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thorne last won the day on January 13 2018

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  1. thorne

    thorne's XH panelvan

    Depends on the phone: my old head-unit would slowly charge my old Galaxy S7, but I've since upgraded to a Pixel 3 and apparently that sucks out too much power: I'll plug it into the USB port at 90% and 4hrs later it'd down to 85% (usually it would be down to around 75%, unplugged, so while it's not charging up it's definitely slowing the rate of discharge). I haven't had a long-enough drive in the panelvan with my phone needing a charge just yet, will check it when I drive to Adelaide in early June.
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    thorne's XH panelvan

    New head-unit for the old girl! This one has Bluetooth (which the old one didn't), an extra USB port (dedicated for device charging), a remote control (which is great, as my left hand has already memorised the volume/source/skip buttons and I can change things without even looking away from the road), and adjustable colours (oooer!). As the old girl needed a look at the brakes (which turned out to require new pads in the front and rotors and pads in the back) and power steering (replacement hose after the leak I came across in Sydney earlier this year), the garage offered to install it for me, which was great to reduce the time off the road for the XH. They even connected up the external microphone so I can take a decent phonecall on it, seen here above the driver's window. Bloody imgbox, why is this sideways? Some more work needs doing, mostly at the front end: ball-joints, control arms, probably shocks too, and maybe replace the exhaust mounts (to prevent the exhaust pipe rattling against the plate shielding the LPG tank), but that will be for the next major paycheck. At least the brakes are now done: I like having the ability to stop again.
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    the wistful flakes of rust from a former XW GT, but then
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    but an engine that eventually will, considering that it
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    New headunit

    Done, found this unit on special, does a lot more than I expected (including remote control and phone functions!), all for $170. Installation soon. https://imgbox.com/5ijA3Aou Thanks to everyone for your help!
  6. Not sure if that's a subtle pun (69 XHII shaggin'-wagons? hey? geddit? hurr hurr) or if that's actually serious (I'd've thought they made at least a few hundred....?).....
  7. The car is in very good condition, I'll agree, but there's no shots of the donk, and it's on a trailer, which suggests it's not capable of moving under its own power. Also: "one of less then a hand full that came out with cruise control"..... Really? Considering my XH also came with cruise control, and it's just a stock-standard Longreach 1-tonner, that must make mine worth, what, at least $10,000.......? Pffft, bullshit.
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    All Ford Day 2019, 17th Feb - NEW LOCATION!!

    Best of luck this year gents! Sorry I couldn't come this year; it turns out the old girl needs work after my latest interstate jaunt that I really shouldn't put off any longer. Maybe next year?
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    Geez Scott, you sure you want 9s, 10s or 11s there? Also, I know she's been through a few motors now - 3? 4? - but that's the first time I think we've seen the genuine green rocker cover on it, to the point it looks odd to see it that colour....or is it just me?
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    Grinds My Gears

    When they do this in the right-hand lane, it's especially punch-'em-in-the-face-worthy.
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    ..... ..... No words.
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    The completely off topic thread

    Interesting to see the new site upgrade at work, have already noticed the new colour scheme, and it looks like you can do more than just "like" posts now too.
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    New headunit

    I've been checking JB Hifi Home (virtually nothing, standard stores don't even sell them anymore), Autobarn (a better selection), and SCA (also not bad)....but I never thought to check Repco, as I just assumed they sold spare parts. Will note that down for the next visit, cheers.
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    thorne's roadtrips

    A fairly lengthy trip over the Australia Day long weekend: Friday 25th - Monday 28th January, in a loop around NSW and southern QLD to Brisbane and back ....in my usual, winding, non-direct route. No real destination in mind, just wanted to wander for a bit. Crossing the River Murray from Victoria into NSW on the Newell Highway just south of Tocumwal, NSW. Heading north on the Kidman Way outside Coleambally, 70km south of Griffith, Riverina district, NSW Heading west on Tipper Way between Mount Hope and Euabalong, central NSW (about 42deg outside at the time) Looking out over the Peak gold mine from Fort Bourke Hill lookout, 3km south of Cobar, northern NSW (about 45deg outside at the time) Welcome to Cobar and its mining industry, in northern NSW, with the panelvan outside the town's southern gateway (still around 45deg outside at the time) Your usual outback road: heading east along Cooneybah Road, 35km west of Coolabah, northern NSW (about 43deg at the time) Main street of Brewarrina, far northern NSW A pic of the old girl at the motel in Brewarrina, NSW (just too hot to camp in the back, needed the air-con and a decent shower) Heading north on Goodooga Road, halfway between Brewarrina and Goodooga, far northern NSW Greetings from Lightning Ridge, opal mining capital of northern NSW Driving along the main street of Dirranbandi, southern QLD Silo murals in Thallon, southern QLD Greetings from Texas!....well, at least the one in southern QLD Heading east along the Bruxner Highway through the Dumaresq Valley towards the Great Dividing Range, northeastern NSW Crossing the border over Mount Lindesay from NSW into QLD on the Mount Lindesay Road about 20km north of Woodenbong (yes, that's a genuine name!), QLD. Woolloongabba stadium from the Wellington Road/Stanley Street intersection, South Brisbane Crossing the Storey Bridge over the Brisbane River, central Brisbane Driving through Kyogle on Summerland Way, northeastern NSW Prince Street through the centre of Grafton, northeastern NSW Cudgery Street through central Dorrigo, Northern Tablelands, northeastern NSW Crossing the Great Dividing Range on the Thunderbolts Way, 20km north of Gloucester, North Coast NSW Bolaro Street through central Dunedoo, central NSW Topping up with power steering fluid in Wellington, central NSW (must've been all those twisting mountain roads crossing the Great Dividing Range) Main Street through West Wyalong, western central NSW Hello.....er, Hitler is it? A car with an noteable numberplate In the truckstop at Narrandera, southern NSW Another border crossing: leaving NSW into Victoria over the river Murray by the Tocumwal Bridge onto the Goulburn Valley Highway again, just south of Tocumwal, NSW Route taken: Melbourne - Griffith - Euabalong - Cobar - Brewarrina - Goodooga - Lightning Ridge - Dirranbandi - Mungindi - Goondiwindi - Texas - Tenterfield - Beaudesert - Brisbane - Casino - Grafton - Coffs Harbour - Dorrigo - Walcha - Gloucester - Sydney - Dunedoo - Wellingotn - Parkes - West Wyalong - Narrandera - Melbourne Incidents: none (apart from camping in the back of a panelvan on super-warm humid evenings which made for some uncomfortable sleep at times) Notes of interest: - Extreme weather (mid-40s in northern NSW) I thought might do the old girl in, but like last time I was in the area, she just kept going on, barely crossing the halfway mark on the temperature gauge despite hot northerly head-winds at times, running on LPG and with the air-con constantly on (you'd better believe it with those temperatures). LPG availability became an issue in the west and north of NSW, but thankfully not too much of an issue for a dual-fuel vehicle (still, $1/lt for LPG? ouch).The front-end still needs looking at, with all those outback tracks and gravel roads: still needs a realignment next time I get it serviced (steering wheel still shudders under heavy braking, a sure sign something in the front-end needs looking at). Should have looked at it before I left, to be honest. - And not forgetting half of a 1lt bottle of power steering fluid. Very hot days, lots of twisting mountain roads up and then back down the hills.....I knew what that familiar screech was once I descended down from the Blue Mountains for fuel in Wellington. Something else to keep an eye on, hope I don't have a hose leak somewhere. Final tally: around 4,750km
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    New headunit

    Yeah, will attempt to glue in the old one for now, but I appear to have talked myself into an upgrade over the last few days. Besides, a unit with Bluetooth would be nice.....! As most cars come with integrated music systems these days, I've found the hard way looking in brick-and-mortar stores there's not nearly as much demand for headunits these days, as the older cars slowly die out. Bit of a shame, really: how do modern car-owners customise their systems?