Lake Wells Track - has anyone done it?

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:27
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G'day,

Does anyone know if the road (track??) from Deleeta Station along the Lake Wells Road is passable, condition etc?

Does it still exsit - even!

This is in a remote area of W.A. about 140 kms north of Laverton, W.A.

Ta,

Bilbo
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Reply By: Sparkiepete - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 13:16

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 13:16
Sorry Bilbo I can't help you with the Question but I was wondering about fuel figures for the new donk.
Maybe you posted it already but I've been on holidays and am really curious if having a oversized motor with heaps of torque helps with economy. i figure average 16L per hundred for something like that would be pretty good.

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Sparkiepete
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 19:58

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 19:58
G'day Sparkie.

I'm still working on this. The truck hasn't done much yet as I'm still fitting it out - all it does is go from one driveway to the other! All the mileage so far has been towing my van in ( and out!!! ) for warranty work and running around town for bits etc.

It's gonna be interesting how it works out. From first and uncalibrated impressions I reckon it's gonna work out very close to my previous 100 series TD Landcruiser.

I'll be in touch.

Nice drawer system by the way!

Bilbo
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:44

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:44
SparkiePete,

Below are the figures copied directly from my Excel spreadsheet.

Date Opening Closing Litres Kms per Litres per
24/4/06 Kms Kms used Litre 100 kms MPG
272380 272760 63.19 6.01 16.63 16.99

The kms travelled were a combination of city driving and 80 kms towing a 2 tonne caravan in traffic, with the odd "heavy foot" to listen to that V8!

So whilst it seems not quite as good as my former Landcruiser, it's not too bad. I used to get 16 to 17 litres per 100 kms (17 mpg) when towing a 2.8 tonne van on a long trip (non-city) with the 100 series TD 'Cruiser.

Bilbo

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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:47

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:47
Well!! That didn't come out too good did it!!

Here they are again:

Kms per litre = 6.01

Litres per 100 kms = 16.63

MPG = 16.99

Over a distance of 380 kms as described above.

Bilbo
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Follow Up By: Sparkiepete - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 13:39

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 13:39
Thanks for the reply Bilbo. I was curious because I towed a 600Kilo odd campertrailer across the range at Mt Perry, QLD to Cania Gorge and returned 19 litres/100K with a petrol 3.2L v6 Jackaroo. Normally only use 13L/100K. I figured having more torque and power means less revving and reasonable fuel economy.
Sounds like a ripper of a 4WD.

Regards
Sparkiepete
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 13:18

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 13:18
Bilbo

Try this site Site Link

VICTORIA DESERT TOURS

Richard
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 20:04

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 20:04
Richard,

Thanks for the link. However, it doesn't help much as he doesn't mention track conditions. But it certanly gives me some idea, as the De La Poer Ranges are in the right direction. I've spent a lot of time south east of Deleeta Station - gold country - now I want to head out further north east in the search for more.

It's certainly great looking country - gold or no gold.

Thanks mate,

Bilbo
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