1999 4WD Field Day
4WD Field Day
(Wandin, Victoria 21/2/1999) was bigger than ever with
public parking to the right of the entrance
and an enlarged commercial exhibitors area.
All the major car and equipment manufacturers were represented and offering tantalizing Field-Day discounts. ARB (left) have started manufacturing a new line of their own canopies, and had examples to fit the 1998 Toyota crew-cab Hilux and other 4x4s.
Kaymar also had a
(au$900) for the 100-series 'cruiser
and neat little brackets at $50/pair to hold Hi-Lift jack and shovel.
TJM have started assembling hydraulic winches driven off the power steering pump. Similar units have been available in the USA but this seems to be a first locally. The 3600kg (8000lb) capacity winch costs au$1600, and the 4500kg (10,000lb) capacity unit $1750. The hose kit is $160. In many ways, hydraulic winches are the Rolls Royces of winches.
TJM also have a new line of `XGS' heavy duty shock absorbers at $135 each,
with 50% more fluid capacity than before and specific valving
for each make of vehicle.
Land Rover buffs might have hoped to see the new 1999 model-year Discovery, but that is predicted to show up at next week's Motor Show.
However, there was a Land Rover
with the new 5-cylinder diesel engine, as fitted to the new Discovery.
Ritters specialise in "improving" Land Rover products; that's a couple elevated on the ramps, right. Apparently gas conversions (as in not-petrol) of the Range Rover HSE are selling quite well. (And I always thought that if you could afford an HSE economy wasn't an issue!)
They are also masters of the 3.5/ 3.9/ 4.2/ 4.7 litre engine conversion and reconditioning, also strengthened transfer-cases and other modifications. They have Detroit True Trac limited slip diff's for Rangies at $1150 ($au) installed.
now have a diff' lock to suit the Toyota LandCruiser (70/ 80/ 100)
that has internal locking teeth but an external
actuator, as fitted to Roger Smith's Range Rover (below).
The LandCruiser unit costs $1450, +500 if fitted.
They are also doing CV-joint conversions for Range Rovers,
using Hilux sourced parts which are integral with the axles
rather than splined to them.
Left: Roger Smith's 1981
fresh from winning
the 1998 Malaysian Monsoon Challenge.
In 1996 he came 3rd, in 1997 2nd, so the victory is a well deserved
reward for a lot of hard work.
Many organisations also put on displays: Above we have some of the 4x4 and 6x6 Perentie vehicles of the Australian Army.
The Field Day is put on by members of the Land Rover Club of Victoria who go to a great deal of effort to put on a fabulous show.
Left: The Victorian Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs' stand (see [clubs]), also housing the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Radio Network (AN4WDRN) giving practical advice on outback communications.- 4wd.sofcom.com/4WD.html 21/2/1999
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