven them and
we both love them yeah and now we’ve got one to play with
well to be honest with you I don’t know if I would have done this if you hadn’t
been around because yeah I know that another basics but I don’t know the
in-depth look that’s when you know these things as deep as you can go so I would
be relying on other people to know in depth as I am now but I know you look I
mean over the years you know I remember being in England going to a show in
England and filling my stand up with
Landcruisers yeah as a Landrover show yes at a Landrover shell and Robichaux
and you know the whole thing at that point in time the land rover is a very
capable vehicle and England didn’t have much in the way of Overland Land
Cruisers yes and you know I think they both have a place in the market yes in
my heart I think people used to want to cut me out and then say half Land Rover
half Land Cruiser but my heart really cruisers but you say that glad you drove
a discovery from from London to Cape Town driven a discovery so much around
the world yeah and I’m driven defenders and I’ve
driven Range Rovers and they’re all good vehicles yeah here in Africa these do
dominate yes and in particular I think the 105 is just well we both know you’ve
owned one I’ve got an 80 yeah we’ve done lots of work on the moon they’ve
beautiful vehicles to build up are they really comfortable and they were really
strong hmm so I’m looking forward to can be a great
great project I’m good to have you back know there are a lot of things that we
will we know now that we must replace we know it already without even looking at
it there are other things that we will discover that and then you will make a
decision yeah this is the kind of thing we we should replace but we could get
away with it and there are other things that obviously are broken bent about to
break must be replaced so I’d like to give the people watching the series if
they’re doing a build exactly to understand what is the negotiable what
it what it what is flexible lease flexible I thought a pump for example a
water pump is a testing example you know there’s something I’ve put a new one on
yes and I actually taken good spare take a new spin as the old one never really
works as a spec they dried out and the seals can be yes so it’s why not item
that if it fails you’re not gonna drive anyway so I’m also of the opinion that
when you build a truck up you should be looking at what
you going to carry it not heavy because a lot stuff you’ve put new you have to
carries that is precisely the process I want to go through to help the viewers
understand that mindset what parts not flexible one part what you know I mean
and we know why we why we taking all the vehicle yes I think that’s for me very
important is a reason why we take all vehicles when they are brand new
vehicles on the market yes we then invest a lot of money at all vehicle yes
and is a reason why we might never it you know for the simplicity for a lot of
you know making it all reliable we have on the components that are warm yeah and
what as you say what do we need to change
let’s pull it apart let’s examine it let’s decide what we’re changing
yes and then I think we’ve given I think we can share a lot of a lot of knowledge
and we’re going to have what you’re going to take this truck and do some
much trip so let’s see in the future yes so it’s gonna be really good yeah and
you’re leaving it in Africa oh absolutely I mean the whole point of
this is that I don’t want to rely on rental vehicles I want to have my own
vehicle because you know the difference you know some of the rental vehicles are
great others aren’t I want another place in the market
absolutely but I want my and that’s what I always say to people start off using a
rental vehicle get an idea of what it’s about but once you start to love the
passion the idea of traveling more often then it’s really about having your own
vehicle that you can trust is in the condition you know it is and you can go
with confidence into places with the kit that you should have yes stuff where you
like it the tent that you prefer the this that you prefer the little a
becomes yours and it actually adds a lot to a trip I think absolutely and
especially when you’re gonna go to remote places you know I think the more
remotes you go the more confident you could have been your skills and of
course your yeah yes and what you’re taking and what you’re not taking and
why you’re taking those yes so we’re gonna have a lot of fun we’re gonna
really enjoy this it’s gonna be

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. In the time frame that this Toyota was built, Toyota just seemed like they were at a pinnacle of reliability and durability. This truck is brilliant and can be modified into literally anything the owner wants.

  2. I think I watched the whole thing without breathing,and then the video stopped….
    I looked for the next 6 videos and noticed……posted 1 day ago.

    I hate you,you found my truck,give it back
    Really excited for you mate,cannot wait to see what you do with this.Good luck with the build.
    When you ask for something the universe conspires to bring it to you.
    -Paul Coelho
    The universeconspired.
    – Milburn D'mello

  3. Hi mate,
    I just wanted to tell you how awesome your content is.
    I’m also from Perth and I’ve been producing my own 4×4 YouTube channel for a few months now and I know how much work goes in behind the scenes.
    Your content is bloody brilliant and I love watching it.
    Keep up the great work and safe travels.

  4. This looks to be a better purchase, I love these things alot but my pocket is still too small. I can't wait for part 2 of this particular vehicle😊😊

  5. Good luck man,
    I love all models of Land cruisers special that you have know. Wish one day I can buy one and join with you for over landing.
    I love it.

  6. Only possible in countries where road salt isn’t used.. 20 year old vehicles here (Canada) have parts falling off due to rust! Nice find & purchase!

  7. I remember seeing new 105's in the Outback. They were company vehicles used for department of transportation and railway. In Canada they'd be a Tahoe or Suburban.

  8. These Land cruisers have a very good reputation for go anywhere and reliability in Australia from the 80 series on wards especially with the diesel engine.

  9. Funny thing, i actually saw that on the Facebooks , put biscuits on it like UN spec will make it Incredible ride on Dirt roads

  10. Here in Portugal we have a bunch of 100-series with 1 million kms. And nobody would guess that they've made even half of that!

  11. A restoration combined with actual 4WD , remote use…it doesn't get any better! Looking forward to this more than any other on my current watch list!! Oh wow..and I just noticed the view count..I am not alone!!!

  12. Thanks for this video Andrew! it's good material, looking forward to the following ones.
    Cheers, overlander from Chile.

  13. Fantastic idea and I’m eager now for each episode of this series.
    Great choice of vehicle, the 105 really is a unique 4×4.

  14. I'm from the UK, Paul built my Dad's Discovery to such a high standard, that we sold it on and it's currently in Namibia travelling from the UK.

  15. This is timing like I can't believe it.
    I have just bought an 80 series that I need to set up.
    Being that its almost the same as your 105 I will follow and learn.
    Mine is a 4.5 petrol with carburetor.
    It spins like a cat.
    It does however got a "backlash " klonk that I assume is from the rear diff.
    It has a 2 inch lift that seems to be ok.
    It also has what seems to be lousy tires. That's a shame since it has lots of milage.
    I do not have any diff lockers and I'm not sure if that is a must.
    I guess that what I have to prioritize is the klonk sound and the whole undercarriage setup
    I'm placed in Hoedspruit so Capetown is a bit far of to find a good guy to work with.
    Anybody know anybody in and around Hoedspruit?

  16. Nice truck!! 😎 I do wish I had a newer truck, but I’ll stick to my 12ht 60 series until I can afford a VDJ or FTE powered cruiser.

  17. I have been great anticipating for a series like this build and am really happy it’s finally happening. A more realistic build on an older vehicle is something most people can relate to. This should be awesome.

  18. You can put some marine grade grip tape on the rock sliders if you're worried about wet weather safety and they will have excellent grip and the tape will probably last a good 10 years with how you'll be using it.

  19. I'm interested in how you go about creating a wagon tourer. I loved what you did with the troopy but as a wagon owner I wanted to see what you could creat with a wagon platform. Then I can steal some ideas hehe

  20. this new series about your 20 yr old Landcruiser 100 series will be great because i want to start my research on a build of this type now,I live in central Canada and need to find out what have available here that is a 100 series or equivalent in Canada under the Toyota or Lexus badge, or what i can import into Canada,I love the Diesel and its reliability and longevity are globally known, i just think the 6 cylinder Petrol will be the way to go because of our cold winters, you see i will drive it year round and it is not uncommon for our winters to see – 35 celsius plus windchill sometimes making it feel like -50 celsius or more sometimes, the Diesel in this weather will have problems in these conditions, so petrol is the way to go for me, i would like to upgrade the 5 speed for the newer 6 speed manual to improve fuel economy, this i can do myself at home, I have a good garage with what i need to handle this, I would really like to import a 100/105 series though for the reason of the 4wd drive system in them, I don't know if Toyota/Lexus ever sold them in Canada to the same build spec as your Landcruiser has ,time will tell, I am use to right hand drive anyways, i have driven in the British Isles allot. Looking forward to this new series

  21. Can't wait to watch the progress on this build. How long will you be in PTA. Would love to shake your hand! Been watching your videos since junior school now working

  22. Andrew, this series is one I look forward to! Partly inspired by your videos, I bought a 105 and travelled all over Southern Africa with it. The car is almost as old as I am (25) and I hope to keep it for another 25 years. As finances allow, I hope to rebuild it back to its original state. This series, I am sure, will be very helpful in that pursuit.

  23. Very excited for this new build Andrew…. long time watcher and love ur Expedition. Looking forward to doing this myself one day.

  24. Its not often I would care to comment on a video but this particular series is amazingly well timed. In researching how to get a 4×4 vehicle not made in in the USA over here I remembered a few conversations you have had with Paul while at his shop. I thought it would be great to have him as a resource to build up an older vehicle before shipping it stateside. I believe the two of you will have a lot of fun going through this process, I eagerly await the finished product! Thank you for contributing such a wealth of knowledge and bringing the world less traveled to life for your viewers.

  25. Sandy Taupe an uncommon colour on a Cruiser? Honorary Aussie status revoked! In all seriousness though, looks like a solid purchase mate.

  26. Finally back to a roots-based project. This is bound to be great. The 105 LC is wonderful vehicle. Hearing that 1HZ diesel engine whine is just wonderful! Keep up the good work.

  27. Just got to point out that the FZJ105R and HZJ105R only has a CDL and no lockers unless it's a Safari Model. I love the colour Same as mine quite a rare colour on the 100's here in Australia

  28. Welcome on SA soil Andrew. Your SA truck build intro had us sitting up. It just so happened that a day or three later I walked into the factory in Gauteng where yo said you would be fitting some items. All I can say is the product does look the part! Looking forward to the next edition of your local build!

  29. Andrew, it’s like you wrote my mind. I just bought a Land Cruiser Prado 21 years old and I don’t really know where to start keeping an eye in!
    I’ll be taking notes for every detail you recommend!
    Thanks a lot!

  30. Please help me. How long is Andrew in Capetown. I would like to fly down and have a coffee with him. I am in Zimbabwe

  31. Andrew, you inspire all of us. I've been tracking you for a while. I just finished a1993 80 series here in California. Converted it to diesel (1HDFT/H151) and it is a full camper all fabricated from metal. Built in fridge (from a Yacht), sink, stove and a shower that uses a heat exchange with the engine. 9 Gallons to 55C in 20 minutes. We took it on an 8000 miles trip to Alaska and it was our home for a month. Here is the link to the conversion if anyone is interested. 6 chapters with details. We managed to fit all inside the vehicle without a roof pop-up.

  32. I see that you stayed at "The Avenue Guest House" in Mossel Bay when you picked up your truck. How did you find the B&B. I always stay there on my to Addo. Thanks for the videos and contents and ideas. Cheers

  33. OMG I can't wait for your review of the new Defender. I feel you are going to rip it to shreds. But,bit does have a lot of functionality.

  34. Andrew time for new Land Rover Defender 2019(20) hate video. They put ton of plastics and air suspension etc… 🙂 Time for insults!!!

  35. Andy, please review the new Defender, because there is two videos, they are practically identical even though they are made by two different famous individuals, and they are clearly fake, they were paid to say what they said.

  36. Looking forward to this series Andrew, thank you! On another subject, what are your thoughts on the new Defender, and will you be getting your hands on one to test in Australia… A true testing ground!

  37. Awesome Andrew I don't need to tell you the ability of theses things when I first moved to Au I got myself a 105 barn door style 3" lift with a Garrett turbo grafted on to it properly man I've driven others but the fan makes the thing fly ( as best a few tonn of steel can fly ) driven perth a few times Darwin and gold coat heaps of tracks country wide love the thing and would only replace it with another but it would be a sad day fully kitted out to my spec by me I have that Tom bar lol love it and only want now to get a good rear bar with a rear winch as most or my travels are solo or with wife no other vehicles great sow as always cheers PHIL.😎🇦🇺

  38. OMG, I thought that was Jocko from 4WD Action lol 😂 Congratulations on your new tourer mate, can’t wait to see what you have in store for us; cheers from your American cousins 🇺🇸

  39. I'm very much looking forward to the build up. Should give me some ideas for my 80 series.

    There's a company state-side that makes a pan-hard lift bracket for the 80 series to help correct the geometry for a 3" lift. Perhaps the part would work for your 105.

  40. No offence I love your channel but you should of known the potential pit falls of buying a car unseen, why didn’t you just let Paul source you a 105 series ?you could of saved yourself a fair bit of cash

  41. I am thinking of driving to Kathmandu from London next year, I have no knowledge of 4×4 suv as to which is best for long journey, any suggestion would be much helpful,


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