4.2 litre turbo diesel GU PATROL
Our Expedition Patrol, which we have owned since new in 2001, has been extensively modified over the years with a wide range of equipment. We'd recommend everything we have currently fitted to our Patrol, because it is the best available, or at the very least, equal to the best around ... and nobody pays us to say that!
The vehicle is rarely used around town and is set-up for long hard trips. Over the course of the years it has done more trips to Cape York than I care to remember, five trips around the remote Kimberley, three trips along the Canning Stock Route, some remote travel in the Simpson Desert as well as some cross country work in the Great Sandy Desert, Victoria Desert and the Gibson Desert. Add a trip or two across the Great Australian Bight along the beaches and cliffs, a few easier trips to the Flinders Ranges, the desert country of westen Victoria and beach runs in Tassie and SE South Australia. Throw in a couple of outback Queensland runs, the Birdsville, Strzelecki and Oodnadatta Tracks (each more of a gravel highway these days), the Goldfields and Pilbara regions of WA, plus many jaunts into the Victorian High Country and you'd gotta say we've covered Australia pretty well and given the ol' girl and its range of accessories a good workout.
Ooh, how could I forget! We also took 34 months over five years (2007 to 2012) to drive around the world in the Patol, clocking up 150,000km in the process.
Close to the start of this journey we stretched the chassis and made the rig into a dual cab, all the work being done by Creative Conversions in SE Qld. We then fitted the Patrol with a Carry Me Canopy, which is still with us.
A couple of years back, one important point I did discover was that the 4.2 GU Patrol does have an ECU - it’s all to do with the Nissan NATS security system. After we broke down in a very remote spot in Aboriginal land in the north-west of the NT with a bung ECU module and not a hope of fixing it, or bypassing it, we called in the cavalry in the form of Outback Vehicle Recovery based in Alice Springs - the first time in 40 years of travel that I needed outside help! We have now removed the NATS system and the ECU!
In preparation for all it's journeys, both in Australia, and overseas, the Patrol has spent a fair amount of time at Outback 4WD Centre (http://outback4wd.com.au) in Bayswater getting a lot of work done on it, including recently replacing most of the suspension rubbers and bushes, changing the rear diff housing (it had cracked and been repaired a few times) and lots more.
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Happy travels - See you in the bush.
Ron and Viv.
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LightForce - http://lightforce.com
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