A bush fix could get you home at times!

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 17:38
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Vehicles seem to have been more reliable in the last 15yrs or so, as theres very little mentioned about having to do a rugged repair to keep going.

fencing wire, tape of all sorts, a bag of mixed bolts and nuts, gunk for a holed radiator and pepper!!!, were only a few things that some carried lol.

A friend of mine snapped a rear axle housing on his ute up in the gulf country (No it wasn't a Toyota) so ended up jacking it up and putting a log up from the diff and chaining it up to the chassis he got it to a place where a proper repair could be done. dirt roads where a god send at times.

There miust be a few stories out there in regard to a successful bush fix lol.

Cheers Axle.







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Reply By: smwhiskey - Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:12

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:12
There was this time when the coffee machine broke and in desperation we Nescafe 43 bean instant.

But I wouldn't call that a successful fix.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:30

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:30


Here’s my claim to fame. We split an intercooler hose which took some finding.
The photo shows the third or fourth iteration which finally held the pressure.
We were towing the camper at the time so going easy on it wasn’t really an option. It got us home and then some.
Silicon tape is what we used with cable ties to hold it in place. Silicon tape travels with me everywhere now, I have found a few uses for it and highly recommend carrying some.
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:34

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 19:34
Here’s another from our last trip in September. Rolled 2 tyres off the rims towing across Fraser and had to winch the car up a tree to reset the bead with a 12v compressor. Then did more of the same for the rear. We were lucky to get away with it.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 21:00

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 21:00
That silicone rescue tape they sell at the 4wd shows works very well on intercooler hoses.
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:06

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:06
Hi Gbc , I like your jack...lol.

Got yourself out of trouble, That's what i'm on about.

You did well ! ,better than sitting there with a text book and a set of feeler gauges.

Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:58

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:58
What do they say about necessity being the mother of all invention? I saw The Gods must be Crazy haha. Like most of us these days, I had 2 perfectly good hi lift jacks - at home in the shed.
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Reply By: Batt's - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 02:27

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 02:27
More reliable ? Sorry if I don't agree I 've had 2 new cars in the past 11yrs both plauged with problems, not just minor things stuff that put them off the road my 26yr old GQ 525,000km has had less problems just been replacing things that wear out.
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:17

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 08:17
G/Day Batts, Maybe I cross threaded that a bit.

Some of the bits might be more reliable.


My builder mate had a GQ,and yes reliable as.,700,000kms without dramas.


Cheers Axle,
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 09:24

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 09:24
I know of or been involved with a few.

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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 09:58

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 09:58
Beautiful repairs Phil...lol...beats walking. ,What was in the air cleaner?


Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:01

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:01
Accacia flowers - - we were in terrain as shown below

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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 21:04

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 21:04
Axle, a couple of years ago mates got this early Aussie Swag camper back from Arnhem Land to Katherine for repairs, thanks to the high light jack and a come-along, the shaft of the high lift was used in the main cross beam and the come-along held it all together. I thought I had a pic of it find together but can't it.
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Follow Up By: axle - Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 09:59

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 09:59
Hi John &Jan.


I Bet more than OOPS!, was said when he saw that..lol.

It was good he got going again with a bit of self engineering.


Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 19:27

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 at 19:27
Have done a few bush fixes over the years, Axle, mainly to make sure we didn’t miss out on the next meal!
A couple of us had gone out to a bore, some kms south of Desmond’s Passage, on the Victoria H’way, in NT in a Landcruiser FJ45. At sometime during the return trip, we noticed an occasional noise of the engine fan hitting the radiator shroud. On inspection, an engine mount seemed to be u/s, a common occurrence on these old models.

Just as we “hit” the h’way, the fan suddenly interacted with the shroud in a big way. The other engine mount had lost all bolts, causing the engine to tip over enough to cause a drama. We had 2 crowbars in the back, and inserted these over the chassis, on each side & under the sump, and “Cobb ‘n Co’d” the outer ends onto the bull bar. Worked okay, and managed to get back to the station without any further dramas.

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Reply By: RobynR4 - Friday, Oct 25, 2019 at 21:01

Friday, Oct 25, 2019 at 21:01
We did a leaf spring on the trailer on the Savannah Way and had to do the ol' log strapped underneath!
Hubby is a damn brilliant fitter and machinist whom I'm convinced can fix anything. He'd driven 'how many k's' telling me about how to do it, and then we needed to.
He then drove 'how many k's' telling me why he had steel rims in case we ever ran out of spares and had to drive on a flat tyre and the rim...and yep, we had to put that one into practise too.
He's only allowed to think those things now. I forbid him to jinx us by saying it out loud!!

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