Kombis to the Kape OTL 08

It has been awhile since we touched base however our commitment to
the Syncro community hasn't faded any. We are still amazed at the
meeting of like minded souls and the hospitality given to us along
our journey in the form of driveways to sleep in, hot meals to share
and the conversations which lead to friendships we had never known
would come our way (It has now been over 3 years since we left WA).
As we have said before it is Andrew that looks for the opportunity to
swerve them off the road and talk tyres, heights, weights, or
whatever else can be fitted into five minutes or should l say five
hours!

East coasters can rest assured we have left the ocean and headed
inland to the centre of Australia then north to where we currently
reside in Darwin. Before too long we shall start our journey back to
the WEST through the Kimberley, Pilbara and back to Perth where this
trip all began. Not before more Syncro meetings we hope.

Speaking of Syncro's and meeting we had intended to drop you all a
line after the Cape York adventure with some 4WD photos and stories
covering the Overland Telegraph Line Track (OTL) but as usual we got
sidetracked with earning a dollar and time has now lapsed. In any
event we will attempt to fill you in on some `track' action and have
included some `hair raising' shots in the photo gallery. The story
that accompanies the photos is in the files section. Brian was first
in with the overview of the `Kombis to the Kape' trip and has already
explained some parts of the journey, we will just cover the OTL Track
in the following story
Thanks also to those that have shared their photos with
us and we hope no-one minds if you see them on this site. l am sure
we almost have every square metre of the Cape covered between us all!
I know some of the photos are not of T3 Syncro's, but we felt that
the effort that everyone went to attempting this amazing journey was
worthy of recognition, oh and they are VW's also!

Enjoy

Andy and Mel in OSSYNCRO (still!)
Andy/Mel,

Great photos - these kombi's are amazing with the terrain they can
traverse - looks like you all had a great time with very minimal
damage.

How has you rig handled the various tour around Oz?
Any mechanical or other problems of note?
Anything you would add or change if you did it again?

Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.

Cheers,

Scott


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Andy" <ossyncro@...>
wrote:
>
> It has been awhile since we touched base however our commitment to
> the Syncro community hasn't faded any. We are still amazed at the
> meeting of like minded souls and the hospitality given to us along
> our journey in the form of driveways to sleep in, hot meals to
share
> and the conversations which lead to friendships we had never known
> would come our way (It has now been over 3 years since we left
WA).
> As we have said before it is Andrew that looks for the opportunity
to
> swerve them off the road and talk tyres, heights, weights, or
> whatever else can be fitted into five minutes or should l say five
> hours!
>
> East coasters can rest assured we have left the ocean and headed
> inland to the centre of Australia then north to where we currently
> reside in Darwin. Before too long we shall start our journey back
to
> the WEST through the Kimberley, Pilbara and back to Perth where
this
> trip all began. Not before more Syncro meetings we hope.
>
> Speaking of Syncro's and meeting we had intended to drop you all a
> line after the Cape York adventure with some 4WD photos and stories
> covering the Overland Telegraph Line Track (OTL) but as usual we
got
> sidetracked with earning a dollar and time has now lapsed. In any
> event we will attempt to fill you in on some `track' action and
have
> included some `hair raising' shots in the photo gallery. The story
> that accompanies the photos is in the files section. Brian was
first
> in with the overview of the `Kombis to the Kape' trip and has
already
> explained some parts of the journey, we will just cover the OTL
Track
> in the following story
> Thanks also to those that have shared their photos with
> us and we hope no-one minds if you see them on this site. l am sure
> we almost have every square metre of the Cape covered between us
all!
> I know some of the photos are not of T3 Syncro's, but we felt that
> the effort that everyone went to attempting this amazing journey
was
> worthy of recognition, oh and they are VW's also!
>
> Enjoy
>
> Andy and Mel in OSSYNCRO (still!)
>
Hey Scott

We have made it to Kununurra which is back in the state we started
the trip in (W.A.). We have been three years and five months so far
and you could say that the syncro has handled the journey extremely
well.

As far as mechanical problems we have had no real major break downs,
just the usual wear and tear items. A universal joint failure, worn
out shock absorbers and a few exhaust leaks here and there. Things
like brake pads can't be included but I will add sometimes it can be
difficult to locate the replacement parts in some areas of Aus. Even
though parts like the shocks were new when we started, the amount of
dirt roads we travel on is going to accelerate the wear on any new
components. The only other issues we have faced related to the engine
conversion we undertook in Vic. We do the maintenance ourselves
regularly ( yes we have changed engine oil in a quiet back corner of
a national park, disposing of the oil in an appropriate manor might I
add) so we keep a close eye on things.

Would we change anything if we did it again? No!
The syncro is such a versatile machine, daily driver, weekend
shopper, Sunday car, camper, work van, fishing truck, rock hopper,
kid's taxi etc. and you can set it up to suit your own requirements.
For long term traveling what we have found as an advantage where
things like the side awning for shelter, long range fuel tank for
extra distance, large water tank and good fridge operation.

Different people place different priorities on their
traveling/camping. Some prefer pop top to solid roof, cooking inside
or outside, large bed or small, fast pack up to slow. Finding what
suits your individual requirements and comfort level is the key. We
took a lot of short trips from Perth before we left to see what
worked for us and there were many adjustments in the early stages!

Whether you have a trakka van or standard ex telecom the performance
of the syncro is ideal for travel in Australia. They are superb both
on the road and off. Gravel roads, beaches, muddy tracks the syncro
is equipped to tackle all. We encourage everyone to get out there and
use the syncro for what it is designed for because there is so much
to see in this big brown land of ours!

Cheers
Andy












- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Scott" <kombi4x427lc@...>
wrote:
>
> Andy/Mel,
>
> Great photos - these kombi's are amazing with the terrain they can
> traverse - looks like you all had a great time with very minimal
> damage.
>
> How has you rig handled the various tour around Oz?
> Any mechanical or other problems of note?
> Anything you would add or change if you did it again?
>
> Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Scott
>
Andrew & Melissa,
 
Thanks for the summary.  You two must get the award for the Trakka Trekkers Extraordinary.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 12:10 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Kombis to the Kape OTL 08


Hey Scott

We have made it to Kununurra which is back in the state we started
the trip in (W.A.). We have been three years and five months so far
and you could say that the syncro has handled the journey extremely
well.

.

Um....let me rephrase that! 
 
It's not a Trakka.  It was Melissa who researched and designed the camping side of it.
 
Given the three years and five months, you have certainly put it to a conclusive test.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Les Harris
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Kombis to the Kape OTL 08

Andrew & Melissa,
 
Thanks for the summary.  You two must get the award for the Trakka Trekkers Extraordinary.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 12:10 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australi a] Re: Kombis to the Kape OTL 08


Hey Scott

We have made it to Kununurra which is back in the state we started
the trip in (W.A.). We have been three years and five months so far
and you could say that the syncro has handled the journey extremely
well.

.

Andy,

Thanks for the info.

Mel (my wifres name is Melanie - still get the Mel though) and I are
very busy at the moment breeding little ones who are princesses and
dont really like being in the car for more than an hour which makes
travelling long distances difficult. Once they get to a reasonable
age and can handle longer hours we plan many adventures (although not
to your extent).

Good luck with the rest of the trip.

Cheers,

Scott



--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Andy" <ossyncro@...>
wrote:
>
>
> Hey Scott
>
> We have made it to Kununurra which is back in the state we started
> the trip in (W.A.). We have been three years and five months so far
> and you could say that the syncro has handled the journey extremely
> well.
>
> As far as mechanical problems we have had no real major break
downs,
> just the usual wear and tear items. A universal joint failure, worn
> out shock absorbers and a few exhaust leaks here and there. Things
> like brake pads can't be included but I will add sometimes it can
be
> difficult to locate the replacement parts in some areas of Aus.
Even
> though parts like the shocks were new when we started, the amount
of
> dirt roads we travel on is going to accelerate the wear on any new
> components. The only other issues we have faced related to the
engine
> conversion we undertook in Vic. We do the maintenance ourselves
> regularly ( yes we have changed engine oil in a quiet back corner
of
> a national park, disposing of the oil in an appropriate manor might
I
> add) so we keep a close eye on things.
>
> Would we change anything if we did it again? No!
> The syncro is such a versatile machine, daily driver, weekend
> shopper, Sunday car, camper, work van, fishing truck, rock hopper,
> kid's taxi etc. and you can set it up to suit your own
requirements.
> For long term traveling what we have found as an advantage where
> things like the side awning for shelter, long range fuel tank for
> extra distance, large water tank and good fridge operation.
>
> Different people place different priorities on their
> traveling/camping. Some prefer pop top to solid roof, cooking
inside
> or outside, large bed or small, fast pack up to slow. Finding what
> suits your individual requirements and comfort level is the key. We
> took a lot of short trips from Perth before we left to see what
> worked for us and there were many adjustments in the early stages!
>
> Whether you have a trakka van or standard ex telecom the
performance
> of the syncro is ideal for travel in Australia. They are superb
both
> on the road and off. Gravel roads, beaches, muddy tracks the syncro
> is equipped to tackle all. We encourage everyone to get out there
and
> use the syncro for what it is designed for because there is so much
> to see in this big brown land of ours!
>
> Cheers
> Andy
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> - In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Scott" <kombi4x427lc@>
> wrote:
> >
> > Andy/Mel,
> >
> > Great photos - these kombi's are amazing with the terrain they
can
> > traverse - looks like you all had a great time with very minimal
> > damage.
> >
> > How has you rig handled the various tour around Oz?
> > Any mechanical or other problems of note?
> > Anything you would add or change if you did it again?
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Scott
> >
>