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