Back to The 80’s – A New Paint Job And Flares
Last time, we saw how even a super-tough vehicle like a Gen 1 Pajero has a weak point. Go here if you missed it.
We all get nostalgic about old things. Reminds us of the good ol’ days…
With this in mind, Dave had an idea.
He had to rebuild the Paj, after its rollover at Condo. So in a nod to the classic Pajeros of the 1980s and 90’s, he decided to go with a retro look.
The flared guards just sort of started as an idea, then grew a life of their own. The colour scheme is reminiscent of the Eighties… bright and slightly mis-matched colours that say, “Hey, look at me”!
So the Paj kept on going. Peta (my wife) claimed the navigator’s seat in 2014, the Paj was retired from the more brutal off-road races and became a forest rally convert. Forest rallies are far easier on the vehicle.
With the Old Girl having more bumps and bruises than Mike Tyson, it was time to nurse her a bit.
No Escape From The Punishment
Whilst forest rallies are far kinder to a vehicle than off-road events, you still get the occasional bump and scrape. The rear left door copped a beating after a sideways drift into a tree. Time for some panel beating…
A Dying Engine
The trusty Astron 2.6L G54B turbo finally decided to act its age. It was getting tired after more than 25 years of hard racing and was noticeably slower every race. Perhaps it’s time for a rebuild… or something else.
Next time: Retro Pajero gets a new heart. Out with the old and in with the new.
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