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New Cruiser: Expeditions

The travels of an all aluminum Land Cruiser and its owners…

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Construction

The truck was completed in 2002. It took the equivalent of about 7 months full-time to build, but we completed it part-time over a period of 2 years. Read about the design and construction in the articles below.

Construction

CAD Drawings of the New Cruiser - May 21, 2008
We created AutoCAD drawings way back in 2000 when we first designed the truck. They aren’t a complete design, but it was enough to get the material ordered and do our budget pricing. The rest of the design occured in real time at the shop. Anyhow, I’ve posted pdfs of them up, for anyone who’s […]

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Questions - January 6, 2000
Why Build It? We built the truck because we could. It was a mix of good opportunity and a lot of pro-activeness. We made this project happen, but it did creep up on us – it began as a dream sketched at a picnic table, and slowly became more and more serious until all of […]

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24 Volt Issues - January 5, 2000
Over time I have had nothing but problems with the 24 volt systems in the Landcruisers I have owned. Other 24v cruiser owners will identify with this. Batteries drain, they die, you purchase a better warranty, try Optima, and still you have problems. Finally, I came upon the solution. Why do you keep having to […]

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Inspection - January 4, 2000
Just about everyone who sees this truck ask me about the certification and inspection process. Really, it’s not a big deal, at least not in British Columbia. Basically there are two inspection levels – a federal and a provincial. I’m not sure at what point you have to pass a federal inspection. It didn’t apply […]

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Safety - January 3, 2000
Well, here’s a pretty big issue, many people ask me about as well. How safe is this thing? Of course there has been no crash testing or anything like that, just pure guess work. In an accident, I really don’t know what will happen. But here’s what I think. In most cases I think I […]

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Specifications - January 2, 2000
This post lists the various specs from the New Cruiser, from the original factory horsepower, to the modifications we’ve included.

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Construction Process - January 1, 2000
We began building the New Cruiser in 1998 when I was studying civil engineering. I went back to the shop where I had worked building aluminum boats (Wolf Manufacturing) and worked with them to get the job done between my studies. The frame was really rotten on the inner rail. We stripped everything off of […]

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