La Aduana: 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ45


If you love a good project and dig the looks of Toyota’s troop carrier, then we have definitely found a truck for you. It’s a 1979 HJ47 (yes the diesel variant… I’ll give you a moment) with just over 186,000 miles on the odometer. According to the ad the truck runs well and starts up every time. Like just about every original Troop Carrier out there though, it does have some surface rust and a small amount of heavier rust on the B-pillars. Overall the owner comments that it remains in a strong and straight condition.

Included in the sale are a few overland extras hidden throughout the vehicle. In addition to the steel brush-guard and lockable storage containers, this Land Cruiser features a long-range fuel tank to make the great fuel economy of the diesel engine even more effective, and a cyclonic air filter to separate all the dust and dirt particles before they enter your intake. At this point you may be thinking that this truck is pretty sweet; but at the risk of sounding like a TV salesman, wait there’s more! This Troopy has undergone a camper conversion and includes a pop-top and covered mattresses. Oh, did we mention the current bid is less then $9,000?

Check it out on Ebay Motors here:


Here’s a look at what the seller has to say:

Starts up every time and drives well.

  • – Power front disc brakes
  • – Power steering
  • – Extra coil springs over front suspension
  • – Camper top conversion
  • – Extra long range fuel tank (gravity fed)
  • – Cyclonic dust cleaner prior to main air cleaner
  • – PTO winch – no cable
  • – Carpeted dash shelf
  • – Map lights
  • – Steel bull bar
  • – Tow hitch
  • – Two lockable side lockers
  • – Rear 12V socket
  • – Kill Switch

MECHANICAL CONDITION : Original motor, starts and runs fine.

Transmission/Clutch/Steering : No problems at all to drive. Brakes good except. No handbrake. Front hubs lock normally but the seals leak a little bit. Leak from gearbox/transfer case but doesn’t require topping up between 5Km services.

Wipers, Lights/Indicators all operational cracked headlight). Battery is weak & needs to be replaced.


BODY CONDITION : VERY STRAIGHT considering its age. Never been crashed or badly body damaged – all original panels.

Steel bull bar. Driver door handle broken.

RUST : External surface rust in parts but nothing bad. Vehicle has always been used in a dry climate and not taken near salt water.

Worst rust – the internal B pillars above the door locks. This is a common area for rust in these vehicles.

Some fairly minor surface rust to front floor & rear compartment but no problems.

CAMPER CONVERSION : Fabric is in good condition. 1 rip and a couple in the flywires. The fold-out plywood bed base is missing (easy to make another one). The 2 vinyl covered foam mattresses are there.


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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.