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Calendar Winner – January, David Watson

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Have you seen the Club Plus Calendar? In a recent competition we gave our Club Plus members the chance to appear in our calendar. Meet David, the winner for January. David sent in a couple of photos of his 1996 Mitsubishi SWB Ralliart J-Top Pajero and we were impressed! We’ve asked David to share a little more information on his ride…

How long have you have owned the Pajero?

I’ve owned the Pajero since just after ANZAC Day 2013, this is my second J-Top Pajero, and I’m currently working on a SWB hardtop build, to transplant everything into. The soft top had become too hard to head away for anything more than an overnight trip.

David Watson Pajero

David Watson Pajero

Can you tell us more about any custom work, rebuilds or modifications done to it?

The list isn’t extremely long, but is definitely building…

  • Custom front bar by JMW Engineering in Dubbo
  • Custom sliders by JMW Engineering in Dubbo
  • Diff locker
  • Rancho adjustable shocks, HD springs
  • 4 x Britax Driving Lights
  • Outback Lighting Australia lightbar
  • Uniden UHF
  • ZCG AM/FM & CB HD Aerials
  • Hayman Reece brake controller
  • Rockford Fosgate 6×9 Speakers, JVC DVD Player, 1200W Alpine Amp & Active Response Subwoofer
  • Brand new soft top and sunroof
  • Recaro seats
  • Complete engine rebuild
  • HD segmented clutch
  • High flow exhaust
  • 5’ Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ on black sunraysia’s
  • Full alarm with push-button start
  • AVM Freewheeling hubs

I think that’s most of it!

David Watson Pajero

David Watson Pajero

Are there any interesting specs ore details that you’d like to share?

This particular Pajero is actually a factory Ralliart model, originally built in 96, and imported in 2002. It came with factory airbags, ABS, upgraded cams and a bunch of other improvements. Although I haven’t had it dyno’d, it is rumoured to be producing around 180kW out of the Ralliart performance tune, with an impressive torque curve.

David Watson Pajero

How often do you take it off road? Do you have any interesting stories to share?

Unfortunately she doesn’t get out as much as I’d like – in saying that; she has had her fair share of trips away, with Fraser Island being the highlight. We got 200mL of rain in 2 nights, hurricane warnings, and sunshine over the 4 days. At one point I ended up in a swamp on a sand island (fortunately above the tide line), and another time, I ended up perched atop a steep droppoff on the edge of the beach from a king tide (someone told me I’d never make it, and so I tried.. and failed, and spent the next hour digging myself out while they setup camp!) Otherwise, and amazing trip that the car performed beautifully on.

David Watson Pajero

Are you part of any 4WD Clubs?

Unfortunately moving around with work routinely, I haven’t had the opportunity to join a club. However, I’m keeping busy with the next build. I’m currently working on a SWB hardtop build, to transplant everything into – see below!


Keep an eye out in February, as we’ll talk with John Nodzio about his beautiful 1969 Ford ZB Fairlane! Stay tuned…

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