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    Back in a GQ

    After being away from Patrols for about 3 or 4 years I decided it was time to buy another


    So on Christmas Eve I bought this:



    The low down:
    TB42 auto, stock as a rock except for an ARB non winch bar
    It wasn't pretty but it was cheap, the young guy I brought it off had already done the head and rebuilt the front swivel hubs, so I'd already made my money back


    Then I started fitting things to it, Rear drawers (out of a prado), cargo barrier


    After the drawers it needed a lift, Stainless Snorkel, Roof racks and new wheels and tyres


    This was it's first trip, at this stage I had only driven it 40km to get a RWC and back home so it was fingers crossed and just a camping weekend. Used it to get firewood but that's about it


    What is it:
    89 GQ TB42 carby auto

    What's it got:
    ARB non winch bar
    2 inch lift
    Dual batterys using Redarc solenoid
    285/75 16 tyres, Black sunnys (not just for your eyes)
    Patroldocta Snorkel
    147lt Long Range tank
    Prado rear drawers (900mm long)
    Cargo barrier

    What'll it have:
    TD42ti engine, manual transmission
    Front locker, 4.3 diff gears
    Now front and rear lockers and 4.6 gears
    35-37 inch tyres
    lot's more kms
    Last edited by Reddave; 10th July 2018 at 11:03 PM.
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    After sitting around for ever waiting for my compressor to cool down after airing up I bought an ARB to mount in front of my drawers. This is why I used Prado drawers so I could use the space between the rear seats and drawers for bulky tool sets etc instead of taking up the tiny amount of space that Titan drawers give for the amount of room they take up!!
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    I found and fitted a long range tank and removed the gas all together

    Then I took it away again to Big River before Easter


    Was a really good trip until the first hill, then the old kettle trick
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    It wasn't the head, just the clutch fan not locking and have fixed that but am in the process of gathering parts for a TD conversion.

    I have bought a motor from an 06 GU TD42Ti including the stock turbo and intercooler and will be converting it to manual
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    Leave it as an auto mate they're unbeatable out bush and welcome to the forum

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    I spent all weekend running around picking up parts for the manual conversion, bought a dash cluster and full loom to suit TD42

    Then treated myself to a new (secondhand) bullbar, now I need to buy a winch

    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    Bling time

    LED headlights, new grille, and indicators
    Also picked up an Avenger winch for super cheap, just need to get some winch rope and a new fairlead while I wait for a cheap high mount then this may become a rear winch


    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    Went to Cobaw on the weekend:


    My Winch rope didn't turn up on time so bought a cheap Roller fairlead and wired some incab controls just in case, Haha famous last words.
    Yep I needed to use it to get out of a bog hole, I need some bigger rubber this winter I think.


    Here's some more pics, because everyone loves pics:




    The car was faultless even with the 2 hour drive each way, really enjoying it at the moment and starting to get some confidence in the old jalopy
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    Cut the rear quarters off, then realised I didn’t have enough money to buy a rear bar, found this bar for super cheap after putting a post on Facebook. This will do until I save up some more money to get the rear bar I actually want.

    I am definitely not a panel beater, so mind the primer. I’ll leave it primed until I get the guards chopped to suit bigger tyres and get it all touched up, was going to do it myself but can’t get the MIG to do anything but burn holes in the thin panels.

    Now I have mudflaps again!!!

    Then I fitted longer bumpstops front and rear while I had it on the hoist
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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    Knocked up a divider over the long weekend so stuff wouldn’t fall in my drawers every time I pulled the fridge out
    Just another Blue over Silver GQ with another TD conversion

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