This is Kevin’s 2003 79 Series LandCruiser ute. He wrote in to tell us about a beaut fishing trip he and his brother-in-law took last year up to Manangoora Station. Over the 6,300km round trip they took their time stopping at iconic places on the way such as Isisford, McKinley (the Crocodile Dundee pub), Mt Isa, Barkley Hut, Cape Crawford and Borroloola before finishing up at Manangoora Station.
Kev says that apart from a cooked main battery the big ’Cruiser didn’t miss a beat and averaged 13L/100km over the trip, which I think is bloody good considering they were towing a tinnie and the roads were pretty bad in some spots.
The ’Cruiser has been well kitted out with a Tough Dog lift and Dick Cepek Fun Country tyres. It’s also got a REDARC dual-battery system to keep his fridge cool and send power to his camper trailer. Up front there is an ARB bar and 9,500lb winch along with a set of LightForce XGT spotties. Sounds like a great trip Kevin, but you didn’t tell us how the fishing went.
Mark’s GU Patrol
Mark sent us some pics of his tidy-looking GU Patrol. So far he’s carried out a heap of mods to it, to get it exactly how he wants it to be. He’s fitted an ARB bullbar and 10,000lb Warn winch. It’s also safe to say that Mark will be able to see well in the dark with a Big Red 42in lightbar mounted on the ARB roof rack, IPF driving lights and HID headlight conversion. There’s also a 20in lightbar out the back.
Mark tells us he’s fitted tonnes of other custom mods throughout the big GU including a third battery in the back and two reversing cameras. The best thing is he’s done all the work himself.
Good on ya, Mark.
Another GU – this one is from Melissa in SA
They say GUs are like buses. You wait around all day for one then two nice examples come along at once.
This one goes by the name of ‘Chuggers’. And although it had a rough start in life, it’s been sweet dining since. Melissa tells us that on an early trip with ‘Chuggers’ it managed to blow a piston. And left them stranded in Broken Hill for a week (I guess there are worse places to get stuck). Luckily for Melissa, her partner Tony is a mechanic and they were able to source and fit a new heart. Since then it’s never let them down.
The GU has taken them on many an adventure including Outback NSW, the Simpson Desert, Lake Eyre, Birdsville and Coongie Lake, and the Eyre Peninsula. The next trip will be the Grampians in Victoria – which should be an absolute cracker.
They haven’t done a huge number of mods so far, other than adding the gear they need for their adventures such as driving lights, roof rack, an awning and a set of DIY drawers. They’ve also fitted a boost controller to help look after that new heart.
Simon’s Grand Cherokee
Last up we have Simon’s Grand Cherokee Limited. It’s great to see a few Grand Cherokees starting to get about as touring wagons. They’re pretty capable right out of the box and this one has been very nicely set up so far.
It’s had a 2-inch lift along with a Uneek 4X4 front bar and bash plate and Runva winch. For touring power needs, Simon’s also added a Baintech Powertop auxiliary battery system. In addition to this there’s a Murchison 4X4 snorkel fitted to stop water getting into the air intake.
If a metallic gun-metal Grand Cherokee wasn’t enough to get the pulses racing in the looks department, there’s also a nice set of matte black XO Series alloys fitted shod with Cooper A/T3s in a chunky LT275/65R18 size.
Keep up the good work Simon, and hopefully we’ll get to see a few more Grand Cherokees out there soon.