People regularly ask me where Rusty came from. I take his uniqueness for granted but I also get asked why he is different from a standard perentie and defender 110. Perenties were born slightly different to other Landrover Defenders of the time with mods requested by the army: galvanised chassis, Salisbury diff, Isuzu 4bd1 engine, tubed mud tyres, spare tyre underneath the rear between a modified chassis, rear 50mm swivelling tow pintle, jerry can carriers, helicopter lift points (I’m sure they’ll be handy sometime), bonnet mounted tools, some with 24v alternators and multiple batteries, some with winches, almost all canvas rag tops.
As an RFSV Rusty was built more like an expedition vehicle: winch, power steering, dual fuel tanks, dual batteries, 12v aux power points, 1M wading depth, rollcage, footwell vents, split rims, rear step, air compressor, driving lights, side carry cages, two spare wheels, snorkel, hilift jack & lift points, brush bars, underbody jerry can carriers, beefier bull bar, heaps more jerry can holders, ration and ammo box holders and straps, blade fuse conversion, lockable storage tubs in the back, rear seat with 5 point harness, upgraded 3600kg gvm, disc brakes all round, stronger front diff.
A lot of the RFSVs were deployed in The Pilbara, patrolling borders and likely the first vehicle many boat people saw. Rusty was posted to the Light Horse Brigade in Victoria (slightly less glam I know). I bought him from the army auctions held periodically to dispose of this generation of vehicles.
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