SLOTTED into the K&N Dial Your Own class, Bruce's Cruiser ran stout 11sec passes and towed a trailer throughout the four seasons of DC 2019.
Underneath, the FJ sports a bunch of late-model 70-series parts, as well as a TH400 with 4000rpm stall and 4.11 diff gears.
The true challenge began for Bruce on Day Two in dusty Mildura. Bruce ran a squirrelly first pass, which subsequently slowed further runs in a bid to avoid a repeat of facing the wall in the deep end. “I also fried the clutch in the LSD,” Bruce said. “So I bought a $400 second-hand diff in Mildura, in case we broke it completely.”
The TH400 was not enjoying the punishment either. “The trans sat at 215°C while towing in the heat, so I rigged up the thermo fan to permanently stay on for the trans cooler,” Bruce explained. “Basically I nursed it to the finish and got through without a burnout or NOS on the last run at Calder – it was hard not to hit the button!
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“I’ll be back next year, and I might add a supercharger. I already have the body off, diff out and stripped and the trans out to get rid of the transfer case.”
1973 FJ TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
Class: K&N Dial Your Own
Engine: 383ci Chev
Nitrous: 150hp shot
Diff: LSD, 4.11:1 gears
Previous PB: 11.5@112mph
Best DC 2019 Pass: 11.25@116mph