This 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser is a modified example that was refurbished under previous ownership and was acquired by Sandbox Motors in May of 2020. The truck is finished in red over black upholstery and powered by a fuel-injected 5.0-liter Ford V8 mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a vacuum-operated three-speed transfer case. Equipment includes a removable hardtop, heated front seats, front disc brakes, dual fuel tanks, custom driveshafts, a 3″ suspension lift with Bilstein shocks, 15″ Dick Cepek wheels, a Warn winch, and a custom headrest audio system.
Originally finished in Seminole Red, the truck is said to have been repainted in Fleet Red under previous ownership. Exterior modifications consist of a custom front bumper with a Warn 9000-series winch, Hella auxiliary lights, rock sliders, tubular steel doors, quarter panel- and fender-mounted “defender” bars, and a custom rear bumper with a swing-out tire carrier. A removable hardtop is included in the sale.
Black 15″ Dick Cepek wheels wear 33×12.50″ Toyo M/T Open Country tires. The suspension has been raised using Superlift leaf springs with oversized shackles and Bilstein 5100 shocks. Additional equipment includes Saginaw power steering, front disc brakes, Warn manually-locking front hubs, inline brake proportioning valves, and a Vanco hydraulic brake booster.
The cabin features Steel Horse heated front bucket seats and a rear bench upholstered in black vinyl. Amenities include a roll bar, integrated seat speakers, and a lockable center console with an aftermarket head unit and auxiliary ports.
The steel dashboard is finished in body color and features a row of aftermarket toggle switches. The three-spoke steering wheel frames replacement Dakota Digital instrumentation consisting of a 120-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and gauges for oil pressure, fuel level, coolant temperature, and voltage. True mileage is unknown.
The fuel-injected 5.0-liter Ford V8 was reportedly sourced from a 1996 Explorer and installed under previous ownership. Equipment includes a Howe aluminum radiator, a Flex-a-Lite electric cooling fan, dual Optima Yellowtop batteries, and a 140-amp alternator. Larger-diameter wiring has been fitted along with a 14-circuit fuse block and a hidden kill switch.
Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels through a GM NV4500 five-speed manual transmission and a vacuum-operated three-speed transfer case.