Black Dog Traders was started with one overarching goal: restore the best Classic Land Cruisers, and update them for modern day adventurers with contemporary technology, comfort, and advanced production methods.
"We're committed to reviving the legendary Land Cruiser, and ensuring its legend lives on into the future. We first started with stock restorations, but quickly realized that the capabilities of the original engine and suspension couldn't live up to some of the demands we placed on it."
-Austin Peterson, Founder, Black Dog Traders
Schedule a 15 minute design consultation to get acquainted with us, get more info on your model of choice, and learn more about the entire process. We're on hand every day of the week in Dallas, Texas to answer any and all questions.
Join the small tribe of adventurers happy to call themselves owners of one of the greatest vehicles ever made.
Adventure, tradition, raw euphoria. To those fortunate enough to possess one, these old rigs bring nothing but sheer enjoyment. We're proud to revive these beasts and update them for the modern driver. Our trucks go through a rigorous quality-control inspection and 100 mile test before leaving the shop. You can be sure you're getting the best.
Our builds are limited to a production run of 20 annually in order to maintain industry leading quality levels as well as delivery times that cannot be beat. Join our tribe of tasteful adventurers, start telling your own Black Dog story today.
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.
We blend the best of both worlds by fusing the timeless design, look, and feel of a vintage Land Cruiser with modern production methods, advanced technology and components, and enhanced comfort. Thousands of man hours are spent perfecting each vehicle.
Our team has a real knack for this stuff. Nearly 50 years of restoration experience, combined with a true passion for classic 4x4 and a pursuit of nothing short of perfection. The end result is a labor of love, and something you will cherish for decades to come.
Choose the model that best suits your lifestyle. To place an order, or get more info, schedule a 15 minute design consultation.
Frame off and stripped down to its "Nuts & Bolts". We take your cruiser down to its bones and individual pieces are painstakingly reworked, or replaced with Japanese OEM parts. This is the definition of "Show Quality", and is an investment-grade vehicle that retains the Cruisers Bare-Bones style and attitude with slight tasteful upgrades to make your trips and trails a little easier to navigate. We return the vehicle to better than new. This is a complete restoration of a vintage FJ. It comes with a standard 2f engine, 4-speed transmission, steel wheels, soft top, AC/Heat, power steering, upgraded Old Man Emu suspension, Wilwood disc brakes, Lizard Skin undercoatings, and many other optional upgrades.
This is an upgraded version of our Heritage FJ40 build and our most popular model. Designed specifically for the modern driver with an Engine Upgrade to 1FZ-FE (210HP), 5-speed transmission, Old Man Emu Suspension upgrade, Wilwood Disc brakes, Power steering, Soft top - Hard available, American style hubcaps, 33" BF Goodrich TKO-2 tires, LED headlights, Vintage Air AC/Heat, Premium Sound Lizard Skin, Line-X interior.
OUTDOORSMAN - (DIESEL)
The Outdoorsman 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 diesel engine is perfect for towing a trailer. This build comes with a 12H-T turbo diesel engine, H55F 5 speed manual transmission (Toyota FJ70 5 speed manual transmission w/transfer case), Reinforced frame and engine mounts, Soft Top - Hard available, Swing Gate w/tire & Jerry can holder, Hi-Lift Jack, Suspension Upgrade, Wilwood Disk Brakes, Power steering, Hydraulic clutch, Custom Trail Bumpers (front/rear) with Warn 8000 Winch and D-shackles, Lizard Skin, Line-X interior, Air Lockers, Custom sport bucket seats, Mickey Thompson Sidebiter ii Rims, BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 Tires, Premium Sound - Sony touchscreen receiver w/ apple/android carplay, Rockford Fosgate speakers/amp, Vintage Air AC/Heat.
HUNTER - (4 DOOR)
The Hunter is a very special truck. Based on the Outdoorsman build specs we modify an FJ45 to 4-doors. While Toyota made 4-door pickups, they never produced a jeep style vehicle with 4 doors. This requires a lot of custom fabrication on our part, but the end result is something truly unique. Additional upgrades include: ARB Air Lockers, LED Offroad Lights, Safari Rack, In vehicle gun and gear safe.
VICE - (I-FORCE V8)
5.7L V8 4WD (381 HP before Supercharger), TRD Supercharger (504 HP and a whopping 550 LB-FT Torque - this is an absolute monster), High flow fuel injectors, single belt drive, lower heat range iridium-tip spark plugs, water to air intercooler system, low temp radiator, TRD performance air intake kit, TRD performance brake pads, TRD rear sway bar, TRD performance shocks, Crawl Control/Terrain Selection, ARB Lockers, 6 Speed Automatic Transmission, Keyless entry/remote start, TRD performance handling/suspension kit, Custom grill, Custom leather sport bucket seats, Rock Sliders, Safari Rack, Snorkel, Roll Cage, Swing Gate, Tire/Double Jerry Can, Hi Lift Jack, Ipad stereo receiver.
We Deliver the Highest Quality Vintage 4x4 Restorations
Our shop is run on a tight schedule with production lines similar to what you would see in a plant producing new cars today.
When we started this company we wanted to be sure of three things:
1. We produce the highest quality Land Cruiser builds tastefully updated for todays driver, while retaining their heritage.
2. Our production process is constantly being tweaked and refined to ensure we remain the best in the industry.
3. We provide amazing customer service, keep you updated the entire time, and make you feel like family.