The old pajero rescues another car.

Submitted: Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 09:32
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My son has a friendly go at me for driving the old pajero now and then.
But he and his mates don't have a dig at me so often when it comes to the rescue , again.

Got a phone call Saturday night from one of his mates looking for my son. Broken done in his modified MX5, looking for a tow. Son hadn't got back from the round of the Qld rally championships being run that day (they went well, got a 2nd fastest on one stage and 4th overall in his freind's EVO IX).

Found him at the other side of Brisbane sat on the side of the road with the diff gone. Some expensive noises coming from it when we pushed it. So we towed it home. He had gone for a run and was keeping a 6l V8 Statesman honest in his turbo'd MX5.

So far:.
Rescued the racing beetle from Willowbank on a car trailer.
Picked up a beetle for restoration.
Returned a broken down modified EVO IIIV home from the drags. (Expensive sub 13sec 1/4 mile.)
Moved an off road buggy.
Transported tyres a few times for his mates rally car, and his race beetle.
Done a few recces for different rallies.
Done a couple of night runs out the back roads of SE Qld.
(He prefers the pajero, not as much damage hitting wild life, and it handles creek crossings better)
Helped out on the interclub challenge doing the motorkana on grass. (Managed to get the pajero up on two wheels sliding around a flag, which was a bit scary, while testing the 'circuit')

So the old slow diesel pajero is useful after all! And not such a slug.
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Reply By: Member - Paul C (NSW) - Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 14:30

Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 14:30
Nothing wrong with the old diesel pajeros at all.

Bought an 11T snatch strap when I first got mine.
It's been used to extract Patrols,Cruisers,Landrovers,Tritons, Hiluxes and even the new Pajero but I've never needed it for myself.

Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:28

Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:28
NK?

Looks good.

Just had to replace the head at 300,000k, some one driving it didn't see the temp gauge go up and stop in time. Cracked head.
Looking at the bores, would have been at least another 200,000k in the engine.
Oh well, got a low water alarm in the system now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul C (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:17

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:17
NL.
Bugger about the head.
With bigger tyres and fully loaded, noticing my temp gauge starts to climb on the bigger hills now.
Bit less right foot and all is sweet.
Didn't buy the paj to break any speed records.

Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:09

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:09
Interesting.

Never had any water temp problems in mine, until the recent slow leak at a hose :o(. Always stayed about level on the gauge.

I am running 235/85 16 - 32" OD.

But I have played with the turbo boost and the fuel settings, after installing an EGT and boost gauge.
Found that the boost function on the fuel pump really puts a lot of fuel into the system on full boost.

Now running a max of 16 psi instead of the factory 11psi. But you don't have to use it just because it is there :o) Left the fuel setting where it is, maybe a touch backed off, and a lot less soot blowing at full throttle, and more power.

Also found with the EGT that even though max torque is 2000 rpm, and I used to drive it on 2200 to 2600 up hills (seems to be a sweet spot on mine) , I am better changing down early.
Can get 700 deg at 2200 rpm in 4th at full throttle, but about same speed in 3rd at 3000 rpm gives about 580 deg C. More air pumping through must help reduce the temps.

Like you, don't push it that hard, but it keeps going all day and puts the miles away if you want.
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Reply By: Col88 - Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:20

Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:20
Paul C,

That avatar pic, that isn't out the back of Lake Lyell is it?

Looks really familiar. If it is, I was trying to work out a way of getting a pic like that without having to stand in the middle of the creek.

Go the Paj!
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:25

Monday, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:25
The pajero with the roof rack is the Flinders Ranges.
The CT on the members page is Currawinya National Park in SW Qld.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul C (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 10:33

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 10:33
Col
You're spot on. It is out the back of Lake Lyall.
As for the pic, send in the wife or kiddies!
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Reply By: Col88 - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:15

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 23:15
That looks about the depth it was on the Australia Day weekend.

Driving along thinking "How much deeper is this getting" in my petrol Pajero with no snorkel!
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:12

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:12
When I see water that deep, or maybe deeper, I start thinking of putting a tarp on the front just in case.
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