I thought i'd get this thread started early on as i think it'd be interesting to see how my plans evolve over the life of the car.
I bought my '05 (MY04) Overland last week and it's box stock. She's got 139,000 kilometres on the clock, had new OME shocks put on 2-3 years ago along with some of the bushes, though i'm not sure how far they went with that. It's got fairly new highway tyres on.
First up is to get the thing converted to LPG so i can drive it without it killing my bank account. Iíve got it booked in to the Sprintgas head office next Monday. They donít have accreditation or a program written for an 04 Grand, so theyíll be taking my car for an EPA assessment and writing up a program specifically for my car. All at a bottom dollar price! Pretty happy about that!
Iíve just completed a full service on the car. Dropped all the fluids and replaced all filters. The only things Iíve missed are steering fluid and I didnít get to greasing the calliper pins, mainly because I attempted to remove the pins from the rear Teves callipers only to find that theyíre a SAE allen key, so I cracked the shits and put the wheel back on!
Now, Iíve got exactly zero experience with off-roading, so this car is going to evolve as I do. First off is to get the car into a basic state where I can get it to move along some of the easier tracks and to make sure I can get myself out of trouble. Weíre heading up to the Snowys for a week in the summer. Weíll be staying at Jindabyne and doing day trips into the surrounding area. So before I think about any mods, I have to look at the basics.
First off is to do something about the highway tyres. I want to look at lifting within the next 6 months, but I want to get the car into the bush on itís stock suspension before then, so Iím after some AT tyres that will fit at stock height and that I either wonít have for too long, or will still work well with a bit of lift. Iíve worked out that something at 255/65/17 would be ok at stock height and still be useable after lifting until I get cash for new wheels and rubber. Alternatively, Iíve found some good quality second hand stock size ATs that I can get cheap. I think they might be the go. I can put them on for a few months and swap them out for the desired modified size to go with the lift once itís done.
Iíve also just bought a radio. I got a second hand GME TX3500 for $150. It looks the business, though Iíve no idea how to work it. Have to find a suitable aerial for it.
Below are some pics of the car in itís current unmolested state as it was purchased
If anyone has any comments or advice to share along the way i'm all ears. I'm starting with zero knowledge with all of this stuff so any and all input/criticism/advice is helpful.