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"I stand firmly behind our QUALITY."

We stand behind our work - 100%, check your contract. Every build gets the same treatment - thousands of hours of craftsmanship at our shop produce some of the most unique, and high-quality trucks in the world. Our family has generations of hot-rod, and classic restoration experience. You can guarantee that you'll cherish your Black Dog for decades to come.

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Our Story

Backed by the Black Dog.

Years spent testing components means only the best goes into your Cruiser. Toyota produced amazing vehicles, but their technology is now half a century old. We've reingineered these trucks and brought them into the 21st century to bring you quality without compromise.


Colombian coffee brought you TEXAS trucks.

"I grew up watching American manufacturing slowly and painfully die. In my family you’re either a carpenter, an engineer, or a mechanic. Pay cuts, downsizing, the death of the American Blue-Collar worker was like slowly peeling a band aid.  

College was my way out.  

I graduated, with no real idea of what I wanted except to “work for myself”. I started a coffee company in Los Angeles that brought me to the far reaches of South and Central America in search of the perfect bean.  

Their mountainous jungles taught me the Land Cruisers adventurous spirit...  

I grew up working with my hands. I loved carpentry, my family’s shop, and building things but I knew I could never make a living that way.  

US manufacturing was dead...  

I came to love Colombia and lived there, finding Land Cruisers, restoring them, and importing them to the U.S. I obsessed over every detail, and it took years to get everything right.  

I eventually grew homesick. I did what my childhood warned against and brought our manufacturing back to the U.S.  

It was rough at first...  

A small garage out of the back of my family’s house was all I could afford, but it felt great. I was proud to be building something in the United States, in Dallas, Texas, where I was born and raised.  

We’ve spent years upgrading and perfecting our vision of the ultimate 4x4.  

Thousands of hours spent testing components means only the best goes into your Cruiser. Toyota produced amazing vehicles, but that technology is now half a century old.  

We've reengineered these trucks and brought them into the 21st century to bring you quality without compromise. The perfect blend of modern and vintage.  

Our team is proud to build some of the most unique, and high-quality trucks in the world.  

The recipe is simple...  

Classic Style – Modern Comfort – Unrivaled Performance."  

-Austin Peterson - Founder

Engine - 6.0L L96 (360 Hp) V8 is standard with an optional 6.2L LS3 (430Hp) V8.

Transmission - Manual 5spd NV4500 is standard with optional Automatic 4spd 4l80E. 

Suspension - Old Man Emu Dakar leaf spring (two stage leaf pack) & Nitrocharger sport shock absorbers. 

Transfer Case - Part time 4x4 Atlas II. 3.0:1 transfer case gearing provides 87:1 final crawl ratio. 

Differentials - G2 44 axles. Open front, limited slip rear. 

Brakes - 2 wheel disk brake.

Fuel Cell - Platform specific engineered 15 -gallon tank is boxed by the frame. Features an in-tank fuel pump, stainless plumbing and serviceable filter. 

Exhaust - Mandrel bent stainless. 

"Commute INVIGORATED" -Daily Driver Tech Specs 







Engine - 6.2L LS3 (430 Hp) V8 is standard with an optional 6.2L Supercharged LSA (556Hp) V8.

Transmission - Manual 5spd NV4500 is standard with optional Automatic 4spd 4l80E. 

Suspension - Four-Link, anti-rock sway bars, & FOX 2.0 Performance series IFP shock absorbers front and rear. 

Transfer Case - Part time 4x4 Atlas II. 3.0:1 transfer case gearing provides 87:1 final crawl ratio. 

Differentials - Dana 44/60 axles. Open front, limited slip rear. ARB Air lockers and dedicated on-board air compressor optional.

Brakes - 4 wheel Wilwood 6 piston disk brake.

Fuel Cell - Platform specific engineered non-vented 22 - gallon tank is boxed by the frame and protected by a steel skid plate. Features an in-tank fuel pump w/hydramat, stainless plumbing and serviceable filter. 

Exhaust - Mandrel bent stainless Borla. 

Chassis - Custom fabricated boxed frame with tie in sport roll cage for extra strength and protection.

"Born to DIRT" -Outdoorsman Tech Specs 






Engine - 6.2L LSA (556 Hp) V8 is standard with an optional 700 Hp tune. Four door quad cab pickup optional.

Transmission - Manual 5spd NV4500 is standard with optional Automatic 4spd 4l80E. 

Suspension - Four-Link Eibach coil spring & FOX 2.5 Performance series IFP shock absorbers. Anti-rock sway bars front and rear. 

Transfer Case - Part time 4x4 Atlas II. 3.0:1 transfer case gearing provides 87:1 final crawl ratio. 

Differentials - Currie 9" axles. Open front, limited slip rear. ARB Air lockers in front and rear diff. Dedicated on-board air compressor.

Brakes - 4 wheel Wilwood 6 piston disk brake.

Fuel Cell - Platform specific engineered non-vented 22 - gallon tank is boxed by the frame and protected by a steel skid plate. Features an in-tank fuel pump w/hydramat, stainless plumbing and serviceable filter. 

Exhaust - Mandrel bent stainless Borla. 

Chassis - Custom fabricated boxed frame with extra cross members and tie in sport roll cage for strength and protection.

"There is no EQUAL" -Hunter Tech Specs 





Born to DIRT.

Our builds are inspired by the Land Cruiser's heritage, and updated for modern highways, off-roading, and high-performance. 

"Thank you Austin, the truck looks amazing. I have already had many compliments. My mechanic said it is the nicest Land Cruiser he has seen - Jose"

BATTLE TESTED 

Black Dog builds are the industry standard for quality and truly without compromise. That is the promise we make to our customers.

"With us you get full access, right from the source. We work directly with you to ensure you enjoy the entire process. I personally guarantee our work; let's figure out what your perfect truck really looks like." - Austin Peterson - Founder

"QUALITY isn't mass produced."

Don't miss out - You won't find another FJ40 of this CALIBER. They sell FAST.

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