View Full Version : Rigs in Costa Rica

09-28-2010, 11:12 PM
My wife and I were fortunate enough to take a 10 day vacation to Costa Rica earlier in the month. It was our first visit to Central America, and we really enjoyed everything about Costa Rica: the locals were always friendly, the mountains and forests stunning, and the beaches had every type of sand and surf imaginable.

I don't think I'll share all the details of the vacation, ;) but in keeping with the spirit of Rising Sun, the other great thing about Costa Rica is the trucks. I guess I've reached a point in my life where I drool over a nice diesel Cruiser as often as I'll stare at lady in a bikini. It got to the point where there were so many Cruisers that I stopped pointing them out: dozens of newer tray back 70 series, a few newer Troopies, Prados and Fortuners everywhere, probably 100+ FJ40 and BJ40's, solid-axle diesel minis, and 3 door BJ74's that were government issued power and gas trucks. Plus there were TDi 110 Defenders all over the place, a bunch of Series 88's, and Patrols old and new. Not as many 60's, 80's and 100's, but they were around. And 1 diesel 200 series cruisin' the streets of Tamarindo.

I took a few pictures, so I thought I'd post them up in true truck porn fashion. Enjoy!

09-28-2010, 11:22 PM
The first 40 we saw about 10 minutes away from the airport, and followed up to the volcano. Little did I know there would be many, many more...


Most of the 40's looked something like this. Nothing much to look at, but still running strong (the strap was just because the ignition or battery was out).


This was our ride for the week. I found a place that advertised the modern version of the BJ74 (3 door) as a rental, but when I arrived the guy said they stopped renting those a few years back. So we settled for the diesel Prado. I got her stuck on the beach about mid-week, so Becky said that was my wheelin' for the trip and we couldn't sign up for one of those "jungle adventures in a Cruiser".....


Nice white 80:


We hired this guy for a private surfing lesson. He was a Kiwi with an American wife and two young kids that had moved to CR 2 years ago. The 80 was his "client truck", and his other ride is a 78 BJ40. Not too bad....


And the engine for that 80. What's wrong with this picture?


09-28-2010, 11:26 PM
Even the Toyota buses were snorkeled. :cool:


Some cool Rovers.


A German lady owned this one.


Iguana crossing....


09-28-2010, 11:33 PM
Another "what's wrong with this picture?"


Popped the hood to check out the engine, and found the battery under a bit of duress. I guess the potholes and constant washboard roads took their toll. I tightened up the battery tie downs, but the ground wire was someone else's problem.

This one had the 5LE, 3.0 liter, 4 cylinder diesel with a 5 speed manual. Not much pep, but she sounded real nice. Note the lack of emissions wires and tubes - just and engine, some coolant hoses, and a master cylinder - simple.



09-28-2010, 11:37 PM
A few more....


bitchin' Patrol


The only 100 series I saw, along with a pretty cool ambulance.


There were tons of these Troopy ambulances. I'd like to pick one of these up at a govt auction in 10 years.....


09-28-2010, 11:44 PM
Sweet!! Lets see a picture of you stuck on the beach!!!

09-29-2010, 12:42 AM
Wow, really cool. Do you think this would be a good vacation spot with kids?

Is that a carburetor on the 80?

09-29-2010, 08:00 AM
Land Cruisers in paradise. That looks awesome Matt.

09-29-2010, 08:45 AM
Looks like fun, Matt. Thanks for sharing the pics. :thumb:

09-29-2010, 08:51 AM
Awesome pics!

09-29-2010, 08:57 AM
Wow, really cool. Do you think this would be a good vacation spot with kids?

Is that a carburetor on the 80?

Indeed. Carbureted 1FZ circa 1995.

I think it would be great for kids. The only risk is the food - if your kids' diet consists of hot dogs and mac n cheese, it could be tough to please him/her. But we saw plenty of other kids (understanding this was the off-season), always felt safe, and most medium-sized towns had groceries and a decent pharmacy. We saw lots of poisonous snakes on the hikes we did, so that would be another consideration (a wandering kid could be a liability). But the opportunity to expose your kids to a different culture, different living situations, and people with a different style of living is invaluable.

We stayed out of the big cities though, so I can't say what those would be like.

09-29-2010, 12:47 PM
We rented the same gen/color/powertrain/wheels Prado when we were there but ours had goofy aluminum running boards on it. I liked it a lot. It hauled the 6 of us and all our stuff all over and still got great fuel economy. I think grandma's white-knuckle finger marks might still be in the headrests.

I really liked all the 70's including Imperial beer trucks.


10-01-2010, 03:26 PM
It's not all diesel and black smoke....

Arenal puffing.





Eyelash Viper on our hiking trail near Arenal :eek:


Fer-de-lance just off the path on the same trail. This little guy (a kind of viper) accounts for the most venomous snake bites in all of CR. They are supposedly mean and nasty.


White-faced Monkeys



10-01-2010, 03:32 PM
oh yea - and some toucans. Not a great picture - need more zoom.....


10-01-2010, 09:27 PM
Cool pics. Thanks for sharing.

10-02-2010, 08:43 AM
This pic is from our trip down there. The semi in front of the tow truck was sideswiped by another semi going the other direction on a 2 lane mountain road. I don't know if they planned to use the Cruiser tow truck to move anything as it looked way too small to be useful but I liked the cop leaning on it as the traffic slowly squeezed by.

I still think we should discuss a Rising Sun road trip to Costa Rica - possibly including a stop at Ron Korzen's place.