Getting the car mechanically ready

Do you know how difficult it is to find a good mechanic? I do!

A good mechanic could have saved me buying Bessie, my first 4wd which was unfortunately mechanically not close to sound. I got it checked out by a mechanic recommended by the seller. As naive as I was, I trusted this mechanic to do a good job. After I started the build up and getting custom bar work, it turned out that the engine was crooked. Long story short, I lost around 10k and had to delay my trip for a year.

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Bessie going away
Bessie going away

Buying the new car named Telsie, I got it checked out by a trustworthy mobile mechanic. I then got the car to 4WD Trekmaster who upgraded the suspension and turbo for me. Greg from 4WD Trekmaster took the time to help me getting the car ready for the big trip. As an experienced traveller with a history of working in the racing and touring industry, he knows what he is talking about.

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Telsie
Telsie

Suspension upgrade

4WD Trekmaster has a wide variation of 4WD accessories they are able to fit. They also offer their own branded suspension next to the big brands. I decided on a 2-inch lift with heavy duty leafs in the rear to be able to handle the 3900GVM. In the front, I have heavy duty springs and suspension.

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Rear heavy duty leafs
Rear heavy duty leafs

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Front empty
Front without suspension

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Front springs
Front springs

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Front springs and suspension
Front springs and suspension

A new turbo for Telsie

The factory turbo was set on 15psi by the previous owner. However, the turbo was not great anymore so it has been replaced it by a Mamba GTX Turbocharger. It was tuned 10psi to not wear the system too much out.

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Many more modifications

I will post over time some of the other modifications I have done to the car to make it an awesome remote tourer.

See you on the road less travelled!

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