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Discussion in 'Gear Swap' started by Moondog55, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Posting here just on the off-chance that one of you have a Ford AU series 3 station wagon in need of a new home
    Some half witted parasites torched my old ute on Saturday night and I have a need of wheels for she ski season
    I am looking for the Ford as I know it has just enough room for me to sleep in if I push the front seat all the way forward. Insurance isn't generous so I only have 3k to play with but I can take a little out of the bank if I have to. Naturally the tool boxes were full of winter gear too because I was making sure everything fitted but at least the jerry cans and gas cylinders were not in there or the whole bloody street may have gone up. I did mange to salvage the wheel chains and a couple of tyres to put on the trailer but it was and is a total loss, the chassis bent and twisted in the heat. Strange but it was a very hot and concentrated fire fed by a full fuel tank, YES I had only just put $90- of Super in the tank.
    I'm in Geelong so no traveling to sunny Qld or the West
    Now looking for a winter base camp tent and a new winter sleeping bag for base camp
     

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  2. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    bastards.
    sorry, can't help except to offer sympathy (and outrage)

    good luck
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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  4. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Finders fees will be paid in either Brown Bros: Ruby Red port or Coopers stout
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Moondog55 bugger bugger!
    May one thousand fleas infest their armpits.
    Hope it works out OK for you.
     
  6. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    An AU series 3 wagon in tri-colours with a leaky diff will be about the best thing in the universe for you mate, I hope it all works out. I commend your bravery in publicly asking for an AU, you sir must have balls the size of Donald Trump's win list.
     
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    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bummer! They’ll rot for this! What winter gear did you lose - some of us may have surplus that we can spare.
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Only if it's on LPG.
     
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    What size tent are you after?
     
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    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bullshit. Have you seen a new Lexus or Honda Civic?

    The AU looks bland by comparison.

    I was going to say that he could get a BA for that money, but then I remembered that they have their issues whereas the AU is pretty well bulletproof. A good choice for a dependable drive. I'm not ready to sell mine yet, but I'll keep an eye out.
     
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    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Duel-fuel or GTFO. You never know when the gas is going to disappoint you.
     
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    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    ****ing collectors edition these days the AU series 3. Even more desirable if you have one with a Taurus bodykit.
     
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  13. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    A classic @Vermillion double entendre :clap:

    This could easily turn into a :crap: thread...

    But yes, dual fuel is the go. Even better if you can find one with a gas injection system.
     
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    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    WTAF! Hey @Moondog55 put a callout here for some snow gear donations to replace what was lost.
    I've got an oldish Goretex jacket you can have for free and a warm synthetic sleeping bag
     
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    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I would never hijack someone elses thread mate.
     
  16. Moondog55

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    Thanx for the offer but none of my clothing was in the car and insurance is going to help with everything except the tent, I can't provide a receipt for the tent as I paid cash S/H and i have no pictures of it in use to verify my possession. I really appreciate the generous off tho
    I can't afford to buy something I used to own, I just found this one listed on eBay, optimistic price maybe but I did find it was one of the few vehicles on the market back then that had decent leg room
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/XC-79-f...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
     
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  18. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Kind offer but I'm good.
    If this had happened next week it would have hurt much more; it was booked in for a major service and new shockers and bushes. I was just about to spend $2k on keeping it running for another few years
    I'm never going to whinge about the cost of insurance ever again.
    Somebody suggested a blunt gelding knife but I was thinking more along the lines of an anvil and a brick
     
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  19. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not nice!
    Team Bears are getting on to firewood production now....so we will ensure there us plenty in Pretty Valley Hut and out back...
    If you get really stuck with gear...then consider a geographic relocation out to Ryder's Huts.....and winter over there...we usually get out there shortly to ensure it has a cut up wood pile that can be utilised in the open fireplace....Mr T is around and could provide some sled/tobogan haulage out there if required.
    It's about time your luck changed !
     
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  20. Moondog55

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    Long way from Ryders to the lifts tho. As I am back this year I had better go to Bunnings and buy a couple of cheap shovels for PV hut
     
  21. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Well we have the old Renault here, The Boss owns it; worth $300- as a trade-in so still sitting there. We just paid the registration late and later on this month we will transfer the rego to me and I will run it into the ground.
    Interestingly a roadworthy isn't needed to transfer between spouses. I just took the back seats out and if I push the passenger seat all the way forward I can just squeeze myself in to sleep
    Thule pod on the roof takes some of the LW load
     
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  22. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    I'd like peoples opinions on the Ford Falcon RTV ute.
    A few have just come onto the market at what seem give-away prices; so as I know very little about the vehicle I wonder what the pitfalls are with one of these.
    The Renault has just come back from its annual service with a repair list kilometres long and quite over the top money wise
     
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  23. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    IIRC the RTV has an extra inch or 2 of ground clearance due to a high-lift suspension, and a diff lock.

    As with any other B-series Falcon, the newer the better, as early ones had electronic gremlins and a bonnet release mechanism that was prone to failure. Then the usual things you'd already know, ball joints and D bushes are consumables.

    B series are also prone to warping front discs. Factory spark plugs are Iridium type and should give 100-120,000 km, but the coil packs are pretty much ready to replace when the plugs are due. They are coil on plug, so there are 6 of them. The word from fordforums.com.au is that the OEM coils are the only ones worth buying, the aftermarket ones aren't as good. IIRC OEM coils are about $80 each.

    The best info you'll find is here: https://fordforums.com.au/forumdisplay.php?f=175

    You'll need to join to post questions.
     
  24. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Well I now have a Kia Cerato for this season but I am still looking for that elusive Ford in goodish condition with minimum rust. I am finding that people who have such a vehicle are hanging onto them. No luck over at the Ford Forum although lots of commiserations on the loss of the ute. Not that I feel up to a big camp this season, I'm actually thinking of chucking things in and selling up. The Renault had a catastrophic failure and died dead just 5 klicks from home last month. It felt like the diff died and locked up a wheel or something. Anyway I rubbed the tyre down to the rim and went off the road and lucky not to roll.
     
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    Very sorry for your loss Moondog. There's some low life's out there.

    Re car choice: have you thought about looking for an older (R50) Pathfinder - the shape that ran ~ 95 to 2005? Not selling ours by the way!

    They're very reliable if well maintained - modest size - not huge like a cruiser or patrol, can whack a barrier in the back to carry gear.

    R50s have low range and a modern-ish AWD mode, and if you hunt you may find one with acceptable kms (<200k) in your AU price range?

    Just a thought. Good luck matey!!
     
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  26. Moondog55

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    I'll probably stick with the tiny little Cerato while I save for a Stinger GT now, the Boss has promised to win Tatts this week-end. I'm over 184 tall I was hoping for lie down room for sleeping hence the thought of an old fashioned station wagon.
     
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    Bit pricey though
     
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    Mm sleeping in the back of modern wagons is tough for 6’ ers!

    I’m 190cm and used to try sleeping in my Hillman Hunter & then a GH Sigma wagon with the tailgate resting on my ankles! Not great! Dad’s XY Falcon had a long boot - had the most room of almost any Aussie made wagon so a later model would surely provide similar comfort.

    Modern SUVs are tall & fairly short. Not good for you. Happy hunting.
     
  30. Moondog55

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    Dear Ford "Bring back the XC panel van"
    I did see a very nice Hyundai van but it was $10k- more than my insurance payout, plenty of length and stand up height, would have very poor mileage tho
     
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    I’m about to modify my 1991 Ford Maverick LWB to make a flat sleeping area - my daughters have been pinching it for music festivals and country parties, as is. They love it. “If the heating worked, and the rusted roof didn’t leak, and it used way less petrol”, then it’d be my perfect car for the mountains!

    A
     
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    Plenty of room in the back of my '56 F100 panel truck but its a bit cold in there.
    [​IMG]
     
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    My R50 refuses to die..... and nor would I want it to. See a few nice looking ones around still. If getting one look for no bullbar and no tow hitch. Will have had a softer life. Around $6k for a 16-18 yo Ti with circa 200k kms.

    Shortcomings, thirsty on the highway when pushing 100 + kph and expensive if gearbox or transfer case strikes problems. However, wrecker parts have proved to be a cheaper and very workable (now four years with wrecker gearbox with no issues..... $1k installed verses $8k + for new box from Nissan).
     
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    Glad to hear FB. Mines at ~ 155k & sees little 4wd & no bullbar just a tow bar for bikes now & then.

    I figure reliability beats a few L/100km any day!

    Mine likes 98 ULP, so more chaching! But much more go than 91 so Keep that way.

    Overtaking on 91 too scary!! Frustrating. ( /:-/(
     
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    @snowgum Mines over 250k on the dial now, but gets little day to day driving (5-10k per year). Hail damage and urban dodgem means it looks a little pristine than it one did. Other than fuel consumption, it is a brilliant touring vehicle. And agree on good fuel, 95 RON a minimum. And has a seriously good 4WD system.... have taken the truck down a few roads out Kiandra way that saw a Hilux retreat.

    Scary part is a replacement is likely to be a $70k + purchase and it will be less capable. Honest mid sized 4WDS got squeezed out of the market by people mover replacements who want a third row of seats and no 4WD ...... Nissan even gave up the segment totally (no 4WD on Pathfinders or X-Trails)