It was re­born into what is unar­guably the best FJ45 Troopy in the world, and that’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion

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FOR car-nuts of ev­ery stripe, a gen­uine barn-find is the Holy Grail: the per­fect clas­sic, sit­ting, long-for­got­ten, pa­tiently wait­ing to be saved – nor­mally un­der an inch of red dirt in a coun­try barn. It’s a story we’ve all heard be­fore, nor­mally three times re­moved from a bloke who met a bloke. For Billy Mckin­non, it’s just part of the story of his FJ45 Troop Car­rier.

When he first stum­bled across the rust-free 45 near Kin­garoy, Queens­land, it was do­ing du­ties as a makeshift dog ken­nel. Af­ter hos­ing it out and drag­ging it home it didn’t take long be­fore it was re-born into what is unar­guably the best FJ45 Troopy in the world, and that’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

Billy’s no stranger to 40-se­ries Cruis­ers. Over the years he and his old man have pieced to­gether around a dozen in all sorts of con­fig­u­ra­tions, from short-wheel­base 40s, through to utes, Troopys and even a coil-sprung 47 he used to race off-road. So he had a fair idea of where he wanted this build to head.

“I had orig­i­nally planned on re­build­ing the 47 ute for the road, but it was just too far gone,” Billy told us. “It needed too much work and was way too mod­i­fied to ever legally see the road. I rang up a mate who had a busted old 80-se­ries. I bought it for dirt cheap and got to work.”

Over the course of a week­end the chas­sis was pulled from the

Neat and tidy, and pretty much stan­dard?...

...not from the front row it’s not. There’s no in­side mir­ror: not much point with this in the way.

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