Michael wrote:Im doubting very strongly that Dirks GQ has a silvertop engine, but who really knows
I can confirm it is a Silver top. 10 to 12 GQ 4.2 diesels were imported from Australia by IC Nissan Boksberg without Nissan SA's knowledge. Nissan did not want to have the 4.2 diesels for sales as they were focusing on the 4.2 petrol SGL units.
This was from the horses mouth. I traced the Nissan salesman from 1997 down to Barloworld Toyota in Centurion. I stopped outside and he immediately recognised the Patrol and gave me the low down.
As for knowing about the Silver top, we traced the engine number through Nissan Australia to Japan, and got confirmation that it was indeed the Silver Top. That is why it has run for so long without having to be rebuilt.