Building Ghost

Carlisle’s 79 Series dual cab Cruiser, Ghost, was a longtime dream realised.

To survive the ultimate journey across Australia, it would need to travel a distance of more than 8,000kms through the heart of the continent, over 60 days, from Coast to Coast. It would need to tackle every terrain and obstacle in its way, while storing enough equipment and food to survive desert crossings and some of the most remote areas on the planet.

Here’s the list of modifications to Ghost:

• ARB Old Man Emu suspension

• ARB deluxe winch bullbar
• ARB side rails and steps
• ARB 2m awning
• ARB dual air compressor
• Warn 9.5XP winch with synthetic rope
• GME TX4500 UHF
• GME RC900BT stereo
• Narva HIDs
• Narva LED lightbar: bullbar
• Narva LED lightbar: roof
• Narva work lamps side and rear
• Narva switches and fuse boxes
• Redarc 108W solar blanket
• Redarc LFP1240 x 2
• Redarc SBI212

• Revolution Power 150Ah lithium battery x 2
• Metalink custom alloy canopy
• BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tyres
• Redarc Tow-Pro brake controller
• Hayman Reese towbar
• 80L water tank
• 160L Long Ranger diesel sub tank upgrade
• ARB roof rack
• Metalink custom roof rack on canopy
• Engel 60L fridge/ freezer
• Redarc 2000W pure sine inverter
• 12V outlets x 4 in cab
• 12V outlets x 4 in canopy
• Safari snorkel
• Century Yuasa starter and auxiliary marine deep cycle batteries
• GSL 5-into-4in stainless exhaust
• GSL 2in crossover pipe
• GTurbo turbo upgrade
• Steinbauer diesel chip
• Steinbauer diesel fuel filter kit
• Hema Navigator HN6
• MaxTrax x 4
• OzTent RV-2
• Travelander Swag-It camo swag
• Iridium 9575 Extreme satphone
• GME TX6150 waterproof handheld UHF x 2
• Strike iPhone cradle
• ARB recovery point
• Toyota factory differential lockers front/ rear
• Full set of 16x8 ROH Octagon wheels

For a full list of product partners, see below

Building Ghost
The man at the Toyota dealership said there weren’t any in the country, but there might be one on a boat. I was desperate to get a new truck built in time to start filming in August. It was the beginning of July. When the truck arrived it was naked. No tray, nothing much to look at. The Toyota 70 Series is a workhorse, a square steel frame built around the sexiest diesel engine ever built, the 4.5L V8 intercooled turbo-diesel. To turn it into something that could carry all of the gear necessary to survive endless expeditions into the heart of the outback would be an expedition in itself. To do it in a month would just be insane. Careful planning would be required, and knowing exactly what I wanted from the start. I didn’t want to be adding stuff to the truck later on, changing things around. I wanted to solve design problems before they existed, to ensure the 12V system, engine upgrades, suspension work, custom canopy and everything else all worked together flawlessly.

Check out the full story in issue 30.

Partners who made Ghost's upgrade possible:

• Warn
• Narva
• Redarc
• Metalink
• BFGoodrich
• Hayman Reese
• Long Ranger
• Engel
• Safari Snorkel
• Century Yuasa
• GSL Fabrications
• ROH Wheels
• Steinbauer
• Hema
• Maxtrax
• OzTent
• Travelander
• SatPhone Shop
• ADM Motors