Hal & Liza Harvey
04/1995 LT Campervan
with factory pop-top, roobar, towbar, dual fuel tanks, water tank, shower, dual batteries and air steps...
21 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough Beach, WA 6019
P.O. Box 91, Scarborough, WA 6922
work (08) 9245 1313 mobile 0417 322 722
Our vehicle as it was in 1995 or so, when it starred in the OKA brochure of the time.
We purchased the vehicle in February 1998 from the original owner, Mike Walker, who was OKA's original MD.
Internal additions since then include overhead console, cruise control, front 12CD stacker with driver's headphones, Recaro Ergomed ES front seats, UHF CB, stripped interior to accomodate minimum of nil to maximum of four additional seats (Recaros as per the fronts, plus armrests) with separate rear stereo and additional 12CD stacker and rear wireless headphones, centre console fridge and boxes, and under-roof racks for up to 15 rods & reels. The bed, and the cupboards underneath the bed, stayed in. Also got a couple of HideAway safes, which are a good product.
With an OKA the kids shouldn't have to put up with little 7" DVD players on the long trips, so we added a 22" wide screen TV with built-in DVD player in the back (and a decent inverter to drive it!); very well received by the offspring, and especially popular with the masses when parked on rainy days! Now we just need a couple of speakers on the rear bumper so the people driving in the car behind at night can get the full effect.
External modifications include front & rear air lockers, 2 x Super Oscar floods, Super Oscar spot, 2 x Lightforce HID240 spots, external tubes (now 125mm aluminium) both sides for additional rod/whatever storage, third accessory battery, and two additional compressors (one operates the air lockers in addition to pumping tyres).
In 2006, a full body strip, scrub-up and repaint made #260 look better than new. We went heavy on the pearl paint so it doesn't look quite white, powdercoated the factory bull bar blue, and smoothed the welds and filled the superfluous holes in the rear bumper before painting that blue too. Several years on, we still get a lot of comment from people who think the vehicle is brand new.
We also added an aluminium sun visor identical in design to the original steel one, and an aluminium rack over the cab to take a second spare tyre. Both are powdercoated. The small 55W Hella rectangular high beams have been replaced with IPF high/low 110/80W QH headlights.
There are Mag-Hytec aluminium diff covers front and rear, and two Bilstein 7100 remote reservoir gas shocks each corner, with ORU billet reservoir clamps.
The steering stabiliser is now a double-sided Skyjacker set up. The number plates are now HOOKA; the WE FISH plates in other pics were only temporary (for a few years) after the original HOOKA plates were stolen!
The wheels are 16x10 chromed forged alloys, and the tyres are directional 355/80s, which measure out 38.5" tall (about 10% taller than what they replaced) and 14.5" wide (section width). Both products are USA-made Pro Comp. Load ratings for both wheels and tyres are all OK for the OKA.
The old and the new; the bigger wheel/tyre combination weighs 12kg less (each).
The full-size spare lives on the roof rack (yes, there is a removable aluminium derrick and winch) because it's a bit too snug under the back; and should anybody else consider doing the same tyre fit, be assured 38.5" is as large as you can go without a body lift!
Back when the rod tubes were PVC (they don't last when you drive through narrow tracks with low trees), 12' fibreglass outrigger pole with a decent flag, and on the beach at Wedge Island.
To make the beach trips a little cruisier, an aluminium rack on steel arms that fit into two 50mm receiver hitches...
... which will take three coolers, or a fridge/freezer and two coolers, or a big cooler and two fridges...
... and a few more add-ons for off-road use only. The coolers get held in place with double-sided Velcro between the handles and the bars, or if needed to be secured, with SPT lockable cut-proof tie-down straps...
and everything is easier to get to and at just the right height. The beach umbrella fits into a third upright on the cutting board mount.
Accessory plug receivers in a few places on the barwork are sooo handy!
Now with IPF 80/110 halogen headlights up top, LED Daytime Running Lights in the middle and 72W LED floodlights down below.