79 Dual Cab Open Sky Touring

The following blogs have been written over several years and detail Ben’s thinking as he started from scratch with a blank canvas and worked it up into a touring 4wd. At present, Ben still has a number of things he would like to do with the vehicle, so there is likely to be a Part VII soon, and later another update as well.

The Toyota 79 series dual cab, despite being listed as Australia’s 4×4 of the year on a couple of occasions during the last decade, has not changed a great deal in a very long time. As a base vehicle they are pretty rudimentary, lack even the most basic creature comforts, and handle terribly. With a lot of money, they can however be turned into a very capable tourer and offroader. Unfortunately, there is no avoiding the costs of doing this, but if you do go down this path, you will eventually end up with a fine and reliable vehicle that will take you anywhere this country has to offer.

We’d recommend you start at the beginning and work your way through the whole series, however, the blogs have been broken up into sections that may be of particular interest, so you can just jump straight in where you like.

Welcome to Expedition 134

We’re excited to introduce the new Expedition 134 website, the new home for Open Sky Touring.

This change is another step in our journey to consolidate our branding and name in the marketplace.

While things might look different, the passion to make the toughest and most functional gear possible hasn’t.