Tradie Life Q&A: Brook Cheffirs - Mechanic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.