The Fortuner is a rugged ladder on frame SUV. Though it is highly capable off-road, most owners only use it in the urban jungle. There are a few passionate owners however who really use the car the way it is meant to be used. Here is one such heavily modified Fortuner.
The Fortuner has always had butch and macho looks. This one however takes it to an all new level. The main motive behind this transformation was that the owner wanted to have a capable vehicle off-road which needed to be as raw as possible.
The vehicle, though outlandish to look at fufills the owner’s need well. He has removed the front bumper to make the car easier to climb over steep things. The front grill and headlamps have been covered by a metallic mesh to protect them.
That has been done to make sure there is no damage on to the radiator at the time of severe off-roading. The mesh also allows the stock radiator to function without any hiccup. The side step has also been removed to help the off-roading capabilities. There is a snorkel on it as well.
The reason for this build was to have a go-anywhere camper van as the owner enjoys the outdoors a lot. The roof features a tent system which can be used for camping. There are cylindrical water tanks present as well. There is a ladder on the passenger side that helps you climb up.
At the back of the vehicle, you will see a scooter mounted. The reason behind that is when the owner goes off-roading, he likes to take his scooter along to travel short distances off-road on it while he is camping. It is a 2 stroke Kinetic Honda which has been stripped down. This has been done to reduce weight and to make sure that there are lesser things that can go wrong in the vehicle.
Under the hood, there have been no changes what so ever. The trusty and dependable 3.0 liter D-4D engine has covered over 1.5 lakh kms. The engine has run more than 30,000 kms after these modifications and the owner has faced no issue till now.
He is now working on improving the interiors of the car. He also wants to add a fully functional chemical toilet in the car so that he doesn’t have to face issues on his trips into the wilderness. We wish him luck for his upcoming adventures.
Images courtesy Vikram Dharam