TOUGH AS NAILS
EVERYONE loves the older Troopy shape, and everyone loves the burble of a V8. But it takes a special kind of Troopy lover to match the two perfectly. Dan ‘Hamzy’ Hames has achieved just that by dropping a 6.2-litre Chev diesel engine into a 1984 FJ45, which has a mere 380,000km to date.
Hamzy’s Troopy sports a five-speed Toyota manual cog-swapper, a rear ARB Air Locker and front auto locker, dual batteries, and Longfield front axles. It runs on 35-inch BAJA MTZ rubber, with alloy rims and a three-inch lift. A full-length custom-made roof rack sees space for two rooftop tents if the whole family decides to tag along. The rear swingaway spare-wheel carrier is also (partially) attached to the rack system to help take all that weight.
This Troopy has been dipped in gunmetal grey paint, which, together with those super-wide flares, makes this a stand-out machine. And yep, she sounds a treat with those 6.2 litres purring away.