Hilux stone guard / bash plate

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 14:37
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Noticed that the standard pressed steel bash plate on my old Hilux (1990 2.8D) is stress-cracking itself into a jigsaw puzzle.
I know I could try every wrecker in town for a replacement, but can any one recommend a Sydney-based supplier of something a little more substantial than the thin little tin one that the old beast came with?
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Reply By: howesy - Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 19:55

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 19:55
Is it live axle or the independent SR5 front.
If it is live axle you are welcome to email me at
I may be able to help you out.
Sorry about the address but I'm not about to put my regular address up for the crack pots. This is one I can change over and over.
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Follow Up By: Dexter - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 11:22

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 11:22
Hello Howesy,
Although your server is very, very polite, it still won't let me talk to you though that address.
"Hi. This is the qmail-send program at xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out."

However, thanks for your offer of guidance. I'll respond here.
I have a 1990 2.8D Hilux dual cab ute.
The poor old thing has seen a fair bit of country and would love to retire but "no can do".

I discovered the bash plate off stress cracking when I took it off at
Tibooburra after driving across from Camerons Corner last year. A rock must have hit one of those pressed in slots and bent it in far enough to touch the bottom pan of the radiator. That wore a slot into it, enough to leak. Fixed it with araldite and along the way, noticed the cracks.

I tried to ignore them for a while. Like a pregnant teenager, I sort of
hoped it would all just go away. It didn't.

I'm planning to wander out around Mutwingee in July. Some of those roads get a bit corrugated and might just finish off the stress cracking.


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Reply By: howesy - Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 at 20:21
try howesy@swiftdsl.com.au I am give or take aroud western sydney.. If you can get to me I can weld up your existing plate or I may still have mine but it's for a live axle. Offers there for the taking take it easy and good luck.
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 20:21

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2004 at 20:21
Dexter, I (and half a dozen other Pathy owners) had our plates custom made from 3 mm checker-plate steel for a very reasonable price (about $140) by the brother-in-law of one of our members.

His name is Craig and you can find a contact email address for him on the Pathfinders' Club web site at www.pcoa.org.au

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Follow Up By: Dexter - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 08:51

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 08:51
Thanks Rohan,
I'll look him up.
These sophisticated Pathy types won't tar and feather a Hilux owner will they?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 10:21

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 at 10:21
Dexter, the web site is down at the moment apparently.

Contact Craig at fiddickc@bigpond.com

No, unlike Landy owners, Pathy owners have no delusions or pretentions. LOL.

We get along with everyone. :-)
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