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    Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Hello all,

    I have been wanting to do the Shitbox Rally for years and the death of my father in August this year at the age of 63 from prostate cancer, coupled with the death of a good friend in September at the age of 56 from bowel cancer has prompted me to make it happen sooner rather than later. My younger brother and I have formed a team called ‘Third Degree Burns’ and are confirmed as entrants for the Spring 2019 rally. The main object is to raise money for the Cancer Council, but also have a good time driving dodgy old cars through the outback.

    Like you all, being an avid biofueler, I would really like to avoid using a petrol-powered vehicle for this trip so am on the lookout for a diesel vehicle that will cover the 4,000 + km distance over dirt roads from Melbourne to Townsville via Birdsville. The catch is that it must be 2-wheel-drive and not be valued at more than $1,000 (excluding tyres & rego).

    Ideally I’d love to get hold of a diesel ute or van 1989 or earlier so I can put it on NSW Historic Vehicle rego ($50/year vs $1,000 for normal rego) and strap two 44 gallon drums full of bio / WVO to the back. But I am open to suggestion.

    If you have, or know of a vehicle within reasonable distance of Sydney or Brisbane (where my brother lives) that we can get roadworthy and its total value not be deemed to be more than $1,000 (excluding rego & tyres), I’d be keen to hear about it. A pretty tall order, I know.

    Also, if anyone would like to sponsor us, I would be very grateful as we have to raise at least $5,000 to participate. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. You can find our donation page here:

    https://2019spring.shitboxrally.com....d-degree-burns

    Any questions – please fire away!
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    (@thirddegreeburns on Instagram)

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    That sounds like a fantastic time to be had!

    I just did a quick search and carsales comes up with zip. BUUUUUT, if you broaden the search to 4wd's you get very close to the money. I would think if you took the front prop shaft out, you would pass the rules ok??? thoughts??
    Regards,

    Cade.

    2006 Landcruiser HDJ100 (1HD-FTE) 20,000 on bio
    2006 Ford Courier(WLT Motor), 10,000 on bio
    2002 Landcruiser HZJ105r (1HZ motor) 250,000 on bio (sold)
    2006 Mazda B2500 (WLT motor) 80,000 on bio (sold)



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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Captaincademan View Post
    if you took the front prop shaft out, you would pass the rules ok??? thoughts??
    I doubt it would fly as you'd still have an unfair advantage with extra ground clearance + limited slip diff + low range.

    I should at least ask the question though. It sure would make things easier!
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    (@thirddegreeburns on Instagram)

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    I couldn't believe what was available for sub $2000 in diesel 4WD. damn, there is some great little bush bashers on there. If you do find one and can pass the rules, belt it up a bit so it does look like a real basher, as I reckon you would cop some heat from the other contestants. some of them look bloody comfortable.
    Regards,

    Cade.

    2006 Landcruiser HDJ100 (1HD-FTE) 20,000 on bio
    2006 Ford Courier(WLT Motor), 10,000 on bio
    2002 Landcruiser HZJ105r (1HZ motor) 250,000 on bio (sold)
    2006 Mazda B2500 (WLT motor) 80,000 on bio (sold)



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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    $1k

    2007 Peugeot 307 XSE HDi Auto
    189,000 km
    Wagon
    Automatic
    4cyl 2.0L T Diesel
    Private

    For more information on this vehicle please visit:
    https://www.carsales.com.au/private/...SSE-AD-5706053
    Harvey
    1983 BJ42 Landcruiser
    1997 C250TD Mercedes-Benz

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey View Post
    $1k

    2007 Peugeot 307 XSE HDi Auto
    A Pug with a cracked head might be the only thing that fits in this price bracket. I'm open-minded.

    Has anyone managed to successfully run a HDi Pug on bio for any length of time? I recall SmithW had one a while back.

    I might have trouble fitting 2 x 44's in the back though.
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    (@thirddegreeburns on Instagram)

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Hi 3DB, been running several Peugeot 806 2.0 HDI's on 100% bio for many years. Those engines seem to love it.

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    All fuel considerations aside, that Pug does not look very capable of river crossings :-) I had a quick look around on google and there seems to be a bit of rough terrain along the way. I used to have a Volvo V70, absolutely loved it, unfortunately it was build for European cities and highways. The suspension and engine mounts didn't last too long on these rather average road around here. Also the oil filter tends to sit rather low, not sure what the situation is with the pug. Just a thought.
    1990 Toyota Hilux LN106 with ATG 2 tank system (sold after running 150.000 ks on mainly WVO)
    1993 Toyota 75 Series with 1 HZ engine both 75l factory tanks and a custom 170l under tray tank.
    200.000km 80% on bio 10% on WVO 10% on dino,

    "him who never made a mistake, made no discovery either"


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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    So are there no roadworthy 2 wd diesel utes for that price. Maybe NSW yearly roadworthy checks have sent them all to the wreckers. I'm sure there would be plenty here in SA. Rough old farm Utes which if they have stayed registered and the drivers haven't attracted the law with their driving just keep plugging on. Old Tritons Rodeos and Hiluxes.
    Johnnojack
    4WD Isuzu Jackaroo 3.1 170,000km on WVO,(2017) 2 tank home built system 6 solenoids. Mk. 9 version. Improvements under investigation

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    A Japanese ute is definitely the go, but plenty of people have done these rallies in the past in Toyota Camrys and other front-wheel-drive imports.

    There are plenty of cheap Pugs out there and if I could get some fuel delivered to strategic locations, it would probably do the job.

    Smithy - what are your key tips for running bio in a HDi Pug?
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    (@thirddegreeburns on Instagram)

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