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Tradie Life - Q&A - Brook Cheffirs - Mechanic

Brook bought his Land Cruiser for its large towing capacity and comfort.
Marcus Craft
Editor - Adventure

19 Mar 2019 • 4 min read

Brook Cheffirs is a mechanic by trade, and has owned his 2002 Toyota LandCruiser Sahara V8 petrol for five years.

Crafty: Why did you buy your vehicle?

Brook: I bought it mainly for its large towing capacity and comfort.

Being a mechanic allows me to lock my tools in the back of the cargo area, and pick up small or large parts, or tyres, wherever needed. 

It has also proven to be the perfect vehicle for product testing, as all products sold at Switched On, are tested on our own cars first, before we recommend them to customers. The most recent products I've tested were Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II, and also a set of RDA brakes and rotors.

  • Brook tested Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II tyres and now has them fitted to his car.
Brook tested Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II tyres and now has them fitted to his car.
  • The boot has enough space to stall tools, parts, or tyres. The boot has enough space to stall tools, parts, or tyres.

Additionally, it’s comfortable for dropping customers home, and due to its functionality and size, means it can go anywhere.

Crafty: What's a typical work day for your ute?

Brook: When I’m working on cars, the LandCruiser is not in use, but it still gets used as an advertising billboard for my businesses, Switched On Mechanical and Switched On Tyres.

The personalised number plates of the vehicle read “50MECH”, ie: Switched On Mech, which has also proven to be a very useful marketing tool and is also an easy way for customers to identify the front of my car, and see my business advertised down the side of the vehicle. 

The personalised number plates are an easy way for customers to identify my car. The personalised number plates are an easy way for customers to identify my car.

Crafty: Do you use it outside work?

Brook: On the weekends it is used as a family car, and also as a tow vehicle to tow a race car and a trailer. 

Crafty: Any mods?

Brook: Lots! Where do I start? Upgraded shocks to KYB Skorched 4 shocks; rear air bag spring helper (for towing); X-Force Cat-Back exhaust; Prorack Whispbar roof racks; a set of Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II (Light Truck-rated tyres) – perfect all-round tyres that allow us to go anywhere; RDA slotted and dimpled brake rotors all around (for towing); and a K&N Air Filter for economy purposes.

  • The tyres are Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II. The tyres are Toyo Tyres Open Country All Terrains II.
  • The LandCruiser is fitted with a X-Force Cat-Back exhaust. The LandCruiser is fitted with a X-Force Cat-Back exhaust.
  • Brook mainly bought the car for its large towing capacity. Brook mainly bought the car for its large towing capacity.
  • Brook has also added Prorack Whispbar roof racks. Brook has also added Prorack Whispbar roof racks.

Probably some more… but I don’t want my wife finding out.

Crafty: Any problems?

Brook: No problems. Being a mechanic allows me to fix any foreseeable issues, before they turn into a problem.

Brook would love to supercharge his car... if his wife lets him. Brook would love to supercharge his car... if his wife lets him.

Crafty: Anything else you'd like to do to it? 

Brook: I would love to supercharge it… imagine that! But, I don’t think I can get that modification past my wife (ie, the boss). 

Crafty: Would you buy the same vehicle next time?

Brook: Yes, for sure. Although, I am stuck in the past and love the 100 Series, I am still open to new ideas and technology in the LandCruisers. It’s the ultimate all-round car for us. 

Need a mechanic? Call Brook Cheffirs of Switched On Mechanical on 02 4294 2222. 

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