You may remember from my first post on the ADF Land Rover 110s that I was quite critical of the specialised Regional Force Surveillance Vehicle (RFSV) variants, scoffing at the top-heaviness, the excessive width and the poor departure angle of the vehicle with the mass reduction components mission kit fitted.
Who was I kidding? The RFSVs are an awesome vehicle, so since that was written I have basically been working at turning my own vehicle into a functional replica of an RFSV.
RFSV-esque modifications and specialised equipment already on the vehicle includes:
- Power steering
- PTO winch
- Heavy duty clutch
- Long travel suspension
- Disc brakes
- 12V dual battery system with isolator in place of the original 4 battery 24V auxiliary power system for radio use
- Frontrunner Cub Pack box on the slide in the driver’s side FFR battery locker
- RFSV split rim wheels and Goodyear Hi-Miler Xtra Grip tyres – in storage
- RFSV brushbar
- RFSV brushbar side rails
- RFSV dual spare wheel carrier on passenger’s side
- RFSV underslung dual jerrycan carrier
- Repro RFSV dual jerrycan carrier on rear driver’s side.
- Repro RFSV side-mounted jerrycan panniers
I will be keeping the original roll bars (Roll Over Protection System – ROPS) as well as the current hard top panel and 3/4 Land Rover Defender roof rack. Future mods include the fitting of RFSV footwell kick vents, a second internal fuel tank on the passenger’s side and potentially a turbo for the Isuzu 4BD1 engine. That’s probably everything I’ll ever need for this vehicle – until I start tracking down and bolting on parts for the Australian Army SRV-SF Special Operations Vehicles, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Here’s some pictures showing the evolution.
Today, the 25th of April, is ANZAC Day. Usually, we would attend the local Dawn Service and then the 10am service in town, but in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not permitted and all public ANZAC Day services around the country have been cancelled. Instead, folks were encouraged to Stand-To at dawn in their driveways with a candle to mark the occasion.
I gussied up the Rover with various military accoutrements, secured an Australian National Flag to the B-pillar and a WWI configuration Australian Army slouch hat to the bonnet and drove through the streets of my town, hopefully enhancing rather than detracting from the townsfolk’s experience of a very different ANZAC Day. I was glad to see so many people Standing-To. It almost made up for not being able to commemorate the day properly. Lest We Forget.
Anyway, here’s some pictures of “Frankie” all dressed up for this morning’s Stand-To drive past.
Damo from Bourkey Out Bush recounts a boot-borne swag trip into the Kedumba Valley in the NSW Blue Mountains.
A top read from a top bloke.
Plans began unraveling Friday morning. With a few tasks needing to be done around the house, the intended 2 night stay at Kedumba Valley, that would have started with a post lunchtime walk in, and camp setup mid to late afternoon, became an overnight sleep out with arrival at the trail gate at 0830hrs Saturday.
This was a swagman style of hike exercise, with gear carried via a bedroll, dillybag and satchel. Including food and 3L of water, a total cold weather pack weight of less than 15kg.
The walk in (6.6km, >750m descent) went well enough, with a couple of carry resets along the way. I used the canvas duffle bag to shoulder my bedroll which was adequate, getting the length of the shoulder straps right was a bit inconsistent when changing shoulders. Additionally, a little while after the 2nd carry reset the dilly bag attachment disconnected and forced…
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