23 Sleeps to Wiluna 2010

Submitted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 13:12
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Works in progress.
Got the long range tank fitted this morning. Total capacity is now 268L.
600KG OME shocks and springs will be fitted next week.
The white stick on stuff is what Toyota use when transporting their vehicles .
I have not quite finished yet. A bit more to go on, tidy it up,and then some art work.
John .B and I meet up with Scrubby and Warwick for departure on the 18th of June..23 more sleeps. I can hardly wait.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 13:17

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 13:17
Jeff

I suppose you will chuck the Canning into the return leg, just because you can.
And why not, you will see some amazing sites out there..

Read some of my posts about tyre pressures, and if there is anything you need to know, just send me an email

Cheers
And good luck
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:09

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:09
Bucky.
We are doing part of the Canning.Then across to Alice ,Chambers Pillar,Old Andado,Mt Dare, Simpson, and Melbourne..I will check you pressure posts.
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Reply By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:02

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:02
Jeff,

I'm stuck on an oil rig in the middle of the Tasman Sea, blowing a gale, pouring rain and covered in crap. I too am couting down the days. Our bus is ready to rock and roll ! Home on the 18th then freedom as we head up to sunny,warm Wiluna!
See ya there! wahooo...

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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:16

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 14:16
Struth!
You couldn't pay me enough money to go out on one of those things. They have a habit of blowing up and sinking.lol.
See ya in Wiluna

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Follow Up By: Member - V8Diesel (WA) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 19:07

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 19:07
Itching to go. Taking a Pioneer CT up with us now too which will make life a bit easier for multiple setups along the way.
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:09

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:09
Could be reasonable during the day but more than likely very cold at night. Especially with clear skies, so come prepared. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:14

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:14
If you are taking a Pioneer CT on the Gunbarrel or the Canning, do something about the springs before you go.
They are a great camper, but like many are way too heavily sprung, almost everything we owned in the CT was damaged on that trip.
Since we returned I have had several conversations with the suspension manufacturers & on their recommendation, fitted lighter duty springs, I am even considering fitting lighter ones again.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 14:09

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 14:09
hi there
on 3 trips i've done via wiluna at that time of year it is common to have minus 4/5 deg mornings and also on the csr but by 10am
its usually shorts and singlets / t-shirts until nightfall
enjoy the experience
cheers
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 20:35

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 20:35
Hi Jeff,
our preparations are running to schedule also .
oil change for truck and a haircut for the driver in the week before departure is about all thats outstanding.
undecided if leaving pm 18th or early am 19th but expect to get to Coober Pedy for lunch on monday 21st.
will need to stock up on fresh vegies/fruit in pt augusta due to quarantine points .
see you in CP or on the Anne Beadell
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 20:54

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 20:54
Howard
We will probably catch up in CP.
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Follow Up By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 18:31

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 18:31
one up on you there.
Got my hair cut last week, by a mate from the RSA told him I needed a cut that would last for 3 months!!.
Looks OK to me any way.
Got the pass from the Dr. all go for leaving home Monday morning.
Timing with floods permitting, I will be all ears on the UHF at Coober Pedy about the same time.
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Good point I hadn't thought about the vege barrier. Oh dear more dried stuff and rice and porridge.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:19

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 19:19
Russ
Where is your starting point?
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Follow Up By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 06:18

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 06:18
Hi Jeff
I land in Brisbane about midday Monday. Get the Troopy off the jack stands and tyres re inflated.
Hope to make Toowoomba same day.
Stock up and get the shocks upgraded and try to beat the Cooper Creek before it crosses the Birdsville Track.
If all goes to plan I hope to be waiting there with the cameras and record the flood front coming down.
from there onto Coober Pedy via William Creek.
Thinking again about the fruit and vege thing I should be OK coming this way?
Russ
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:15

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 22:15
268 litres? The servo in Wiluna should easily be able to get 300 litres in that then!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:22

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:22
I topped it up today.
Took 250 Litres at $1.28 total $320
I can imagine how much different it will be at some of the remote spots.
I will be checking prices before I leave and with this range I will be able to plan the most economical refills .

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:37

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:37
What I was alluding to, was the fact that in Wiluna they managed to get over 70 litres into my just under half full 90 litre tank, they also managed to get 23 litres into a 20 litre army style jerry can.
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Follow Up By: Jumankum - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 18:58

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 18:58
Just back from the Canning etc and found the pump at Wiluna seemed to under charge rather than over charge. All three vehicles in our group got the best economy figures ever from Kalgoorlie to Wiluna. Like 2 litres per 100klm better
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:25

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:25
Jeff/Howard,

My preparations are also well advanced having just done a shakedown trip through the North Flinders to Coober Pedy and return. ;)
Will have the mechanic give the vehicle a once over before I leave for Willuna about the same time as you. Our plan is for Steve B and I to meet you guys at Coober Pedy for the trip across the Anne Beadell to Wiluna.
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