When George wrote-off his LandCruiser he decided it was time to switch camps. A patient search found him the GQ you see here, complete with space cab conversion and the trusty old naturally aspirated 4.2 litre diesel.
It was mostly standard as well but George changed all that.
When the odo clicked over 450,000kms, George celebrated by bolting a turbo onto the reliable but somewhat slow off the mark 4.2 six-cylinder. He then turned his attention to everything else.
The old GQ diffs have been replaced with GU items running 4.6 gears. He had the rear LSD shimmed to full lock as well but that snapped a rear axle and cracked the diff housing, so George went back to a standard GU LSD diff, as you would.
Tyres are 35″ Mickey Thompson MTZs and George has plans to drop those in favour of some 37s next year.
The GQ has been lifted 2-inches and is fitted with 6″+ Amada shocks front and rear. Getting them to fit required spacing the rear bump stops by around 3″, raising the front shock towers by 2″ and cutting the inside of the front guards to give the shock towers the room they needed.
The longer rear radius arms were made by George and he has a set for the front on the way from Bud Customs.
Bar work is basic but practical and consists of an ARB steel bull bar, modified to fit a winch and 100x50x6mm RHS tube replacing the cabs sills.
Storage space consists of two space cases on the tray and box behind the seats in the cab.
George has done most of the work himself and he’s pleased with the way his fabrication skills have improved over the course of the build. His goal is to get it to the point that he can head out on the longer trips, drive reasonably hard and not break anything.
Oh, he’s also planning a cab swap in the new year.
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