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    A couple of years back some German tourists bought a HJ47 Landcruiser sight unseen and decided to tour the Wide Brown Land. (Details)

    The seller was rather optimistic about the condition of the said vehicle and Tom and Christiane spent much of their time here in my shed. We had a fantastic time. We tinkered, baked bread, drank wine shot the breeze, they made a lot of friends in Geraldton and when the old bus was finally well enough to tackle the road they explored "The Bush". (Funny story: They found a bush track and followed for a couple of days, they camped and finally came across a locked gate which meant they had to all the way back. Finally made it onto a sealed road in the middle of nowhere - well so they thought. They drove past a paddock with a group of people doing some work on a tractor. A minute later their phone rings. "Was that you who just cruised past our block?" Turns out the people in the paddock were mates they made in Geraldton. Not only that, it was some of their spelt flour they grew that Christiane and I had baked bread with... If they'd let them know they could've opened the gate for them. Anyway, Tomas is a mechanical engineer, he services those machines that shred cars at the end of their life. They pulled the truck into the shade and stayed a couple of days, Tom fixing stuff and Christiane and Amanda baking sourdough spelt bread.)

    Back to my kitchen table. A rather large box arrived the other day with these things in it. There was a book on fermenting and one on making bread, both in English, and a couple of German tool catalogs, both, not surprisingly in German. But, as with all pornography, the text is of little relevance... A while back Tom sees and R8 from a deceased estate in real good condition about to be fed to Jaws. Knowing my weakness he sets to with a spanner and liberated as much as he could. There were new bits and pieces in the boot, to boot. John W has an R8 dash in kilometers that was saved on that day.



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    Hard to imagine but they're actually in better condition than the pic suggests.
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    And I was getting hungry, bloody bumpers.
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    May I have some sourdough spelt bread?

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    Great story.

    A bit of my own info about the vehicle in question.

    I used to live half way to Gero in the wheat belt and my Dad at one stage owned two of those Landcruisers, a tray back ute and a SWB wagon.

    He was used to big American (and Aussie) V8's. Occasionally, Dad had to do a flying trip to Perth and back same day (271km each way) and was used to hitting 160km/h+ in the V8's.

    He did it once in the Landcruiser and it used a whole tank of fuel to do the 271km to Perth so had to fill up to come back...and he got shaken so bad his teeth almost fell out. In my Dad's Scottish vernacular...it was a '...heap of shite...only does 90 flat out'. Ha ha. I can still hear him saying it now, in his gruff voice. This was of course miles per hour. And of course, he was joking and knew the car wasn't made for that job!

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    Edit: actually, I don't think he made it to Perth - I think he had to fill up in New Norcia...
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    Nice. Late model R8 bumpers! And yes, it is in a box marked appropriately. Not yet installed. I have suspicion that all is needed is to replace the glass with the metric numbers - they aren't precision instruments!! Thanks again for it. Not to mention the doors.....
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    On the open road their old Bus was good for 90 kph. Not popular with the road trains that had to go around them.

    its still here, if any of you adventurers want take on the Great Outdoors give us a call...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whippet View Post
    May I have some sourdough spelt bread?
    Sure.

    Let me know when you hit the road. Just give me 48 hrs to get the wort stirred up...
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    I vaguely recall 3-4 mpg from an early Land-Cruiser in low-range bush work in South Australia perhaps 45 years ago. That 90 mph was genuine (I know from experience), and if anyone remembers the cruising ability of the Series IIA or Series III Land-Rovers at the same time, it was just amazingly fast.

    So, sourdough, R8 bumpers and Toyota Land-Cruisers: that's what I call a diverse thread.

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    When he said "Look what I've got on the kitchen table" I was expecting something like this.......
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    Very funny.
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    Ahh, so that sort of confirms Dad's figures. I know from experience he would have had it flat the whole way - he was legend with the traffic cops who in those days had luridly coloured Torana XU-1's, Chargers and the like - ie. not in Police livery. By the way, we owned a service station so fuel wasn't an issue!

    As a French aside, I distinctly remember Dad calling me over to a browny-beige DS with the bonnet open on the servo forecourt and marvelling at how small the engine was for the size of the car; his point of reference being a 360ci Rambler or some such crammed in.



    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    I vaguely recall 3-4 mpg from an early Land-Cruiser in low-range bush work in South Australia perhaps 45 years ago. That 90 mph was genuine (I know from experience), and if anyone remembers the cruising ability of the Series IIA or Series III Land-Rovers at the same time, it was just amazingly fast. Cheers


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    When he said "Look what I've got on the kitchen table" I was expecting something like this.......
    Yeah, poor bloke. Sometimes they ain't got no respect.

    Salsa had a big night. Again...

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