Australians know a thing or two about overland travel. Their country is enormous, and a traveler must be well prepared for every eventuality in the most remote areas. The Aussies have a love affair with their Utes (utility vehicles), and the flatbed configuration seems by far the most popular. But why? Well, there are a few reasons. A flatbed is easy to unload and unload, potentially reduces weight, and offers a more sturdy, bullet-proof load area than those supplied directly from the manufacturer. The flatbed is versatile and offers the ability to carry different types of loads as required. The Australians also love the mighty Toyota brand, and some might say a Land Cruiser with a flatbed load area may be a near-perfect configuration for remote overland travel.
Mule Expedition Outfitters have taken their Project MuleWagon to the next level and have equipped a 1992 80-Series Land Cruiser with an MITs alloy flatbed tray and canopy (Mule is the North American distributor of Australian MITs trays and canopies). While they were at it, they replaced the old, under-powered Cruiser engine with a Chevrolet LS3 V8 mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.
1992 Toyota Land Cruiser
Chevrolet LS3 V8 with Edelbrock management system
4L80E automatic transmission
Transfer case: stock
Suspension and Drive
Axles: Stock housings with ARB air lockers, Nitro Gears and rear full-float upgrade by Nitro Gear
Brakes: Powerbrake Big Break kit (front)
Onboard Air: ARB twin compressor with Pressure Control system
Suspension: Old Man Emu coils, BP-51 shocks and OME suspension links and trailing arms
Tires and Wheels
Yokohama Geolandar MT
Wheels: Teraflex Nomad
Recovery and Armor
Front Bumper: ARB
Winch (front and rear): Comeup
ARB Recovery Kit
MaxTrax recovery boards
Lights: Baja Designs
Roof Rack: Front Runner
Storage: MITS Alloy Flatbed Tray and Canopy System
Dometic Dual-zone fridge/freezer with Clearview fridge slide
Sunflare solar panels
Charging Management: Redarc Manager 30 with Redvision
BluOasis 200 AH lithium battery
Expedition 134 storage box
FrontRunner Wolfpack storage box
Custom rear-frame section with hidden winch mount.
Visit Mule Expedition Outfitters for more info: dasmule.com
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