HOW WE WORK - CRAFTSMANSHIP AT ITS FINEST
Every build gets the same treatment - thousands of hours of craftsmanship at our shop produce some of the most unique, and high quality vehicles in the world.
Our team has a real knack for this stuff. Decades of restoration experience, combined with a true passion for classic 4x4 and a pursuit of nothing short of perfection. The end result is something you will cherish for years to come.
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Check out how the process works, and schedule a design consultation for more info or to get a build started. Our trucks are hand-made and built in small batches annually. We don't over-produce, to make sure that quality of each build is kept to the highest standards.
Our passion, dedication, and decades of experience are poured into each Black Dog. The result is a truly capable Land Cruiser, built for 21st century driving conditions that you'll cherish for years to come.
No Land Cruiser required, we supply the donor vehicle.
Our process looks a little like this.....
Choose between models - Daily Driver, Outdoorsman, or Hunter. Those packages give us a base to start with, and an idea of what your interests are. From there our design team will work with you to build out your cruiser.
We'll send you a contract and review payment, build schedule, and delivery terms. 25% upfront Deposit is required.
Once we know the scope of the build our team will use our access to a wealth of Cruisers and Classics around the globe to find the perfect cruiser with good bones, minimal rust, and everything you could ask for in a donor car.
Our team drives your car and runs a preliminary inspection. We check for signs of rust, repairs, and common major issues.
The beginning stages of your restoration are where we completely disassemble your Cruiser to ensure perfection and quality of work. Nothing is left unchecked as parts are sorted into individual cabinets and cubbies for each car. All parts except for the steel body and frame are replaced with new Factory-Ordered parts or equivalent. Engine compartment is fully disassembled and refinished. Electrical connectors, wiring, battery straps and grounds are replaced. Vapor collection hoses, and fuel lines are new. Mounting hardware is replaced.
Engine & Transmission
The drivetrain: engine, transmission, and clutch assembly are ordered new directly from General Motors. All parts are brand new and although your Land Cruiser is not required to be emissions compliant (any vehivle over 25 years old is waived) most of our builds are 50 state emissions compliant regardless. Engine components are inspected and installed for a test fit.
Suspension, Brakes, Undercarriage, & Chassis
Front and rear suspension are ustom built Dana 44 or 60. Brake pads, rotors, seals, gaskets and wheel bearings, as well as calipers are replaced. Fuel tank is removed, stripped, and a new modern fuel cell is refit. Chassis is stripped down to bare metal so every inch of the car can be fixed to factory new specs. Belly pan is stripped, undercoated, and refinished. All chassis gaps are reset to meet factory spec and tolerances. Undercarriage and floors receive a urethane or polyurea coating. Entire vehicle is built up to test fit before being taken apart again and painted.
Exterior, Paint, Trim
Exterior is masked and resealed, covered with two wet coats of polyester primer and allowed to cure naturally for several days. We color sand and buff the vehicle to ensure best possible high-gloss paint finish before the car is assembled. Highest quality paints are used and two anti-corrosive coats are applied. Chrome trim and moldings are all removed, repaired, and anodized to factory specs. Front and rear windshield moldings are replaced with new parts. Screws and bolts are painted over per factory specs unless otherwise requested. Interiors are restored to factory spec. Complete carpet kits and new side and door panels are installed. A and B pillars are restored. All channel felts, seats, and scrapers are replaced with factory new parts. Body seals are replaced with original toyota seals. Body hardware is new stainless as well.
Black Dog builds are the industry standard for quality and are truly without compromise. That is the promise we make to our customers, and it's a promise that we back with the industries only 100% Quality Guarantee.
If you receive your truck, and there is an issue with it we will work with you to make it right or provide you with a full refund. We are that confident in our work, and the only brand to stand behind it 100%. Check your contract.
The Daily Driver model is a standard FJ40 "Show Quality" frame off restoration with a few tasteful upgrades to make those trips and trails a bit easier to navigate. Modern conveniences like an upgraded suspension, premium sound, disk brakes, and Heat/AC give this Cruiser just enough to make it a bit more manageable without losing that vintage feel. Click below for more info on this and our other models, all designed with the 21st century explorer in mind.
Our Outdoorsman model was designed for the off-road or overland enthusiast. If you want a workhorse or dependable ranch or farm vehicle, this is the build you need. The high torque delivered by the 430HP LS3 engine is perfect for towing toys or a trailer on the highway. Quick and peppy when you want it, strong and dependable when you need it. Click below for more info on this and our other models, all designed with the 21st century explorer in mind.