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Taking Wayne, the 74 Bay around Australia

Discussion in 'Kombi Stories' started by skat66, May 23, 2013.

  1. kombikate

    kombikate Member

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    G'day Garry and Kate, just read your thread, sounds like you guys are having a blast! hows the caboose going? Ive picked up some fantastic rail memoribilla and a couple more Kombi's. Give me a buzz when you get back if you want to have a look. Cheers Shaun (New Gisborne)
     
  2. jennifer lane

    jennifer lane Member

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    Hi,Was great 2 meet u both,Have a great trip home,
     
  3. jennifer lane

    jennifer lane Member

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    Hi Brian,Had about 20 in from the station across the road,They had not been off station for 3mths,we behaved very well compared 2 that mob..
     
  4. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    Come on Jen, we were part of it what with Davo the Station Supervisor and his son. LOL And thanks for the Flip Flap, now with two on the dash, Wayne goes that bit faster.

    We had a quiet night just outside Nullabore in a free camp spot that was good.
    Kombi at Nullabore night stop.jpg

    Then we have moved on to Streaky Bay for tonight. Windy but a very beautiful place. There is a Variety Bash lot here in the caravan park, it might be another heavy party night!!! Funny thing is that Wayne is probably older than the majority of cars that are in the Bash. Someone thought we were part of the support crew.:lol::lol:
    Kombi at Streaky Bay SA.jpg

    Tomorrow on to Coffin Bay

    Wayne is going great now but keeping a careful eye on the temp just in case.

    Hey Shaun,

    Definitely interested in looking. Here is where I am at with the Caboose restoration. Another old thing i am restoring!!!
    Caboose under restoration June13.jpg
     
  5. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    Spent the night in Streaky Bay and went on down to Venus Bay for breakfast
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    and then headed south trying to stick along the coast on the dirt road. Some fantastic coast line along there,
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    should have had my surf board as there was some really good waves.
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    Kombi Sth of Venus Bay Surf up.jpg
     
  6. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    Road started to get sandy and given Steves experience we decided to not push on too far.
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    It started to get really sandy so we stopped and backtracked.
    Kombi Coast VB Sandy.jpg

    After a bit of off roading, we then hit the bitumen and have headed to Coffin Bay for the night and a feed of oysters.
     
  7. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    More of the beautiful Eyre Penninsula and some of the great camping spots around there.

    We stayed at Coffin Bay in the Caravan Park for the night to power up all the batteries and get a hot shower. It was a clean as a whistle but all the eateries in town were closed. Had to fill up on the local Coffin Bay oysters. Was hard to take.
    Kombi at Coffin Bay.jpg

    From there we went and had a look at Port Lincoln and Tumby Bay and on to camping at a beach side site at Point Lipson. Had the whole area to ourselves but it was a cold and windy night. Around 10pm some of the local fishermen got them selves bogged on the beach going night fishing. They were in a Commodore, dont know what they were thinking but we helped them push themselves out after lowering their tire pressure and gathering stones to make a drive way and they dissapeared into the dark. I dont think they were the brightest locals, Dumb and Dumber came to mind but we didnt ask just pushed their car out.
    Kombi at Tumby Bay.jpg
    Kombi at Point Lipson.jpg

    Woke this morning and a beautiful sunny day. Have headed off to the ferry at Cowell and now heading across the Spencer Gulf with dolphins following us across the Gulf. We will drive to Clare toningt and see if we can catch up with Tangles either tonight or tomorrow.
    Kombi on Cowell Ferry.jpg
    Wayne goes sailing!!
    We have now done roads, trains, trucks and boats. Only got to get Wayne airborne for the ultimate finale.
     
  8. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member

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    watching the news 100 km winds comming your way...actually be a tailwind for you
    I had a scare once when driving in a storm...pop top latches all popped at once ..roof started to rise
    take care
    see you soon
    Jerome
     
  9. jennifer lane

    jennifer lane Member

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    Hi, Great pic,s,so much 2 see here in OZ,S.good 2 see you both enjoying your beautiful kombi.Tell Tangles i say hello.
     
  10. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    We have started a straight run for home as the house and pet sitter has has a death in family so we are cutting it a bit short. Stayed in Clare last night and have had to give Tangles a pass this time and heading across to Mildura now then down to Hanging Rock tomorrow.
    The winds are really high and it's a wobbly ride as they are side winds unfortunately. Could be worse, they could be head winds.
     
  11. VanAime

    VanAime Active Member

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    Sorry to hear that. Not a nice reason to have to end your trip.

    The wind should drop by tomorrow morning, but medium to heavy rain is forecast for later tonight and pretty much right through to Tuesday, so enjoy the warmer weather while you can.
     
  12. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    160 km to Mildura then head south and a tail wind. It's really dusty here as the wind blows away the top soil off the ploughed paddocks.
    Still nice blue skies. Not looking forward to the wet and cold again. Roll on summer.
     
  13. Tangles

    Tangles Well-Known Member

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    You didn't miss much. Your original plan of a day touring the Valley in a Kombi is usually a good one. But not today. Blowing a gale and ugly, ugly, ugly ...
     
  14. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    We have finally stopped for the day at Sea Lake in Victoria. It was a wild and windy drive today and hard on the nerves as the van was all over the road. Glad to stop. Just started spitting and I think we are in for rain over night. Will be back in Hanging Rock by lunchtime tomorrow and have got Wayne booked in for a full service and fix all the minor items that need doing with Rosco? in Moorabbin next week. Will detail all the miles and MPG data when I get home and post them and the repairs and costs etc over the weekend.

    Final sleep in the Kombi tonight under wild and wet skies.

    Garry and Kate
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013
  15. skat66

    skat66 Member

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    Departed Hanging Rock on June 6th and returned home today August 17th after nearly 10,000km in Wayne with the final day being cold but sunny.
    Kombi Wayne coming home.jpg

    All in all it has been one great trip and throughly enjoyed by us both.

    Poor Wayne had the following work done on him just before or during the travels.

    Before Departure.
    Full Service,
    Overhaul electricals in front cabin to meet added new fridge,
    New brakes all round,
    Oil Cooler fitted,
    Heater and controls repaired,
    Lowered 2" to meet train height restrictions.

    During Trip (all as a result of earlier mechanics failures)
    Height raised after train trip to Darwin,
    Front Brake replacement, Darwin,
    Heater repaired, would not shut off, Darwin
    Ancillary battery replaced Darwin,

    Electrical fault repaired Broom, Ancillary battery changed to Starter battery and new deep cycle battery fitted as ancillary,
    Upgraded battery charging solar panels from 10w to 80w and added battery charger,

    Rear Brakes replaced Port Headland,

    Temp removal/tie off of oil cooler lines due to routing causing overheating of left head. Perth
    Replace/overhaul left head due to overheating, Perth
    Replace one piston and rings on left bank, Perth
    Replace right head due to pre departure mechanic cross threading plug in hellicoil, Perth

    Total cost of repairs during travels $4800

    Still needed after Trip
    Full Service and tappet adjustment.
    Re design of oil cooling lines and re-fit. 2nd try,
    Sliding Door repaired, 4th try,
    Heater repaired, 3rd try,


    Highest fuel cost $2.28 on Nullabor Plain average fuel outside capitals, $175-$1.85

    Average fuel usage 12-13 litres per 100km.

    Lessons learnt.

    There are a few doggy mechanics out there claiming what work has been done. Check after!
    Oil coolers cool the oil but if the oil lines are routed near the heads, they will cause overheating of the head. There seems to be two schools of thought on them and some mechanics don't have any faith in them anyway.
    The wider gapping of the tappets is highly recommended before departure and re-set every 5000 km or less.
    Having quarter windows in a T2 are great in warmer climates.
    Have insect screens for windows, Lorraine's are great,
    A small blow heater was really good for both cold and as a fan for hot climates.

    To finish off the trip, as Kate kept saying to me, make sure you enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

    Next trip, Cooktown and back.

    Garry and Kate
     
  16. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Brillant trip ... even after all the issues.

    Memories you cant ever lose - wel until dementure sets in!
     
  17. VanAime

    VanAime Active Member

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    Glad to hear to you're home safe and sound without any more dramas. What a heck of a trip and so glad you documented it with pictures so we all could get a grasp of how it felt on the journey.

    Well done to you both and Wayne of course;)
     

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