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Old 24-11-18
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Gíday all.

Funny, I found this sub forum last...

Iím El_Freddo (username from the good old ninemsn messenger days for those that remember that), aka Bennie.

My daily rides are Subaruís - a Brumby and an L series thatís been my noble stated/off-roader for at least a decade. There was a year it was in the shed while I rebuilt the gearbox and painted the firewall and underside of the vehicle against rust.



^ Her name is Ruby Scoo and is quite the build, itís still going but sheís in quite a sweet spot. Iíve enjoyed working around space and weight ďrestrictionsĒ in this build. EJ22, custom box (AWD with centre diff lock - I wonít go into further details as it probably wouldnít make much sense), three inch lift, NK/NJ/NH Paj snorkel - modified to fit the slope of the A pillar, dual batteries, rear cargo frame with fridge slide.

My little Brum3y. A cool little ride thatíll get some TLC once weíre settled in a decent place with a good landlord, Iíve got some plans for this one too. Currently stock with the addition of power steering, cruise control and better seats!



And this is the noble steed that has been replaced. The rock in the family, a series II Commodre Acclaim, never let us down and owes us nothing! Mrs El_Freddo got this ex-fleet at about 80k km, now itís got 350-something thousand on the clock. AC isnít working and the family isnít fitting into it so well anymore for daily duties.



^ with my sisterís RX Liberty.

If you havenít found the thread about our NP, here it is, 320k km, dual batteries, snorkel, roof racks, second spare, cargo barrier and UHF radio. Weíre pretty happy with her so far. Weíre the second owners too









She might see some off-road touring at some point, but for now weíll continue to use Ruby Scoo for that

Iíd like to put a two inch lift in at some point. A certified three inch lift would be good for something different but will probably never eventuate. The cargo frame in Ruby Scoo will most likely be modified/adapted to ďfitĒ into the back of the Pajero.

Cheers

Bennie

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Old 25-11-18
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Good read mate. Not too bad a part of the world. I left Castlemaine and headed to NT about 20+ years ago. Plenty of helpful people and info on the forum. Cheers.
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Old 25-11-18
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The Paj looks in great nic for that many klms !

Where do you carry the second spare you mentioned ?
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Good read mate. Not too bad a part of the world. I left Castlemaine and headed to NT about 20+ years ago. Plenty of helpful people and info on the forum. Cheers.
Thatís funny Dickins, we left the territory 30 years ago when I was a kid! Dad too is 4wdn in his willyís jeep a few times into some speccie places that you canít access anymore. Some awesome indigenous rock painting were visited that you canít without special permission these days!

Bendigo is definitely our place to be - centralised in Vic makes it easy to get to just about anywhere other than Gippsland! We were in Shepparton for five years (work), and that felt like it was miles away from anything! I didnít realise how much I loved hills until shortly after moving to Shepp. The nearest hill in ANY direction was about 40 mins away!

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The Paj looks in great nic for that many klms !

Where do you carry the second spare you mentioned ?
Thanks Ian, itís very clean for itís age and Kms. Number of km doesnít bother us - on models we know! So to take on a vehicle that had a few less than ours was a bit of an educated gamble after some research, and itís working out well for us. All we did for the road worthy was a new windscreen, fan belts and an under carriage wash

I do need to check the cam chain tensioner/follower situation that Iíve read about and Iíve got a new seal to put on the front output on the transfer case as this forms a droplet of oil after a drive - but doesnít drop it yet...

As for the second spare, itís not carried with us atm. The PO had it for their trip around Oz and I believe it lived on the camper trailer they were towing. It should come in handy at some point

Only annoying downer for me is the lack of air vents in the middle seats for cooling. I thought there wouldíve been some vents in the back of the console for the middle occupants - but thereís only foot setting vents which donít do much when you need them to. Small thing thatís not much different to the Subaru with zero vents (or AC atm).

Cheers

Bennie
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Images updated.


Second battery died a few weeks ago. We were very lucky with that one. The second battery was boiling itself dry due to a collapsed cell. The Parana second battery charger was still connecting the battery... Wasn't a fun situation.


Since then, I've found that the driving lights were wired to the second battery. Odd. UHF radio I can understand being wired into the second battery. I was a bit disappointed when I tried to use it for a road trip only to find it didn't work since the battery's removal. In Ruby Scoo my UHF has a switch to direct power from the second battery or from the primary battery's ignition accessories position or to keep the radio off without having to touch the radio...


Small things but we're still loving it! And it's a dream to tow with! I can't wait to tow a car on a trailer to really compare it.


Cheers

Bennie
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