PAUL’S LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
This is the first modified new Discovery we have seen; so new that Paul the owner is working with a bunch of companies to develop gear for it. This includes LLAMS, Yakima and Safari Body Armour. Paul is a Land Rover fan from way back and was lucky enough to get one of the first D5s in Australia, a factory ordered hi-spec silver SE TD6 with eDiff and a heap of other gear. He’s already kitted out the vehicle with a cargo barrier, Waeco CFX65 fridge, slide, Uniden UHF, LLAMS electronic lift kit, an ARB under-the-bonnet compressor and a set of 275/55/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers G2 which (when combined with the factory locker and traction control) make for awesome levels of traction off-road. Well done mate, can’t wait to see what else you do to the Disco.
STUART’S TOYOTA HILUX
Stuart wrote in with a comical message, letting us know: “I’m afraid I’m going to kill your atypical ute driver as I’m not a tradie with a yellow vest, nor any of those others you typify as a ute driver.” Well we aren’t here to judge anyone, however this is one nice looking HiLux. Stuart is a 64-year-old teacher and the ’Lux is his retirement vehicle. He has set it up for the goldfields of Australia and other inland tracks such as the Olgas. No wonder he’s getting ready to retire! So far it has been kitted out with a snorkel, dual batteries, long-range fuel tank, drawers in the rear, a bit of suspension lift and a towbar. The picture included was taken at Hill End in NSW on his last trip. Sounds like there might still be gold in the hills, eh mate?
NATHAN’S FORD MAVERICK
We love the old GQ/Ford Maverick here at Unsealed 4X4, only because Editor Ev has one… so there isn’t much choice. Nathan’s Maverick is a TB42 petrol model, and in his own words: “Well the old Maverick… geez it loves petrol.” The old girl’s running a 3-inch Tough Dog suspension lift, 285/75R16 Kumho mud terrains, and a GME TX3500 mated to a GME AE4705B antenna. There is a huge triple-battery system that runs through a Projecta BCDC charger with 2 x 130Ah AGM batteries running Nathan’s Waeco fridge and camp lighting for days before wanting external charging. Future plans include plenty of lighting, a custom draw system, steel bar, Long Ranger fuel tank and a flat roof rack. Nathan has so far spent a total of around $8,500 including the purchase price. If that isn’t value for money, we don’t know what is!
WES’S 80 SERIES CRUISER
Wes’ 80 series, ’ol Blue, gets taken all over the country in search of the next custom truck or story to bring to our readers. It started life as a very stock HDJ80R, but Blue has undergone quite the transformation to be the perfect photojournalist’s touring rig. It has 420Ah of batteries in the back and 2,000W of inverters to charge the cameras and laptops. It’s not just all fancy electronics and batteries though. Blue’s rolling on Cooper 33×12.5x15s; it’s had the brake upgrade to the late model brakes; and it’s running a part-time conversion with DX Aisin hubs. It also has front and rear air-lockers. The rear bar, sliders and snorkel were all designed, built and fitted by Darren at Custom RV Creations in Brissy – specifically to Wes’ requirements. Wes has also bumped on a set of Livid Lighting Hyperdrive Mk2s. Should you happen to see Wes out on the tracks, make sure you say g’day and show him your rig. Chances are you might just end up with a custom shoot and segment on your bus.