For 20-year-old student Nick Mitic, this GQ Patrol wagon is his first 4x4 and it’s a solid base that he has built in to something more memorable than most.
“I first noticed the GQs when I was 15 years old,” recalls Nick, “and I knew then that I’d own one, one day. I always liked the look of the older boxier cars.”
Nick found himself a 1996 LWB Patrol with the unloved RD28 diesel engine but yanked that mill for a naturally aspirated ‘silver-top’ TD42 swap which he performed in his shed with helf from his father. While no powerhouse, the TD42 was still a step up from the RD engine and is well-known for its durability and ability to accept an aftermarket turbo and plenty of boost.
Nick enlisted Perth’s Dynamic Diesel Performance (DDP) to boost up his TD and didn’t spare his pocket money on the build. A G350 ‘red wheel’ GTurbo is mounted atop a Radius Fab high-mount intake manifold, drawing through a four-inch PatrolDocta stainless-steel snorkel and airbox.
To keep plenty of clean diesel fuel up to the now boosted engine, DDP fitted a JP Performance 12mm pump that is good for around 250hp; while the burnt gasses leave through a three-inch straight-through exhaust system.
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