The Truck

The Truck

1998 Toyota Landcruiser RV 105

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEngine_350x350_01 6cyl 4.2L Diesel 1HZ

Transmission_350x350_01 Manual Transmission

Suspension_350x350_01 Old Man Emu 2″ lift Suspension

Tank_350x350_01 230-litre dual tank

This is “Ohno” our 1998 Toyota Landcruiser and will be our transport, kitchen, accommodation and home for the coming months.

We purchased ‘Ohno’ in November of 2015 from a German couple, Jens and Katharina who had toured around Australia for 12 months in the truck. Check out their blog (It’s in German) We originally wanted to purchase an unmolested Toyota LandCruiser, Hilux or Nissan Patrol and modify to our own specification, we spent hours trawling through the classified’s and did a deep amount of research working out which vehicle to buy and the process behind preparing it for an overland trip. For more information on the decision of choosing The Landcruiser 105 head to our FAQ page. Then we came across this Landcruiser and it jumped out at us. The truck was already very well kitted out and was packed with equipment, it even came with a rooftop tent!

Mechanically the Landcruiser needed a bit of work at the start, we changed all the belts (the timing belt was fraying), the oil and filters, control arms, bearings in all the front wheels and then there were the DIY electrics fitted by a previous owner. We ripped out the dodgy Chinese immobiliser system that would cut in anywhere between 60 sec to 120 seconds into your drive and would kill the engine which then would require locking the car from the inside, unlocking, then opening and closing the doors, then locking & unlocking the doors then starting the truck again, in this order exactly otherwise 60 seconds later the engine would die again! We then pulled a birds nest of wires, meters of unused electrical wire and replaced existing wiring and fuses which revealed a breach in the firewall we fixed with a sealant.

Since November we have spent quite a bit of time preparing “Ohno” for her big adventure, we travelled from Melbourne, Victoria to South Australia and into The Grampians National Park and on a separate trip a 3-week coast drive up to Queensland, onto Fraser Island and then down through the Great Dividing Range. They were fantastic trips and gave us a greater idea of how to set up the truck for the next stage.

We have modified the internal electrics adding a front and rear camera, a 7″ LCD display, reverse mounted flood light, new stereo, and speakers, USB hardwired points for charging, replaced all internal bulbs with LEDs, adding a 32″ LED light bar to the front bar, a load a rocker switch, removed the firewood collector, added a customer sand track box and storage to the roof rack and the most rewarding modification adding lambs wool seat covers, the comfort level improves by 100% with these fitted.

  • External modifications


    • Ironman Delux Steel Bullbars‎
    • 12000 Pound Winch
    • Tow bar
    • Old Man Emu 2″ lift Suspension
    • 6x 285 75 16 BF Goodrick All-Terrain KO-2
    • Powerful 4×4 Premium Series Dual Spare wheel carrier
    • ARB Long Range auxiliary 180 Liter fual tank + 90 liter stock tank.
    • Full lenght roofrack
    • Side steps
    • Safari Snorkel
    • Bonnet Protector
    • 32″ 300W Phillips LED light Bar
    • Pair 7″ inch 100W Xenon HID Driving Lights Spotlight
    • Front & Reverse Camera
    • ARB Simpson III roof top tent
    • 5 x 2 meter awning with LED light bar
    • 5 x 2 2m x 2.5m mosquito net

  • Internal extras


    • 12v Fridge/Freezer
    • 60 liter fresh water stainless steel tank
    • Hot water show system
    • ARB CKMA-12 Air compressor and tank

  • Electrical



    • 40 Channel CB Radio
    • Security Central Locking
    • Navigation GPS (TomTom Go 510)
    • After market USB charging ports
    • Driver and passenger footwell LED light strip and puddle light
    • Triple battery system – 2x deep cycle Aux batteries, 1x 900CCA starter
    • Sony MP3CD/USB/Bluetooth CD Player – MEX-N5150BT
    • 4x 6 1/2 3 way speakers
    • Reserve and forward camera
    • 7″ rear view TFT monitor

  • Cosmetic upgrades


    • Floor Mats Floor Mats
    • Cargo Space Cargo Barrier
    • Windows factory tinted windows
    • Solarshades

  • Dimensions




    Length 5300 mm.
    Width 2000 mm.
    Height 2470 mm.
    Wheelbase 2850 mm.
    Front track 1620 mm.
    Rear (Back) track 1615 mm.
  • Landcruiser technical specifications



    Brand Toyota
    Model Land Cruiser
    Generation Land Cruiser 105
    Engine 4.2 D (135 Hp)Edit data of this car
    Doors 5Edit data of this car
    Power 135 hp/4000 rpm.Edit data of this car
    Fuel tank volume 95 lEdit data of this car & 140 l reserve tank
    Year of putting into production 1998 yearEdit data of this car
    Coupe type Off-road vehicleEdit data of this car
    Seats 5
    Position of engine Front, longitudinalEdit data of this car
    Engine displacement 4163 cm3Edit data of this car
    Torque 280 Nm/2200 rpm.Edit data of this car
    Fuel System Diesel commonrailEdit data of this car
    Position of cylinders InlineEdit data of this car
    Number of cylinders 6Edit data of this car
    Bore 94 mm.Edit data of this car
    Stroke 100 mm.Edit data of this car
    Compression ratio 22.7Edit data of this car
    Number of valves per cylinder 2Edit data of this car
    Fuel Type DieselEdit data of this car
    Wheel Drive All wheel drive (4×4)Edit data of this car
    Number of Gears (manual transmission) 5Edit data of this car
    Front brakes Ventilated discsEdit data of this car
    Rear brakes Ventilated discsEdit data of this car
    ABS yesEdit data of this car
    Minimum turning circle (turning diameter) 11 mEdit data of this car
    Emission standard EURO III