Freelance wrote:Hello Ozzy,
Thanks for your answer. Are the reason you say 60 og 80 series that the Troop carrier are more expensive and therefor will be older and in worse shape than the two others?
Do you know if the 80 series also have the ability to lay the back seat down for a plan surface?
Nothing wrong with troopies. Would actually be a good choice and you should be able to get a 75series in your price range I'd imagine. Out of the 3 I think an 80 series would be the most expensive.
60 series rear seats will fold flat, not sure on 80 series. But the problem with sleeping in the back of the car, is that you need to unpack the boot everytime you want to sleep!! I'd much rather a swag or a tent.
Freelance wrote:When you are talking about safety it is never a bad idea to come with advises :-)
I knew about the bad or none mobilecoverage ind the outback, and have thought about an UHF radio and or a EPIRB. I still need to check where and how you can rent a EPIRB, but i it maybe the way to go... More to read up on :-)
A UHF is only really good for close distances (maybe 20-30 kilometers tops?) I tested mine today and could transmit clearly up to about 15k. I'd imagine I could get further than that but thats as far apart as we tested it.
HF radio or Sat phone is the only realistic way of communicating. http://www.prestigecom.net.au/
- Thats the place to go if you want anything to do with communications. They sell EPIRBS, UHFs, etc. I've never found cheaper than their prices anywhere.
Freelance wrote:Are your 60 serie still going strong without any problems? What are the fuel consumption on normal road and how many liters can there be in the standard tank?
It's an old car, but apart from the paintwork I can't fault it. I've had it 7 months and not had to repair anything. Toyota's have a awesome reputation for reliability and I wish I bought one sooner. That said, nothing's perfect and a lot will come down to regular servicing and maintenance. Just need to give the car a really good look over before you buy it. It has 350 000k's on the clock.
My car, if driven at it's ideal speed of about 95-100kph uses just under 15L/100ks. This is with a 2H diesel motor (found in most 60 series and 75series Landcruisers) with an aftermarket Turbo. Some 60's came out with a direct injection Factory turbo diesel engine (12HT). If you find one of these in good nick in your price range grab it!!! They are an awesome engine. (and then you can sell it to me when your ready to leave Australia!!
Standard tank is 80L I think, the most I have ever filled up for was about 72L and this will regularily get me 500ks.
Freelance wrote:Where can you buy autoparts (would like to look in a webshop)? What should I have in the car before driving in the outback? Spare tyre and hosekit for radiator, are there other spare parts you should have with you?
Repco, Supercheap Auto, and Autopro are probably the 3 most common car parts stores in Australia. They have stores in most major cities but a lot of the places you plan on traveling you will only find 'local' parts dealers.
Freelance wrote:Do you any other know if there are some good books or websites about 4 wd driving and how to cope and behave in the outback ? Not the obvious not to litter and protect the natire and be careful with burning stove ect. but more specific for Australias outback (maybe with something about avoiding snakes and other bugs).
no sorry, everything I've learn't has been from listening to other's experiences first hand either in person or from forums, or from what I've thought about and/or done myself.
Actually, the only thing I can think of is a magazine called 4wd Action (used to be called 4wd Monthly) They have some pretty good tips and profiles of other well set up 4x4's to give you ideas. But there's also enough 4x4 forums for that.
Now, re: spare parts. This is what I would do and take if I where planning to do your trip:
- I would replace the top and bottom radiator hoses before I left, and throw the old ones in the back as spares (provided they where still in useable condition). I would also do the same with all belts. Hoses/belts that survive thousands of kms of short trips can suddenly blow on one long trip. Same with wheel bearings, if you are only doing short trips they never get a chance to heat up. So I would probably take a spare of each of them. Also spare Uni joints.
- A grease gun
- Spare fuel and oil filter, as well as oil. I would also carry a bottle of brake fluid and power steering fluid.
- My toolbox, which has all your basic tools and a good hammer
Also has a can of WD40 in it, and a can of "Start you B
- Coolant and lots of water. I've limped home with terrible leaks just by pulling over every few k's and topping up after all the water's boiled out
. It's not an ideal situation, but better than being stranded. I would also carry a bottle of "stop leak" just in case.
- I'd also throw a few welding rods in. If you get desperate you can weld using a removed car battery.
- Spare tires - I would probably carry ONE spare wheel/tyre (two if I had a rear wheel carrier). And ONE spare TYRE only (strap the Tyre on the roof). You don't want too much weight on the roof for obvious reasons. Chances are your not going to get two punctures, but if you do it's not that hard to "blow" a tyre onto a rim on the side of the road.
- I would also have a good quality air compressor on board (spending more than $100 at least!)
- A puncture repair kit, so that with some puncures you might'nt even have to change the tyre!
- Lenght of chain and rope.
All these parts/tools I've mentioned so far would happily fit In my rear draws, or in a large storage container. (apart from the tires of course!) Ideally this is all you want as far as weight/space. If you overload your car with spares/luggage then there is an increased chance your going to need the spares!! There's probably other spares I've forgotten that are worth carrying, hopefully some one else will chime in too.
- Most importantly, you need to know how to use all these tools/parts if you need too. No point carrying spare wheel bearings/hoses/belts etc if you don't know how to replace them when you need to.
- In my 'recovery kit' I'd carry a long handled shovel, an axe, drag chain and a snatch strap.
- Tyre choice is also very important. Not all tyres are created equal. From what I've read, the tyres I would consider for touring the outback would be Mickey Thompson MTZ's, BFG KM2 Mud Terrains, Cooper STTs, In no particular order. That said there are others that would do quite well, and these are prolly more on the aggressive side of tread patterns.
- I would fit a winch - there's a good chance you won't need one, actually, if your just 'touring' I can almost guarantee you won't. But I want one anyway and a good one can be had for under $1000.
- I would have a Hi-Lift jack as well as the stock Jack. The Hi-Lifts are very versatile and usefull, but also very dangerous. So read up on them or get someone to show you what do do and not do with one first!
- If traveling on my own I'd probably take 2 20L Jerry cans. And maybe only have one filled up. If you've got a map you will generally know how far it is to your next fuel stop.
- Maps, I'd have them lol.
- Fridges... the prices may scare you. But I love mine (got it at a bargain price) and when it breaks I will gladly pay the exhorbitant $1000+ price tag for a new one.
- If you've got a fridge your going to want 2 batteries.
- Snorkel... not really an essential item, will help with the dust but as long as you replace the airfilter before you leave and clean or replace it regularily it should be fine. They aren't cheap to buy or to fit, so, as with everything I've mentioned, it's handy if you know how to do things yourself.
- If your traveling on rough roads, get underneath the car and check everything as often as you can. Try to catch potential problems before they become serious problems. Anything that is loose will have 'shiny metal' as it moves about and dust won't be able to settle on it. Check uni joints, steering components, leaf packs etc for any excessive play in them. Same goes for oil/water levels. Check them regularily and top up as needed. Might only take you 5-10mins at the end of the day when you pull up to camp but if it stops you breaking down its time well spent.
- And lastly before I left, and once I finished I would do a full service, engine oil/filter, gearbox/transfer/diff oils, grease all nipples, check everything, change air filter and fuel filter.
Dammit, now you've got me wanting to go on a big trip
... if only work would give me a massive pay rise along with a stupidly large amount of time off
What an essay, I think it's time for dinner now! I'm sure there's things I've missed, will add them later if I remember.