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Arctic Adventures in a Vintage Land Cruiser

During the summer of 2018, my wife and I embarked on an Alaska trip. We thought we’d be gone about four weeks.  92 days, two trips to the Arctic Ocean  and 13,000 miles later we made it home in late August.

While on the trip, I was contacted,  via Instagram , by the editor of TCT magazine and asked if I would  write an article about the trip.   Below are the links to the articles.

I hope you enjoy them and welcome your comments.

Arctic Adventures Part One

Arctic Adventures Part Two

Arctic Adventures Part Three

 

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WAR CRUISERS in 4WD Toyota Owners Magazine

My latest article “War Cruisers” has been published in the 2019 July/August 2019 issue of 4WD Toyota Owners Magazine.   I hope you enjoy and welcome your comments.

If you are not a subscriber of 4WD Toyota Owner magazine now is a good time to subscribe.   https://4wdtoyotaowner.com/

Dropbox link to the article.

Google drive link:      https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rwSZYL248bDuOJqtnwEuYXJw0L9JHu_s

 

 

 

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Arctic Adventure in a Vintage Land Cruiser Part Three TCT Magazine

Part three of the series Arctic Adventures in a vintage Land Cruiser is now live on TCT magazine.

We continue our trip through Alaska and Canada and head back beyond the Arctic Circle.

I hope you enjoy the article ,and welcome your comments.  The article starts on page 24.

Arctic Adventures Part three

those of you who missed parts one and two the links below will take you to the articles.

Part one:  Arctic Adventures Part One

Part two: Arctic Adventures Part Two

 

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Sold 1985 FJ 60 For sale

Selling my beloved 1985 FJ-60.  I’ve had it for 20 years and time for a change.

My wife and I recently returned from a three-month 13,000 mile trip to Alaska and Canada in the FJ-60 and it performed as designed. Read about the trip to Deadhorse at the below link.

https://badlandsexpeditions.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/my-latest-article-in-tct-magazine/

I bought the FJ-60 in June of 1998 in El Paso, TX, twenty years ago, being the third owner. The truck has been a Texas truck.

Truck runs and handles great. I get about 11 plus mpg on the highway.

Owning this truck has been a labor of love and I have made a lifetime of trips with it. Certainly, a head turner when you drive it. Just time for someone else to enjoy driving a piece of Land Cruiser history.

The truck currently has 307,000,00  miles on and about 55 thousand miles on the 350 Ram Jet engine. The H55 transmission has about 65 thousand miles. Both the engine and trans were purchased new.

The V-8 conversion was done in 2012 by Wolf Creek Rod Works. The 350 Ramjet was a crate motor not a junkyard engine.

The H55 transmission was purchased new.

Twin stick transfer case

Upgraded front brakes, with 4runner calipers EBC yellow stuff pads.

Rear disk brakes. Rear rotors and pads are new. T-case emergency brake

Rebuilt rear axle. New bearings, gears and locker.

The tires are BFG KM2 M/T 33 10.50 15 with about 15,000 miles along with two new spare tires.

All six wheels are new.

Roof rack with six NATO can holders with cans, 2nd spare tire ,Alu Box and awning.

Both front and rear bumpers are Stout built as are the sliders and roof rack.

The truck has never been in an accident.
OME heavy springs front and rear.

Rear springs are new OME Heavy with two extra leaves and BOSS air bags.

CB, , AM,FM , XM , Weather band radio with High Gain XM antenna .

The truck was painted about five years ago in maintenance free paint.

Dual batteries with on board charger, Milford cargo barrier,,
rear drawer system, rear seat is removed for better cargo
storage and capacity. new Hella H4 headlights, PIAA fog and driving lights. 360 LED
flood lighting, Remote control GoLight, rear lockrite locker, awning, 40 gallon fuel tank ,
Wagongear tailgate storage system, Iron Pig drivers side seat, Tuffy console with
Federal 100 watt siren , and PA system, rare roof console, hood strut conversion ,
rotating pintle hitch,  Solar pigtail for the dual batteries, P/S
awning, power tank Mount, high-lift Jack mount, Daylight running lights, Rear sway bar
, Nitro extra capacity rear diff cover, hood gas strut conversion, 4Runner windshield wiper arms conversion

Extra alternator, hoses ,air filter .This is a link to a write up on the FJ-60 in Toyota trails magazine.

https://badlandsexpeditions.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/my-fj-60-in-toyota-trails-magazine/

Here is a link with more pictures . Some pictures  show a winch with no longer part of the truck as well as other options such as radios etc.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9QQudjbfUTxvreXj6

Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are hoping this truck gets to a new loving home.

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Part Two of Arctic Adventures in a Vintage Land Cruiser. TCT Magazine

Part two of my three part series  Arctic Adventures in a Vintage Land Cruiser is now live in TCT magazine . The article starts on page 41. I hope you enjoy the article and I look forward to your comments.

Arctic Adventures in a Vintage Land Cruiser Pt 2

 

 

 

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Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Salt Lake City, Utah

While in SLC today, we stopped to visit the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum.  The collection is breathtaking.  Kyle met us and answered some questions . His knowledge was extensive and I learned a couple of new things.

If in SLC, this museum is a must see even if not a Land Cruiser aficionado.  Below is from the official website.

Greg Miller has always loved Land Cruisers. In his words, “When I’m in a Land Cruiser, I’m usually in a place I love, with people I love, doing what I love.” For many years, Greg has been collecting historically significant Land Cruisers and adding them to his collection.  Greg also outfitted several 78 series Land Cruisers and took them on a journey around the world, driving them on all seven continents, including Antarctica. http://www.expeditions7.com

When Greg realized that Toyota did not maintain a museum to celebrate the history of his favorite vehicle, the idea to create a museum of his own both as a place to display his collection and as a way to celebrate Land Cruiser heritage started to form in his mind.

The museum began in a specially designed building at the former Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, but moved to Salt Lake City in 2015 where it is more accessible to guests who wish to visit and explore.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum is designed for those who share a passion for these remarkable vehicles. Within the walls of the museum rare and classic Land Cruisers are carefully preserved while their stories are shared.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum houses what is believed to be the world’s most diverse collection of Land Cruisers. Models range from a beautifully patina’d 1953 Toyota Jeep to a pristine 200 series. You’ll see 20 series, 40 series, 55s, 60 series, 70 series, 80s, 90 series, 100s, a 105 and many other rare “cousins” of the Land Cruiser, including a Delta mini-Cruiser, Blizzards, a PX-10, and Mega-Cruisers. You’ll see the first Land Cruiser sold in the United States, the first (and only) four-wheeled vehicle to traverse all seven continents, and more.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, just six minutes from the Salt Lake International airport. Our address is 470 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101  M-F 0800-1700

Contact Information:

Dan Busey – 505.615.5470
Kyle Patten – 801.717.6017

H/T: http://www.landcruiserhm.com/

 

 

 

 

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Land Crusiers and other cool vehicles I’ve seen while in Afghanistan

I’d thought I’d share some pictures of the many Land Cruisers and Land Rovers I’ve spotted while in Afghanistan. The trucks with all the antennas on the roof have ECM – Electronic Countermeasures. The Arctic Truck belonged to the Lithuanian Special Forces. It was fully armoured. Please feel free to ask any questions on the comment page. Mike
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