January 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 1

January 2014 | Volume 7 | Issue 1 (19)

100 Series Landcruiser - perfect family overlander?In 2010 my wife Tiffany and I were excited, surprised and terrified to find that we would be welcoming a child into the world. Eight weeks after the initial shock, we were informed that not one, but two girls were on their way. Of course my mind went to all of the things that we had grown to love as a couple and what we wanted to continue to enjoy with a family. Many of the activities that we enjoyed: camping, hiking, biking, skiing etc., revolved around a four wheel drive vehicle. In fact, I had been driving 4x4s since high school, primarily as a means of access to remote areas but also for the fun and challenge of the drive. I set out to find a vehicle that provided a blend of off-road performance while transporting four people and a dog in comfort. Jeep, Land Rover and Toyota immediately came to mind.  

FJ-45 Land Cruiser Snowflake from Redline Land Cruisers | TCT Magazine January 2014Earlier this year Redline Land Cruisers completed an amazing FJ-45 custom build, and we’re excited to reveal this classic Land Cruiser to the world.

Snowflake is the name Justin gave to this substantial project, which is very interesting considering the Toyota-original “Free Born Red” main color. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Snowflake before she made her way home to Southern Colorado. This truly is a very special build.

download_now60 Series Land Cruiser is a great classic overland platform  | TCT Magazine January 2014Our Toyotas are more than a simple mode of transportation. They are an extension of ourselves, both in personality and functionality. Besides the obvious reason of dashing good looks, we choose a particular make and model based on how we expect it to perform in the myriad conditions we’re likely to encounter during ownership. And when factory offerings are not generous enough, we’ll spend thousands in hard-earned dollars on aftermarket accessories to ensure that our vehicle is as close to ideal as possible. This principle rings true whether hanging some seatback DVD players in the Swagger Wagon or plumbing nitrous into a Supra for track days.   

    It’s certainly true for we adventurous, backcountry travelers, who depend on our Yotas to not only get us out there, but more importantly, to get us back. So considering the levels of investment and expectation we place on our overlanding vehicles, it’s imperative to our wallets, our well-being, and our pleasure that we choose wisely.

2014 4Runner Trail Edition Test Drive | TCT Magazine | Photo by Phillip Jonesdownload_now

After climbing into the 2014 Trail Edition 4Runner and sliding onto the seat, it takes a minute to soak in the rather lavish interior. Starting the engine brings the colorful gauges and a mid-console screen to life. Gripping the steering wheel is a treat. A glance across the dash and console assemblies and one quickly realizes that Toyota has upped the ante with interior treatment. Toyota has brought elegance to off-roading in ways that were previously experienced only in the upscale Lexus models.

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The inaugural issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine builds on the great foundation set by FJC Magazine & Tacoma Magazine to bring you the best Toyota Truck, Cruiser, and SUV coverage.download_now

The entire TCT Magazine Team of Editors, contributors, and creative staff have worked for months to bring this issue to the world. Inside the January 2014 Issue:

  • SEMA 2014 Coverage | Bob Holliday & Jonathan Harris
  • Project Snowflake from Redline Land Cruisers | Shane Williams
  • 2014 4Runner Test Drive | Phillip Jones
  • SEMA Rigs: Toytec's Taco & "The Rock"
  • Selecting an Overland Vehicle | Wes Craiglow
  • Powerfilm 60watt Solar Panel Review | Beau Johnston
  • Finding a Last Minute Campsite | Wes Craiglow
  • Choosing a Camp Stove (Part 1) | Beau Johnston
  • Building the Perfect Family Overlander | Jonathan Harris
  • [FRAMED]
  • GX-470 F.A.S.T. | Shane Williams
  • Getting Addicted | Bob Holliday
  • 4Runner Re-build Project (Part 1) | Phillip Jones
  • Trailer Upgrade Components | Shane Williams
  • Ham Radio & APRS Install | Tim Mitchell
  • The EPIC (Leg 3, Part 1) | Monte Nickles
  • Graduated 4Runner | Matt Hayward
  • Introducing CBI | Bob Holliday
  • New & Noteworthy
  • Join the TCT Trail Team!


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