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Land Cruiser #26 (COMPLETED) - Building and maintenance

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 4th, 2011, 12:08 pm

I always wanted to have a willys jeep CJ-5, in my opinion that's the most beautiful car ever created. Back in 2003 I had the opportunity to buy a jeep, and then I realized that the CJ-5 have a really bad engine, which is old, drinks much gasoline and hasn't repair parts.

It's not smart to buy a Wrangler here in Brazil. They're expensive and were never produced in my country, they were always imported. That means if a small engine piece break, I would have to import it from the USA and pay lots of money for it. I can't live like that.

Then I found a 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser J40 for sale. It has a wonderful diesel engine (Mercedes-Benz OM-314). The J40 series, which is called Bandeirante here in Brazil, is A LOT stronger, robuster and economic than the willys and wrangler jeeps. The diesel is a lot cheaper here where I live. And the one I found for sale was already grey. And that is good for my purposes, if you know what I mean. It is the best jeep I know. So I bought it in 2003.

In 2003 I just added the Jurassic Park decals on the doors. I didn't had money to customize the whole vehicle. Unfortunatelly I have only bad pictures of the jeep back then. Here:

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In the beggining of 2005 I lent the jeep to my uncle. He lives 1400 kilometers from me, in the beach. Now (2011) I went to his home to get my car back. Look what I found:

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My uncle was not careful with the car. The salty air destroyed the bodywork of the car. Now I have to spend a lot of money to put it back in one piece... but let's start. I'll intend for customize the entire jeep, making a JP jeep from a Toyota Land Cruiser.

First I thought I could make something different. The tour vehicles in the Jurassic Park novel are Land Cruisers, so I thought I could make the novel cars. But I give up because no one would recognize it... In Jurassic Park /// there is a scene in which we see a old Land Cruiser of Isla Sorna, but there's nothing special about it (color, decals, nothing...). Then I get back to the original plan of doing the Jurassic Jeep from the first movie in my Land Cruiser. I want to create something like that sketch:

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I brought its remains to my hometown and it is now in the machine shop. Now the engine and frame are cleaned and we started the engine, drive craft, brakes repairs.

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Later, after al the mechanics, I'll do the painting and customizing.
I'll update here as the work progresses.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Railtech » June 4th, 2011, 12:29 pm

Nice FJ Henrique, that would be canon to the novels and pretty neat to boot. Looking forward to your progress pics.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 4th, 2011, 12:37 pm

If it was to be canon for the novels, I would have to put this logo on the doors:

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But the movie one is so cool that I can't resist!
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby PaulRevere1991 » June 4th, 2011, 12:50 pm

Good luck with your project, looking forward to the next update.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 5th, 2011, 9:11 pm

To make a movie canon jeep I don't have enough material. Look the Land Cruisers from Jurassic Park ///:

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I don't have enough detail about color and decals.
For the novel canon, the Land Cruisers described in the novel were a modern version (I believe), from 1988. The J40 series is too old. That's how the novel Land cruiser should look, in my opinion:

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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby PaulRevere1991 » June 6th, 2011, 11:25 am

the ones in jp3 were really just thrown in there, there wasn't anything notable about them.
stick to your original plan it looks cool.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 6th, 2011, 6:24 pm

^ That's what I thought. A question: which is the font style of the decal numbers? I can't find something similar...
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby PaulRevere1991 » June 8th, 2011, 3:26 pm

look in the graphics section a bunch of numbers have been posted.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 9th, 2011, 10:34 am

Thanks. I saw just now.
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Re: Henrique's Jurassic Land Cruiser

Postby Henrique_Z_Tomassi » June 18th, 2011, 9:39 am

I found these nice videos on Youtube. Look what these crazy guys do with these Land Cruiser.

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I8cSYbZ ... re=related [/youtube]

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08S9r3QmQ4Q [/youtube]
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