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  • Phat Bug
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    Man that’s incredible, very jealous!

    Mine is about $700 ($460USD) per car, for the 2 daily drivers, to the state.

    I also have 3 cars on “Club Permits” so have to be a member of a car club and car must be more than 25 years old, limited to 90 days use a year. $180ea ($127USD) per year.

    Then each has to have private insurance, on top of that.

    Phat Bug
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    Holy shit!

    That’s unbelievable!

    Is that paid to the state? or for insurance incase of an accident?

     

    Phat Bug
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    Out of interest, what does it cost you guys annually to have a car registered?

    Phat Bug
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    Our planned 2020 desert trip should have been last weekend, but we are still in lock down due to COVID-19.

    Whilst it sucks, I’ve spent nearly the whole of last year working away and we haven’t made much progress on any of the off-roaders anyway.

    My buddy Micka, has been chipping away at the jobs remaining on his ghia…..

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    Country Buggy running gear is in, basically lifted spindles & bus brakes up front and big nut reduction box rear. It has a fresh 1700cc Stroker Type 1 to go in it.
    Decent tires in the sizes we need are hard to come by in Aus and shipping from the states is $$, so we are running some 195/80r15 tire off the new Suzuki Jimny. they are cheap and plentiful out here, at low pressure should be ok in the sand.

    Winter is just setting in, -3°C (26°F) this morning, so some long nights in the shed coming up so we can have some rides sorted once the good weather is back.

    Phat Bug
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    Good to hear you guys are still on it! Must be coming into some good weather for you guys now??

     

    Phat Bug
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    Any updates on all the trailblazers??

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: JJ's projects #38215

    That looks like a whole lotta fun!

     

    Phat Bug
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    We started a daily Instagram & Facebook blog for our group earlier this year……..

    @bendigosquadron

    Past rides, present rides, projects, customers cars, inspiration etc etc

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: Chasing my Unicorn #38181

    Not a great deal happening on this just yet, need to get a couple of cars finished and out of the workshop.

    I was approached buy a couple of Magazines to provide a story of the search and recovery, pretty cool to have it in print……

    Volkswagen Magazine Australia

    And Survivor Car Australia

    Phat Bug
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    So what is the plan for next year? That looks like a good time.

    More of the same Franz!

    I’m hoping we’ll have our Class 11 style KG finished, ’61 coupe with Country Buggy running gear (reduction box rear and hybrid Bug/Bus LP spindles up front)

    5th – 8th June 2020 if you guys are keen for a down under experience 😉

    I’m sure we can find a Baja or 2 for you guys to use!

    Phat Bug
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    Just realised I hadn’t shared any pics from this year’s desert trip………..

     

    We had heaps more people this year which made it a whole lot more fun!

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: Chasing my Unicorn #33362

    Wait a second, right hand drive as well?????!!!??!!!

     

    Hey Rusty, Yeah bud RHD. I’m in Australia 😉

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: Chasing my Unicorn #33317

    I think it will be a Father, son & son project. My 14yr old is more excited than me about it!!

    Some of the custom work……Frenched tail lights, Aerial, Number plate.
    Smoothed engine lid, bonnet & dash, dechromed body.
    Widened guards, extended and squared off front sheet metal.
    And of course the oval window conversion.
    All in steel,
    This was a huge project back in the day & considering its been out in the weather for 25 years it’s survived suprisingly well.

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: Chasing my Unicorn #33274

    Thanks for the positive responses guys! Will definitely keep the thread up to date with progress.

     

    @Way2cool yes my folks are home, they have still been heading away at least once a month in the truck.

    Phat Bug
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    in reply to: JJ's projects #27050

    What about a Monster Bug style Ghia??!!

    Phat Bug
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    Dang! This thing turned out killa!!

    Well done team!

    Phat Bug
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    Damn that’s cool!

     

    Maybe a twin to Franz’s slammed beetle.. Or Zacks 66… Patina, disc’s and detailed fuch’s?? 😎

    I like this idea 🙂

    Phat Bug
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    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 Bug
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    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…….

    Phat Bug
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    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.

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