And You Thought You Needed a Landcruiser

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Apparently 4WD in the Outback is superfluous
Oilfield Dodge 1920

A bit unbelievable given it was only rear wheel drive and they didn't have to crank it to start. they did amazing things, not shown, to advertise cars in those days.
This was the day when cars were cars!!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/nq2jY1trxqg?rel=0


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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:20

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 12:20
Thats a good video but its done the rounds a few times recently.

P.S. I never thought I needed a Landcruiser.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:03

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:03
Good morning Robin
New deep down you know that you would like to have a Landcruiser...

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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:04

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:04
I'm with you Robin. If they're all the same as our boys LC200 we definitely don't need or want one. :-)
The old Dodge would be infintely better.
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Follow Up By: Jack - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:26

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:26
So........what has that clip got to do with Landcuisers?

Trolling I suspect
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:29

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:29
Oh No Alan don't destroy my illusions.

if I had one of Muzbrys deep down desires it would have been for a 200.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:52

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 13:52
hi guys
you couldn't roll any of the modern ones onto the roof and then back onto to the wheels after falling on it's side the way they did in the video without having extensive extra damage air bags igniting and limp home mode syndrome etc
brings back fond memories of when I owned and drove a 1928 oldsmobile canvas top tourer for several years and thousands of km's
both on and off rd /bush excursions it was amazing where it could go with its 12 inch clearance and 20 inch x 4.5inch wide balloon type tyres and do 90miles an hr as well
and with the top and windscreen down it gave 360dgree un-interrupted vision for roo/rabbit/emu shooting
dry sand and/or mud and with such a low center of gravity some very happy memories indeed
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 15:00

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 15:00
@Jack, think you'll find it's just tongue in cheek. Could have said any modern 4wd.

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Follow Up By: Ron N - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 20:39

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 20:39
Mazcan - You were really only doing 50mph in the old '28 Olds - it just FELT like 90mph!! [;-)

I can remember the old man telling me how they had a near-new 4 cyl Chev on the one of the Stations in the Murchison in the early 1930's, and the bloke driving it, wound her up to 55mph across the Gascoyne plains.

The other blokes in the car were screaming at him to stop being a madman with this terrifying speed, or he would get them all killed!!

Cheers - Ron.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 16:33

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 16:33
hi ron
I don't recall you being there !
I was in the car on my own with 2 other vehicles following
the risk and the thrill at the time was mine
I used to be a fast driver everywhere I went with some respect for all road conditions on the day and respected corners and loose gravel etc
I have great respect for speed limits these days and have never lost my licence or more than 2 demerit pts at once
i guess it was just an age thing back in the 60's that I fortunatley survived luckily without mishap unlike many others
some blokes smoked dope, some drank heavy, and some drove fast and quiet a few found the 3 evils didn't go together very well and left behind memories for loved ones
I guess not much has changed when one looks at the past and present its just on a larger scale
cheers barry
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Reply By: landseka - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 18:05

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 18:05
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Reply By: Bob W5 - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 20:31

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 20:31
I love it ! What a great clip. My first off road exploring in the Tallarook state forest was in my ever reliable Datsun 180 B. One Sunday I started heading down steep track in it. I reached a point where going any further down was not an option. It took me 3 hours of strategic rock placing, combined with an 8 point U turn to get out of trouble... Lol....... Ahh but we came out of it with a few scuffs and bruises underneath the Datsun... Drove home ok. Then went back to find some more adventure the next weekend.. Lol.. And then I got a Range rover and my troubles began.. Soon got rid of it and got a Datsun Patrol.! Go you good thing ! Had it for 15 years..
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 08:39

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 08:39
Read an interesting yarn many years ago about a group who drove the first vehicle from Toowoomba to Darwin in a Willys Knight.
They claimed it was a first?, following station tracks and stock routes. Some of the trip was via the (Ghan?) rail line to avoid impassable country.
The car was transported back to Brisbane by cargo ship.
I think the car was owned/sponsored by a Mr. Johnstone.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 09:37

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 09:37
A Kelly Theobold did the Simpson from Birdsville to Mt Dare and return in a 63 VW Bettle not all that long ago ,only modification slightly larger tires.......
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:17

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:17
I can recall back in the mid-1960's, they held the first off-road racing event in the Lancelin Dunes just North of Perth.

All these blokes turned up with some amazing creations - completely home built buggies with every feature under the sun, some powered by V8's and fitted with huge wheels.
Some blokes had utilised all VeeDub drivetrains with their well-known traction.

However - the bloke who won, and who ran rings around them all, was a bloke with a bog-standard petrol SWB Landrover just fitted with a set of wide tyres!
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Reply By: landseka - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:01

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:01
Remember the Redex Trials? FJs, Vanguards, Peugots, Fiats & just about any car that was available at the time belting through country that most of today's off-roaders wouldn't dare go in their glossy Toorak Taxis.
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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:44

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:44
A lot of early 'explorers' , a few (ex) crocodile hunters, gold diggers and many a station worker used a variety of vehicles all over Aus , some went on to make $ doing the picture show rounds and became famous in early Aus exploration history. EG: Alby Mangels, Leylands Brothers, and so on.. Memories of old blitz bus ? I ran around the local scrub in an old datsun 120y at one stage! Agree that modern 4x have too many limitations with the electronics, etc.. should see what still runs in the 'outback' of Burma that I saw on road to Mandalay and up into the mountains there ( Shan state)
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