Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series Troop Carrier Walkaround

Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series Troop Carrier Walkaround

(smooth electronic music) (crickets chirping) (calm music) – Part of the reason why we hit the road in the first place 5 1/2 years ago was this driving need to explore and to get out there and see new places and experience new things, meet new people. I think a big, important
part of my relationship with this vehicle is knowing
that it can get me there. That it actually is
going to enable me to do all of these things that
I hit the road to do in the first place. And that’s huge, it’s
really friggin’ awesome, just to be able to sit
in that driver’s seat or if Jorge’s driving, be able to sit in the passenger seat, know
that when that key is turned it’s just gonna go and it’s
just gonna take us there. (car engine roars) When we first hit the road
we immediately gravitated towards the idea of getting
a van and our first one was a two-wheel drive Volkswagen Vanagon. But the more time that
we spent on the road, the more we realized that
a four-wheel drive vehicle was probably gonna be
coming in handy for us. – And that was actually when we discovered the Land Cruiser Troop
Carrier and thought man, wouldn’t it be great if
we could have something like that to take us around the world. Something that’s a
Toyota, that there’s parts available everywhere, its
a super reliable vehicle, like bullet-proof,
extremely rugged and used all over the world,
that would be the dream. But as many of you know, Troop Carriers aren’t really
available in the United States, so we put that dream on hold and instead got a Volkswagen Syncro. (calm music) – Our vehicle is originally
built in Germany, by a company called Maltec
and that is actually where we are right now
so, our truck is back in its birthplace. When we first purchased this vehicle from the previous owner,
we weren’t filled in on the entire history of the
vehicle but since we’ve had it and since we’ve talked
to the owner of Maltec, who built the truck in the first place, we’ve got a lot of those gaps filled in. – [Jorge] Our Troop
Carrier was actually built by Maltec about eight years ago in 2011. – [Jessica] That’s a testament
to it because the inside and the outside really are
still in fantastic condition for everything that it’s been put through. (engine roaring) The original owner actually
had a high top on it, not a pop-top and took
it to North Africa where he actually put it on its side, which we didn’t learn until months after we had purchased it. – He brings it back to Maltec and essentially he says you
know what, I think I wanna trade this in, I wanna trade
this in for another build. – [Jessica] And get into
one of their larger builds and then the owner that
had it before us came along and asked for Maltec to
build it out for him. – [Jorge] So, Maltec essentially re-builds the vehicle, they take the high top off, they make a carbon fiber pop-top. – [Jessica] The exterior
was re-done, repainted. – They do a few other
things to the engine, the gear box to kind
of get it all refreshed and in March of 2015, it’s imported to the United States where the previous owner drives it around for about three years or so. (engine roaring)
(calm music) – We’ve owned this Troop
Carrier since February of 2018, we were traveling a 4Runner
and we were thinking about converting that 4Runner to a camper. – We wanted to cut to back of it, put a cabin on it and
so we called a company that’s based in Germany
but had a US representative and they said yeah sure
we can do that, it’ll take six months and this much money but if you don’t wanna wait
that long or you don’t wanna cut up your brand new 4Runner, we have a 78 series Land
Cruiser Troop Carrier for sale that’s already built out, the thing is mint, no rust
anywhere, perfect car. – And then on top of that, the fact that it was
left-hand drive, is huge. – And it’s for sale if that’s
something that you wanna buy. Long story short, we ended
up buying the truck from him in Telluride, Colorado
and have been in love with the truck pretty much ever since. (soothing music) – When we purchased this
vehicle it was already in the US, it was registered in Colorado, it was titled in Colorado and we were told before we brought it and
when we were looking at it that everything was all good,
it had been imported properly, it had come through the port. Which to us was, you know,
it came through the port, customs already checked
it so it must be good. – As many of us know, there are pretty strict
import laws on which vehicles are allowed into the US and in most cases a vehicle has to be at least 25 years old to import into the United States. The 78 series was not built until 1999, which is not 25 years ago so were like, how did you get this car into the country? – [Jessica] At the time
we didn’t know anything about what it takes to import a vehicle or the things that we should look for. – [Jorge] And it wasn’t until almost eight or nine months
later that we figured out how it was that they imported the truck. – We learned that it’s importation actually was less than legal. (gentle chiming music)
(car engine roaring) We were put in a very precarious position as to whether or not we were gonna be able to keep our vehicle, whether our vehicle was safe
from seizure by U.S. Customs. All of that was extremely
distressing, as you can imagine. – Which was a huge blow to
us because we had just come from a Syncro that was
always breaking down and before that we had a
two-wheel drive Vanagon that wasn’t the most reliable thing, and before that we’d had
Airstream camper RV thing, whose engine blew inside
the first 3,000 miles. So we’ve always had really
bad luck with vehicles and we thought okay,
finally, we have a Toyota that’s going to be
reliable, capable, rugged, all these things and in the 30,000 miles that we drove it, it
never broke down once, nothing, nothing at all happened, all we did was change the
oil and it was perfect, drove perfectly and then we
found out that the vehicle had been imported illegally. – Since then we have contacted the company that built it and that was
associated with the person who imported it and they have
since taken on this project to make things right. – We had a long discussion
with them about it and they said, “You know what, “Let’s bring it back to Germany. “Let’s get it off that chassis, “let’s put it on a legal chassis, “something that can be
imported into the U.S. “with no problems, completely
legal and get you guys “back on the road.” – This is a 78 series, Toyota Land Cruiser Troop
Carrier that was originally manufactured for the
Northern European Market. It’s got a 1HDT mechanical
turbo diesel engine, an H151F gearbox. – So pretty much the same drive train as a 80 series from the early ’90s. – [Jessica] It’s got solid
axles, front and rear with coil over suspension in the front and parabolic leaf springs in the rear. – Our Troop Carrier has
around 230,000 kilometers, it still runs like a champ, my understanding is that the 1HDT engine is a half million mile engine. So we have quite a way to go before we get to half a million miles. I believe that this engine
puts out 160, 170 horsepower and over 280 foot pounds of torque, which has been plenty for our needs. We can carry up to 67
gallons of diesel fuel which gives us a range
of about 1,300 miles. (gentle music) And we have a water tank that carries about 26 gallons of fresh water. We also run an ARB dual
compressor that fills up our 33 inch Toyo MT tires. We run the skinny, tall
tires, I think the tire size is 255-85 R16 on our truck, we’re really happy with the
performance of those tires. We really love the fact that the pop top is carbon fiber, it’s really lightweight, really easy to open. There is a steel bumper
on the rear that carries our spare tire and we can
also carry a few other things back there like
a lifesaver jerry can to filter out any dirty water. It’s a great water filtration system, we carry some shovels back there and then a few other things. – And we also run a 270 degree awning on the side, it’s not
something that we’ve used all that much but it’s
pretty handy to have when it’s really sunny
out and we wanna expand our, admittedly, tiny living
space that we have inside. (gentle music) – Living in this thing is sort
of like living in a closet, it works, I don’t hate it, I don’t love it either. – [Jessica] Even though this
interior space is pretty small, it still works, we’ve
got a two burner stove, we have a pretty good sized sink with both hot and cold water, we’ve got about 35, 40 quart refrigerator. We have a 300 amp lithium battery system that totally keeps up
with all our power needs, which are pretty extensive. On the roof to support that
lithium battery system, we have a flexible solar
panel and then we have plenty of cabinet space, we also have plugs, tons
of plugs everywhere, we’ve got 12 volt, USB and a wall plug for charging our computers. The floor in there is like
a hard rubber surface, that makes it really,
really easy to keep it clean especially when it’s two adults and at the time when we first
got it we had both our dogs. – [Jorge] And really we don’t mind trading the amount of space that we had in our VW for the smaller space that we have in here because we don’t need to carry as many spare parts and tools. – So it works for us, it’s rugged, but for us it’s still beautiful. (calm piano music) So, I think it’s pretty cool
that we still have a vehicle that’s a conversation starter and that people still approach
us about and ask us questions and I feel like to the person everybody always say’s
“Man, I bet that thing could “get you anywhere,” and so
far, that’s proved to be true. (car engine roaring) Driving this Land Cruiser
is definitely a different experience from any of the
other rigs that we’ve had. Driving it on the road,
it actually surprised me when we test drove it and
of course, driving it since, that it feels pretty good, pretty nimble. – [Jorge] I almost feel
like I’m driving a T-Rex, it’s a little slow, a little lumbering but when it needs to be agile, it is. (calm music) – But where it shines is off-road, you can just take this thing anywhere. (car engine roaring) – You get to the trail, you hop out, you switch the hubs from free to lock, you throw it in four low
and you just start trundling up whatever obstacles
you’ve got in front of you. – I have been completely impressed with the stuff that it can
do, we’ve taken this thing in all sort’s of conditions,
muddy conditions, rock climbing, sand, all of it and it just performs stunningly
every time, blows me away. (car engine revving) – [Jorge] It is also incredibly visceral and you have this sense of control when you’re driving off-road that I don’t feel anything else. – [Jessica] There’s no
fancy buttons or dials that you can press to just
guide you down a slope, you have to be a lot more present and a lot more active in
the driving experience and that is something that
I really, really enjoy. – [Jorge] There hasn’t
been a single obstacle yet that we’ve taken this
thing on that’s given it any trouble whatsoever
and when we lock the front and rear lockers in, I
feel like it’s unstoppable and that’s kinda dangerous
because when you’ve got that kind of confidence your
bound to do something stupid, which we haven’t done
yet, emphasis on the yet! – [Jessica] We can drive 1,000 kilometers, take it off-road, take
it up a gnarly trail, find an epic camp spot,
go back down that trail, back on the road the next day and the truck acts like nothing happened. It feels so good to
just know that no matter where we point it, it’s just gonna go and it’s not gonna bitch
about it along the way, It’s not gonna throw a temper tantrum and break something just
’cause it’s pissed, no. It looks at us and it’s like my pleasure and it just go’s on down the road. (calm music) My name is Jessica Gonzalez, I’m one half of Live Work Wander. – My name is Jorge Gonzalez, I’m one half of Live Work Wander. – And I drive a 78 series Toyota
Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. – And I drive a 78 series Toyota
Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. (calm music) (car engine revving) (gentle music)

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I’m going to miss Ripley, she was so beautiful and badass! But, when something is holding you back, regardless of how sweet it is, you have to let it go to create the space for the next something that will carry you forwards. I’m so happy and excited for you guys! You inspire me to find my own ways to wander. I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you and thanks for letting us journey with you!

  2. Welcome back guys, for a minute I thought the channel was done! Now Ive got something to look forward to…

  3. There,s lots of Troopies down here in OZ and it's not uncommon to get 700k to 8ook out of that engine, they are a popular touring vehicle

  4. Finally…a no giving shit 4×4. So know where's the year and a half videos. I've been sitting on my couch wait to be taken some place New 😁😁

  5. so.your getting about 20 lt 100.thats really bad for a 2.3t vehicle.i have a 4t f250 tdi 4.2,.that gets 13 lt 100,around the city.!!.look up mwm would be a good conversion,i have 170 kw,700 nm..jap stuff is rubbish..

  6. Probably the best video/film from you guys yet. I spent some great times in a troopy discovering the Northern Territory Australia. Amazing vehicle. Just amazing. Thankyou

  7. Wait, I don't understand… You put 30k mi on this rig in the US without issue and then decided that it's import was too sketch to continue. So, youre back at Maltec for them to swap it to a new chassis that's legally importable. What does that mean exactly? Will it still be a 78 Troop Carrier? Are they just ripping the cab off of the body and putting it on something else that's importable? Will it then still be a Troop Carrier when theyre done? Same motor and trans? How long are you guys stuck Germany?

    Super cool rig! I just dont understand the resolution to the import conundrum.

  8. Welcome to the Land Cruiser! Awesome vehicles. Not sure how I ended up on your channel… I was like oh another wanderer video and then found your latest. I'm now subscribed! Looking forward to your adventures.

  9. Love it. I'm in Australia and I have the V8 Troopy with a similar setup. It is unstoppable. The beauty of this vehicle is being able to go anywhere but having full confidence that it will make it back every time. We love our troopy but I secretly wish it was yellow like yours.

  10. In the comments.. it breaks my heart to read them.. knowing the stuggle of getting a rig and setting it up also.. .. here it is my DESIGN..the entire Design for van lift kits and 4×4 conversions, It is now FREE.. FREE TO THE PEOPLE.. ALL THE PEOPLE .. 100% free to OWN.. HOWEVER NOT FREE TO BUILD.. you need to pay for materials and cnc time..(IN YOUR TOWN. )but thats all . then take that HOME and BUILD IT. DO WHAT YOU CAN WITH IT.. ..TRF IG @ dailydrivenunicorns

  11. Anyone who goes off road or lives in a vehicle eventually ends up driving in a Toyota. It's too bad you had to spend half a million dollars to finally find this vehicle.

  12. You guys had a hard decision to make but I'm very sure you got it right! I just came back from a 18 months 25'000 miles trip through South and Central America in our 75 series Troopy. We abused her badly but she literally never broke down on us. Not-a-single-issue-at-all!!
    Give her oil and diesel and enjoy your trip. Looking forward to more videos.

  13. I saw you parked in Twin Falls Flying J about 6 months ago. I would have asked for the tour but it was 3 am, haha! Awesome 78 Series! Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures.

  14. Hey guys – just subscribed based on the video about the Troopy. We are Australian travellers with same vehicle, pop top and a whole host of similarities but some differences also as we have a third door Troopy! If you were interested in being in touch we have a simple blog at where we try and keep up with our travels. Many thanks – Lindsay and Kerrie

  15. It is great to see you back in a strong vehicle! You have been trough a lot and it is time to pack up and hit the road! I love the ‘78 Cruiser it is a beautiful car and i know you guys are gonna make more memories and you will share them with us! Good luck and u cant wait to see more of your videos.

  16. Wow. Finally managed to find a strong enough connection here in Tajikistan to watch this.  (Admittedly it took around 50 minutes to load) .  Love the vid and great shots of the yellow "T-Rex" in its natural habitat! Look forward to potentially finding somewhere “stupid” up to a “gnarly” campspot in Europe (admittedly with your lockers it’ll probably just get us stuck).

  17. It is refreshing to see an old school style rig verses all the modern push button prone to fail plastic crap of today most of todays crowd would be what do you mean I have to get out and turn the hubs in. Nice rig and a very entertaining video

  18. Hey guys just found your channel after seeing you on lifestyle overland just finished binge watching series 1 love it. You guys are living the dream with all its ups and downs. keep safe looking forward to more of your adventures

  19. Hey Jorge and Jess, so glad to see another video! We have followed you guys for some time and your really an inspiration for us. If your ever anywhere near the San Francisco area please know our door is always open to you. Can't wait to see the next episode with the Trooper!

  20. I’m very jealous of your rig! Legal or not, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. I’m in Utah. There’s a great LC museum here in Salt Lake.

  21. Yes I found you guys from watching Lifestyle Overland. Just subscribed to your channel a couple of days ago and enjoying your stuff. Have to admit your troopy is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. Even love the yellow! Hope you really enjoy it and look forward to seeing the adventures.

  22. i want this kind of vehicle so bad, but right now i'm happy with my old Suzuki Jimny 96. Enough to take me everywhere

  23. Wow… Found your channel via LifeStyle Overland and wow! Beautiful camera work, great personal story…. but come on, I came here for the Troopy – yes, I'm counting the days until I can import one of these magical beasts into the states!!!!! Will definitely enjoy binge watching your channel. Liked, Subscribed… clicked the bell 🙂

  24. Amazing cinematography here guys, all the research I’ve put into buying my future 4Runner in the last few months, I found yous guys channel in the hunt for more 2020 4Runner engine info…and so glad I did. You guys really need to look into directing Hollywood movies, those feel good drama’s…something like a new “Twister”…yous guys have a talent that everyone in the US at the movies could enjoy, and yes you would make money along the way, but the content from drama’s you guys could produce/direct would bring back the heart of 80’s and 90’s drama’s that a lot of us generation X and generation Y’s are yearning for…just sayin

  25. First time i came across your video due to me searching for info on a 78 cruiser i intend buying. Can only say WOW, you guys are good, sorry edit that with excellent. Your videography and drone footage is par excellence matched with the perfect soundtrack and commentary. I'm so jealous of you's. You doing what i only dream of doing. I think you have completed your journey if im correct but looks like you's had an awesome time. So privileged to have shared this short journey with you.

  26. Wow! You guys outdid yourselves with this film. Serious congrats on the 78. It is incredible. I can only imagine how it must feel to go literally anywhere. I'm super happy for you, you really deserve it.

  27. I just got done watching your good bye to the syncro. My first car was a car that was built to be 1/4 mile fast and it really was. I loved that feeling of being shoved back in the seat when you nailed it but trying to drive it every day was not what it was built for. It was a good tool but the wrong tool for the job I was trying to do. So I know what it is like to love a vehicle but work on it more than enjoy it. Still hard to let go. I hope that the troopy is being a good tool for what you are trying to do and showing you some love. Hopefully it is growing on you and maybe just be able to enjoy your adventures and not worry about what goes wrong next. Best of luck!!

  28. As a South Dakotan I think its pretty rad seeing those South Dakota plates going all over the world. Are you guys from SD or just using America's Mailbox out of Box Elder?

  29. Great to see the new rig🤙

    Always a great channel and vibe even when faced with previous challenges and mayhem associated with passed rigs


  30. You could not have chosen a better vehicle for the intended purpose. Absolutely bullet proof platform, renowned globally and as you state, parts anywhere….not that you likely need them.

  31. i have one for sale like this, 2001 HZJ78, coil spring, pop up roof, camper conversion. Belgium. 108.000 km LHD, low price. very good condition and lots off options like air suspension as 2de suspension, maxi 2de fueltank, dieselheater, watertank, 220V, etc..

  32. Love the truck and I get, sure it's a little bit tight inside but you can't beat the view or the experience of getting there

  33. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didnt the 1HDT only come out in the 80 series up to 1995 before being replaced by the 1HDFT meaning this 1999 onwards vehicle couldnt possibly have it from factory?

  34. Love the new rig needs windows in the back though. Another great video! And it’s more suited to off-roading then the VW was.

  35. Really like the Land Cruiser. I was stationed in Germany for three years in the late 80's and did some traveling while I was there. If you don't mind me asking where in Germany have you traveled to. Safe Travels,
    Thank you

  36. Great video. You drive a legend. I learned to drive on an FJ Land Cruiser. I love these cars. Today, I drive a Toyota Fortuner. It's so different from the Land Cruisers, but it's a Toyota. Reliable like no one else!

  37. We, the rest of the world, have had to live with the 'Vanagon' thing on your travels, but enough already, just call it a Troopy and we will translate for Y'all alooominim lovers.

  38. I did not know the troop carrier came in 1HD H151F configuration….. I thought only the mighty 80 came in it. I own a 80 UK spec’d with this congratulation… it’s a beast.

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