2019 LC79


August 20, 2019

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.

With this particular build, like many others, we sourced the vehicle through our contacts at Toyota and secured the vehicle. It came straight off the boat from Japan to us, cutting out the dealership at this early stage as it was to be built into something completely different to how it arrived.

The owner came to us wanting a tough built cruiser, built for work and would mainly be used for towing excavators, tipper trailers and picking the kids up from school. Whilst owning a excavation business he was continually copping fines by driving his 3 Tonne tipper down quiet suburban streets to access his job sites with the excavator so this lead to needing a V8 turbo diesel ‘hauler’ with 5 seats, and a tray to carry a couple of digger attachments.

So without going into any more detail, check out the rig rundown below of the things we did.


  • SE Custom steel tray 1850W x 1850L
  • ARB large tube bull bar
  • ARB large tube side steps and scrub bars
  • ARB radiator protection panel & front recovery point
  • Superior Engineering 2″ suspension lift with 500kg constant load springs
  • Superior Engineering remote reservoir shocks
  • 105AH AGM dual battery system
  • Redarc BCDC1220D DC/DC charger with solar input
  • Ocam towing mirrors
  • Aluminium under-tray tapered toolboxes
  • 60L stored water system with 12v commercial pump & pressure switch
  • Shortened passenger side toolbox with our hidden tap design
  • ARB twin piston compressor inside toolbox and 80A dedicated circuit.
  • 2x 9L alloy air tank with stainless steel braided lines.
  • ARB quick connect outlets on both sides for pumping up tyres
  • 12v 15a USB & Cig sockets in both toolboxes
  • Under-tray electrical sub-board
  • Under-tray led rock lights on reverse signal (rear of tray, front of rear wheels)
  • 30a Anderson plug integrated into headboard for camping/fridge/spotlighting power
  • Relocated fuel filler behind toolbox door
  • LED rock lights under tray connected to reverse signal
  • Twin spare tyre cradle integrated into headboard design
  • 3mm presses aluminium drop sides with stainless steel hardware
  • Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform with shortened legs
  • Stedi 40″ slim line LED light bar
  • 4x Stedi 7″ mini light bars under side eve of roof platform on external switch
  • LED amber strobe light integration for site-safe/roadworks etc
  • Stedi type X pro LED 9″spot lights
  • Hayman and Reece 3500kg tow bar with goose neck hitch
  • PVS multimedia head unit upgrade
  • Commercial colour/infrared reverse camera
  • Department of the Interior centre console
  • Department of the Interior roof tee console
  • Department of the Interior replacement door cards with map pockets
  • Department of the Interior rear seat side consoles
  • Black duck canvas seat covers front and back
  • PVS multimedia head unit upgrade
  • Alpine Type R 6″ splits
  • Viper vehicle alarm system with 2-way paging remote
  • Window tint
  • Vehicle company signage
  • LED parker light upgrade
  • Toyota 30th anniversary honeycomb grill
  • 3″ DPF back muffler delete exhaust
  • 6x Wheels & Tyres
  • Superior Engineering castor correction bushes

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