vargis14 wrote:Sounds like money could be made shipping low mileage used trucks to Australia via container ships since you do drive on the right side of the road.
Are US trucks/cars heavily taxed or prohibited ?
Shark tank pitch.
We drive on the left, and sit on the right, unfortunately.
Which is one of the reasons your trucks here are so damn expensive, as they're not made in RHD, F250/350 was made in RHD from the Brazil factory from 2001-2006, but it was pretty much your 1999 version of the Superduty the whole time, build quality is poor, they don't even have glove boxes, the aircon in them sucks, and they were prices from about $55,000 when they were new, then in 2006 they closed down the Brazil plant and we lost the F230/350, prices skyrocketed over night, the 7.3L V8s are still fetching $60-70K for a used one with 300,000km on the clock, they're popular with the caravan/trailer people because they can tow such a big load legally and do it with ease, and they're also popular with posers like me who want one for the sake of wanting one LOL.
AMD Damo wrote:The car was sold to a local government from factory, so it would have had a very hard life, I imagine that LSD would have had a workout, lol. Its actually got every service up to 170,000km stamped and done on time in its log book though, then it ended up going to the auctions and someone else had owned it, and carried out some minor work there because the front sway bar bushes are urethane, and it had some aftermarket copy 17" wheels on it, it ended up at the auctions again then the guy I bought it off, had bought it and drove it for a long time, eventually selling it to me.
The car would likely have been driven by senior management ie old fart who drives it like a granddad. The main thing about local govt cars is lots of short trips. They're generally not thrashed as that would soon get driver reprimanded. I'm a former LG officer who's beater is an EF formerly owned by LG.
Good to see you've made great progress. Still looking to convert to manual? I imagine you'd have spent quite a few $$$$'s already getting here!
Installing new power steering pump in my EF. I can't believe what local shops (Perth) want to charge me for a new pump $350-$450! Ordered a newie from Ebay for $120...
Was thinking heavily on the manual conversion, but now the car is worked with the latest addition of a head and cam package, with some goodies:
Fully serviced head
New heavy duty valve springs
Oversize exhaust valves
Minor & specific Porting
Reground stage 2a cam & shims
New vernier cam gear
The 2a cam is a low down torque type cam, something to give me strong low-mid range pull, so ideal for a cruisy luxury barge
The head has been shaved slightly and I've got an AU Falcon head gasket for it, which is half the thickness of the EL one, so slight bump in compression.
A company called TI Performance has reversed engineered the EEC-V engine management system in these things, to the extent they can adjust fuel, spark and even line pressures in the transmission, so the car will eventually go for a retune, with two fuel maps, one for regular 91, and one for premium 98 with line pressures in the transmission changed when the ECU sees over say 60% throttle, make it hold gears longer, shift quicker and harder to the next gear, but still be able to retain factory smooth shifts under 60% throttle.
Manual trans really wakes these things up, but I just can't be bothered changing out the tail shaft, take the dash out to change the pedal box to a manual one, reinforce the firewall for the clutch cable, because it cracks the firewall etc, so its easier just to buy go fast mods haha.
Yeah, the problem with getting work done at a workshop is they have a mark up on parts, a workshop I was working at was 40% on top of parts cost, even though we got it at trade prices not retail, add on the labour it takes to do the job and there is your price, the good thing about your own time is its free
A_Pickle wrote:I like that it has a trailer hitch.
Rated to 1600kg for this particular hitch, the car is actually capable of a maximum legal of 2300kg with the heavy duty hitch haha. I'll only be using it for a 6x4 trailer anyways.