About Us

Authentic Overlanders

About OverLand Cruisers

OverLand Cruisers specializes in building world-class four-wheel drive vehicles. Whether they be rescued vintage Land Cruisers, or modern trucks, all of our builds are fueled by our passion for vehicles that perform well beyond expectations.

Meet The Team

Johnny Schaefer: Operations Manager

Motor City boy
Raised wheeling and hunting
Un Patrullero

Onur Azeri: Shop Manager

Onur discovered Toyota Land Cruisers in 2001 while writing his Ph.D dissertation…at which point he decided a life surrounded by Land Cruisers was more desirable than a career in academia. Onur traded in his textbooks for parts catalogs and Land Cruiser factory service manuals. After many years working for Toyota, Onur developed an in-depth understanding of the Toyota technical systems. Upon leaving Toyota, Onur operated a Land Cruiser parts sourcing business and took a break from Land Cruisers to work updating electrical systems on commercial aircraft for a couple of years. Onur was offered a position at Overland Cruisers during its founding, however he was trapped on the east coast working on airplanes and couldn’t accept…fast forward a couple of years and Onur escaped from New York and accepted the position of shop manager at Overland Cruisers. Toyota technical systems run through Onur’s blood, not to mention his photographic memory of part numbers, which tend to pop-up whenever talking about Land Cruisers. Onur spends his free time riding bikes, hiking the epic Arizona Trail, and exploring Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands with his friends and dog, Turk.

Joseph Smith: Mechanic/Restoration Expert/Fabricator

Joseph grew up in Southern Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains on the ranch that his grandfather homesteaded. Starting at a young age he grew up working on everything associated with the day-to-day operations of a working ranch…cutting trees, repairing small and large engines (with a distinct lack of new parts), working on heavy equipment, fixing fence and everything in between. At the age of 18, Joseph moved to Tucson and started restoring British and European vehicles at British Car Service. After a couple of years Joseph decided to temporarily hang up his wrenches and explore the country where he worked as a high-rise window cleaner and as a telecommunications tower technician. After spending a few years travelling the country Joseph returned to his love of cars and moved back to Tucson and British Car Service. Luck would have it that when Joseph decided he wanted to move out of the big city, and back to the Sky Islands, our paths crossed and we realized that he would be a great fit at Overland Cruisers. Joseph is a crucial member of the Overland Cruisers team who brings an incredible breadth of experience and knowledge to all of our projects.

Tyler Filigenzi-Hudson: Mechanic

Tyler grew up in the Patagonia and Sonoita areas working on various ranches and exploring the endless outdoor opportunities of the region. After graduating Patagonia High School, Tyler moved to Phoenix to work at a family owned BMW shop. After a few years he had to escape the city life and returned to the area to guide bird hunting trips all over Southern Arizona, Montana, and Saskatchewan. Tyler was first exposed to Land Cruisers when he bought his 100 series to use as a hunting rig. After multiple trips across the country, overlanding excursions, and countless repairs, he caught the Land Cruiser fever. Tyler started his Toyota career at a dealership, but quickly realized the corporate world wasn’t for him. After jumping on the opportunity to join the Overland Cruisers team, he is looking forward to expanding his knowledge on everything Toyota.