Over-the-top emergency vehicles are something we come across relatively often here at Top Gear Philippines. This one, though, might be the coolest we’ve seen in a pretty long while.
Yes, what you're looking at is a Toyota Land Cruiser that’s been modified to fight fires. Dubbed the ‘Golden Pumper,’ this LC70 was originally shipped from Japan and is now a proud member of San Juan City’s Golden Fire & Rescue Volunteer Unit.
Its owner, Dr. Jerwin Guan, shared the extensive list of upgrades and modifications he commissioned for the SUV. Obviously, it comes equipped with a pump and a 400-liter water tank for spewing water at, well, fires. It also carries with it two sets of emergency breathing apparatuses, a folding ladder, fire hoses, a fire axe, and a variety of other emergency tools.
Saving lives is a serious mission, but Guan’s also made it a point to make the Golden Pumper look good doing it. The vehicle now runs on 17-inch Black Rhino Chamber wheels wrapped in Nitto Trail Grapplers. It also flaunts a host of aftermarket lighting units, a bunch of emergency sirens, and has a Bilstein suspension tucked underneath.
This project took two years to complete, by the way. Oh, and Guan also made it a point to retain some of the LC70’s old-school charm, too.
“Ay, may nadagdag ako recently dyan, orig na cup holders ng LC na door-mounted at yung tray na may cup holder sa may kambyo! Last na yan!” he said.
This is a build that looks as neat as it does functional. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
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