1991 NISSAN PATROL GQ
THE ARB NSW team picked up the GQ Patrol in Orange, NSW. It had 338,000km on the clock, but despite that it was in surprisingly good mechanical condition, although the body had plenty of minor battle scars.
The ARB boys gave the Patrol a good tidy-up and full re-spray, and then the modifications began. It was fitted with a new set of ROH Black Track steel rims wearing 33x12.5r15 Cooper STT Pro tyres, and ARB air lockers were added front and rear. A full Old Man Emu suspension system consisting long-travel coil springs front and rear, complemented with matched Nitrocharger shock absorbers, gives a three-inch lift, a better ride and more traction than the GQ ever had as standard.
An adjustable Panhard rod and trailing arms ensure correct geometry, and an OME steering damper is fitted up front.
The engine has been boosted courtesy of a Safari turbo system with intercooler and threeinch exhaust. Of course, it breathes through a Safari snorkel and is fed from a Long Ranger 147-litre replacement fuel tank.
There’s an ARB bullbar with side rails and steps, and a Kaymar rear bar with twin wheel carriers. The bullbar sports a pair of ARB Intensity LED driving lights and a Warn winch, while a full-length alloy roof rack carries gear and holds an ARB awning.
Inside, comfort has been improved with a pair of Recaro seats, while a roof console houses a GME UHF radio and an ARB fridge monitor. A Milford cargo barrier keeps things in check, and there’s an Outback Solutions drawer system and fridge slide with a 60-litre ARB fridge. Redarc boost, EGT and dual-battery gauges are mounted in the centre console, and powering all of the accessories is a dual-battery set-up consisting of an ARB battery tray, Redarc BCDC battery charger and a 55Ah Optima Yellow Top battery pack.
The Cooper STT Pros proved faultless out on the tracks.