June 13, 2024

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Car and Comfort

Meet Frank The Tank, An LS-Swapped Land Cruiser Panel Truck

In advance of the purists cry foul of an additional 80-series Toyota Land Cruiser with an LS V8 underneath the hood, listen to us out. The latest video from the fellas at Fullboost takes a comprehensive glance at ‘Frank the Tank’, an 80-series Land Cruiser, created by Mark Boxer of HoonTV.

In advance of conversing about the powerplant, we’d be remiss not to mention that this is a panel truck. This essentially suggests that the manufacturing facility physique panels at the back again are deleted and equipped with replacements that are a great deal lighter – a apply that really sells the Baja pre-runner aesthetic. The conversion came at the expense of the rear doors, generating this a two-door Land Cruiser. 

When swapping an LS into a Land Cruiser is absolutely nothing new, the variety of conversion kits available produced the task very straightforward when it came to ‘Frank the Tank’. The Marks4wd kit that Boxer used authorized him to retain the exact same airbox, gasoline traces, headers, and tower shafts from the manufacturing facility car. Allegedly, Boxer wanted to add a turbo to the LS, but he opted to retain everything roughly stock – only including insignificant parts like a new exhaust and cam.

From the exterior, ‘Frank the Tank’ was painted in a mattress liner finish. Positive, this isn’t the very first time we have seen Rhino Liner used on the exterior of an offroad motor vehicle, but there is a great deal extra than satisfies the eye when it comes to this Land Cruiser. Alongside with the intensive modifications involved with the panel truck conversion, the fellas also additional new bumpers and fender flares to add to the pre-runner glance.

Soon after all was mentioned and accomplished, Boxer mentioned that there is not a great deal that he would alter in the upcoming with these kinds of a bulletproof setup. He stated that there had been strategies for other motor swaps like a 1JZ, but the amount of money of engineering knowledge powering the LS swap produced it a no-brainer.