The Young Gun GQ Patrol
4x4 Magazine Australia|November 2020
The Young Gun GQ Patrol
Pumped-up GQ patrol is a flying first 4x4 for young Nick Mitic.
Matt Raudonikis
FOR MOST of us, our first 4x4 vehicle is a memorable one. Memorable to us for all the adventures and stories it brought, but in the grand scheme of things, usually not memorable to anyone else. Your first 4x4 or your first car is usually an older, more affordable offering and for those early years of motoring it was your lifeline to the greater world and all possible exploration. But the reliability of older cars means those memories aren’t always good ones.

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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November 2020