The last time we checked in on the progress of the 40 Series LandCruiser it was in the hands of ARB workshop manager, Ian Bailey, who rebuilt the diffs, fitted ARB Air Lockers and rebuilt the gearbox and transfer case. Since then, the Shorty 40 has been equipped with a number of top quality accessories to ensure it’s ready to take on Australia’s Red Centre.
You might think that it’s hard to source accessories for a vehicle as old as the 40 Series LandCruiser, but nothing could be further from the truth. “Everything we’ve put in the Cruiser you can still get in-store,” explains ARB Kilsyth’s Branch Manager, Luke Chynoweth, who’s been given the job of accessorising this very special Off Road Icon. “We’ve fitted a full Old Man Emu suspension kit, four new leaves, shocks all round, bushes and U-bolts – which has lifted it up about 50mm. We’ve also fitted an ARB Deluxe bull bar, a Warn M8274-50 8000lb high-mount winch, a set of AR32 Intensity LEDs, and we’ve put a Safari snorkel on,” he continues. The headlights have also come in for an upgrade with IPF Fatboy H4 globes and a new wiring loom.
Down the back, a Kaymar rear bar not only offers protection but also holds the spare wheel carrier, double jerry can holder and work light, while underneath a Long Ranger 87 litre auxiliary fuel tank more than doubles the standard capacity of the LandCruiser – just as well, as the Toyota 2F 4.2 litre six cylinder petrol engine is not renowned for its outstanding fuel economy.
The small cabin of the short wheelbase 40 Series doesn’t provide a lot of cargo space, but the ARB team has made the most of what’s on offer, installing a single Outback Solutions roller drawer, and finding space for accessories including an ARB twin air compressor and air tank, power outlets for the fridge, and other electrical components including a Redarc BCDC battery charger, auxiliary battery and solar set-up.
The ARB team certainly hasn’t skimped on comfort and convenience features. “We’ve got two Recaro seats to give it a bit more comfort,” says Luke, “and we’ve added a GME radio, a heap of Redarc gauges to keep an eye on everything, a Sony FM radio, a remote fridge monitor… it’s even got an ARB reverse camera, and a camera mounted to the front as well.”
While the LandCruiser is in good shape for its age, on closer inspection the paint leaves a lot to be desired. “It’s been painted a couple of times… she’s a bit rough, laughs Luke, “but we’ve got someone coming out to vinyl wrap it.”
Finishing off the LandCruiser 40 Series are a set of Cooper ST Maxx tyres with Dynamic steel rims.
The oldest vehicle in the Off Road Icons line up, the 40 Series is certainly long in the tooth, but there’s no doubt it’s now ready for its upcoming Simpson Desert adventure.