TOUGH AS NAILS

4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Event -

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.

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