Philosophical Thursday.......check your spares !!

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:21
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I'm sure you've all had the old '"what if " scenario ....
it's how we learn I believe..?
evolution ??

Scenario 1;
Mid 70's
Young buck with wife & 9 mth old daughter
Took off on a working LAP round Oz
1960's Mk1 LWB Ford Transit, 2ltr mtr (ugly hunk of a boat anchor that was)
Fully decked out as a camper
6 new Uniroyal GT tyres fitted
Nullabor Hwy SA side, still dirt. New road awaited us, snuck on for a few Kms...... just a bit of fun.
Arrived in Perth after wandering about the Goldfields, up to Leonora, S/West etc.
Light bulb moment before we move on from Perth; Better rotate tyres
International Harvester light truck depot - VicPark, Perth.

The bloke had to use a 1.8m breaker bar..and stand on it..... to crack the wheel nuts.....

WT....??

MORAL OF THE STORY;

ALWAYS CHECK YOUR WHEEL NUT TORQUE TENSIONS before the big trip

(Extra Note) well travelled 80 series Toyotas have a known outback habit of breaking wheel studs..so if you are unsure, at least buy a full set as spares ..or replace them before you go....much easier in the conform of your concrete garage floor than groveling in the outback dirt & flies...
Also back left wheel can work itself loose, so if you are doing serious corrugations etc, check studs & nuts daily when having that first beer.

Scenario 2
Move on to 2003; bought a 2000 312D Merc Sprinter MWB, ex ambo & converted it into a camper
Smarter now in 2003 !!
Bought, FROM THE MERCEDES DEALER, a new serpentine & seperate A/C belt, plus a few other necessary but basic spares just in case.

Move to June 2016; 13 years later, planning an extended 17000km WA trip
In one of those reflective moments this week & noting that between 2003 & now we've travelled Adelaide - Darwin, ADL- Cairns, ADL-Tassie and multiple other intra-state trips, 100,000 odd kms in total
Better check the belts / full service etc...plus check the spare belts.....

you guessed it.....

after a bit of research & help from REPCO, neither belts we've carried around for the past 13 years are correct for our particular motor !!!!!!

& THE MORAL IS ?

WHEN BUYING SPARES, CHECK AND RECHECK YOUR VEHICLE'S PARTICULAR BUILD CODES, USE THE VIN & ENGINE #'s and any other identifiers, AS THERE ARE PROBABLY MULTIPLE SUBTLE VARIATIONS IN MANY VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS

....& DONT TRUST THAT THE SPARE PARTS BLOKE GOT IT RIGHT !!!!


Happy travels ExplorOZ possums






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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:29

Thursday, Jun 02, 2016 at 17:29
the air cond in the 312 MB was non genuine air ,crisp air from memory . if victorian ambulance ,
better of pulling the belts off an measuring them ,while you got tools at home to do it ,
cheers mechpete
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 21:04

Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 21:04
How about several outback trips before wondering whether the wheel brace would also fit the camper trailer.

Nah, it didn't!
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 21:39

Friday, Jun 03, 2016 at 21:39
Gday
Way back in the old days, i rode a motor bike from Sydney to Darwin via Hobart. i took all the best spares, plugs and a new chain, i found the chain happened to be two links to short when i went to fit. I also found the fuel tank was to small and pushed the damn thing into garages all along the way. I should have taken a bigger spare fuel can..
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