003 – Tom’s Zombie Land Cruiser Build

In this edition we have a right hand drive Land Cruiser with an Alu-Cab roof conversion.
Tom is from Richmond, VA and is exploring beautiful landscapes and isolated campsites all over the USA!

Build Details

1994 Toyota LandCruiser 76 Prado (Right Hand Drive) 3 liter turbo diesel
Just rolled over 200,000 kilometers (124,000 miles)

Alu-Cab THOR Roof Conversion
ARB Deluxe Front Bumper
ARB Rear Bumper
ARB Solis front lights
Old Man Emu Suspension and lift (coil springs in the rear)
Open Front Differential
Locking Center differential
Open Rear Differential
3M Window tint
BF Goodrich KO2 tires
3M “Ivory” colored wrap

At Camp
Tembo Tusk Skottle
Solo Stove Ranger fire pit
Dometic CF 40 Fridge
IceCo fridge slide
Dometic PLB40 LiFePO Battery
Camp Chef Sherpa (the table with storage bins on the inside)
Rhino Rack Batwing Awning

Garmin Overlander
Garmin InReach
Yaesu FTM-400XDR Mobile HAM Radio
GoPro Hero 9 Black with Media Mod
Alpine Android Auto Head Unit

Kokopelli Packraft XPD
Staun Tire Deflaters
MaxTrax recovery Boards
Amazon Basics compressor (better than you would think)
Multiple Blue Ridge Overland Gear bags and organizers
Front Runner Flat Pack boxes
Turtleback Trailer Spare Tire Bag
Tire Table Vehicle Camping Travel Tailgating Outdoor Work Table
RotoPax Fuel and Water cans

How did you discover overlanding?
In 2018, I read an article about the Mitsubishi Delica L300. I thought it was so cool looking that I took the train to Philadelphia and bought one from DelicaUSA.com. Trying to learn as much as possible about my new vehicle, which was dubbed, “The Zombie” since it looked like an apocalypse vehicle, I discovered something called overlanding.

What is your favorite piece of overlanding gear you have?
I want to say a “pee bottle” because that has been a game changer since I don’t have to get down and out in the middle of the night anymore.
Really, it’s my $9 water pump from Amazon that I use all day everyday to wash myself, clean dishes and pour drinking water. My Aquatainer water jug sits behind the passenger seat. I ran silicone tubing to the back of the Cruiser and mounted the pump on the rear door. Boom, indoor running water!

Why do you overland?
You only live once…unless you’re a zombie. I was a “cubicle zombie” for too long. Overlanding helps to keep my blood pressure down since I don’t follow the news when I’m out. Overlanding in a 4WD vehicle let’s me get off the beaten path and avoid the crowds.
Since my wife and I couldn’t travel much internationally due to the pandemic, I discovered how much the USA has to offer in terms of National Parks and Forests, fantastic off-road trails and epic scenery.
I also love the feeling of empowerment from being self-sufficient.
Finally, I like buying cool gear. My wife calls it, “Guy’s Bloomingdale’s”.

Please let Tom know what you think about his build on Instagram, on his Website or follow his adventures on Youtube!

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