The Nissan TD42 is a bit of a reliability legend and that’s exactly why Zac chose this GU Patrol Ute.
Zac wanted a reliable and tough rig to use as a base for his build and they don’t come better qualified in that regard than a TD42 powered GU Patrol. People will still pay a big premium to buy a Patrol with the old but reliable TD42 under the bonnet.
In Zac’s case he admits that the best part of the ownership experience, has been turning the Patrol into his ideal 4X4. That’s not putting the Patrol down, it’s just that Zac enjoys the build as much, if not more, than the drive. There are plenty of 4X4 enthusiasts who can relate to that!
Zac has built his Patrol for touring and he’s had it out on the beaches of South West W.A. and right across and up to tropical North Queensland. It’s never let him down in his travels.
The mods made to-date have been about keeping the big Patrol reliable. With that in mind Zac has gone through the suspension and fitted a 2-inch EFS lift kit, and replaced all of the steering components aside from the ball joints.
Wheels are 15-inch black Sunraysia steelies and they are shod with some 33-inch Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tyres.
An Xrox comp bar keeps the wildlife off the front panel work and a 3-inch Cyclone snorkel keeps water out of the TD42.
A 60-litre Waeco draws power from a Red Arc dual battery system, and the stereo now runs through a 400W amp and a 12-inch sub-woofer.
The venerable TD42 runs a rebuilt 11mm fuel-injection pump and a 3-inch straight through exhaust.
All up, this is one ute that will probably still be around and running just right in 2056.
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