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  • Single Cab 79

    The iconic workhorse of Austraila about to set off for the big lap.

  • Stretched 79

    Bringing you our first 300 stretched, rear coil converted 2020 LC79

  • The Contender

    Its not uncommon for us to build a vehicle for someone we've never met, this ones going to a 'place of little water' in remote WA.

  • Game Changer

    With this recent full vehicle build, we've successfully just made some lucky kids dream come true.

  • Fully Equipped 79

    Our first production built LC79. Giving out clients the opportunity to purchase a ready-build brand new cruiser ready to go, without the wait.

  • Arctic 79

    Our biggest and by far the build to date featuring new tweaks to our design along with a mod list as long as your arm.

  • Y61 GU Patrol Resurrection

    Its not often we work on an older vehicle such as this, but given the owners wish not to let this old girl fade away to a rusty death we were happy to oblige. This build started off with just a simple tray conversion but turned into something much more.

  • 2019 LC79 Full Vehicle Build

    Our business building ute trays has slowly evolved into something much more. Full vehicle builds. With clients wanting a one stop shop, where they can leave it to one company to project manage the whole build has quickly become a common theme here at Shannons Engineering.

  • 3-Door Canopy & Cruiser Tray

    Our business building ute trays has slowly evolved into something much more. Full vehicle builds. With clients wanting a one stop shop, where they can leave it to one company to project manage the whole build has quickly become a common theme here at Shannons Engineering.


    After reading an earlier post on a PX2 Ranger build we did, our client came to me and said "I want something like that, but better" and dropped the keys to his brand new 2019 XLT in my hand. From that point, I knew it was going to be a fun job.


    Like with a lot of our interstate builds, I had never met the client. We had spoken over the phone and several emails and plan had begun. We had discussed his intentions to travel Australia and was in the process of purchasing a brand new 79 Series Toyota Landcruiser.


    This is going to be an epic challenge in both design, fabrication and execution by packing as many accessories under a staunch, stumpy tray, sitting atop a roided up modern 4wd, not only will it look good but be very functional underneath as well.

  • 2018 Toyota Landcruiser LC79 Military GXL Dual Cab

    Starting off with a brand new LC79 Dual Cab Landcruiser, delivered to us from an interstate Toyota dealership unregistered. The owner also lives interstate so we mainly communicated over email and phone and he was involved in all the big decision making of the build.


    Straight from the dealership, this new ranger will be built for touring. The owner loves to travel and knows what he wants. He’s just upgraded from a PX1 with a tub and has decided its time to get serious.



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Some arty shit going on here by @onderaye while on set with the @higham_building cruiser build.
Stay tuned guys currently editing our next YouTube walk around video with all this extra time I have. 🤓
#arty #photography #photoofaphoto #peepingtom #youtube #walkaround #lc79 #rigbuild #comingsoon #shannons_engineering #se @stedi_australia

As an employer, noting gives me more satisfaction than teaching someone who’s willing to listen and learn my trade. This is Kates first time at welding and I’ve chucked her straight into the deep end and teaching her how to weld stainless steel with the TIG.
#learningatrade #tradiechick #tigwelding #natural #welding #weldporn #weldernation #bossthings #prouddadmoment #learning #kemppi @kemppiwelding @kemppi_australia @weldporn @weldaddicts

Australia’s most wanted.
Our latest brand new rig build for our client in Brisbane QLD ready to head out. This colour combo and accessory list has had the phone ringing non stop over the past few weeks.
Keep a look out on our YouTube for a detailed walk around video coming soon.

#australiasmostwanted #rigbuild #fullvehiclebuild #lc79 #toyota #landcruiser #79series #79serieslandcruiser #sandy #custom #jmacx #roh #torqit #offroad #shannons_engineering #sefamily #se #4wdaustralia
@jmacx_offroad_solutions @roh_offroad_wheels @browndavisauto @torqit

Patches’ 79 looking a bit too clean. After all the trips this kids been on lately it still doesn’t look a day old.
🕵🏽Rig rundown link in our bio.
#gamechanger #rigbuild #seposterboy #sefamily #79 #toyota #79series #landcruiser #lc79 #vdj79
#shannons_engineering #se

Another day at the office. Or the SE Landcruiser playground depending how you look at it.
This isn’t a job for me, it’s my dream come true and I’m reviling in it.
#myoffice #seheadquarters #hardworkpaysoff #findajobyoulove #cruiserhq #rigs #bigboystoys #tourers #aussietourers #lineup #79series #toyota #landcruiser #shannons_engineering #sydney #australia

Gonna need a bigger shed!!
Ending the year with a bang, we have 9 cruiser builds on the floor at the moment and we’re doing our best to get as much done as we can by the end of the year.
Looking forward to showing you guys what we’ve been working on!!
#busytimes #businessisbooming #79hq #cruisersfordays #customutetrayspecialists #shannons_engineering #sydney #australia

The Arctic 79’s build continues...
Packed with more electronics and features than a 747, we can’t wait to show you what’s inside.
It’s the home away from home with items that any tourer needs, and a few not so necessary ones too.
We’ve just got to finish off a few things and all will be revealed soon.
#staytuned #arctic79 #arcticcruiser #ourbiggestbuildyet #rig #79rig #rigbuild #shannonsengineering #sydney #australia #se

Dave Ferrit taking some magnificent sunset shots😂
#dayforit #sunsetphotography #aussietourer #toyota #landcruiser #lc79 #beachdriving #camping #touring #australia @toyota_aus

Busier than ever and we could do with some extra hands.
If you’re a fabricator and stuck for work or looking for a change we’d love to hear from you!
We’re also considering taking on an apprentice too for any young blokes or sheilas out there who want to break away from mums tit and learn a trade.
Get in touch for an immediate start.

Please share around too guys it really helps 😉 👍👍

Haven’t done a post in a while, so here’s a random photo of a stretched, coiled brand new 79 with a 2.1m custom tray ready for life’s adventures.
#stretched #79 #coiled #chassisextension #coilconversion #customutetrayspecialists #cruiserspecialists #workute #tourer #workorplay #toyota #landcruiser #lc79 #79series @toyota_aus @toyota @jmacx_offroad_solutions

Something big is about to happen to this beast.
Almost a year in planning with some features we’ve never done before and it’s something we’re looking forward to showing you!
See updates on our IG stories throughout the next few weeks as we finally start piecing this incredible build together for the final chapter.
If you’re not familiar with this Arctic Cruiser head over to our YouTube and see the rig rundown vid. Link in our bio.
#arctic79 #arcticcruiser #bigbad79 #coiled #overthetop #shannons_engineering #comingsoon #staytuned

#Repost @offthegridmedia with @get_repost
Tell you what! You wouldnt know there is an 11 year old negleted GU Patrol under all this fruit. @shannons_engineering doing a great job on a full new age restoration.
The reveal video we knocked up is on the Shannons Engineering Youtube Channel 🙌🏼
#gu #patrol #customutetrayspecialists #timberfloor #timbertray @offthegridmedia

About us

We live and breathe camping, touring & 4wding. Our passion is high detail, high end custom ute trays and canopies built to order from a mixture of Australian steel & aluminium.

Our trays and canopies are built by hand to the highest standard possible. We are always thinking ahead and finding ways to improve our products with innovative computer aided design and new technology through products we endorse.

At Shannons Engineering, no two jobs are the same. Our customer base varies, as do their needs. We can offer you a complete package from trays, canopies, touring set-ups, 4wd suspension, power management, bull bars tow bars, wheels tyres and accessories. Just ask us.

Our History

Established in 2004, We ran a successful business doing custom metal fabrication, working in stainless steel, aluminium and steel, we have been the most versatile metal shop working with builders, architects, homeowners, landscapers, tradesman, councils, and even the ADF.

Challenging every job that came through the door has given us a great satisfaction and knowledge using a wide skill set and a vast variety of materials but the time had come to reinvent ourselves & follow our dreams and become a household name in custom ute trays and canopy scene.

Since then, we made the choice to give up the daily grind of general fabrication and follow dreams making high-end custom ute trays. Building ute trays led us to making canopies and now, we have become predominantly full touring vehicle builders of the all popular, 79 Series Toyota LandCruiser and with each build better than the last we look forward the future and where this vision will take us.

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