Mechanics

Car Mechanics

The car is fully mechanic, no computer management present. All mechanics are heavy duty, from the springs to the driveshafts. The engine is Toyotas success-engine, the 1HZ: a 4.2 litre 6-cylinder 12-valve workhorse, that delivers maximum power of 96 kW (129 hp) @3800 rpm and maximum torque of 285Nm (210lbft) @2200 rpm. You may remember what Toyota’s engines are capable of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnWKz7Cthkk.

The engine is 24V-powered, which means that two batteries have to be present to start the car. Those batteries also power the winch (Champion, 12.000lbs, steel cable) and beamlights at the front of the car. The rest of the car electronics is relayed to the interior “household” batteries.

While driving, one can enjoy the luxury of airconditioning and a basic cruise-control, connected to the throttle, to help you through long stretches. And long they can be, as the car holds an extra fuel tank of 180 litres, adding up to a total of 260 litres! At a 1:7 diesel consumption, this will bring you from Amsterdam to Rome on one fill.

For driving in lesser developed countries, the car is fitted with a Safari snorkel for cleaner air inlet. The engine is also equipped with a second diesel filter, which filters water from fuel. All driving parts are mechanical and heavy-duty, which means durable, but in need of frequent upkeep (adding/replacing fuels and filters and greasing), especially in harder conditions.

To save a bit on fuel consumption and raise comfort, the car has two separate gearboxes: a 5 speed regular and a hi-low box for offroad. The axels are equipped with manual free wheel hubs and an electric selflocking differential in the rear. Meaning economic fuel consumption during on-road driving and lots of power in the field. Although the car will take you as far as 130kmh on the freeway, we usually drive at a maximum 100. It’s called a Landcruiser, not a Landracer.

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