4 x 4 Australia - - Front Page - WORDS AND PHO­TOS DANIEL EVERETT

The Cum­mins diesel punches out 800Nm, a 25 per cent in­crease from stock

AN 800Nm Cum­mins 6BT en­gine, 40-inch tyres and nine inches of lift… just let that sink in for a minute. While we nor­mally fo­cus on tour­ing 4x4s rather than comp trucks, this one had us scratch­ing our heads.

If you run through the spec sheet, it reads like an over­the-top, com­pe­ti­tion-bred 4x4, and when you con­sider this Pa­trol isn’t even from Aus­tralia, it’d al­most au­to­mat­i­cally get looked over. But it is in Aus­tralia, and right about now it’ll be parked up at Nolan’s Brook, with its own­ers Kim and Heidi sit­ting next to it en­joy­ing a few ice-cold beers.

This Pa­trol has spent the past three years parked in a Dan­ish work­shop, where Kim and Heidi metic­u­lously mod­i­fied and up­graded ev­ery sin­gle com­po­nent. This was done with the in­ten­tion of shipping it to Aus­tralia to travel up and down the east coast and through the heart of the coun­try for the bet­ter part of three months.

It started life as an early-se­ries GU Pa­trol, with a clapped-out ZD30 sit­ting be­tween the chas­sis rails; sills and quar­ter pan­els that re­sem­bled swiss cheese; and 31-inch All Ter­rain tyres. Hardly the awe-in­spir­ing do-it-all 4x4 it is to­day.

The plan was sim­ple. Kim’s then-cur­rent 4x4, a SWB GU Pa­trol on 37-inch tyres, wasn’t big enough for the deep mud-holes through­out the Dan­ish coun­try­side, and it def­i­nitely wasn’t com­fort­able enough for a lap around Aus­tralia. Some­thing had to be done about it, and that some­thing wasn’t go­ing to in­volve cut­ting cor­ners.

Start­ing with the belly of the beast, Kim dumped the ZD30 in the near­est skip bin. In its place would proudly sit a 5.9-litre in­line-six turbo-diesel from a 1998 Dodge Ram, more

GU-IV body with leather trim; Cum­mins 6BT looks at home in the Nis­san bay.

Heidi shows Kim where to point the Pa­trol’s 40-inch tyres on their first taste of Aussie rock!

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