2 wheel 4 wheel

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 16:36
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I have a Landcruiser with a fold up camper on the back. My favourite mode of travel. Now I have just bought a second handToyota coaster, 1987 BB series 5 speed manual, diesel which offers my wife rather more creature comfort not to mention extra seats if relatives come from the US.
So to any of the Toyota Coaster people out there I am curious as to what are reasonable expectations that the Cruiser can handle. For example, I wouldn't think Fraser Island beaches would be likely or the tip of Cape Yorke. Not sure how well they travel on corrugated roads.
Where do I draw the line and revert to the old Landcruiser?
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Reply By: dirttracker - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 17:18

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 17:18
You might be interested in this thread.


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Follow Up By: harryopal - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 17:38

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 17:38
Thanks for the link Dirttracker.
Interesting post but beyond me on 3 counts. Not enough money, not enough skill and no place to do it.
David Robinson has an interesting blog on his work to convert a Coaster to 4wd. Admire the skill and ability. However, I can change a tyre.
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Follow Up By: dirttracker - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 19:18

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 19:18
I find it is always good to read about what others can do with their vehicles. Here is a link that will amaze you. A Nissan rebuilt using F250 4x4 parts with very advanced engineering.


It is a great read. It is a wonder when you think that it is just a bloke in a shed with fantastic skills.

I won't bug you with any more but there are some that amaze. eg a handbuilt Ferrari completed in a basement in Holland!

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Follow Up By: dirttracker - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 19:21

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 19:21
Oh and I forgot, no two wheel drives on Fraser Island. Even the tourist buses are 4wd and if they are coming the other way, get off the track.... fast!
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Reply By: outsider - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:16

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:16
I once went on a two day tour in kakadu in a coaster, covered some fairly rough tracks, at sometimes concerning speeds. when I commented on the constant abuse it takes the tour guide couldn't speak highly enough of the coaster, Unbreakable he said.
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:31

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:31
It is realy a matter of weight distribution. If you can get all the heavy things up the back you will be surprised where your coaster will take you. Eric.
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Follow Up By: harryopal - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 16:25

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 16:25
Thank you for your posts. David Robinson responded to an enquiry with this:

Hi Harry,
With a suspension lift the 2wd coaster will get you to the cape via the main road. You can always fit a set of Dunlop super gripper tyres for a bit extra strength and traction if you want.
The coaster will handle the corrogations ok as that model has the strongest body of them all but are prone to serious rust. You will be suprised just how far it will go in 2wd if you are careful. You can wind up the front torsion bars for more clerance as well and fit taller tyres (but this will slow the old 4cyl diesel right down) When you fit it out just make sure that the interior fitting are sturdy enough to survive the roads you will be travelling on. Also you may want to fit a good steel bullbar and a 12,000lb winch just in case. Forget Fraser use the cruiser for any real sand trips (beaches and deserts)

Sounds good to me. Harry
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