Ten days of fun!

Returned from our holiday last Thursday after 10 days in the sticks.

The mice running over our bed for the first 2 nights was no fun.
Neither was the dust. We've had no rain over here for ages and
everything we took was covered in layers of bull dust. No fun in 20
knott winds.
Our nearly 2 year old was vomiting and had the s*_ts for the first 4
days.
He also wandered off late one afternoon, luckily to be found
wandering along a track 500m from camp some 20 mins later.
One of our nearly 6 year olds disappeared for half an hour (also on
dusk) 2 days later. Also found safe thank God!
My wife got p_**ed off with me surfing.
The twins squabbled tirelessly,
And it was 37 deg in the last week of April.

At least the surf was great.

And the Syncro spent 10 days with tyres at 18psi and the decoupler
disengaged. BLISS!!

Gave it a good test on some pretty tough and at times very soft
tracks and it didn't miss a beat.

How I love it!



Regards,
Andy.

PS. I was tackling the soft stuff in (very) high revs in 1st gear
with the rear diff lock on and found this to be really successful.
How do the rest of you go about getting through soft windy sandy
tracks?
andy,
 
when travelling oz we had the vc. so we did the same way you did (1st gear with rear diff.lock and air let down to 15 psi , driving through soft sand around 40km/h).
although not getting stuck, the loud noise when driving like this, has given us some thoughts.
we believe it puts a lot of stress on the engine and the gearbox to drive like this.
 
as we want to be driving sandy stuff in the future, we've decided for the decoupler and the solid shaft - but have to try it before we can say more.
 
regards
 
joachim
 
Regards,
Andy.

PS. I was tackling the soft stuff in (very) high revs in 1st gear
with the rear diff lock on and found this to be really successful.
How do the rest of you go about getting through soft windy sandy
tracks?
 
Andy,

I had mine on Moreton Island in Queensland a couple of years ago - (pre
children)just after the January School Holidays had finished. The sand
was extremely dry, it had not rained there all summer and the tracks
were churned up severely by the School holiday traffic. I didn't have an
accurate pressure gauge and just let the tyres down till there was a
nice belly in them.

I have no decoupler or diff locks and the Syncro went through without
any major trouble. If I got stuck, I just reversed out (the Syncro has a
great low range reverse gear) and had another go. There was only one
patch down the southern end of the Island that caused the Syncro to get
stuck and you could see that this was happening regularly as at the end
of the quicksand section there was plenty of bark chips laid over the
corner to enable cars to continue. The really soft quicksand always
turned up just around a corner on inland tracks and I was always
cruising along in second gear wary of oncoming traffic (one lane width
tracks)and you never had the speed or correct gear for the quicksand. I
found the grawl gear a waste of time first gear was much more successful
with high revs.

Other than that I managed to get the front drivers side tyre staked in
the side wall by a stick somewhere along the track near Tangalooma
Resort. Nothing that a 12V compressor couldn't keep going for a couple
of days.

The Syncro went everywhere on and off the beach that all the big
Landcruisers did although probably helped along by a couple of extra
cylinders and plenty of revs. The Subaru motors love to rev.

Does anyone in the group know where to find the fuse that serves the
power mirrors on the Caravelle models. The bloody things both suddenly
stopped working. I have replaced the switch with a genuine VW item but I
cant find the fuse. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks

Andy, how's your Subaru motor conversion coming along? Once my right leg
heals - (major building accident and I can drive again) and I finish the
renovations - new room for the daughter, I'll have to come down and go
surfing with you in your shark infested but uncrowded surf. My parents
have a friend who lives on a farm down in Port Lincoln that I would like
to visit again. I'll make sure a bring a leash for my daughter. This
wandering off caper is very scary for new parents.

Regards,

Scott

Terrigal NSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of raredownunder
Sent: Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10:29 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Ten days of fun!

Returned from our holiday last Thursday after 10 days in the sticks.

The mice running over our bed for the first 2 nights was no fun.
Neither was the dust. We've had no rain over here for ages and
everything we took was covered in layers of bull dust. No fun in 20
knott winds.
Our nearly 2 year old was vomiting and had the s*_ts for the first 4
days.
He also wandered off late one afternoon, luckily to be found
wandering along a track 500m from camp some 20 mins later.
One of our nearly 6 year olds disappeared for half an hour (also on
dusk) 2 days later. Also found safe thank God!
My wife got p_**ed off with me surfing.
The twins squabbled tirelessly,
And it was 37 deg in the last week of April.

At least the surf was great.

And the Syncro spent 10 days with tyres at 18psi and the decoupler
disengaged. BLISS!!

Gave it a good test on some pretty tough and at times very soft
tracks and it didn't miss a beat.

How I love it!



Regards,
Andy.

PS. I was tackling the soft stuff in (very) high revs in 1st gear
with the rear diff lock on and found this to be really successful.
How do the rest of you go about getting through soft windy sandy
tracks?







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One of the local syncros was on Morton island last week, 16" wheels
front and rear diff locks and decoupler.The rains have come back so
no problems at all. The pics that I posted are from double island
point just north of noosa,last easter.The van was missing and black
smoke coming out the exhaust.Didnt get bogged put it was a long
drive home.It was the fuel sensor thingy, did swap the computer for
awhile but all OK.The gearbox is coming out next week,noise was
there when I bought the van, no bits of metal in the oil so hopeing
its just bearings.The wife drove the van back from sydney and I
followed on my bike went up all the hills in top gear and returned
10L per 100k on the drive back to queensland.

Chris.

-- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Scott Pitcher"
<spitcher@b...> wrote:
> Andy,
>
> I had mine on Moreton Island in Queensland a couple of years ago -
(pre
> children)just after the January School Holidays had finished. The
sand
> was extremely dry, it had not rained there all summer and the
tracks
> were churned up severely by the School holiday traffic. I didn't
have an
> accurate pressure gauge and just let the tyres down till there was
a
> nice belly in them.
>
> I have no decoupler or diff locks and the Syncro went through
without
> any major trouble. If I got stuck, I just reversed out (the Syncro
has a
> great low range reverse gear) and had another go. There was only
one
> patch down the southern end of the Island that caused the Syncro
to get
> stuck and you could see that this was happening regularly as at
the end
> of the quicksand section there was plenty of bark chips laid over
the
> corner to enable cars to continue. The really soft quicksand always
> turned up just around a corner on inland tracks and I was always
> cruising along in second gear wary of oncoming traffic (one lane
width
> tracks)and you never had the speed or correct gear for the
quicksand. I
> found the grawl gear a waste of time first gear was much more
successful
> with high revs.
>
> Other than that I managed to get the front drivers side tyre
staked in
> the side wall by a stick somewhere along the track near Tangalooma
> Resort. Nothing that a 12V compressor couldn't keep going for a
couple
> of days.
>
> The Syncro went everywhere on and off the beach that all the big
> Landcruisers did although probably helped along by a couple of
extra
> cylinders and plenty of revs. The Subaru motors love to rev.
>
> Does anyone in the group know where to find the fuse that serves
the
> power mirrors on the Caravelle models. The bloody things both
suddenly
> stopped working. I have replaced the switch with a genuine VW item
but I
> cant find the fuse. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks
>
> Andy, how's your Subaru motor conversion coming along? Once my
right leg
> heals - (major building accident and I can drive again) and I
finish the
> renovations - new room for the daughter, I'll have to come down
and go
> surfing with you in your shark infested but uncrowded surf. My
parents
> have a friend who lives on a farm down in Port Lincoln that I
would like
> to visit again. I'll make sure a bring a leash for my daughter.
This
> wandering off caper is very scary for new parents.
>
> Regards,
>
> Scott
>
> Terrigal NSW
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
raredownunder
> Sent: Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10:29 PM
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Ten days of fun!
>
> Returned from our holiday last Thursday after 10 days in the
sticks.
>
> The mice running over our bed for the first 2 nights was no fun.
> Neither was the dust. We've had no rain over here for ages and
> everything we took was covered in layers of bull dust. No fun in
20
> knott winds.
> Our nearly 2 year old was vomiting and had the s*_ts for the first
4
> days.
> He also wandered off late one afternoon, luckily to be found
> wandering along a track 500m from camp some 20 mins later.
> One of our nearly 6 year olds disappeared for half an hour (also
on
> dusk) 2 days later. Also found safe thank God!
> My wife got p_**ed off with me surfing.
> The twins squabbled tirelessly,
> And it was 37 deg in the last week of April.
>
> At least the surf was great.
>
> And the Syncro spent 10 days with tyres at 18psi and the decoupler
> disengaged. BLISS!!
>
> Gave it a good test on some pretty tough and at times very soft
> tracks and it didn't miss a beat.
>
> How I love it!
>
>
>
> Regards,
> Andy.
>
> PS. I was tackling the soft stuff in (very) high revs in 1st gear
> with the rear diff lock on and found this to be really successful.
> How do the rest of you go about getting through soft windy sandy
> tracks?
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Yahoo! Groups Links