Project Orca | The Complete Troopy Tourer Build. Portal Axles, Interior Fitout, Custom Electrical System, Auto Conversion & MORE. - Mick Tighe 4x4 & Outdoor

By far our BIGGEST build to date! A 2022 78 Series Troop Carrier (VDJ78R) on Marks 4WD Portal Axles feat. a game changing Garmin Powered electrical system, custom OTA interior fitout, Auto Conversion & much, much, more!  

Video Walkthrough | Part One

Video Walkthrough | Part Two & Three


Build List


Underbody / Performance

  • Marks 4wd Portal Axle Kit
  • Suspension Upgrade
    • Kings Remote Res Manual Adjustable Front, Rear Shocks & Dampeners
    • EFS Coils
    • Ironman 4x4 Leaf Springs, Bushes, Greasable Pins & Shackles
    • JMACX billet Radius Arms (BLACK)
  • Airbag Man Air On Board
    • w/ Rear Airbags, Digital Air Gauge & Custom Dash Switches
  •  Wholesale Automatics 6 Speed Auto Transmission Conversion
  • GSL Upgrades
    • Single Troopy Offroad Exhaust System w/ Custom Twin Tip
    • 4" to 2.5" Intake
    • Air Box (Panel)
    • Air Filter
    • ECU Remap
    • Gearbox Auto Re-Tune
    • Turbo Upgrade
  • PWR Performance Intercooler Upgrade
  • Marks 4wd Hydroboost Brake Booster Upgrade
  • Marks 4wd Oil Catch Can
  • Direction Plus Preline Fuel Filter Kit With Water Alarm
  • Sealed Alternater Upgrade - 14v 150Amp Water Cooled
  • ARB Twin Compressor In Rear Internal Sidewall
    • Twin 3 Gallon Tanks (Mounted under Body)
    • Custom Braided lines for tanks to compressor (to prevent melting)
    • Air Outlet to Rear of Vehicle
  • Safari High Performance ARMAX Snorkel
  • Marks 4wd Bonnet Strut Kits





  • Ironman 12000lb Synthetic Rope Winch
    • w/ Saber Black Fairlead & Saber Shackle Pro
  • OTA Fibre Glass Flare Kit – to suit Portal Axle Fitment.
  • Kaymar Rear Bar, Towbar & Twin Wheel Carrier (White)
    • w/ Genuine 7 Pin Flat Trailer Plug Wiring
  • Alu-cab Hercules VDJ78 Troop Carrier Roof Conversion
  • Alu-cab 270 Shadow Awning Fitted to Hercules Conversion
  • Alu-cab Shower Cube mounted to Hercules Roof Conversion
  • MSA Towing Mirrors Black / Electric / Indicators
  • Genuine Toyota Front Weather shield Kit
  • Ceramic Window Tint
  • Custom Steel Side Steps
  • Retro Style Toyota Grille, with whitening of Toyota Word, & Blackening of surround.
  • Cross Bars & Recovery Track Holders (Suit Roof Conversion)
  • Vehicle External Black Out & Badge Removal
    • Black Out Wheel Arches
    • Black Bull Bar Wings
    • Black Bull Bar body Inserts
    • Black Flares
    • Black Grille
    • White Toyota Logo in Grille
    • Remove door badges, weld holes & re-paint doors
    • Paint 6x outer rim rings


Lighting, Sound, Communications & Security


  • Hercules front mounted LED light bar w/ Ironman 50" Sabre-X Slim Light Bar
  • Rear Roof Conversion External Lighting
    • Inc. 4x Amber Rock Lights (2x LH & 2x RH)
  • Mounted onto Custom Made 3d Printed Brackets
    • w/ Colour Coding of Custom Brackets (Operational through Garmin Interior Electric System)
  • GME XRS370 UHF (Mounted into Roof console)
    • w/ AE4705B Antenna
  • Cel Fi Go Telstra 3/4G Mobile Phone Booster Kit
  • Live Track Stealth Discreet GPS tracking
  • Custom Made Vehicle Immobilizer/Cutout Switch (Security)


Audio System Upgrade

  • Alpine R series 6x9" speakers with Alpine Door Pods and Tweeters
  • Rockford Fosgate P3 8" shallow subwoofer
  • Custom Subwoofer box to suit behind front seat
  • Amp rack to match subwoofer box
  • Helix M Four 4 channel amp


Interior Features

  • PVS Upgrades
    • Black LED Headlights (Clear Lens) (White Halo)
    • Basic Black Leather Steering Wheel (w/ Audio Controls)
    • 12.1" Multimedia Headunit (w/ OBD2 Scan Gauge Tool, Temp & Batt Monitoring System, 1x Reverse Camera) Switch Panel
  • Recaro Expert M Front Seats
  •  Cruiser Consoles BLACK Roof Console to suit Alu Cab Hercules Roof Conversion
  • SandGrabba Front Floor Mats
  • Custom Front Interior Black Out
  • PVS Black Leather Dash, One Stone (Black) Arm Rests, Re-Upholster Door Cards & Paint Trims in Black
  • Autometer Boost & Pyrometer Gauge
  • Wrap underside of Roof Conversion Interior (Gloss Black) & replace underside carpet to be black.
  • Wrap 12v Oven (Gloss Black)
  • Interior 'House' Lighting Upgrade & Awning Lighting Inc. 3x Multifunction Awning Light Strips & 6x Multifunction Interior Light Strips


OTA Interior Troop Carrier Fit Out


  • Empirbus Electronics
    • 8" multifunction touch screen Inc. navigation, Maps and POI*
    • Remote screen with magnetic base
    • 22 inputs, Digital or Analogue
    • 40 Outputs Analogue, Digital, Dimmable
    • 1 Temp Sensor
  • Victron Componets to link into Empirbus
    • Cables, Cerbo GX, Twin 30a DC-DC Chargers, MPPT 100/30
  • 240v Input/Output
    • Victron Multi Plus 12/3000 & Connectors/Leads
  • Revolution RPL12-100 Lithium Batteries (x3)
  • Overland Tourers Australia Custom Interior Fit Out
    • Inc. Duetto 12 volt hot water system, Seaflow 33 Water Pump, External Shower Kit, Water filter, John Guest Water Fittings, Water Mixer, Sink, Interior water plumbing, OTA custom Slide out bed, Custom Interior Curtains, Custom Curtain Tiebacks, Custom Black Carpet, Evakool 110L Platinum Upright Fridge/Freeze, Ironman 12v Oven for Interior Fit out, OTA (Prototype) Rear Drop Down Tables
  • Heavy Duty Vehicle Cranking/Starting Battery Upgrade
  • Acdelco Premium EFB 820cca Battery