I’ll start with why I built this thing. I have a Chevy Suburban that’s my wife’s daily driver. I’ve installed some lights, dual batteries, and have a multi-mount winch setup for off road use. However, every time I got ready to go on a fly fishing trip, I had to unload all the kid stuff out of the Suburban (car seats, toys, empty Poptart wrappers, the works). Then, I’d have to put all that stuff back in when I got back (minus perhaps the Poptart wrappers). Then, the bitchin’ would really start on Monday morning when my wife got in to go to work. “My car smells like cigars” “why is there empty .22 brass all over the floor of my car?” You know, the typical complaints. So, I decided I needed a “Man Rig” (hence the user name) for my activities that I could modify without constraints of a daily driver. So, I started my search for the ultimate “Man Rig”. Reliablitity and durability were most important given that I would often be WAY off the beaten path. Then came off-road capability and ability to carry a lot of cargo for extended trips. I researched Jeeps (Cherokees), Land Rovers (Range Rovers), and finally settled on a Land Cruiser based largely on reading this forum. I began trying to find a locked 94-97 80 series. I eventually found one at a great price up in Seattle. I think the reason the price was so reasonable was: 1) it had 205K miles which I’m sure scares a lot of people 2) the “check engine” light was on which I’m sure scares other people 3) the previous owner smoked like a chimney and the whole inside was covered in a nasty smoke film. None of that really bothered me (given what I planned to do with it) so the project began!