Who needs diff-locks?

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 12:18
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Not many years ago you didn't need (or have a choice) 4 wheel drive at all.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/nq2jY1trxqg?rel=0
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Reply By: garri - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 13:17

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 13:17
notice that they all had skinny tyres
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 08:04

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 08:04
Do you think they had options of HT, AT and MT in those days? Probably only had 2 or 3 tyre manufacturers to choose from to start with.
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Follow Up By: garri - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 09:29

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 09:29
I think you missed the point of my comment
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 14:52

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 14:52
Probably didn't have choice of wide tyres either, then!
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Reply By: allein m - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 14:03

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 14:03
thank you for that
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:53

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:53
Gday
Looks like we dont need 4x4 either.....

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Reply By: dieseltojo - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 16:49

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 16:49
Me for one cos' I am not as good a driver as some other folks... But I never seen to get stuck either. At least not too badly that I can't winch out off. Maybe just good luck.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:10

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:10
As well as tall, skinny tyres there was not much weight. Pretty easy to roll it over. Wonder how that Dodge would go on sand???
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Reply By: Ron N - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:24

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:24
Geez, I dunno about you blokes - but that's the kind of roads I learnt to drive on, in a '38 Dodge! [:-)

Sure makes you appreciate your "million-dollar-a-km" sealed roads, doesn't it?

In fact, that old film and the old Dodge makes a lot of modern 4WD's look positively "wussy".

Who remembers when the Hume Hwy was a total boghole through Tarcutta in July 1957?

Cars and trucks were being towed through similar conditions as in that old film, by Council graders and farmers tractors!

Here's what the old FJ Holdens had to endure!! I dare not show you what they were doing with the semi-trailers!

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:26

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:26
Sorry, that should have been FX, or more correctly, "48-215" Holdens! [;-)
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 18:06

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 18:06
Ron,
you can call it an FX if you like. We all know that it was an FX in our younger days, stuff the purists.

Drove on many similar roads in both trucks and cars, also pushed/pulled many trucks out with a dozer or tractor.

Stopped at the memorial in Tarcutta recently, and thought about the number of mates I had lost to road accidents over the years.

Mate that inter dozer was the newest up to date model with no cable blade. Ha. Ha.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 23:29

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 23:29
Oooh, Rockape! It's back to the Tractor ID class for you!! [;-)

That ain't no Inter!! It's an Oliver DDH fitted with a hydraulic Bristand Trail Builder blade!

The tractor would have been fairly new, or certainly not more than about 3 or 4 yrs old.

The dreadful conditions of the Hume Hwy in the '57 floods in N.S.W., along with the large number of stranded semi-trailers at Tarcutta (over 300 for a week at one stage) - and the resultant uproar from truckies and the large number of companies dependent on trucking - galvanised the Govt to upgrade that section of the Hume Hwy shortly afterwards.

Several semis overturned in the bogs, one with a load of drums of petrol. The petrol caught fire and the whole lot ended up as toast.

There were so many bogholes along the Hume Hwy, the bogs were given names! - such as the 12 mile and the 27 mile Bogs! (measured from Wagga).
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 07:17

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 07:17
Ron,
definitely got that one wrong. Drove a few old cats 14A D8's with cable bull blades and an old RD4. When we think about it, the roads have come a long way.
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Reply By: Penchy - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 08:02

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 08:02
I wouldn't be so worried about rolling my Patrol over if I could just grab a couple of mates and push it onto it's roof, and roll it over the other side, wind the windows up and carry on driving.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 13:38

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 13:38
Haha, good stuff! I love the guy reaching out the window at 2:21, as if he's helping push the truck along. Maybe he was?! The bit with all the mates rolling the vehicle back onto its wheels then driving away? Priceless.

I can't imagine my modern Nissan plowing through the muck that little Dodge merrily bounced through.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 05:36

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 05:36
Two wheel drive for sure but I wouldn't be surprised if the diff was actually welded solid for those stunts. It was a promotional video from the Dodge Brothers. The punters probably drove their new Dodge home and got stuck in the first mud puddle in the stock version... :-)
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