Tales of a 3.9 litre Tdi Bushie Ute

Bushie Info

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution” – Sherlock Holmes

In this instance a Bushie (Bush Ranger) is a GRP (glassfibre reinforced plastic) composite body shell with steel roll cage/support frame that replaced the old body on a donor four wheel drive vehicle, typically a Range Rover Classic or Land Rover Discovery. Usually the engine, drive train and interior of the donor Land Rover are used with the Bush Ranger body.

They were produced by John E. Davis Motor Works, who based them on some Dakar 4×4 kits imported from the UK. For a while the Bush Ranger name could not be used so early versions were called Bush Rangie.  John Davis no longer makes Bush Rangers and his new business, Trucks N Toys deals with right hand drive conversions to imported Dodge Ram and Ford Mustang vehicles.

The following three pamphlets are those from John E Davis Motorworks.

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Another business Bush Ranger ATV acquired the moulds and design from John Davis. Visit the facebook page for the some additional information. Copies of their pamphlets below.

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The following pics show the body and roll cage (the main large parts) that come with a typical “Bushie Ute” kit. Parts not shown here include the grille, left and right side base members for the “boat sides” and seat mounts (same parts as used in a four door Bushie kit).

The owner of one of the first Dakar 4×4 vehicles built by John Davis Motorworks has compiled photographs of known Australian Dakar 4×4, Bush Rangie and Bush Ranger vehicles. Most of the images, etc. on this page were selected/copied from there – thanks Dave.

Most Bush Rangers are four door vehicles, but there are a small number of two door utes.

 

 

A few Bush Ranger videos – thanks again to Dave.

Below are copies of some magazine articles about Bush Rangers.

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