Mule Expedition Outfitters – MuleWagon Project

Australians know a thing or two about overland travel. Their country is enormous, and a traveler must be well prepared for every eventuality in the most remote areas. The Aussies have a love affair with their Utes (utility vehicles), and the flatbed configuration seems by far the most popular. But why? Well, there are a few reasons. A flatbed is easy to unload and unload, potentially reduces weight, and offers a more sturdy, bullet-proof load area than those supplied directly from the manufacturer. The flatbed is versatile and offers the ability to carry different types of loads as required. The Australians also love the mighty Toyota brand, and some might say a Land Cruiser with a flatbed load area may be a near-perfect configuration for remote overland travel.

Mule Expedition Outfitters have taken their Project MuleWagon to the next level and have equipped a 1992 80-Series Land Cruiser with an MITs alloy flatbed tray and canopy (Mule is the North American distributor of Australian MITs trays and canopies). While they were at it, they replaced the old, under-powered Cruiser engine with a Chevrolet LS3 V8 mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.


1992 Toyota Land Cruiser


Chevrolet LS3 V8 with Edelbrock management system

4L80E automatic transmission

Stock transfer case

Suspension and Drive

Axles: Stock housings with ARB air lockers, Nitro Gears and rear full-float upgrade by Nitro Gear

Powerbrake Big Brake kit (front)

OnBoard Air: ARB twin compressor with Pressure Control system

Suspension: Old Man Emu coils, BP-51 shocks, and OME suspension links and trailing arms

Tires and Wheels

Yokohama Geolandar MT

Teraflex Nomad wheels

Recovery and Armor

ARB front bumper

Comeup winch (front and rear)

ARB recovery kit

MaxTrax recovery boards

Front Runner roof rack


MITS Alloy flatbed tray and canopy system

Baja Designs lights

Dometic dual-zone fridge/freezer with Clearview fridge slide

Sunflare solar panels

Redarc Manager 30 with Redvision

BluOasis 200 AH lithium battery


Expedition 134 storage box

Front Runner Wolfpack storage box

Custom snorkel

Custom rear-frame section with hidden winch mount

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking enlightenment and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries, circumnavigated South America, driven from Argentina to Alaska followed by exploration of Europe and Western Asia. Currently the family are planning a journey from Western Europe to the Russian Far East. Graeme is a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six critically acclaimed books and an Overland Journal/Expedition Portal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell