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Last Update:  August 17, 2007
Welcome to my Expedition Land Cruiser Interior page.

This page is linked from our main Expedition Land Cruiser Page, which is all about our new to us, 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser
FZJ80 and our modifications to make it a capable vehicle for our local expeditions, travels and trips.

The page covers all of our interior and cargo area modifications.   For other sections, see the below links.

Our Expedition Land Cruiser Action photos page.
Our Expedition Land Cruiser Exterior page.
Our Expedition Land Cruiser Engine page.
Our Expedition Land Cruiser Interior page.
Our article regarding how and why we bought a Land Cruiser.
This page covers our gear and spares, which includes some of the gear that we carry for our trips, including camping gear,
expedition gear, and what tools, spares and other equipment we carry.

Our gear is divided into two classifications.    Daily and Specialized.

Daily gear are items that pretty much always live in the Land Cruiser.  Items that are only removed if room is needed for a local
errand or shopping or moving large items.  Otherwise, they stay in the Land Cruiser at all times so that we can hop in the Land
Cruiser and go for a local drive to the beach or mountains on a weekend and not have to worry about packing this critical stuff
before hand.

Specialized gear are items that are packed ahead of time and only carried if they are needed for a specific trip.   For example, if
I'm going on a day trip to the mountains to hike and explore some abandoned railroad grades, I don't need a tent or sleeping
back or a week's worth of food, but I do need special gear, including spare clothing, radios, back pack, metal detector, etc.
Rear Cargo area -- Daily Gear
Most of the gear is stored in the rear cargo area, which consists of a lockable drawer system.   This drawer system is a single large drawer divided
into two sections made by African Outback.     The left compartment holds some very critical gear, namely my main tools and spares.   The right
compartment holds first aid equipment, a shovel, pick axe, and has additional space to lock away items including a shotgun (for camp defense
against bears and cougar, when needed) and my computer.
Rear Cargo area -- Specialized Gear
When you're in remote areas, the only thing worse than a broke down truck is being hurt or sick...especially with no medical supplies.

I carry 3 first aid kits.   A main kit that lives with the Land Cruiser.  A smaller kit that I stuff in my back pack for hikes and a very small pocket kit, that
shove in my pocket for short hikes where I don't take the back pack.

The main kit consists of numerous supplies, including, but not limited too, a bunch of ice packs, different ointments, pain and inflammation and
allergy medication.  Two Epi-pens, special lotions (for poison oak and bug bites), simple band aids and gloves.   In a separate container, I have
ample bandages and gauze for any serious wounds.
This Honda Generator is not carried all the time.  Only when needed for certain trips.   Otherwise it lives in our garage.  It's actually yet to be put to use
since I purchased it last year and may come in handy more for home use during power outages than anything else.    Here's my
detailed page on it.
Two blankets are generally carried all the time, and they include a standard blanket, which the wife loves to use and a foldable and zipable small
quilt, which can double as a ground blanket.    In the winter time, at least one sleeping bag is carried at all times, as well.
This small spares kit came from my truck and includes a few items that need revisiting.  But basically consists of spare fuses, spare light bulbs,
spare small nuts and bolts, tape, razor blades and other small items.
Large tools are also carried in various places in the back cargo area.    A black aluminum storage box, which is removable, normally lives in the rear
compartment.   Inside is stored various tooks, including a bow saw, sledge hammer, bolt cutters, chain, hack saw and crow bar.   In addition, small
tools, such as a mini-shovel, rock pick, and small pick shovel are stored here for use in our historical research projects.

The previously mentioned shovel and pick-axe that are stored in the drawer are shown here and a full size axe is stored on the rear barrier.

In far left and far right photos, you can also see spare fuel cans (three 2.5 gallon cans in total) traffic cones (for use in our historical research to block
off our vehicles, and a toilet seat (which does make that certain chore a little more bearable)  The hard hat is used when entering mine shafts or
dangerous structures.
A second container is used to store spare electronic related items.   That includes spare batteries, spare chargers for various items, including the
camera, cell phone, rechargable batteries, and even a spare GPS.
A 10lb CO2 bottle by Powertank.  This bottle is used to air up tires and can even be used to reseat a bead if a tire comes off the rim.   A very handy
thing to have.    The ARB air locker pump is used as a back up air pump, if needed.
On our trips, we carry three types of water.    For daily use, I store bottle water depending on our trips.  But for specialized use, I can carry between 1
and 2 five gallon water containers.   These containers are generally used for washing and cleaning and for emergency drinking water.    My truck had
a complicated water pump system, but I've found that using these containers, it's much simpler just to have them lying on the tailgate with their
spigot pointing down and they work just find.  Plus they are cheap and easily replaceable.  
In this area is a few handy cubby holes.   Here I have stored a roll of paper towels, window glass cleaner and a box of rubber gloves (handy for
working on vehicles or emergency medical situations)   I also have stored, some additional items, including camp soap, suntan lotion spray, bug
repellent, glasses and computer screen cleaner and an umbrella.
A glass breaker and seatbelt cutter tool was mounted on the roof, in the event of an accident that including submerging the vehicle.   This tool
seemed silly to me at first, until I learned, just how difficult it was to break glass under water.  It's literally impossible for most people even to kick the
window out due to the pressure, but one tap with this will shatter the glass and allow for escape.
The front cab has very little storage ability except for door pockets and the glovebox.   I use the driver's side door panel to store note books to write in
and spare pens.   The passenger door is where I store hand wipes.   The center console has a rechargeable flashlight and the glove box has
various items stored in it at all times.  They include, our registration, repeater directory for the Ham radio, various important manuals, Camera disk
computer adapter, spare GPS computer cable, cell phone charger, eye glasses wash and towelette and coins for the car wash.
The vehicle is equipped with several fire extinguishers.   The main one is a standard size ABC bottle that can be accessed from the rear passenger
side door or the rear hatch.    Several additional small marine bottles are located strategically around the vehicle
This is not a complete list of what we carry, especially on trips, so stay tuned for more pictures and info.
The tool kit consists of basic tools, including wrenches, sockets, pliers and screw drivers, a multi-meter and numerous other small tools for most
basic repairs.   A few specialized tools are included, including an spindle nut socket.   Also included is a wide hi-lift base, the winch controller, a tire
chock,  ARB tire repair kit, the Toyota spare tire tool kit, jump cables, a factory Toyota repair manual and numerous misc items fitted in the remaining
nooks and crannies.     

Not shown are a few spares, which include cap/rotor/wires (from a recent tune up) and spare engine belts.   I also have spare alternator brushes
and tie rod ends, lots of duct tape and other stuff.   Spare oil is stored in a side compartment.
Recovery gear is stored in a canvus tool bag that is stored on top of the rear deck for easy access.  This page contains straps, tree savers, shackles,
pulley, and various other recovery gear, some of which is not pictured here.
Rear cab area -- Daily Gear
Front cab area -- Daily Gear
Stay tuned for more specialized Gear
The left rear passenger seat was removed to facilitate more storage and in its place was located an Engel refrigerator and a storage basket.  The
storage basket hold various items depending on the trip and need, but can include extra clothing, maps, binoculars, etc.   Basically anything that I
want quick access too.
When only two people are in the Land Cruiser, the remaining rear passenger seat can fold up and creat ample storage.   Here you can see that
here's enough room to store 10 gallons of water in two 5 gallon containers and the Honda EU1000 generator.
Part of our historical research involves hiking deep into remote country that usually involves mountainous and forested terrain.   For these hikes, I
carry a small survival pack, which includes a first aid kit, multi-tool, flashing mirror, light, spare batteries, food, etc.    The first aid has basic first aid
gear, gauze pads, Ibuprofen and benedryle pills, etc.

The survival pack is designed to be light and a single unit that can be carried in my backpack for longer hikes or in my vest for shorter hikes.
In my backpack I carry 1.2 liters of water, plus an empty water bottle with a special filter to allow me to drink stream water in an emergency.
Other gear that we carry for our explorations includes a simple metal detector (right) and various tools (left) that are light duty and meant to be
packable on hikes into the woods.  They include a Gerber brush cutter (which by the way, is the best Machete I've ever used), a plastic shovel, light
duty pick axe, bear spray and SOG knife.