Tom has always liked the look of the big GU Patrols and a couple of trips away in his cousin’s GU sealed the deal. He set about saving his pennies and when the time came he bought the ute you see here.
Reliability is a big thing for Tom and that’s what he’s found with the GU. Aside from the looks, it’s appeal (for Tom) lies in its rock-solid reputation for over-engineered reliability.
Up front is Nissan’s legendary 4.2-litre turbo-diesel straight six. It’s a genuine old-school, Nissan diesel and it’s built tough. Tom’s added a “snorkel to get the cool air to the big old engine”, bolted up a 3″ exhaust to help it breath, added a boost adjuster and had the whole shebang dyno tuned.
The rest of the drivetrain is stock GU Patrol and that means it’s pretty much bullet-proof. Tom’s only plan is to drop an air-locker into the front diff, to compliment the super tight factory LSD in the rear.
Bar work consists of a genuine Nissan steel bull bar, steel scrub rails and a set of sliders that double as side-steps.
Tom’s fitted 35″ Federal Gouragia muddies to 16″ negative offset Sunraysia steel rims, a combination that works well with a mild 2″ suspension lift. Dobinsons supplied the 2″ lifted coil springs and they’ve been paired with a set of EFS XTR shocks.
Superior Engineering supplied the tie rod and Tom’s also fitted a set of upgraded radius arms and Toyota 80 Series drop out cones.
Inside the cab there’s an Oricom UHF, Pioneer head unit and Tom’s converted the interior lighting to LED. Exterior lighting is taken care of by a pair of Light Force XGT HID spotties and a 50″ Phillips LED light bar.
Tom says he is looking forward to slowly modding his GU, and making it more comfortable to live out of on the longer trips planned in the near future, including The Cape, the Victorian High Country and possibly even some desert adventures.
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