Clint from Melbourne credits his parents for getting him into camping and 4wd’ing, spending a lot of time as kids exploring the High Country and Grampians areas. Clint purchased his stock 2000 Patrol back in 2009 and has built it up into a well kitted out LS1 adventure machine! Here’s what Clint shared about his rig and how he uses it.
Why did you choose this make/model & what do you use it for?
Wanted to start a new build on a real tough tourer, and with the reputation of the GU driveline and solid axles it was an easy decision. It was never intended to be a daily driver and for the amount of times I’ve broken it I’m glad it isn’t.
Where has it taken you or what trips do you have planned with the car?
It’s taken me to every state of Australia (excluding WA) but its on the bucket list. Highlight trips have been: Tassie, Flinders Ranges, Simpson Desert, Vic High Country & Moreton Island. The cape is planned in a few years time.
What exterior mods have you done? Bar work/protection gear and what’s connected to it?
The main stand out mod is my gullwing side window conversions. Probably the most noticeable feature and most used on the car every trip. The drivers side houses all my recovery gear while the passenger side holds my Coleman hot water system, air valves and inverter. Up front is an ARB bull bar, LED light bar, lightforce spotties, 12,000lbs winch with in-dash controls and a 79 series bonnet scoop. Millweld customs brush bars and rear bar with jerry can and spare wheel holders. Up top is a steel roof rack with a Foxwing awning. An MSA gear bag at the back for rubbish and dirty gear completes the exterior features.
Can you explain your suspension and driveline mods?
The old girl started with a 5″ lift and 36″ tyres but I soon realised how unnecessary they were and how crap it looked. I now run 3″ King coils and Fox remote 2.0 shocks. I’ve just converted from 4.6 diff centres back to 4.3’s again which has lowered engine revs… and fuel consumption. The transfer case has been fitted with 85% reduction gears, which would be one of my best mods I’ve done. All suspension arms etc. are upgraded for original GU arms, tough dog steering dampener and adjustable panhards front and rear. Rear coil towers are braced with superior engineering brace kit and superior engineering extended brake lines and sway bars/links. 16″ Unlimited Industries bead lock rims with Mickey Thompson 35″ Baja’s.
What engine mods have you done?
The original 3L diesel went bang, like so many do. After so many mods already completed on the car I decided I would keep it and rebuild the 3l diesel…………just kidding. Out came the grenade and in went a low km VY LS1 v8. At the same time the engine conversion was done i put in a mild cam, Fatz fab air box, 3″ exhaust and long range fuel tank. A few in-cab gauges, new clutch and reco gear box and she was back on the road and with an engineers certificate to back it up. Happy days.
What interior mods have you done?
Outback roof console. Water temp, oil pressure & battery gauges. Stereo upgrade with DVD player and inbuilt Ozi explorer. Rocket switches for air compressor, led light bar, spotties and in cab winch in/out. Electric brakes controller for towing. Usb sockets for charging phones etc. Hema HX1 sat navigation. Removed rear seats and built flat platform bench for extra storage room. 55ltr water tank with 12v pump behind back seats.
Tell us about your rear setup.
The rear drawer system is the other stand out feature that sets my rig aside from stock GU’s. The rear drawers see that everything is stored away neatly when touring and easy to get to when needed. Included is my Weaco 50ltr fridge, 24 litre airtank and ARB compressor, butane stove cooker, drop down rear door table, storage drawers and drop down roof compartment for lighter items. 12v LED lights, battery monitor, 12v fans to release hot air from fridge compartment in summer months and rear Sony speakers to handle the tunes at camp. Twin optima batteries keep everything running for days and a 180 portable solar panel for back up on longer stays at camp.
What is your favourite thing about the rig and would you change anything if you could do it all again?
I love my reduction gears and rear drawer set up. Probably wouldn’t bother installing a 24 litre air tank if I did it again, but its in there now. Should have incorporated a bigger inverter into the build too.
Do you have any future plans for your rig?
I’m thinking about installing a travel buddy oven in the driver’s side gullwing and maybe a second fridge in the centre of the two back seats… for a dedicated beer fridge. Also toying with the idea of a fixed 120w solar panel on the roof rack.