long term report on TONI

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Long term report on TONI

With the previous 3.0ltr post in mind I thought it was an appropreate time to list the long term report on TONI.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 20:20

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 20:20
Colin

A wonderful tale of inventiveness, tenacity and endurance.
Well done.


Cheers
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 20:27

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 20:27
Cheers Willem, How's the trip going????
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:01

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:01
G'day Colin

Just under a month to go. Getting worried that we have too much gear! Started packing dry tucker today......springs are bending on the trailer....lol Still we are going to be around 30 days in the bush with no access to shops so need to carry sufficient supplies.


Cheers
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:41

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:41
Willem
I was out with Peter Blakeman today on Stockton Beach, he was upset he could not join you on the pending trip but wishes you well "wherever" it may be.
Colin.
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Reply By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:00

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:00
Congratulations Colin - seems you've beaten the boss's at Nissan - got the best of both worlds now.

Have you considered going the safari kit - for SWMBO at the lights of course!


Tim - Stratford.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:26

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:26
"got the best of both worlds now"
Certainly a mechanical masterpiece to get reliability splicing that engine into a Patrol (credit to all involved) but can't help think that if looking for the best of both worlds it would have been far easier to start with a Toyota & fit a stronger running gear :-)
Cheers Craig...........
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:48

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:48
Thanks Tim, I really hope someone at Nissan is totally Pi55ed off by what I have done. Mission accomplished.

Crackles,
Your comments are not a bit biased are they, LOL.

Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 20:34

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 20:34
Completely biased Colin but then I'd swap to a Pootrol in a flash given a decent engine. Heck I bought the missus a Jeep Wrangler so that of things should show I'm not that fussy :-))
Cheers Craig..............
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:27

Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:27
Thanks for the update Colin,

I was actually surprised that the niggles were so few in number. Guess careful planning and sound engineering pays in the long run.

Many happy years ahead.

Matt.

P.S. You know the routine...............
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:41

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:41
Yes I do, NO
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 18:45

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 18:45
Colin,

Pleasure to bump into you today at the Nth bound Caltex, good also to see Toni live.

Hope you and the rest of your crew enjoyed Stockton.
We ended up with 47 vehicles for the Camp Quality Day on the beach, the rain didn't dampen spirits

The children had a ball and the highlight was the sand boarding.

Catch up with you out there,

Tony aka Bludge
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:44

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 19:44
Glad to hear you all had a wonderful day on the dunes, we did too when the showers passed, and like the kids, we had some fun boarding the dunes.
See you on the track somewhere Tony.
Cheers Colin.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 20:56

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 20:56
Great read Colin.

As I've said before, you've got some balls to tackle such a project.

My experience over the years of blokes doing ambitious transplants is that they simply don't work. Numerous unforeseen problems occur and gremlins seem to continually pop up their ugly heads.

That you have completed it successfully says something about your mind; good planning, preparation, and using the right people.

Management, in a word.

In the finest Irish tradition "I dips me lid to you"

Well done.

Regards,

Jim.


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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:57

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:57
Thanks Jim, Cheers, Colin.
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Reply By: Chev-Patrol 6.5 V8 D - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:00

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:00
Good to read that TONI is still giving you and your family great pleasure. I do agree with you that this is a better engine option than the Chev 6.5 V8 (except for the "growl factor"...hahaha).

It would good to see somebody like Brunswick Diesel (or an east coast equivalent), turn this type of conversion into an everyday option. It would have to be a cheaper and better all-round option once the adaptors were put into mass production.

Cheers and many more happy klicks......

Roachie
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:55

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 21:55
G'day Roachie
Hope your car is better now that the cracked chassis would be fixed.

Your statement about a supplier of said conversions is about to come true. Jason Dymock, Total care 4WD Seven Hills NSW, the mad genius behind this coversion is working towards that right now. He does about ten 80sr conversions a year right now and has a couple of Nissans about ready to undergo the "treatment" soon.

Cheers Colin.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 22:23

Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 22:23
Good one Colin.

Pleased to see it's all working well.

Cheers
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