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  1. #11
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnojack View Post
    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.
    Johnno - I think you have summed it up well. Any old utes in NSW are subject to annual inspections, so are probably in a lot better condition, on average, than in states where annual inspections are not required, therefore, fetch a lot more money. I've seen a couple of ok ones in VIC & QLD, but they get snapped up pretty quick. I have alerts but up on Gumtree and & Car Sales so I can get onto them quick, but pretty tough if they are interstate. Keep your eyes peeled!
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    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
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  2. #12
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    I might have found my Shitbox.

    My grandad bought a Peugeot 405 SRDT brand new back in 1993 (I think) and is looking at trading in on a Mazda 2 and they are offering about $900 on the trade.

    It isn't a ute, but it meets all the other criteria.....except it isn't really a shitbox - it is pristine with less than 130,000 km on it with full service history - but it is still worth nothing secondhand, so I guess it ticks the box. I'm pretty sure he had to have the IP rebuilt back when everyone did upon introduction of low sulphur diesel, so hopefully Viton seals went in then.

    And since it uses less than 6 L/100km (I think he said he got more than 1,000 km out of a 60 L tank once) I could probably just load the boot up with 20L or 25L (if the boot is tall enough) cubies and have enough to cover the 3,600 km. That would be about 8 x 20 L cubies + the 60 L tank full. If I can go to 25L the 25% extra volume should give enough buffer for increased fuel consumption. I recall it has a pretty big boot that should accommodate a load of that size and only be the equivalent of 2 adult passengers in weight. The back seat can take the swags and a few changes of clothes.

    What do you reckon?
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    As you will be doing a lot of dirt roads I'd be cautious about excessive weight behind the back wheels. I'd go for 2 cubies in the back seat foot wells and 2 maybe 3 in the front of the boot. That way you will still have some decent handling and not rip out the rear end on the first dip you overcook. We filled up 10 cubies and our 40litre tank at Cloncurry yet still managed to get the Jackaroo 1850ks to Adelaide via the Birdsville track without refuelling again.
    Johnnojack
    4WD Isuzu Jackaroo 3.1 190000km on WVO,(2019) 2 tank home built system 6 solenoids heated filter, fuel line and tank pickup for thicker oil. Mk. 9 version now and no changes planned
    Mercedes W201 190D 1986 model: no fuel mods except bigger fuel line from tank, running blend of 90% oil 10% petrol 11000km to date. Motor purrs but car has electrical gremlins

  4. #14
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Good tips, Jonno. Thanks.

    My brother picked up the car today. It sounds a bit rougher than I remember, but should do the job.... it is nearly 25 years old I suppose. I daresay it is going to look a lot rougher once we are done with it.

    I'll see if I can post some pics, though I don't like my chances based on recent attempts.

    If anyone is interested int he route, you can see it here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o899duwrt...5NC_Si_5a?dl=0
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Hello Team,

    The Rally is fast approaching- just over 2 months away now. Iím heading up to Brisbane on 22 August to pick up the Peugeot and drive it back down to Sydney. I think Iíll do this part on Dino as Iím not sure I want to be dealing with filter blockages on the side of the road in an unknown vehicle of 25 year vintage that has never had biofuels in it before, as much as it pains me to buy fuel at a servo.

    ive made a Facebook page if you are interested in following

    https://m.facebook.com/thirddegreeburns2019
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
    @thirddegreeburns on Instagram
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Yes it is painful having to pick up the servo nozzle, at least it won't use much if you take it easy.
    Johnnojack
    4WD Isuzu Jackaroo 3.1 190000km on WVO,(2019) 2 tank home built system 6 solenoids heated filter, fuel line and tank pickup for thicker oil. Mk. 9 version now and no changes planned
    Mercedes W201 190D 1986 model: no fuel mods except bigger fuel line from tank, running blend of 90% oil 10% petrol 11000km to date. Motor purrs but car has electrical gremlins

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by 3DB View Post
    Hello Team,

    The Rally is fast approaching- just over 2 months away now. Iím heading up to Brisbane on 22 August to pick up the Peugeot and drive it back down to Sydney. I think Iíll do this part on Dino as Iím not sure I want to be dealing with filter blockages on the side of the road in an unknown vehicle of 25 year vintage that has never had biofuels in it before, as much as it pains me to buy fuel at a servo.

    ive made a Facebook page if you are interested in following

    https://m.facebook.com/thirddegreeburns2019

    This month I have started using a veggie blend in my 2004 Ssangyong Rexton. To minimise replacement of the main fuel filter, I use one of these https://www.biofuelsforum.com/album....achmentid=2195 prior to the main fuel filter.
    I have cleaned , or replaced, these 5 times now and it is getting longer between changes.
    We were on our way to an appointment a week ago and the car started struggling when accelerating. I pulled over and removed the filter. I blew back from the outlet (straight connection) and cleared over 90% of the blockage. I reinstalled the filter and we continued without any further fuel supply issues.
    I have one of these which is over 12 years old now and has been cleaned (put some petrol in it and shake it up, then blow from the outlet side. this cleans the remainder of any particles remaining after blowing the oil and blockage out of it). I allow it to dry and put it into a zip lock bag in the car, ready for roadside prefilter changes.
    I use butterfly worm drive clamps which allow me to change it without needing tools, just a rag to wipe my hands after the prefilter change.

    Best wished for your adventure in the Shitbox Rally.
    Life is a journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.

    Current Vehicles in stable:
    '06 Musso Sports 4X4 Manual Crew Cab tray back.
    '04 Rexton 4X4 Automatic SUV
    '2014 Toyota Prius (on ULP) - Wife's car

    Previous Vehicles:
    '90 Mazda Capella. (2000 - 2003) My first Fatmobile. Converted to fun on veggie oil with a 2 tank setup.
    '80 Mercedes 300D. 2 tank conversion [Sold]
    '84 Mercedes 300D. 1 tank, no conversion. Replaced engine with rebuilt OM617A turbodiesel engine. Finally had good power. Engine donor for W123 coupe. (body parted out and carcass sold for scrap.)
    '99 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my darling Wife's car)[sold]
    '98 Mercedes W202 C250 Turbodiesel (my car)[sold]
    '85 Mercedes Benz W123 300CD Turbodiesel
    '06 Musso Sports Crew Cab. [Head gasket blew!]

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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    Hi Tony,

    i bought a box of 10 of those from MANN a while back and will definitely install one before adding bio. They are fantastic. My only gripe is that they don’t have barbs on the end so don’t seal as well as they could if they did.

    see you on the other side!
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
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    Re: Shitbox Rally October 2019

    I made it back to Sydney ok in the Pug. It went pretty well and got amazing fuel economy in the range of 5 L/100 km. Under those conditions it would have a range of up to 1,500 km on one tank. I imagine it will chew a bit more bio though. I drove just under 1,000 km on Thursday and Friday and overtopped the tank with the 3rd cubie of bio I put into it. It had a bad fuel leak and wouldn't start in the mornings as well. I soon identified it had a perished rubber end cap on the injector return line that was almost invisible apart from the fuel leak. It was also letting air in after extended stops and making it hard to start. Within a few hundred meters of putting bio in it, the engine rattle quietened down. It seems happy with it and I haven't noticed any change in power. I also put a pre-filter on in anticipation of a tank clean. Just got to put some more miles on it now.
    3DB
    1995 Holden (Isuzu) Rodeo 2.8TD 4X4 - B100 since April 2013
    1976 Mercedes 300D Turbo 'The Coal Grenade' - B100 since May 2016
    1994 Peugeot 405 SRDT 1.9L intercooled turbo diesel (Shitbox Rally car.) - B100 since August 2019
    @thirddegreeburns on Instagram
    @thirddegreeburns2019 on Facebook

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