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When I bought Brutus, it was pretty basic, for a Land Cruiser. Except for an additional fuel filter, it had no real overland or offroad options. For it to suit my wishes as a home for 8 to 12 months, it could use some additions and upgrades.
This is the list of essential extra’s (green has been realized):
- All weather/season tires
- New rear brake disks
- Place to sleep
- Drawer system in the back
- Jerrycans (4x)
- Roofrack (to hold a spare tire and diesel)
- Dash cams
- Window isolation mats (for -50 in Russia )
- Lightweight tent (2/3 persons)
This is the list of possible extra’s:
- Bull bar (with winch)
- Diesel heater system for engine and compartment
- Solar panels / additional battery
- Awning and wind screen(s)
A decision had to be made as where to sleep. On the roof, outside in a tent, or in the car. Since roof tents are quite pricey, and in a tent outside is only a good option with reasonable weather, the decision was to (at least be able to) sleep inside the car. To realise this, I started by measuring up the back and to build a plateau with a drawer system.
Before the build, I needed some measurements and material. I scavenged som wood together and made some drawings with dimensions and form a clear picture of what was needed. Basically I collected some scrap wood here and there, and started building.