Project TONI

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:46
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Some of you may remember my massive conversion of my ZD30 Patrol back in 2008 !!
Following the detonation of that horrible engine I converted my Parol by inserting a 1HD-FTE quad valve Tojo engine into it.

Now here we are in 2016 & this beast is still as good as it was back then. I've since covered well over 300000km, all over Australia, mostly towing 2.5 ton of c/van & without the slightest problem.

I had reservations about certain aspects of the conversion back then that evaporated very quickly.

I looked at trading it in late last year & decided that would be a mistake as NO "modern" 4wd could match it for ability & toughness. Instead I spent a little cash freshening it up & found nothing really wrong with it. Replaced injector pipes, all drive belts, new gas shocks + a few new bushes etc and it drives like new again without the 70-90 k price tag.

Thanks once again to Total Care 4wd Seven Hills NSW.

Over the years I've had lots of people from all over the world asking advice for them to do the same. I know personally 2 others that have since done this & and now truly love their Patrol's. At least 6-7 others have had Total Care convert theirs.

No regrets.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 12:42

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 12:42
Hi Colin, good to hear from you and to hear your Patrol is as mighty as ever. Regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: TONI on patrol - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:13

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:13
Hi Michael, good to hear from you after so long. I see you too haven't found a viable alternative to the good old GU. They are tough old buggers ??
Regards to the family mate.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:24

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:24
Tough! I'm still wondering when I should replace the original clutch, 400,000ks, and still going!! Michael
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Reply By: Gramps - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:11

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:11
That's a pretty compelling recommendation Colin. Good to hear from you again.

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Follow Up By: TONI on patrol - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:17

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:17
If your wondering why the old girl has not speed past you for some time is we retired to the country. Central west NSW. We have to put up with Doug T being not far away ??
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:24

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:24
G'day Colin

I often talk to others who ask about different engines into their 3.0 litre GU's and I always suggest they look at the EO archives for the TONI blog. I had the pleasure of looking at TONI at the St George gathering years ago and often wonders if you still had the beast.

Good to see you are still out and about

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Roachie Silverado - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:48

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 13:48
Yes, St George is where I also saw TONI for the first/only time.

I've often wondered since then how he/she is getting on......

I got out of Nissans and bought a 100 series with the 1HD-FTE engine. My word, what a wonderful donk it is, especially when mated to the 5 speed slush box!!! And that comment is coming from a bloke who said he'd never have an auto in a 4x4. How times and attitudes can change.

Needing more space and power I have since sold the Tojo too and have gone to the dark side...a Chev Silverado with the 6.6 Duramax and 6 speed Allison trans.

There is a bloke in Queensland who is fitting these VERY powerful engines into Patrols and for my money THAT would be an even better option (assuming you HAVE that kind of money to splash out on a conversion).

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:46

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 11:46
You know there is huge power to be had from a 1HD-FTE. 1000Nm at the rear wheels is easily achieved with total reliability in a daily driver.

Yanmar use that motor in their power boats.
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Reply By: wholehog - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 21:49

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 21:49
Thanks for the update Michael. I recall seeing you vehicle in at Totalcare when I was considering the FTE conversion for my Landcruiser HZJ105 1HZ.

I did the conversion and am now over 300,000km down the track spending a lot of time towing my Bushtracker.

I have considered upgrading to a 200 series, but it doesn't have the extras etc that my trusty FTE 105 has, and won't do the job any better, quicker maybe, but the posted speed limit is the limit!
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:28

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:28
I was only talking about your conversion a week ago.

However I traded my 4,2 100 series turbo diesel to a 200 series 4.5 twin turbo, see how one of those drive trains go in the Nissan.

Enjoy your toy.

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:49

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 23:49
Steve, how about a 6.6 V8 single turbo diesel with 320kw and 900nm and 6 speed auto .......................in a Patrol
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Follow Up By: TONI on patrol - Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 07:16

Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 07:16
I looked at that Toyota V8 but it was too wide for the chassis rails Steve.

John the chev V8 turbo diesel was way too expensive an option. Brunswick Diesel in WA do that conversion but customers report overheating problems & it was 50% more expensive & I would have needed to change diff ratios on top of that.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 at 17:19

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 at 17:19
the 4.5 V8 does fit in there, a bloke in southern WA did one a few years back
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Follow Up By: TONI on patrol - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 11:18

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 11:18
Regardless what that bloke did fisho64, a lot of chassis & bodywork mods would have happened to achieve it. Why do you think the 75 series has a wider front track when fitted with the V8 ?
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Reply By: Tommy62 - Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 at 21:03

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 at 21:03
Hi Col,
Looking at doing the same conversion and had a couple of questions.
1.Were there any issues with registration and insurance?
2.What fuel consumption are you getting both towing and not towing?
3.Is there any certified change in towing capacity-mine is an auto currently rated to tow 2.5t.

Regards
Tommy
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