CUMMINS-POWERED AND ROLLING ON 40s
The Cummins diesel punches out 800Nm, a 25 per cent increase from stock
AN 800Nm Cummins 6BT engine, 40-inch tyres and nine inches of lift… just let that sink in for a minute. While we normally focus on touring 4x4s rather than comp trucks, this one had us scratching our heads.
If you run through the spec sheet, it reads like an overthe-top, competition-bred 4x4, and when you consider this Patrol isn’t even from Australia, it’d almost automatically get looked over. But it is in Australia, and right about now it’ll be parked up at Nolan’s Brook, with its owners Kim and Heidi sitting next to it enjoying a few ice-cold beers.
This Patrol has spent the past three years parked in a Danish workshop, where Kim and Heidi meticulously modified and upgraded every single component. This was done with the intention of shipping it to Australia to travel up and down the east coast and through the heart of the country for the better part of three months.
It started life as an early-series GU Patrol, with a clapped-out ZD30 sitting between the chassis rails; sills and quarter panels that resembled swiss cheese; and 31-inch All Terrain tyres. Hardly the awe-inspiring do-it-all 4x4 it is today.
The plan was simple. Kim’s then-current 4x4, a SWB GU Patrol on 37-inch tyres, wasn’t big enough for the deep mud-holes throughout the Danish countryside, and it definitely wasn’t comfortable enough for a lap around Australia. Something had to be done about it, and that something wasn’t going to involve cutting corners.
Starting with the belly of the beast, Kim dumped the ZD30 in the nearest skip bin. In its place would proudly sit a 5.9-litre inline-six turbo-diesel from a 1998 Dodge Ram, more
GU-IV body with leather trim; Cummins 6BT looks at home in the Nissan bay.
Heidi shows Kim where to point the Patrol’s 40-inch tyres on their first taste of Aussie rock!