Baz - The Landy

State: New South Wales
Vehicle: Toyota 79 Series Landcruiser Dual Cab 2013
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“Those that don’t think it can be done shouldn’t bother the person doing it…”

A great motto that my family and I have modeled our life on, and one that has stood us in good stead as we admire the achievements of others, and as we look back (and forward) to our own achievements.

Life is an adventure after all, right?

Having “graduated” from work in 2017, a career spanning 42 years trading currencies and commodities for a major Australian Bank, I have been able to fully focus my attention on getting “Out and About” in this great country of ours, something we have always done within the constraints of work…!

Exploring all it has to offer with Mrs Landy and the Crown Prince. Whether a remote four-wheel drive track, or no track at all; a mountain peak to hike and climb; or perhaps a winding river that we can kayak.

The peace and quiet of the Australian Bush; the Outback, is truly something special to experience, whether it is under a blue sky that touches a far off horizon, or under the Milky Way at night…

And from time-to-time we write about these experiences on our blog “Xplore – Out and About” (www.thelandy.com)

To get us there and back our choice of vehicle these days is a customised Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab, with a Tvan (Firetail) in tow. The ‘”Firetail” replaced our earlier model Tvan in 2016.

Rest assured, customising the vehicle for our requirements hasn’t been a cheap experience, but hey, we’ve always viewed it as a great investment in our lifestyle choice. It took us a couple of vehicles, time and money, and above all patience to get the vehicle right (and the right vehicle!) for our requirements.

And on customising a vehicle, we suggest you start with a blank sheet of paper and aim to have little written on it when finished – our experience has been less is more and you’ll save plenty of money by scrutinising that “blank sheet of paper” whilst asking the question, do I really need to do that, or will that accessory add any real value?

Anyway, I’ll sign-off with another favourite motto of ours – “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are…?”

Don’t ever let age define you or become a barrier – after all, “Those that don’t think it can be done, shouldn’t bother the person doing it”…

About the vehicle – Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

Under the bonnet & Mechanicals
Additional fuel filter
Rapid Performance (Dual) Tuning Module to improve performance (2017 – switched off)
Redback Extreme Heavy Duty 3” Exhaust
EGT Gauge to monitor the EGT Temperature
4-Terrain Heavy Duty Clutch (Toyota replaced at 48,000klm)

Out front
ARB Steel-bull bar with side protection
Heavy duty electric winch
IPF 900 XS driving lights
Safari Snorkel

Suspension
Lovell’s GVM Upgrade kit (3,900kg – usually, however I have the GVM recorded at 3,780kg due to other modifications that are affected by GVM limitations)
Tru-Tracker wheel modification to correct front/rear wheel offset (The Tru-tracker is a fully-engineered and compliant modification to correct the 95mm offset, but is limited to GVM of 3,780kg)

Tyres
Toyo M55 265/75/16R
Doran 360 Tyre Pressure monitor

Communications
Codan NGT HF Radio & 3040 Auto-tune antenna (VKS737 - Mobile 1646)
GME TX 4600 UHF Radio & GME AE4006 UHF Antenna (8.1 dBi)
Iridium Extreme Satphone
VS X523 GPS and Panasonic Toughbook with Hema Mapping & OziExplore Software

Energy Management
Redarc 120 watt solar panels (two)
Redarc BMS 1215 battery management system
Redarc Pure Sine Wave Inverter
150 AMP Gel Battery

Inside
Department of Interior Overhead & Centre consoles

Fuel
Long-ranger 180-litre main tank & 80-litre auxiliary tank
Terrain Tamer Fuel filter with remote water-sensor

The Canopy
Engel 60 Litre fridge on MSA drop-slide

On the Towball
Track TVAN (Firetail 2016)

And in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed, and yes, thank you, I've recovered fully!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck, so “Baz – The Landy” it is...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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