Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty

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Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty

Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty

 

Brown Davis 40's

 

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THE STORY

 

For our friends at Brown Davis, 2018 will be a special year. In fact 2018 will be the 40th anniversary of Brown Davis Automotive or more simply "Brown Davis" how we got to know them.

 

For those few (and there's never shortage of these people) that lived under a rock for the past 40 years, Brown Davis is a top brand manufacturer of Long Range Fuel Tanks, Underbody Protections, Tail Gate Seals etc for over 200+ 4x4 models vehicles as well as Australian and US military, mining vehicles, trucks, carpet cleaning vans and motorhomes. (All Four x 4 Spares is a proud Brown Davis stockist of long-range fuel tanks and underbody protection for over 100+ 4x4 vehicles, see our vast range here)

 

40 years ago David Brown founded Brown Davis Automotive in Melbourne, Australia. Back to the very first days, to help Rod Stephen Racing to get those extra laps needed to go around Mount Panorama in Bathurst, David created a first prototype of lightweight aluminium fuel tank. Shortly after, this led to a close friend wanting the same for his Landcruiser 40 Series to get him all the way to Cape York Peninsula, right at the tip. Order after order and Brown Davis long range fuel tanks was born.

 

For this 40th anniversary, the Brown Davis Team wanted to celebrate it in an exceptional meaningful way..by restoring a Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty from 1978. And they partnered up with some 4wd industry pioneers.


 

 

THE TRIP

In summer 2018, the Brown Davis Team will be making a trip through the Victorian high country with the newly restored 40 Series and other awesome old 4wd. Leading this trip will be  Alan Johnson from Piranha Offroad in his 60 Series Land Cruiser, a true 4wd veteran with great knowledge of the area. 

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THE BUILD

 
Overall
  • For the body and chassis, they used an early model 40 series. The chassis is high tensile steel riveted together that cannot be welded along the ladder frame, only at each end past the last riveted cross members. All new brackets & cross members bolted on.
  • Front and rear assemblies were taken from a 60 Series with stronger & bigger brakes

 

THE DRIVELINE

  • V8 engine from a Chevrolet 350 (mounts made to suit)
  • Gearbox from a five speed Toyota 75 series (cross member made to suit) with marks adaptor kit to match engine.
  • Master cylinder and new H/D clutch from a 60 series 
  • New longer build tail shafts (100mm more compared to standard ones)

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SUSPENSIONS

  • Front springs reversed in order to get the fixed eye at the front (less axel steer on the bump), and the axle was moved forward 50mm.
  • To align the tail shaft and reduce vibration, they changed the diff pinion angle and gave 3.5 deg positive caster to improve steering stability at speed
  • The Rear Springs was moved back on side rails of the chassis of 150mm ( total wheelbase extended by 200mm)
  • Front & rear long travel shocks were taken from a used 60 series and mounts on chassis made to suit.

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BODY:

  • To match the new axel position, they moved the Front section of the body 50mm forward and the rear section 50mm back
  • To match the outer tyre & wheel width, they extended the Front guards 70mm wider 

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Brand New wheels + David Brown himself...

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REAR BAR

They made the mount to sit the rear bar higher and further from the body

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And a New Roll Cage

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Comments: 5

Guest |

RE: Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty
I showed this story to my wife and she said "why do they do it ??" and I said "because they can, it's a boy thing" Keep it going fellas. I just purchased another tank from Brown Davis so they can build more shorties.
Guest |

RE: Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty
Great read, looking forward to see more of the build!
Guest |

RE: Restoring a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty
i have an old 78 shortie sitting up the back . if i had time might give it a shot at restoring
Chris Durston |

RE: This is HOW you restore a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty (Part 1)
This is a great looking project. "40 Series?" Reminds me of one of my favourite Johnny Cash songs. PS are the axles from Norway? Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see the finished rebuild.
Guest |

RE: This is HOW you restore a 1978 Landcruiser 40 Series Shorty (Part 1)
Hi, were coil springs considered? ...perhaps from a Bundera?
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