Remember life is too short to drive something normal!!
Currently focused on classic FJ45 Toyota Pickups, the occasional FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser, 75 Series Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers Series II, IIA, III and Defenders. With the occasional strange or unique diesel powered vehicle entering the shop.
Eco-Offroad started off as a small company that focused on diesel engine conversions for vintage 4x4 vehicles. As time progressed the option of importing unique diesel powered vehicles became easier and so as parts were being imported vehicles joined them. Today there are many options to be able to drive back into the woods, enjoying nature and all the surroundings with the choice of fuel efficient diesel engines running on biodiesel or diesel. Every once in a while we also feature "outside" the box over-landing vehicle because the driving experience is all part of the adventure.
Eco-Offroad, LLC specializes in:
Environmentally Friendly Restorations
Building and Prepping Over-Land Vehicles
Importing Unique Vehicles from Around the World
Here is a small offering of vehicles that I have worked on in the past!
SALES AND IMPORTATION
Started off importing parts years ago and this slowly transitioned to entire vehicles. All vehicles are picked by me and brought to my shop for inspection. If you have a certain dream vehicle, I can help locate it somewhere around the world and bring it safely back to the USA. After inspection I enjoy the vehicle; I mean I carefully drive all vehicles for a period of time then list them for sale. Unless stated these are not restored vehicles, but good used representatives of the unique models we never got offered in the USA. Currently I deal with the following countries: South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and recently added Brazil. The majority of the vehicles I deal with are RHD (right hand drive), so easy to drive that government employees do it daily! All vehicles will be brought to my shop for inspection before being sold. In addition each vehicle will have all and I do mean all fluids changed. Vehicles will come with a clear Oregon title. As inventory becomes available this page will be updated.
1996 Mercedes 290GD LWB Price: $46,000.00
1996 Mercedes 461 military model VIN:
WDB4614521710617. These two door LWB model G Wagons are hard to find. This unit came factory with the 290GD naturally aspirated engine. The previous owner went through the steps to add a turbo, intercooler and tuned injection pump to make this G quite fun to drive. Vehicle has the 5 speed overdrive transmission behind the diesel engine. Custom roof rack with spare tire carrier incorporated into it. Comfortable front bucket seats and two rear jump seats. Vehicle is 24 volts, but has a converter to run the radio already installed. Factory locking rear axle only. Almost completely rust free with only a hint showing in the battery box and drain holes in the front floor. One small quirk is the previous owner replaced the mirrors from a 300GD and left the bagging. Very solid truck for being 26 years old!
1997 Toyota HZJ77 Land Cruiser
1997 HZJ77 Toyota Land Cruiser recently imported from Japan for a client with only 83,000 original miles (133000 KM’S). This vehicle belonged to the Japanese Government and has been very well maintained. The vehicle has the 1HZ Toyota 6-cylinder diesel engine which started production in the early 90’s and is still being made today!
As this vehicle was ordered for the Japanese Government it has a unique configuration that is not often seen. This vehicle was ordered with manual windows, no sunroof and A/C, which takes out two problem areas with many older Toyotas as the electric window motors tend to die and the sun roofs start to leak. Normally this configuration was only seen with the 5-cylinder Toyota diesel engine, but I guess the government wanted a little more power!
After being imported all fluids were changed including the brake fluid and a safety inspection was done. The interior of the vehicle is in pristine condition including the driver’s seat which generally shows some wear. The body is rust free with only a few small car park dents on various panels of the truck. Tires have a lot of tread left on them and the spare is brand new. This vehicle is ready to be driven and enjoyed!
The Toyota HZJ77 was only produced for Japan so not often seen in the US, so expect to get some attention when driving this vehicle. The 70 series were successors of the 40 Series, such as the FJ40. It is RHD as it was made for the Japanese market, however it is still very easy to drive and maneuver. Parts are easy to find for this vehicle and it a simple mechanical diesel that almost any shop can work on. Free and Clear Oregon Title.
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Getting rid of those Winter Blues While Runny Biodiesel or even #2 Diesel in cold Temps!
I run anywhere from B20 up to B100 even in the winter without an issue, because I remember to use winter additives. Here is Oregon the fuel companies like charging for additives, but offer very little to any for winter conditions. There have been whole newspaper articles written on how biodiesel was killing all the diesel powered cars in the winter, was the biodiesels fault. The fuel companies were not adding winter additive and even straight #2 diesel will gel when temps drop.
Stages of the effects of low temps on Diesel:
Level 1 – “Cold Filter Plug Point”
This is the point at which there is enough solid waxes bound together in the diesel to be caught by the filters. There not be enough for you to really “see” yet, but they are being trapped by the filter. If the fuel remains this temperature long enough and if enough fuel flows through the filter, it will become plugged, even though the fuel may look “clear”.
As the fuel gets colder and colder, more of these waxes bond together to form bigger and bigger “polymer bonds” of waxes.
Level 2 – “Cloud point”
This is the point at which the fuel looks “Cloudy” to the “naked” eye. There is enough of these polymer bonded waxes to form large enough chains to be visible. It will abviously stop up filters here.
Level 3 – “Gel Point”
This is the point at which there are is an “infinite polymer network”. The point at which the fuel starts to be a solid or semi-solid due to these polymer bonds. The fuel will not flow at this point. Cold filter plug point/Cloud point is anywhere from 20*F – 40*F depending on water and contaminates in your fuel. Gel point is around +5* give or take a few degree. Biodiesels are more prone to Cold filter plug point/cloud point/gel point. They can plug faster, they absorb water more redably.
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Restorations And Overland Vehicle Builds
We can perform any stage of restoration that you would like or your pocket book can handle. From a mechanical only restoration including a diesel conversion to a full frame off; we are glad to help you in the building of your dream rig. Want a unique vehicle you can travel the world in? We can help you there with our years of Overlanding experience and background in unique vehicles.
Why a diesel engine?
- Better fuel economy
– The ability to run on multiple fuels (biodiesel, diesel, straight vegetable oil)
– Lower cost to operate
– Engine longevity
Although the diesel engine is not for everyone, it is a key component if you wish to run an older vehicle in a more environmentally friendly manner. When built correctly, you can see MPG in the low 20’s to the mid 30’s – not bad for vehicle with the aerodynamics of a barn!
All diesel conversions we performed are ready for biodiesel, and if you wish, we can set the vehicle up to run on straight vegetable oil.
From simple sheet metal patches and frame patches to custom bumpers and tow hitches, in the end, your imagination is the limit! We can handle small rust repair, frame repair, custom transmission humps, bumpers, winch mounts...you name it!