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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-02, 04:16 AM Thread Starter member
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Doing Perth to Sydney in Jan 2003

We are going to drive to Sydney from Perth in Our EB Wagon.

Any info or tips you can give us would be great.

here is the car

1991 EB S1 Wagon
4 speed auto
Gas and Petrol

How many Kms a day should we do?

How long should we run the car without a stop?

Has anyone done this before?

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Good Luck! It's bad enough driving up north to Karratha in a 4x4 diesel at near red line 3250 RPM. Made it 13 hrs but

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Just the usual I guess....lubrication(motor oil, diff, gb), cooling system flush etc....

One thing i want to get done to my car before i do any serious travelling is an aftermaket oil cooler for the trans. Might wanna look in on that too...

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Re: Doing Perth to Sydney in Jan 2003

Originally posted by speedy

1991 EB S1 Wagon
4 speed auto
Gas and Petrol

Here are your new specs for kms;


Have fun :)
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I've done the drive from sydney to perth, and perth to sydney.

Since your on gas make *SURE* your gas is tuned, as if its not you will backfire and have your air intake blown to smitherines. And out in the nullabor theres not many LPG ppl!

Leads/+LPG Plugs, maybe have a spare pair on hand otherwise make sure you have decent ones on hand (spiral core leads are the best)

There is no need to refuel constantly with both tanks, since there are a lot of petrol stations so dont stress about that.

Along the way there are free shower places with steakhouses and all too ..

Other then that, also make sure your fan belt isnt worn cuz you dont want to gte anything repaired there, and do not run retreads, get real tyres :)

Thats all i can really think of to mention!

We did it in 2 days to perth.. 3 days back.. (180 all the way there,, yes im serious)

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oh, and there's not much time 4 sex, so make sure you have a 6 hour session b4 u go :D
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don't forget the toilet paper for unschedulled stops. road house food is, well, probably not the best nutrient for your stomach.
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On long road trips I make sure I have enough spare parts and tools to get me out of a breakdown. Think of items which are most likely to fail:

Fan/ drive belts- I keep my old ones as spares,

Radiator/ heater hoses- ditto, by a length of universal heater hose; (you can cut a length off to get you going again),

At least 10 litres of water- this will be enough to cool the car in the event of coolant loss, and you can drink it if really needed!

Tools, extra hose clamps, duct tape, wire,(you never know when you might hit a bird or animal and have to tape the car together again) WD40, scissors, stanley knife, super glue, car cleaning gear, oil rags, car repair manual, fuses, TORCH, etc. etc,

Check your spare tyre and jack,

Extra power steer/ auto trans fluid and engine oil.

It sounds like a lot of extra baggage, but I carry most of this in a small toolbox, a milk crate (with other stuff) and hidden in the spare wheel well. Prepare yourself, it has saved me a couple of times out in the middle of nowhere!

Hope this helps, Mike

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it may sound like overkill but a spare alternator is a really good idea on long runs...that and what has been said above will see you sitting pretty

Oh by the way some sort of cleaning agent/bug remover in your washer bottle will be your best friend as you are bound to encounter a few million bugs hitting your screen

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