MANY would argue that Tex’s Troopy isn’t pretty, but I reckon the red-lippyclad bonnet sets it apart as something worth looking at. As they say: “Beauty is more than skin deep”.
Popping that scoopadorned bonnet shows the old 1HZ has been swapped for a 1HD-FTE factory turbo six-pot, which is arguably the best 4x4 diesel engine ever created. Sitting atop is a HPD replacement topmount intercooler, while a custom stainless air box hugs the driver’s side inner guard. Clean air is fed in via a Donaldson centrifugal-style cleaner sitting on a custom stainless snorkel.
Tex is obviously not a fan of being stuck, as he has front- and rear-mounted 12V winches complete with synthetic rope and Factor 55 Flatlink thimbles in place of the standard hooks. Lighting the way is a combination of an LED bar, HID spotties and LED headlight inserts, as well as a splattering of smaller auxiliary lights.
A Mchitch auto hitch hooks Tex’s Pod camper trailer on, while inside is a minefield of electronic wizardry and a full set of Drifta drawers.