Leighton’s 2000 TD42 Nissan Patrol Ute Tourer

Leighton’s 2000 TD42 Nissan Patrol Ute Tourer

  • Model GU Patrol

  • Engine Type TD42

  • Transmission Type 5-speed manual

  • Classification Tourer

When he wanted a 4X4 ute that could work and play hard, Leighton chose the TD42 Patrol for it’s legendary toughness and reliability.

Why did you choose this particular 4X4?

Why does anyone choose a TD42 Patrol! I needed a tough, durable and reliable 4X4 and the TD42 ticks all of those boxes. I also needed the carrying capacity offered by the leaf sprung rear end.

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What have you built this 4X4 to do?

It’s got to do two things well. Work hard for me during the week carting horse feed and impress as an off-road tourer. I bought it and have modified it with these two requirements in mind.

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Where have you taken it and what are some of your favourite tracks/destinations?

One of my favourite areas to get out to is the mid north and I’ve taken the Patrol out to Tereowie, Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges.

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Would you set it up the same again and if not, what would you change?

I’d definitely set it up the same again. I’m currently running 4 inch lift Dobinson coils up front as well as their MMR Remote Reservoir shocks. The back end is also raised 4 inches with EFS leaf springs.

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I’ve upgraded the TD42’s turbo and Fuel Injection Pump with a Kinugawa 20G Turbo and MTQ 12mm pump.

If I was going to change anything, it would be giving an even larger turbo a go.

What future mods do you have planned?

I’ve still got a few mods planned including moving to a custom tray and canopy arrangement. I also want to upgrade the seats and look at giving the paint a freshen up at some stage.

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Is there anyone that you’d like to thank for their help/assistance with building your 4X4?

Yes there is. I’d like to thank Shannon at PRO4X4 in Adelaide.

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