Wow! It’s been some time since I’ve given you all a high-mile update. So have one on me. Today I’m going to talk about an amazing little 1997 Toyota land cruiser that is adding up the miles like no one’s business. According to his youtube videos, Rick Antonio calls his Land Cruiser the Lunch box and he’s recorded a number of the vehicle’s milestones on youtube. He picked in up in 2007 with 81,804 miles and tells me the Land Cruiser still drives like new. If you watch any of the videos, you’ll see he clearly loves every minute in his “Lunch Box”.
Rick is also quite the car person, and he has done many mods to the Land Cruiser. It looks almost like a different car if you compare the photos. Some of the highlights are the custom entertainment system he installed himself, the hitch, winch, and all the roof racking(including some sort of super horn, but has since been replaced with a new light stack and removed the horn.) You know the USS Enterprise from Star Trek:The Motion Picture compared to the one from the TV show? That is what Rick did to his Land Cruiser. A refit of sorts. One hell of a refit. I mention a thread further down that you must read to see all of the custom works he’s done. Water Pump, filters, hoses, and wires are all hand-replaced.
The Land Cruiser is sitting at 405, 000 miles and everything in it is still original(not including all the amazing mods and additions.) I haven’t asked Rick about his maintenance routine , but he did provide an crazy long thread post about the entire story from when he picked up the car to now. According to that thread, he was involved in a car-jacking where thieves shot at the land cruiser, and Rick walked away without any bullet wounds. It also was involved in an altercation with a freezer on a highway. Seriously, a freezer!
One note about mileage: Rick tells me is that he drives on 35 inch tires that are higher than the standard ones and they aren’t calibrated with the odometer, so that would means this Land Cruiser actually has many more miles on it than it would indicate. It’s probably over 500,000 miles now. I am going through that thread right now and will pull out any interesting maintenance nuggets, so stay tuned. Keep up the amazing work on your Land Cruiser, Rick!
Bonus: Here is the video of Rick building the new roof rack by hand. Amazing!