Single Use Only
4x4 Magazine Australia|November 2020
Single Use Only
When new-car manufacturers no longer make your perfect touring vehicle, it’s time to create your own.
Matt Raudonikis

THE traditional 4x4 ute or pickup, depending on which side your bread is buttered, was always a single cab-chassis. The perfect tool for getting you and your offsider, plus a load of whatever you’re hauling, to wherever you wanted to go.

Over the years utes have become more family-friendly, with double-cab bodies and a raft of safety and convenience features; but the old single-cab really has remained the realm of the farm truck, missing out on the best of factory equipment.

Cut down and often stretched Land Cruisers and Patrols are a great way to get the functionality of a ute with the comforts and equipment only a 4x4 wagon comes with. The Land Cruiser 200 is a popular candidate for such a conversion and we’ve seen them in many guises including five-seaters, seven-seaters, 4x4 and 6x6, but generally, they are always four-door double-cab bodies. What you’re looking at here is one of the few single-cab LC200s we’ve seen.

Mick Whitehead had what was for many years his perfect outback touring 4x4: a GU Patrol coil-cab. After buying the Nissan new and having engineer-approved 35s, the Patrol served Mick on many trips. As the Nissan drivetrain aged and NSW registration changed to make engineering a newer car more difficult, Mick replaced the TD42 engine and manual gearbox with a 1HD-FTE Toyota engine and the associated five-speed auto transmission, to create something special. But after more years and thousands more kilometres, you couldn’t hide the age of the GU and Mick went looking for something new.

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November 2020