Queenslander Corey Pitman, was straight into four-wheel-driving at the age of 17, getting out on the local tracks and heading for weekends away in his 1984 Hilux. Still hitting the tracks, Cory now adventures in a 2012 79 Series V8 diesel Landcruiser. Here’s how he’s set it up to tackle whatever’s thrown at it.
Why did you choose this make/model & what do you use it for?
I chose my Cruiser as I needed a vehicle for work that was reliable and could easily carry the weight of the tools I use for work. I’m a carpenter and have a large canopy for all my gear, as I don’t tow a trailer like most do. Byproduct of buying the cruiser for work is that it doubles as a very capable offroad vehicle and makes for an excellent touring rig.
Where has it taken you or what trips do you have planned with the car?
Since having the cruiser and building it up I’ve been up to Cape York twice and countless beach trips up to double island and Fraser Island. Future trips include doing the Cape again as it being such a big place there is a lot to see. But also next would be up the Gulf.
What exterior mods have you done? Bar work/protection gear and what’s connected to it?
ARB deluxe bull bar and scrub bars. GSL Fabrications stainless bash plate/radiator guard. Lightforce Genesis spotlights. LED fog lights. Runva winch. Maxtrax and highlift jack mounted under tray.
Can you explain your suspension and driveline mods?
Currently running a mixed 3″ lift consisting of 2″ Tough Dog coils up front with 30mm spacers. Armada Extreme remote reservoir 4″ lifted shocks, Superior Engineering Superflex radius arms, Superior Engineering panhard rod, Tough Dog leaf springs with extended shackles & Boss triple bellow super duty airbags. Factory front and rear diff locks. 285/75R16 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3’s on Pro Comp 16×8 series 69 wheels. Superior engineering wheel spacers on the rear to correct the wheel track.
What engine mods have you done?
Upgraded the factory turbo to a GTurbo Red Wheel (s4), upgraded the top mount Intercooler to a TaipanXP with twin thermo fans. GSL crossover pipe, GSL 4″ intake to turbo pipe, GSL 5″ dump to 4″ exhaust. Unichip Q4 with map select tuning module. Secondary fuel filter with lift pump.
What interior mods have you done?
Canvas seat covers. Kenwood head deck. Landcruiser pods, Australia door pods with Kenwood 6×9 speakers. Upgraded to Alpine 4″ in dash speakers. Pioneer subwoofer behind drivers seat. Waeco CDF11 center console fridge. EGT and Boost gauges.
Tell us about your rear setup
I have 2 canopies for my ute. One for work and one camper/dog box setup. The work canopy is loaded up with all my daily work gear but also has solar on the roof, fridge and Travel Buddy 12v oven inside it. In my camper I also run the solar panel on the roof. I run twin fridges on trips, one on freeze and one as fridge. The fridge one is mounted on a MSA drop slide. The canopy is fitted with storage tubs for food and cooking gear ect. on one side and the other side is fitted with some drawers and open space for luggage. The canopy has dual wheel carriers on the back for the bigger trips away.
What electrical setup do you have?
I have two secondary batteries to keep everything going coupled with a Redarc 1240BCDC charger. 130w fixed solar on the roof. LED lights fitted to each door on the canopy.
What is your favourite thing about your rig and would you change anything if you could do it all again?
Favourite thing would be the engine mods as a whole, as the vehicle drives amazing and sounds great too. The GSL fab 4″ stainless steel exhaust is great as it being stainless always looks good and after having it for 2 years it still looks as good as the day I got it.
Do you have any future plans for your rig?
Upgrade to a new model GTurbo and change some of the suspension out for new better quality gear, like Fox remote res shocks and custom leaf springs.
See more pics from Corey on his Instagram @coz_cruiser