You've done what - Ordered a Toyota 79 Series Twin Cab

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Well this might seem like a bit of a turn-up, but I’m selling "The Landy".

After years of driving a ‘Fender, and still owning two, I have placed an order for a Toyota 79 Series Twin Cab which will be customised with an alloy canopy, similar to "The Landy"...

“The Landy” has served us well, and to be honest, I’m a little indifferent to selling it, so if no-one takes up the offer (did I hear someway say challenge) I’ll be keeping it.

But, hell, don't tell "Mrs Landy" I said that...after all she said, "Baz, there is no driveway space left - so sell both Defenders".

We decided that we needed to give some thought to the years ahead, yes I know you can only live one day at a time, but dreaming of heading off into the Outback for extended tours with our Track T-Van in those post-work years...

But that would still be a few years off, unless the "boss" has different ideas!

Now, I have used the screen-name “The Landy” for the 10-odd years I have been an ExplorOz member, and a blog I write, thelandy.com, also goes under the same title, so I won’t be changing that.

But a couple of things were suggested to me recently that gave me a bit of a chuckle.

Firstly, I have been welcomed back from the dark side...

Someone else suggested I’ll be able to tell Landrover jokes and be able to laugh.

Don’t worry – I always have! Owning three Defenders requires a reasonable sense of humour.

And someone, more sinisterly suggested that the name “The Landy” would still be appropriate, after all Landcruiser, “The Landy”, kind of still works they quipped, with a sly grin...

Talk about being mischievous.

I had to point out to this “trouble-maker” that the Toyota would most likely be “torched” if I even dared try to draw the inference...

Anyway, TomO, our teenage son, suggested it might be good to put a logo on the side of the canopy, similar to the one on “The Landy” .

I’m not that inventive, but Mrs Landy and I thought that would be a great idea, as we patted ourselves on the back for sending him off to a private school, seemingly we are getting some value from those fees we are paying.

So on my blog, which you can find at thelandy.com has a competition running, design me a logo and the winning entry gets an Akubra Hat and a few other goodies...

Take a look, if you are interested...

And I’ll update on the vehicle as it progresses to completion...

Cheers, Baz – The Landy (Still!)
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:12

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:12
Geez I wouldn't have thought anyone would deliberatly buy a twin cab 79 series, it seems such a botched up mismatch of bits, but then I bought the last ever 4800 GU Patrol, knowing it was discontinued, simply because I could find nothing
that would fit my non-standard needs better.

All the best with it Landy !
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18
Thanks Robin...

The starting point for me was two Landrover Defenders...

See, telling Landy jokes already!

Cheers,
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:24

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:24
Are you going to get the chassis stretched by about 50cm, they look "all wrong" otherwise.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:30

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:30
Mrs Landy said, Baz, you've stretched the budget, so don't you go stretching anything else...
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 10:04

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 10:04
Looking at the photo of Landy and comparing it to the 79 just what is the difference in the wheelbase and how much will that effect your canopy build.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 09:58

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 09:58
Howdy

130 is around 3,225, and the 79 Series, 3,180. My canopy will be slightly shorter, but to be honest, the canopy on The Landy is slightly larger than needed...

Cheer,s Baz
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 13:35

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 13:35
Congrats on your upcoming purchase Landy
I have a DC Cruiser and we love it
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Reply By: Member - ROADKING - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 19:29

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 19:29
Hi Baz,
Seems that there are a few of us thinking to the future I did the same 3 months ago sold the defender and bought a 76 series wagon. After purchasing a Australian Offroad Quantum I found the Defender a bit lacking in the power department and with the probability of a Bushtracker or Kedron offroad caravan in the future for that no time limit retirement I thought it was time to spend the money while still working.After taking the defender through the Simpson , Anne Beadell, Canning stock route and the cape without getting stuck anywhere I hope the 76 performs as well, as according to the Misses the amount Iv' e spent on goodies at opposite lock ,ARB and TJM it should go to the moon.Just returned from the first trip to the Kimberley's and the 76 performed above expectation especially in the fuel economy. Anyway by the look of the Landy I will be looking forward to seeing the pics of the cruiser.
Cheers Jim
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:32

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:32
Yep, I'm hearing you Jim...

Mind you, love The Landy...fingers crossed it doesn't sell!
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Reply By: disco driver - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 19:49

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 19:49
Hi Landy,
Please don't park the Intruder along side your faithful old friends in the shed, they will feel unloved and surely will retaliate against the it and/or you.
The retaliation may include "failure to proceed", "bladder problems" (ie oil leaks) and
"general malaise" (not running properly) or a multitude of other problems

Us LandRovers do not like being usurped by outsiders.

Cheers

Disco.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:33

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:33
Hey, Disco, sounds like me that you are talking about ;)
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 20:22

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 20:22
Baz,

I hesitate to say... but you've seen the light. I love my 76 wagon and am confident you will love your new baby.
:)
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:34

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:34
Ta, Vicki...
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Reply By: DiscoTourer - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:22

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:22
I did the same thing purchasing a 200 series....but I came back.

A mate told me "you'll be back". He was right.

Hope she looks after you as good as your deefer did.

Brett....
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:38

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:38
Well there are still two deefer's in the driveway as of now ;)

Cheer's, Baz
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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 10:21

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 10:21
Hey Brett....

Just curious here, but with your Disco4 SDV6.... I believe these are 4 wheel independent suspension and all the ones I've seen look awfully low which wouldn't suit our outback travelling & the rocky outback roads, etc... How have u found it in this area and can u lift these vehicle's suspension up by much?

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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 14:51

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 14:51
Hi Rob,

Yep it's fully independent....and fully adjustable. There are factory settings, but I have added a module giving me more adjustments.
I can sit 20mm below normal ride height for highway cruising, 30mm above normal height (this particular height is awesome on corrugations.....you really don't feel them, which can be a bad thing giving you a false sense of security not realising how hard your suspension is working), 50mm above normal height, 80mm above normal ride height, 100mm above normal height (but this extra 50mm is speed restrictive to 50kph) and can then trick it for another 40mm if grounded.
So no issues at all with clearance, and no diffs to worry about either.
I just adjust suspension height as needed, which helps with economy for high speed runs and clearance in car parks (can put it 60mm below normal height for this). Makes hitching trailers a breeze.
Changing tyres can be a pain as the wheel travel is enormous, so what I do is remove the main suspension fuse, then the height stays as is.

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Brett.....
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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 21:50

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 21:50
Cheers for that .... What about Long Term Reliability then ?? Is that good?
Cheers..... RobM
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 22:04

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 22:04
That's probably the reason why it is done that way.

Only increase height when needed. Less stress, less fuel (less heat).

Transport industry have been using airbags for a long time.

Got to be a good thing.

Brett....
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Reply By: Tim Owen - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:22

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:22
Shame to see you move on from the Landy - it largely inspired my move from a 75 series cruiser to a 130 defender

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:37

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 21:37
Hey Tim...

Well, thanks for that.

I'm looking forward to the new vehicle, but hey, The Landy hasn't sold yet, but I'm working hard on selling it (that's the official line!)...

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - John G - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 08:49

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 08:49
G'day Baz (aka The Landy)

Listen to Mrs Landy - clear the driveway and face the future!! My question is this - would Len Beadell have bought a Landrover if Toyotas were allowed in?

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 12:29

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 12:29
Baz old son ...

What can I say. After a quarter of a century and an assortment of 4 different Landies(Isuzu County, Tdi Defender, V8 Disco and TD5 Defender) I last year went over to the darkside. Having just returned from a 13,500 km trip I have to say ... quietly ... I don't regret it. I loved the old marque, but don't miss the water and dust on the inside, or the lack of realistically useable power on long outback hauls (V8 Disco aside).

Even the comparative quiet on the inside ;o).

Would I go back? .......................Have to say I don't think so. My only question would be your choice of the twin cab, but then again I don't know your requirements of course.

If my experience is anything to gauge, I doubt you'll regret it. Though I must say I've searched the vehicle assiduously and as yet have failed to find it's soul.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:01

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:01
Howdy Rosco...

I'm looking forward to it, but I'll miss The Landy...

We need a twin cab for the young bloke, TomO, a typical teenager!

Cheer,s Baz
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:30

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 10:30
Goodo mate

That makes sense. I hope the young fella doesn't grow too tall or he may have issues. But then again I don't recall the back of the 130 being overly generous in the legroom department.

You'll probably also be pleasantly surprised at the lack of issues requiring attention in the warranty department. That's not to say there won't be any, but in my case so far they have been very minor.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 20:40

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 20:40
hey Baz, I hope that Toyboater came with a neck brace. I was bullied by the accounts department and offspring to by "a normal car" and the Prado felt like a Ferrari after the Landy.

Good at doughnuts too.

;-))
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