Dan went shopping for a 79 Series dual cab Cruiser but came home with a Ranger!
The decision followed some determined ‘testing’ of the various utes at the dealerships in Wodonga and while he hasn’t gone into detail about why, it was the Ranger that grabbed Dan’s attention.
We’d be guessing it was the Ranger’s pretty decent ride, handling and of course the ample torque spun off from that 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Just a hunch…
Anyway, Dan did a great deal on a black demo and has slowly set about making it his own and getting it set-up for those “family trips in hard to get to places…”
We’re guessing the process included a few trips to the local TJM store as the quality Aussie brand is a fixture on this particular Ranger. TJM supplied the snorkel, and a brace of barwork, including a steel winch bar, side steps and rear bar.
The winch bar is fitted with a couple of spotties and an electric winch for those ‘bugger I got stuck’ moments.
Ground clearance has been improved with an EFS heavy duty 2″ suspension lift, and a set of black ROH patriot wheels add a bit of bling. Tyres are BF Goodrich muddies.
An Aeroklas canopy adds a heap of lockable storage space out the back and it’s fitted with Rhino rack for those big trips away. Under the canopy lives a Waeco CFX40 fridge that keeps its cool thanks to a Redarc dual-battery system.
Over the next few months Dan will be prepping the Ranger for a trip to the northern most tip of Australia, taking in Cape York and the Old Telegraph Track among many other ‘top end’ destinations.
Don’t scratch those wheels Dan!
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