Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

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Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby Tribbs » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:44 pm

Hi everyone, Just joined the forum. Having done a little bit of camping using a 2wd van I am thinking of going 4wd as we prefer to travel off the beaten track if possible. I am inspired by those Land Cruiser Troopys a with lifting roof and want to give it a go and see

The vehicles I am looking at are BJ45, the HZJ75 and HZJ78 and was wondering if any one has experience of all three models (or at least two of them) and can explain the pros and cons

I already own a BJ73 and have briefly driven a BJ45 which was slow and noisy so I guess a 5 speed box and a lot of sound insulation would be a minimum upgrade. Are the 75 with leaf springs and 78 with coils at the front a whole lot better truck?

I know its an odd selection but there is method in my madness, honest

Many thanks, Simon

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby DaveS » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:42 pm

Hiya Simon and welcome aboard.

Have you spoken with these guys:

https://www.landcruiserclub.net/community/

Friendly group and quite a few guys have Troopies - maybe someone can help?

All the best

Dave S

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby NeilandPat » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:17 pm

Dont know much about the old landcruisers except that I love them.

I think Stan our leader has had a few so hopefully he will pick this up.

I am in Brazil and there are thousands of them on the roads. They dont have a special appeal here , they are just used as utility vehicles.

I reckon some must have a million km on them

Welcome and good luck with your choices

Neil

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby Tribbs » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:03 pm

DaveS wrote:Hiya Simon and welcome aboard.

Have you spoken with these guys:

https://www.landcruiserclub.net/community/

Friendly group and quite a few guys have Troopies - maybe someone can help?

All the best

Dave S

Thanks Dave, good idea!

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby Tribbs » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:11 pm

NeilandPat wrote:Dont know much about the old landcruisers except that I love them.

I think Stan our leader has had a few so hopefully he will pick this up.

I am in Brazil and there are thousands of them on the roads. They dont have a special appeal here , they are just used as utility vehicles.

I reckon some must have a million km on them

Welcome and good luck with your choices

Neil


Thanks Neil. Nice truck by the way and hope you are enjoying your trip, I will be having a good look at your website.

I think they built the old 40 series in Brazil right up to the early 2000s but probably wouldn't conform to euro regulations!

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby NeilandPat » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:20 am

I think your right. They are two a penny here so I am sure that someone would be shipping them wholsale to europe if they could.

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby stan » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:22 pm

Hi
Welcome to my favourite subject !
All depends on what you want and mainly budget but some points to consider..
Bj 45 is old shape and the old 4 cylinder 3.5 l engine, there is also the hj47 which i have owned and had the 2h 6 cyliinder 4 l engine
The hzj75 is the later hz 4.2 6 cyl engine and leaf springs all round, and the hzj78 is the same engine, but diferent gewrbox and coils on the front..
If your going to investing in a pop top then its btter to go to a 78 as it will make a 75 an expensive truck and might struggle to get that back if ever you were to sell, saying that theres plenty for sale here in germany at big money and some people prefere them as its leaves and stronger gearbox
The 75/78 are the same body and a tad bigger than the 45/47
Saw a really nice pop top 45 for sale in germany at the bsuchtaxi meeting earler this month
Not sure what aesle to say, most constraints are budget, any of the trucks will take you around the world many times, all in similar manor , slow and noisy generally :D

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Re: Which Land Cruiser Troopy?

Postby Tribbs » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:44 am

stan wrote:Hi
Welcome to my favourite subject !
All depends on what you want and mainly budget but some points to consider..
Bj 45 is old shape and the old 4 cylinder 3.5 l engine, there is also the hj47 which i have owned and had the 2h 6 cyliinder 4 l engine
The hzj75 is the later hz 4.2 6 cyl engine and leaf springs all round, and the hzj78 is the same engine, but diferent gewrbox and coils on the front..
If your going to investing in a pop top then its btter to go to a 78 as it will make a 75 an expensive truck and might struggle to get that back if ever you were to sell, saying that theres plenty for sale here in germany at big money and some people prefere them as its leaves and stronger gearbox
The 75/78 are the same body and a tad bigger than the 45/47
Saw a really nice pop top 45 for sale in germany at the bsuchtaxi meeting earler this month
Not sure what aesle to say, most constraints are budget, any of the trucks will take you around the world many times, all in similar manor , slow and noisy generally :D

Thanks Stan,
I guess that old 4.2 can still shift a bit. I was passed by a 78 pop top on German plates in northern Spain a couple of months ago and there was no way my old van could catch up with it. They must have stopped for a rest as they came steaming past us a couple of times in France as well!

Is there any comfort advantage with the 78 coil springs compared with the leaf springs?

Comfort probably outweighs speed as I get older and recent experience suggests a good pair of seats will be a priority...


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