Old technology still works

Submitted: Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 20:57
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Today being a bitterly cold day here in Pboro 600m asl, I had to drive to a neighbouring town. My Patrol is parked in the Flinders and the missus demanded the Commodore so I had to fire up my old '67 Valiant slant 6 for the journey. Had not started it for a month and after about ten kicks at the accellerator she fired up. Took another 5 minutes to warm up and to get the gearbox oil hot otherwise you go nowhere. Drove down to the servo and filled it up with juice(unleaded and Flash) and pumped the tyres up as well. Very soon we were winging our way along the black top at 70mph(yep over the speed limit) with the wind whistling along the side pillars. She drives beautifully with no power steering( just don't try parking it) and the extractors give that deep resonance which emanates from the exhaust.

Old technology...ever so reliable.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:03

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:03
I would have thought an old traditionalist like yourself would have had a datsun 1600 or a 180B in the shed mate.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:17

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:17
Well I have the Datto except it has a Nissan badge.....:-)

Wouldn't mind one of those square Datsun 1600 SSS machines. They were the go when I was a hoon but I could only afford a Cortina !
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:06

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:06
Good to see you got the old girl out for a run mate ,

Got your email mate , will start looking for your new girl .
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:29

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:29
Thanks mate....will be in touch
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:22

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:22
Eric............

Do us all a favour............. make sure it's ORANGE!!!

Cheers

Wolfie
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Reply By: duncs - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:08

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:08
And I'll bet you weere grinning from ear to ear to. The old Val ran like a dream and no boys in blue, or should I say kahki, to spoil your day.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:32

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:32
Tell you what Duncs...would have been a brave person standing out on the road today with the temp around 5 degrees plus windchill factor...brrrrrrr
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Follow Up By: duncs - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:43

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 17:43
Tell me about it Willem, I spent the afternoon standing at the side of a soccer field in the shorts and yellow T Shirt of an assistant ref here in the Hill
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:08

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:08
I know Judith... she is a soft and gentle woman. She wouldn't demand the Commodore!! She just wanted you to relive the 70's - hair tied back in a ponytail, tie-dye shirt on, leather sandles, flower in your hair and taking the Purple Valiant into town. Ahhh - the 60's

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:50

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:50
Ahhhh the 60's....When I was in Bagdad...you were in Dadbag...When I was in uniform...you were in liquidform.....bah!....you weren't born then young fella :-)
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:26

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:26
Dad............. dad............ is that you?

Oh my god.......... Mum said you were............

Dad.......... it's Wolfie........... remember me?

"Mum!!......... Dad's on the internet!!"
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:05

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:05
They do day "if you remember the 60's...... you weren't really there!!!!"
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:15

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:15
Willem, your story bought back tears of joy, the old slant 6 eh? I had an XW good as gold, sadly sold it when I ran out of room in the driveway and my daughter of 20 has always said I should have kept him (Ian his name was). Yer gues she's right darnit.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:54

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:54
I am about to add a fourth vehicle(a two person household) to the yard and there is still no shed. SWMBO has hinted that maybe we should divest ourselves of some of the wheels but we never seem to get that far. But at least I have less vehicles than Mr&Mrs Al !!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 23:24

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 23:24
Hey Willie,
Speaking of Mr & Mrs Al, we just got back from Clare after having tea with them, as well as Glenn and Michelle and the Pesty's.....good night all round.
Pesty's getting all exited cos you're talking about changing camps (from a reliable Nissan to a hit & miss yota).
Catchya mate and enjoy the rest of your trip.
BTW: how many jerrys can you fit across the back seat of the Valiant?? hahaha
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 13:08

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 13:08
Roachie....Hmmm yes..but I have had 3 Nissans and only 2 Toyotas...so this will even up the score.

I can fit about 10 jerries in the boot of the Valiant and another 7 inside on the back seat...lets see...thats 340lts plus a 70lt tank...410lts at 15/100...I reckon Pboro to Darwin in one hit.......

Will catch up again around 1st August....be good now, eh?
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Reply By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:48

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 07:48
no shed to house them? golly gosh where does a man need to go at your place to have a quiet ale or two....a mans shed is his castle
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 13:10

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 13:10
I do have a shed for an ale or two but it is a tad small. Need to buyild a shed..when have you got some time off???
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:50

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 18:50
Willem - the new shed at the racetrack is perfect - 80 feet wide and 180 feet long. How many Yota's can we fit in it in one go? Nearly got a roof on and having the roof wetting party Thursday night. It's some shed.
all Ian's fault.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:11

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:11
got some time off very early august
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:13

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 20:13
ruth...what a shed...forget about the toyota's...how many fridges can I fit is what I am pondering
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 19:50

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 19:50
Biggest mobs I reckon.
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