The only legally registered 80 series on 44" tyres in Australia.
Toyota Land Cruiser Australia
Just goes to show that if you follow the rule book closely in conjunction with an engineer thats willing to listen to you and understands and follows the project all the way through, anything is possible.1994 80 Series Toyota Land cruiser formerly known as Siggibilt.
The truck was one of the first 80 series 4.2l turbo diesel auto-trans LCs imported into Australia. It was actually used by Toyota Australia for press testing. At the time, I was living in Australia, and wanted to introduce the Australian 4X4 community to Icelandic modifications. To this end, I translated the Icelandic regulations and presented them to the New South Wales (NSW) Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), along with images of Icelandic vehicles that were similarly modified. I also presented my ideas to Toyota Australia, as at that time most 44" modified search and rescue vehicles were based on the 80 series LC.
The RTA were less than enthusiastic about my ventures, but Toyota Australia more so. They "lent" me the vehicle initially under some product development scheme. With a project vehicle secure, I got in touch with Toyota Iceland, P. Samuelsson, who now have a separate division for vehicle modifications called Arctic Trucks. They provided me with the fender flares and auxiliary hydraulic ram for the steering, plus some modification outlines.
Norm Needham, then owner of Traction4, a four wheel drive shop in NSW, allowed me to stick the truck into the back of his shop, and helped me carry out the modifications. All through the project, Norm, a veteran in the Australian 4X4 industry, was certain that I would never get the vehicle registered.
The regulations for vehicle modifications in Australia are very strict, but Australia has a local auto industry. For this industry there is a complete set of regulations called the Australian Design Rules (ADR). This is what I used. I hired an Automotive Engineer approved by the RTA to carry out ADR inspections. I had him test all aspects of the vehicle that were affected by the modifications. He carried out noise tests, and most importantly brake tests with a fully laden vehicle in order to certify that the additional wheel size would not affect emergency braking or brake fade. All the tests were passed within regulation. This was written up in an Engineers report that I still have a copy of. With this in hand, I went to an inspection station and got the vehicle registered. I believe it is the only legally registered 44” modified 4X4 in Australia to date.
With the vehicle registered, my product development project was completed, and I purchased the vehicle from Toyota Australia. The truck was very popular at Australian motor shows and was exhibited at quite a number of them.
When I left Australia the vehicle was purchased by Fred Smith, owner of Out of Town 4WD in NSW, a manufacturer of auxiliary water and fuel tanks. He later sold the vehicle to Terry Smith, owner of Exclusive Tyres in Queensland, importer of Cooper and Mickey Thompson tyres in Australia. As far as I know, Terry still owns the vehicle and uses it for long trips into the Australian outback.
So, in short, the purpose of modifying the vehicle was to introduce Icelandic 4X4 culture in Australia. I believe this succeeded although the RTA did not take the initiative, and form a clear set of regulations around them. I understand that people in Australia are modifying their vehicles outside of the regulations. They live in a certain routine. The police pulls them over for driving on oversized tyres, they get a nominal fine and a summons to an inspection station. They go home, put small tyres under the vehicle, pass the inspection, go home and put the big tyres on again. And the cycle later repeats itself.
Land Cruiser 80 series 1994. Known owner history:
1994-5 owned by Toyota Australia, initially used as a press test vehicle, later supplied to Siggi Jónsson as a project vehicle.
1995-7 owned by Sigurður Ingi (Siggi) Jónsson, then in NSW Australia.
1997-9 owned by Fred Black of Out of Town 4WD, NSW Australia, mainly used as a promotional vehicle for his business.
1999 to date (I think) owned by Terry Smith of Exclusive Tyres, Qld. Australia, used for outback travel and promotion.
Official Engineers Report for this vehicle - http://4x4offroads.net/ModifiedProductionVehicle.pdf