The toughness of your average Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser cannot be overstated. From South Africa to Southeast Asia to Australia, the SUV is trusted to get people home, safe and sound, from some of the harshest obstacles on Earth. Some obstacles, however, are simply too much for any vehicle, let alone a Land Cruiser.
What we’re really getting at here is weaponry: AK-47s, RPGs, pistols, submachine guns, and more. The Third World is no place to go unprepared, and the minds at STOOF International take the prospect very seriously in their line of work, which happens to be up-armoring vehicles to deal with unknown threats.
One model that they return to time and again is the 78 Land Cruiser, a model that dates back to 1999. It sports two doors instead of four, and by the time one of these has passed through the hands of STOOF, it’s a force to be reckoned with that manages to look bone-stock.
While the company maintains closed lips in regard to the thickness of the armor that gets put on to the Land Cruiser (no doubt to foil tech-savvy terrorists), what we do know is that these upgrades are no joke: engine bay fire suppression system, run-flat tires (including the spare), armored gas tank, reinforced hinges, and more give these four-wheelers the kind of safety that is called for in hostile territory.
Once one of these STOOF Land Cruisers is finished, it gains around 2,500 pounds, putting it in at about 8,150 pounds total. It’s more stress on the frame and drivetrain, to be sure, but it’s a small price to pay if it keeps the occupants safe and sound. Find out more about STOOF online.