Tak­ing shape

Land Rover Per­en­tie up­date

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I’m afraid that Per­en­tie fever has well and truly taken hold. That’s the thing about th­ese Landies, they’re ba­si­cally a big Mec­cano set that in­vites you to pull stuff off, bolt stuff on, and gen­er­ally tin­ker with it.

Qui­etly con­tem­plat­ing your Land Rover in the shed over a beer can be a dan­ger­ous thing.

Af­ter the big shake­down trip from Dar­win to Bris­bane a few months ago it was time to get the old bucket of bolts road­wor­thy and on the road.

I tack­led the ob­vi­ous stuff – keyed ig­ni­tion, light switches, wiper rub­bers and shock ab­sorber rub­bers. The only is­sue that was pre­sent­ing a real chal­lenge was the in­ter­mit­tent jump­ing out of high range.

And while I’m loath to treat spe­cial­ist busi­nesses as a free in­for­ma­tion re­source, I fi­nally bit the bul­let and had a yarn with Brad at KLR in Syd­ney. Th­ese guys spe­cialise in Per­en­ties and re­ally know their stuff.

And Brad was spot on; I was chang­ing the oil in the trans­fer case any­way, so while I was at it I re­moved the lock­ing plate on the main gear clus­ter shaft. Sure enough there was some play in the shaft so I nipped it up, put the plate back on, and the is­sue was solved.

I also changed all flu­ids and fil­ters to make sure that all mov­ing parts were happy and healthy.

So with a Queens­land safety cer­tifi­cate in hand, my Landy was soon wear­ing a set of shiny new num­ber plates.

It be­came clear af­ter a camp­ing trip to North Strad­broke Is­land that the mil­i­tary rub­ber had to go. While the stiff army-spec run- flat Miche­lins will prob­a­bly last for­ever, they are crap on sand – there’s very lit­tle bag to be had from drop­ping tyre pres­sures.

Plus, be­ing on tubed rims meant sand was get­ting be­tween the side­wall and the tube, mak­ing an­noy­ing lit­tle pin­hole punc­tures.

So a set of 16x8 steel­ies soon came my way and I opted for a set of 265/75R16 Mickey Thom­son ATZs.

A re­view set of Narva 215 LED spot­ties (read the re­view at TradeFar­mMachin­ery.com.au) also landed on the Per­en­tie’s snout but some mount­ing tabs needed to be fab­ri­cated to get them into the right place.

My at­trac­tion to the Per­en­tie is based on it be­ing a tough and re­li­able beast rather than any pas­sion for mil­i­tary his­tory, so the camo can­vas top got the flick – as did a lot of the sup­port­ing bar work. Long-term plans are to ditch the camo paint job as well but that will be a while down the track.

The Isuzu donk may be a bul­let­proof power plant with a very us­able torque curve but it is by na­ture a pretty agri­cul­tural thing. It’s loud and lack­ing fi­nesse and the tor­sional stresses it cre­ates mean that it is es­sen­tially try­ing to de­stroy the rest of the ve­hi­cle. New en­gine mount rub­bers are on the shop­ping list! On the other side of the coin the 4BD1 en­gine is pretty darned sim­ple and easy to work on.

I re­alise that the Moab-crawler-meets-Land Rover look I’ve gone for may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea but it makes for a pretty awe­some beach buggy.

Me­chan­i­cal up­grades are on the hori­zon but in the mean­time I’ll keep on grin­ning ev­ery time I head out, even if I do end up with bugs in my teeth.

I re­alise that the Moab-crawler-meets-Land Rover look I’ve gone for may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea but it makes for a pretty awe­some beach buggy

1. New wheels and rub­ber along with an af­ter­mar­ket FJ40 bikini top

have made the Per­en­tie a much more comfy (read qui­eter) daily drive 2. The in­stru­ment clus­ter panel is pretty much bug­gered; Woody’s

nabbed a new one so there’s a bit to be done in here

3. Fit­ting keyed ig­ni­tion is a five-minute job

4. There’s now phone and fridge power 1

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