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Overland Classifieds :: 1994 HZJ75 Land Cruiser + Alu-Cab Hercules

This listing is as much about the vehicle for sale as the team that made it. If you’re unfamiliar with The Fit Garage, then it’s best described as The Fast and the Furious meets Mad Max. It’s a garage where they’ve seemingly struck the perfect balance between creating exquisite, bespoke, one-off vehicles while simultaneously sodding around the yard like a bunch of teenagers (which I love). “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life” is a quote that couldn’t better reflect the atmosphere at The Fit Garage. The upshot of pursuing what you love is that you’re genuinely invested in the work you create, and this is evident in the vehicles they produce.

Served up in Battleship Blue, this stunning Troopy provides the perfect platform to build your dream round-the-world overlanding rig. The build features the sought-after 1HD-T engine, extensive upgrades and is finished with a premium Alu-Cab Hercules roof conversion. I’ve only seriously considered two other vehicles to potentially replace my Syncro, and the Troopy was one of them. This particular example, in this condition, tastefully modernised, and featuring the full-length pop-top roof, is nothing short of perfection. 

From The Fit Garage: 

 “Toyota’s fully mechanical 1HD-T engine was sourced from an HDJ81 and completely serviced with a water pump, timing belt, tensioner, seals, and gaskets. The Turbo was replaced with a G-Turbo Grunter, built to spool fast and keep the EGT temperature low—critical on the Toyota diesel engines. The bottom end bearings were replaced with ACL bearings, a known factory flaw on 1HDT engines. Intake and exhaust manifolds were ceramic/powder coated and all hoses, lines, sensors replaced with new OEM parts. Compression tested at 450-460 across the board.

Anything showing wear was replaced with new OEM or upgraded aftermarket components: hinges, locks, latches, handles, interior plastics, lights, electronics, etc. New seats were sourced from a new-body VDJ78. Rubber floors were restored with factory replacements, along with new insulation.

LizardSkin Ceramic sound deadening and heat insulation was sprayed into doors, rear cavities, floors. As a result, noise and heat are kept at a minimum.

A complete game-changer for a Troopy, an Alu-Cab Hercules conversion was installed. Nibblers were used to cut the original thin sheet metal off the truck. Prepping for installation included sanding and coating with POR-15 rust prevention followed by bracket installation.”


Along with a clean Oregon title and plates, this restored 1994 HZJ75 Landcruiser will be offered with the following:

Exterior/interior paint acid-stripped and repainted Admiralty Blue-BU101. 

Rust removed, treated, and repaired before primer. 

Rust-free frame cleaned, sealed, and painted.

1HD-T engine installed with H55F transmission, transfer case serviced

Australian G-Turbo with 3-inch stainless exhaust

Alu-Cab Hercules roof conversion, installed ($11,500 total cost)

Factory heat and air conditioning added

Dobinson 2-inch lift with all new leaf springs, shocks, greaseable shackles and pins

Front and rear axles rebuilt with new brakes, wheel bearings, trunnion bearings, races, seals, felts, etc.

Wheels and tires of choice

ARB front bumper

Expedition One 70 Series rear bumper with swing-outs

Interior refinished to new, with OEM parts including dash pad, dash trim, door cards, handles, rubber floors, front double-bench seat, and four rear folding seats sourced from a 2020 Toyota VDJ78 Troop-carrier

Double Din CarPlay head unit and new speakers

New window runs, door seals, hardware, latches, keys, etc.

Mechanically run through with new fluids, road-tested, etc.

Truck-Lite LED headlights, OEM signals, grille, tail lights, etc.

This 1994 HZJ75 Land Cruiser is listed for $89,500 and is currently located in Bend, Oregon. Check out the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here

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