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IT WAS a mad scram­ble get­ting a few things fit­ted to the 79 Cruiser be­fore we set out to film the se­ries of High Coun­try videos for the mag. You need good comms wher­ever you go in the scrub, so the crew at Out­back 4WD in Bayswa­ter fit­ted a GME TX4500S 80-chan­nel UHF ra­dio (RRP $540). Back­ing that up was a GME AE4705 heavy duty 6db an­tenna on a spring base (RRP $280). I have a sim­i­lar setup in my Pa­trol and have al­ways liked the stan­dard of the ra­dio’s re­cep­tion and the voice qual­ity of the front-mounted speaker, while the an­tenna is flex­i­ble and ro­bust.

For a bit more stor­age space in the cab of the 79, we fit­ted a 4WD In­te­rior’s Top Shelf unit (RRP $495). The shelf im­poses lit­tle on head­room and not only does it hold the UHF ra­dio but it’s a handy place to throw a few small items such as maps and guide­books. Still, I’d like to see a sup­port lo­cated in the cen­tre of the shelf just to make the shelf a lit­tle more solid so it doesn’t vi­brate or flex on rough tracks and cor­ru­gated roads.

Last but not least, I fit­ted an Armax snorkel (RRP $594 for the com­plete kit, to suit 70 Se­ries) from Sa­fari 4x4 En­gi­neer­ing. Good, un­re­stricted air­flow to the en­gine is one of the most im­por­tant cri­te­ria for a proper func­tion­ing pow­er­plant; while keep­ing the air that flows to the en­gine as free as pos­si­ble from dust and other par­ti­cles, as well as any wa­ter, is crit­i­cal.

Sa­fari has been build­ing snorkels for a whole range of 4WD ve­hi­cles for darn


near as long as I have been writ­ing for

4X4 Aus­tralia ... and that’s a few decades now. Now with the in­tro­duc­tion of its Armax range of snorkels, Sa­fari has three model line-ups of snorkel to choose from, with more than 250 mod­els of snorkels to suit more than 300 mod­els of ve­hi­cles, both old and new. Its RSPEC range is made for non-cur­rent model ve­hi­cles only, while the VSPEC range cov­ers most cur­rent mod­els of 4WDS as well as the pop­u­lar 100 Se­ries Cruiser and GU Pa­trol. The Armax range is de­signed to de­liver huge gains in air­flow and en­gine per­for­mance, and Sa­fari now of­fers 14 dif­fer­ent mod­els to suit the most pop­u­lar four-wheel drives.

The 70 Se­ries does come with a so-called “snorkel”, but it’s a sad piece of equip­ment com­pris­ing a num­ber of sep­a­rate pieces and joints that aren’t prop­erly sealed against wa­ter en­try. The raised air in­take flows 265CFM (cu­bic feet per minute) while the re­place­ment Armax snorkel flows a whop­ping 540CFM, so my best ad­vice is to dump the OE ‘snorkel’ and get a real one-piece unit. With the right gear and skill an ex­pe­ri­enced DIY me­chanic could do this job, but, as there is a lot of panel-cut­ting, I’d be leav­ing it to the ex­perts – if you know what you’re do­ing, it’s about a three-hour job.

With no other ac­ces­sories or im­prove­ments to the en­gine, I can hon­estly tell you I felt the dif­fer­ence as soon as I drove the Cruiser out of the work­shop; the en­gine was breath­ing eas­ier and bet­ter, get­ting more cool air with less ef­fort to im­prove per­for­mance.

Over the next few months we’ll bring you re­ports on how the Project 79 Cruiser and its ac­ces­sories are far­ing, not only in the Vic­to­rian High Coun­try but also in the Out­back, where we have a long trip planned.

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