to the massive tyres via the Toyota R151F gearbox, which seems to faultlessly handle the extra torque the V8 produces.
If we told you nothing on this truck was second hand (running gear aside), would you believe us? Joel had a vision with his Hilux, and didn’t want to skimp on quality, so most things had to be sourced new from overseas. A late ’90s Surf dash was installed in the cabin, along with brand-new carpet and Recaro Fishnet seats for comfort. The gauge cluster now reads 8000km, which is what the Hilux has travelled since the build — a nice touch.
So what has Joel got planned for the ute now? Unfortunately for all you mudthirsty hooligans, he won’t be taking this Hilux out in the dirt any time soon.“The truck’s too mint to take out in the mud at present. I will just take it out on the weekends and enjoy it for now. It will be getting forged some time in the near future, so you can expect to see power near 559kW (750hp), which is what the engine is set up for.” DRIVER/OWNER: Joel Oswald
32 Auckland, North
Shore Two years WHEELS: 16x8-inch Mickey Thompson Classic III TYRES: 33-inch Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ
The undercarriage is as impressive as the engine bay. There is custom fabrication everywhere, notably the stainless-steel radiator piping, four-inch exhaust system and the highly detailed chassis and suspension componentry