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Toyota’s ‘Toyoace’ Truck In The Style Of The Japan Self-Defense Forces!

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TEXT: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)  PHOTO: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)

  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Toyota Toyoace, a wild camper customized in the style of the Japan Self-Defense Forces

Wild camper built in the style of the Japan Self-Defence Forces

HARDEE’S, which has produced a Toyota Dyna as a wild off-roader, also produces machines tailored to the owner’s wishes. The vehicle introduced here was built as a wild camper vehicle, using Dyna’s sibling, the “Toyoace,” and fitted out in the style of the Self-Defense Forces, reflecting the owner’s opinion that a commercially available camper vehicle would not be interesting enough.

Build your dream camper!

The idea of a camper built using a Toyota Toyoace can be described as novel. Only the cargo bed is used, so it is separated from the driver’s seat, but if you want to build it as a camper, this is easier to design and also creates significant advantages. In the first place, the driver’s seat is rarely used in the camping scene unless it is equipped with a swivel seat, so the idea is that it is fine as it is if you are not thinking about the number of passengers.

If you are aiming for a particular camper lifestyle, this style is a great option as it is reasonably priced and can be customized in a wildly cool way.

The detailed playfulness is also not to be missed

As for the specifications that are of interest, the vehicle looks like a transport truck with its height as it is, so Iimori-san’s persistence resulted in parts being set up on the premise that the vehicle would be lifted. A Hardee’s original body lift-up kit with 10cm thick angles was installed, and by changing the suspension, the ride height was raised by 1.5 inches.

The vehicle is fitted with genuine Toyota Land Cruiser 40 wheels and open-country tires. Mudguards have been added to give the vehicle the image of a camion truck that can take on rough roads, and the exterior is also fitted with glu-guard, Baja laser fog lamps, and grille markers. The playful spirit is also a point not to be missed.

The entire cargo bed was covered with a top, partly to protect the cabin mounted on the bed, but also to give it a unique Wild Camion or military truck feel, in military style.

The kitchen is small but capable of preparing authentic dishes

In the camper cabin, which climbs up the ramp from the rear, there was a warm, woody space reminiscent of American van life. There is a permanent bed, storage shelves to tuck away the tools needed for camping and hobby play equipment, air conditioning for comfortable camper life, and a powerful lithium-ion battery supply system for the electrical system.

Although small, the small kitchen is set up and the water area, including the sink, has been carefully designed. The stove is a cassette tape, and a powerful ventilation fan has been installed so that smoke from cooking does not accumulate in the cabin.

“It’s a small kitchen, but I can buy local seasonal ingredients on my trip and enjoy cooking authentic dishes,”

said Iimori, the owner.

The Toyoace Truck Camper, built with a focus on one owner’s use, is a fun vehicle that enriches your life, according to Iimori. All the tools needed for camping and long journeys are inside the cabin, so you can head out as soon as you finish work. The ease with which you can set off on a camping trip as soon as the idea strikes you is the most appealing thing about it. What’s more, the drive system is 4WD, so it can powerfully drive on rough forest and mountain roads, as well as in the snow.

Once you get to know its size, equipment, and mobility, you won’t want to let it go. According to Iimori, the interior is currently in the process of development. Currently, he looks forward to going camping, but he is also looking forward to holiday DIY, building it up to suit his own needs.

translated by DeepL

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