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    Quote Originally Posted by BenK View Post
    Another thing for people considering a Chev conversion to check out first is insurance. AAMI didn't want to know me any longer, despite having a rating 1, being over 40 without any accidents, having done several driver training and 4wd courses etc. they dropped me like a hot rock. RACQ also wanted nothing to do with it.

    I could only find two insurance companies who would take it on and I went with Shannon's as they were half the price of the other mob. Shannon's also recognized Brunswick Diesel which lowered the premium somewhat I think. I think my premium is around $650 or so for fully comprehensive, which reminds me, I think I need to tell them about a few extras now too. The second mob (I have forgotten now) wanted $1500/year!!!


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    what sort of value did they put on it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stropp View Post
    what sort of value did they put on it??
    Obviously mine is an older vehicle, with 250,000 on the clock, but they valued it at $39K. I thought that was fair.
    Between Patrols ATM. Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD. Next is a GU ute with a 4.5 litre Cummins conversion and a camper on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenK View Post
    Obviously mine is an older vehicle, with 250,000 on the clock, but they valued it at $39K. I thought that was fair.
    thats not bad, mine is $1400 for 42k full no claim etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post
    snip...
    Brunswick changed my diff ratios back to 4.11:1, which is why I thought that going back to 33in tires would decrease engine revs further... Is that not the case?
    Nah mate, smaller tyres (IE going from 35 back to 33"s) have to turn faster to give you the same vehicle speed.
    The only way to do that is spin the engine quicker.
    To slow the engine RPM for a given speed it's bigger tyres OR change to lower diff ratios (not higher) OR change gearbox ratios.

    I would suggest that the 4.11 diff and 35's are probably the go for 4WD'ing with the 4L80 ratios... but... probably the 3.9 would be better for cruising however I am by no means an expert.
    All I do know is that the yanks swear that 1750-1800 ish is the sweet RPM for cruising with the Chevvies they have in their big pick ups.

    Bottom line is it is always a compromise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stropp View Post
    thats not bad, mine is $1400 for 42k full no claim etc etc.
    I think I have an excess for claims though. Would have to look it up again to see how much. Shannon's ask a few more questions to ascertain that you are an 'enthusiast' as well.

    Who did you go through?
    Between Patrols ATM. Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD. Next is a GU ute with a 4.5 litre Cummins conversion and a camper on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AB View Post
    Hi gents, have a bit of a potential disaster post possibly...

    As some of you know my brother just recently purchased his new Patrol after someone rode off his old GU.

    Anyways, Its the 6.5 chev non turbo in a GU cab chassis done by Brunswick in WA (not sure of exact type).

    He just drove it back from WA to Melbourne and it ran like a dream.

    Long story short it was a bloody hot day today and he drove up a long and steep hill to Christmas Hills from Yarra Glen (some of you know the hill) and it heated up to almost boiling but the temperature gauge read 3/4.

    It was fine after the hill and cooled on the downhill.

    Went to see a customer and it sat in the carpark for an hour and a half so cooled a bit too.

    Drove 10 minutes down the road and it boiled again.

    He got it home and is in his shed now looking at it but any advice is welcomed.

    Praying it has not done the head of course.

    The radiator overflow was pissing out hot water so we can eliminate thermostat shut (it has twin thermos too).

    What can he check?

    Both themostats stuck open? doubtful...

    Water pump, doubtful?

    Any other advice I can relay is appreciated!!!!
    G'day AB,

    I am sorry to hear about the over heating issue, i only wished your brother would have listed to our advice and got the thing checked out!

    Regards,

    Paul
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    Also with Shannons, 35k insured for with 282,000 on the clock at time of quote on a 98 model.
    6.5 Chevy, roof rack, uhf, Spotties, dual batteries, ARB Bullbar, 12, 000lb winch, (unfortunately not Warn) Safari snorkel, Dieselgas conversion, 2in lift, engine watchdog fitted, boost/EGT guages, front elokka fitted, rear power supply mods, turbo timer, dual wheel carrier rear bar.


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    Ian, how does your Diesel/Gas setup go with the Chev? Was only recently talking to Highlander about that mod. Where do you mount the gas tank and how big is it? How does it affect your fuel economy?
    Between Patrols ATM. Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD. Next is a GU ute with a 4.5 litre Cummins conversion and a camper on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenK View Post
    Who did you go through?
    i went through affinity brokers in melbourne
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    Quote Originally Posted by RLI View Post
    G'day AB,

    I am sorry to hear about the over heating issue, i only wished your brother would have listed to our advice and got the thing checked out!

    Regards,

    Paul
    Yes mate, I mentioned everything you and I discussed...

    He's now going to get it tested...lol


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