- Phat BugParticipantJune 19, 2018 at 3:17 pmPost count: 40
Over the June long weekend (The Queens Birthday) our club, Volkclub Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, were lucky enough to spend 3 nights away in the beautiful Outback town of Hopetoun, about 160 mile north/west from Bendigo & right on the edge of the “Big Desert”
We have about 100 members in the club and most like their VW’s either slammed or lifted, this weekend was one for the lifted crew!
As well as quite a few boring modern 4×4’s, but the stand out’s were:
Jimmy Fingers in his TLE Fastback……….
Mike in his unrestored Country Buggy……
Myself in my buddy’s Baja (83yr old Kev insisted we took it)………..
And my Dad’s latest offroad creation**non-VW** his 6 wheeled, Toyota Hiace truck…..
Rounding out the VW’s We had a lifted 2WD T3 and an Amarok with us also…..FranzKeymasterJune 19, 2018 at 6:37 pmPost count: 3797
Rad, love me some dirt. Australia looks beautiful.WAY2COOLParticipantJune 20, 2018 at 12:25 amPost count: 236
Sure is…come on down
Test Pilot @ Submarine AirwaysPhat BugParticipantJuly 10, 2018 at 3:32 pmPost count: 40
I know it’s not VW related, but thought I’d share a little about my ’68 year old Dad’s truck,
He’s spent the last 2 years building it and the Camper Shell from scratch, starting off with a wrecked 4×4 Hilux and an old Toyota Hiace……..
It’s now a 6×4, with a 3.8lt Buick V6, T400 auto, with locked diffs and airbags over leaf suspension, with a slide on camper shell with solar power, toilet, shower, kitchen, heating and cooling etc etc
They have just sent off on their first adventure, a 6 month trip up through the center of Australia to Darwin to visit my sister, then will continue to follow the coast to the west, getting home just before Christmas. All up about a 7000 mile round trip.
They’ve covered about 1500 miles in the last week, still another 800 miles before the reach my sisters place.Pat KKeymasterJuly 10, 2018 at 4:42 pmPost count: 1513
Keep the updates coming!
How much seniority does Dad have on us??
We will build it if it comes.Phat BugParticipantJuly 10, 2018 at 6:08 pmPost count: 40
As in how old is he? He’s 68 (I’m 37), he’s had over 300 VW’s.
The most at one time was 96!
He raced Baja’s in the 70’s……..
Built this Baja in 2000 and crossed the Simpson desert (400 odd miles of Sand Dunes)…….
Plus numerous other, bugs, type 3s, kombis etc etcGlennmossModeratorJuly 11, 2018 at 2:57 pmPost count: 225
That’s a seriously badass Hiace! Cool old photos too… what kind baja racing do they do out there?John JonesKeymasterJuly 12, 2018 at 12:19 pmPost count: 7082
Awesome thread and pics!!!! I hope to make it down that way some day…. 😎Phat BugParticipantJuly 16, 2018 at 8:29 pmPost count: 40
Na Franz, 6×4.
Front 2 axles, are Hilux with detroit lockers, leaf spring, airbags on rear.
Rear axle is lazy with cantilevered leaf springs and air bags over the axle.Phat BugParticipantSeptember 17, 2018 at 3:49 pmPost count: 40
For those interested, My folks have so far covered about 5500 miles, travelling along the western coastline stopping at some magic spots on the way…….ColeBModeratorSeptember 17, 2018 at 3:55 pmPost count: 1839
That is epic! What a beautiful tripRustabusParticipantSeptember 17, 2018 at 9:09 pmPost count: 1998
Yes! Yes! Yes! Thanks Phat B for a Great thread!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂WAY2COOLParticipantSeptember 18, 2018 at 3:27 amPost count: 236
Great pics of W.A. …. [Wait Awhile]
The white sandy beach looks like the one at the bottom of my street….and of course the beautiful Indian Ocean.
I bet your dad’s had some interesting chats along the way about the Super Camper.
I’m sure ,there’d be a few envious Grey Nomads out there just lovin’ it.
Did he drop the HiAce body on the Hilux chassis ?
How’s the V6 copping with the load ?
Top way to see the country,and may they stay safe
I do like the Google Maps time of 102 hours driving from Bendigo to Margaret River….via Darwin ……oh yeah ??
Thanks for sharing
Test Pilot @ Submarine AirwaysPhat BugParticipantSeptember 18, 2018 at 2:11 pmPost count: 40
Great pics of W.A. …. [Wait Awhile] The white sandy beach looks like the one at the bottom of my street….and of course the beautiful Indian Ocean. I bet your dad’s had some interesting chats along the way about the Super Camper. I’m sure ,there’d be a few envious Grey Nomads out there just lovin’ it. Did he drop the HiAce body on the Hilux chassis ? How’s the V6 copping with the load ? Top way to see the country,and may they stay safe I do like the Google Maps time of 102 hours driving from Bendigo to Margaret River….via Darwin ……oh yeah ?? Thanks for sharing
Mum has said (numerous times) that Dad is spending ALOT of time talking to strangers about the camper haha
Yep the body is on a modified Hilux 4×4 chassis, no real dramas with the V6, seems to be travelling well.Phat BugParticipantAugust 12, 2019 at 4:46 pmPost count: 40
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