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TWO-INCH lift, 305/70R16 tyres on aftermarket rims, an ARB bullbar, winch, lights, roof rack with shovel, High Lift jack holder, and side and rear awnings. A mounted air pump in the back sits on top drawers, with an MSA 4x4 drop-down fridge slide holding a 65-litre Waeco fridge with a monitor up front, four cigarette power outlets in the rear and two outlets in the front (with a Hema HN7 navigator unit). Future mods include a long-range fuel tank, dual-wheel carrier rear bar, reversing camera, diff locks, clutch and tune. We’ve taken it to Tassie, Cape York and Fraser Island in the past 18 months.
ASIDE from all of the overlanding modifications (electrical, interior fit-out, barwork, etc.) it’s a mostly stock HJ47 running the much-maligned 2H engine. Sure, it’s slow, but it always gets me home and it’s so easy to diagnose and work on. The vehicle runs 33-inch tyres, and has external and internal barwork, dual batteries and an Engel fridge. She’s a noisy old girl inside; I wear Bluetooth-enabled earmuffs so I can hear the UHF and listen to podcasts. No long-range tank, so on long trips she’s packed to the gunwales with jerry cans. She’s such a trustworthy and capable old bus – I wouldn’t have it any other way. The most enjoyable trip was the Anne Beadell Highway last year – five days on the track and so much fun.
What’s it got? Suspension upgrade with Fox shocks, swaybar disconnects, ARB diff covers, rear Eaton locker, underbody protection, Smittybilt bars all around with jerry can holders built into rear bar, snorkel, heat-reduction bonnet, winch, LED light bar, roof rack, 17-inch rims, 33-inch muddies, modified exhaust, and more. The best trip was the Vic High Country.
Where do I start with mods? It runs a 2.8L diesel with a Denco turbo and boost compensated pump, five-speed box, gear-drive transfer case, front and rear winches with in-cab controls, Old Man Emu two-inch lift suspension, and Subaru Forester seats. Next up will be lockers and a dual-battery setup. We recently took it to Bago State Forest, NSW, but our favourite trip is the first: Blue Waterholes in Tumut, NSW.
Four-inch lift via a Foam Cell Pro full kit, ARB bar work and a custom rear bar. Interior mods include Recaro seats, drawers and an extensive 12-Volt layout. It also features LED lighting and twin long-range fuel tanks. I regularly visit the High Country and Little/Big Desert in Victoria, and the sand dunes in Portland and over to Robe in South Australia.
Ironman 4x4 bullbar, scrub bars, side steps, rear protection bar and LED spotties. It’s got a 12,000lb winch, recovery points, two-inch lift, 17-inch Tuff wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 33in tyres and flares. The canopy has a drawer and fridge slide, water tank, CTEK d250s for second battery with four extra outlets and a 100W solar panel. Other kit includes a snorkel, plug-in chip, ProVent catch can, and roof tray with awning. Best places: Nannup, Augusta and Walpole.