Based in Australia, Patriot Campers knows how to build an off-road rig that’ll traverse rough terrain. Case in point, check out this rugged 1977 Toyota FJ49 Land Cruiser Pickup Truck it put together for this year’s SEMA show.

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We spotted this classic rig as we scoured the 2022 SEMA event halls and had to get the whole story. (Image/OnAllCylinders – David Fuller)

While it certainly looks the part of a vintage off-roader on the outside, underneath that delightfully patina’d sheetmetal hides a host of modern upgrades.

For starters, it’s carrying an engine and transmission plucked from a later model 79 Series Land Cruiser. That donor rig supplied the differentials as well, along with its front coil springs. Then, the FJ45 got some more driveline and suspension upgrades to ensure it could handle the rigors of the outback.


The 1977 FJ also wears custom fender flares and wraparound trail armor bars, plus a one-off exo-cage designed by Patriot Campers. Up front is a Warn Winch and some supplemental LED off-road lights, while a custom REDARC power system supplies the FJ restomod with a steady sip of DC.


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Underneath is a stainless steel exhaust, along with that aforementioned upgraded rear leaf spring suspension.

The 1977 Toyota FJ49 rides on PCOR Wheels wrapped in BFG Mud Terrain T/A tires.

The later engine was plucked from an old Toyota 79 Series mining truck. (Image/Toyota)

This tasty Toyota is only the beginning, as we saw plenty of other wicked-cool custom rides at the event as well—click here to see all of our SEMA Show coverage.

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