Tweaked LC79 is the ultimate adventure rig.
When life threw Shane a curveball, he struck back by building the ultimate tourer.
IN MANY ways 4x4s are about individuality. They’re a way for people to forge their own path through life. To take their own road and do what others don’t, both figuratively and literally. Speak to any off-roader in any part of Australia and you’ll find personalised modifications, plans for adventure, and a back story just that little bit more interesting than your average Joe. Occasionally, though, you’ll come across someone who stands out more than usual. Shane Griffiths from Port Stephens, NSW, is that kind of bloke.
Shane and his wife Lisa have led a life that’s taken them on a roller coaster of highs and lows: through financial hurdles, a nearfatal shark attack, travelling through remote Aboriginal communities you won’t find on any map, and living within a stone’s throw of one of the most popular beaches in Australia. Their story includes singing success on television’s The X Factor, shark conservation, and one of Australia’s first eco water parks. They lead a versatile life, and they needed a versatile 4x4 that’d do everything the dynamic duo required of it.
“I’m away for work a lot,” Shane told us. “I do a lot of work with the railway and it sees me living on the road sometimes. I needed a tough 4x4, and there just weren’t too many options to choose from. I’ve had a 100 Series and a Toyota Surf, and I loved the idea of a 79. After a spate of bad luck things started going our way, so I reckoned
Shane and Lisa lead a versatile life, and they needed a versatile 4x4 that’d do everything the dynamic duo required of it
Surf to turf, Shane’s 79 sees and does it all.
Second fuel filter and battery take up any spare underbonnet space.
The 79’s working class roots persist in the cabin. The bolt-in Jmacx coil conversion is one of the most innovative 4x4 products on the market.