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.
4WD Swagman trips in the old ex-Army Fitted For Radio “Perentie” Land Rover 110 were a fixture of 2018. In January and February I travelled over to Western Australia. In June I travelled to Tasmania. In September 2018 I set off for an odyssey through Northern Australia, and that’s the trip described in this series of posts.
We probably should start at the beginning…
The plan for the Northern Australia jaunt was to go from Goulburn NSW to Port Augusta in South Australia, then up the guts of the continent via the Stuart Highway before turning left onto the Lasseter Highway to Uluru (Ayers Rock). After seeing the Rock and the Olgas, I would retrace my steps back to the Stuart Hwy and make for the Alice. From Alice Springs, work my way north to Darwin where I’d pick up my missus from the airport, then do the tourist loop through Kakadu, Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and Litchfield National Parks for a week or so. Then I’d farewell her at the airport and head due east into the Gulf of Carpentaria on my way to Cairns. From Cairns I’d head north to Cape York. Have a bit of a look around there for a few weeks then head back to Cairns and hack my way down the coast to Sydney before making my way back home to Goulburn. I figured the whole expedition might take anywhere between two and four months.