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    I recently drove my 2CV - Daffy Duck along the Anne Beadell Highway between WA/SA
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    At Mildura, on our way to Kalgoorlie, we heard some thumping under the passengers seat. It was the front passenger side shock absorber mount which had broken. We managed to get it welded just before midday on a Saturday.

    First day out of Laverton on the Anne Beadell, the shock absorber mount broke. Fortunately it was near the Yeo Lake abandoned homestead. That night it rained and most slept dry on the veranda. The next day we flipped Daffy on its side after taking out the spare wheel and battery. The spare wheel was to support Daffy whereas the battery was needed for welding. Two batteries joined negative of first to positive of second gives a 24 volt battery. The positive of the first battery is connected to the body by a jumper lead. The other jumper lead from the second battery negative terminal is used to hold the welding stick. Always weld negative to positive. To help things along, the welding rods were heated in the fire and gingerly removed using pliers.

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    Both the Monroe shock absorbers were removed from the front and replaced by old used shock absorbers.
    A few days later, I hit a deep hole hard, breaking the shock absorber. Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0175.jpg
    Then a rear shock absorber snapped its securing bolt, which was replaced. Finally I damaged the front rim and had the other rear shock absorber break its securing bolt, but since we had no spares, we disposed of the shock absorber and drove back to Sydney on 3 shocks (fortunately it was a rear shock and makes little difference to the car. Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0283.jpgAnne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0286.jpg

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    Still, all in all, it was a great trip. Both Daffy and I had similar conclusions...Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_9966.jpgAnne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0334.jpg John

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    So - the last picture - did you really mean it, and does the decision still hold now you are home?

    I suppose the proper question is not "Did you mean it" but "What did you mean"? Never again will you bend a rim, or never again will you break a shock mount?

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    Legendary....
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
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    Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    1986 2CV6
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
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    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    DS23 1973 Pallas

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    Bush mechanics

    Great read, great adventure
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    Yeah well done John

    Sound like a trip to be repeated "One day" reminds me of adventures with Austin sevens and the bush fixes that kept them going.


    How did the modern day traffic on the sealed highways treat you? Trucks at night used to be quite respectful of small vintage slightly slower vehicles, is that still the experience.

    Hope you get to do many more (and post the pics)

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    Looks like a great trip, despite the breakages.
    How did the other cars in your party fair on the trip?

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    We started off with one Acadiane and four 2CVs Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_9859.jpg.

    The Acadiane had a parking problem Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0186.jpgbut no mechanical damage.

    The red/white Dolly broke securing screws holding the rear suspension to the chassis Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0340.jpg

    The red/black Charleston had front chassis forks bending, so a fillet of shaped steel was welded to strengthen them Anne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0241.jpgAnne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0244.jpgAnne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0248.jpgAnne Beadell Highway - A Shocking Tale-img_0249.jpg

    The olive/cream 4WD 2CV escaped serious problems. That car and the yellow van are both excellently prepared having both done this trip twice before, hence the name of this trip was 3MU - the third trip to EMU where the British atomic bombs were detonated.

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    The olive/cream 4WD 2CV escaped serious problems. That car and the yellow van are both excellently prepared having both done this trip twice before, hence the name of this trip was 3MU - the third trip to EMU where the British atomic bombs were detonated.

    John
    So you will not need Xrays ever again?
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