Australian 4WD Action - Issue No 177

Submitted: Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 16:32
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I recently came across a reference to a bloke who owns a 76 series Landcruiser who claims he has spent between $200 & $250K in setting up the vehicle.
Now this is a substantial amount of dollars in anyone's book and I'm intrigued to known how he substantiates these numbers. $75K for the truck still leaves $125 to $175K to account for.
The vehicle has a marine radar mounted in it (I kid you not!) which whilst costing a few bucks would still leave a pretty big shortfall in reaching his claimed numbers.

The guy who owns it calls it "The Ghost Rider" or something similar.
The vehicle appeared in Australian 4WD Action issue number 177 around February 2012 as a featured vehicle.
I was wondering if someone on here may have a copy of this issue and could perhaps scan and post the article on here or email it to me.

Lots of us spend lots of dollars setting up our vehicles and that's the rightful prerogative of the owner of this 76, to each his own, but the numbers claimed are extraordinary.


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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:23

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:23
The Mag also has a 4.2 TDI GU putting out 500HP.
Look at the pretty pictures but dont read the words as the content is BS.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:43

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:43
I don't buy the mag for the obvious reason, but as I said just intrigued to see how he justifies the claim of the dollars.

I can readily see $20 or $30K by the time you add drawers, bar work, a chip. HF radio etc. Maybe $10K for his radar, it doesn't add up.

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Follow Up By: Arlo - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:49

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 17:49
Marine Radar!! Maybe he's driving to Tassie.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:05

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:05
He's obviously a gadget type of guy :)

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:09

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:09
Here's a link to the video on the vehicle, I hope the actual article provides more detail, hence the request for a copy.

Ghost Rider Video

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Follow Up By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:55

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 18:55
Just watched the link.
Very surprised that he didn't have alfoil wrapped around his head....
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 19:04

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 19:04
I think we should all have Marine Radar especially for the wet days.

I suppose it is real good for detecting yachts on Lake Eyre or the local duck pond.

Perhaps he just uses it instead of a microwave for cooking the evening meal.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 17:36

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 17:36
The 500HP GU is real Craig - although the guy wasn't happy that Super Patrol is more powerful.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 19:56

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 19:56
still shaking my head in disbelief............................ is his truck though, can do what he wants with it and seems he has. :-)
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 20:34

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 20:34
G`day John,
If he wants all that stuff and can afford it then that`s his call I guess.
Looking at the video(@ 0.32) I reckon I seen a Bendigo ARB sticker on the windscreen, if I am correct, and assuming he had the gismos fitted by them, then that may account for the extra $ $ $ `s.
How many hours to fit it all and @ how many $`s per hour ?
Probably got out of it cheap really.
Like I said though I`m just guessing. LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:00

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:00
Even with labour I still can't come to terms with the numbers claimed.
I have fitted my Troopy out with a similar range of stuff as to what he has (No radar!!!) and it comes nowhere near the amounts claimed.

As I said earlier, if he did spend that much money it his perogative, he earned it he can spend it.
I just want to know what's in the thing to reach those numbers :)
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:31

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:31
Those triple chrome plated, solid brass dust cap on all five wheels are expensive!! :)) Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 16:52
SIX wheels......
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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:36

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:36
..Total price may include payout cost of subsequent divorce :)

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:51

Monday, Jul 08, 2013 at 21:51
Greg are you suggesting the wife didn't like his solid gold, diamond encrusted steering wheel!! :))

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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 01:43

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 01:43
youse seem to be quick to judge the bloke..

he could possibly use his vehicle for work.
such as travel overseas..

a surveyor of some sort, that requires the gear to do the job...

woow soo much negativity

people buy chev silverados and import them or buy them here, yet you see no one whinging..
good tow vehicles, with luxury features, and a solid donk that can tow a mountain goat.

or some buy a top of the line winnebego.. for over 330..
and you don't hear people whinging about that..
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 02:08

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 02:08
"Judge the bloke"!!
I must have missed something?
I quite clearly stated several times that it was his perogative to spend his dollars as he pleased.
I'm simply interested to know more about the vehicle and what may be fitted that made it so costly as he claims.

I would think the radar may be a bit over the top for most, but you may be right, if he's traveling "overseas" then the radar may very well be useful in avoiding other cars....sorry boats :)

Not sure why you think a Winnebago etc has anything to do with the topic at hand?



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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 05:58

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 05:58
Hi all.
I don't care what anybody does with there money but I could not see $125,000 of extras.In saying that if he can afford it and is happy good luck to him.
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 09:00

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 09:00
Hmmm, 2 Flux Capacitators in the back. That's scary!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 17:39

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 17:39
Speeds up his time travel I guess :)

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Reply By: andrew t - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 15:25

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 15:25
looks like he is after someone to sponsor his overseas holiday, whatever floats your boat,but a 3.6 t i think he may be in for some insurance problems if he stacks it, but in saying that it would look pretty cool sittin on its roof,total waste of money and i cant see 220 g in it for the life of me.
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Reply By: Member - john y - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 16:53

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 16:53
Perhaps the sponsorship dollars for the proposed overseas showings are really the end game. With all the Mods the dollar cost would soon add up . Hope he can recoup some of his outlay. At 3.6 tonnes not for me Regards john y
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Reply By: MarkLH69 - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 22:05

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 22:05
May have watched a few too many Mission Impossible / James Bond movies I think
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 at 23:31
I said the very same thing :)

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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 08:43

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 08:43
Does anyone have a link to his mods? I looked through the 4WD Action website but can't find anything.
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Reply By: Penchy - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:19

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:19
Without a doubt, the ugliest 76 I have ever seen. I have the mag at home and cannot see where the money has gone, this guy clearly has more dollars than sense and if I were to judge a man on how he looks, he clearly looks like he doesnt have much sense. You just cant justify for having some of the accessories on a vehicle that that vehicle does. I think the only value he would get is the fact he might drive it to shows to tell everyone how much it cost to build. I reckon if it did go bush, have of that stuff would fall off from the corrogations.
Each to their own though.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:35
Penchy any chance you could scan the article and post it on here?
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 16:06

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 16:06
good chance, I'll have go at it.
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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 11:56

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 11:56
The clip is doing the rounds on the forums. Turns out a few know of him.

He's nuts according to those in the know and is a bit of a dooms day kind of guy...
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:31

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 15:31
You suggesting he's a "Prepper"?
Prepper being one who plans for a "survivalist" type scenario.
That would make some sense of the vehicle fit out.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 16:05

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 16:05
When he kicks the bucket do you think he will reflect on time and energy lost preparing for uncertainty?
Very similar to me preparing my press conference speech after I win the gold medal in the 100mtr at London.
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