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Sirius18T
05-12-11, 03:00 PM
So just going through the finishing touches of purchasing 150 Acres of land, about a third is scrub. Priority 1 is getting a 4wd hack to leave up there so I can get around. Preferably I'm thinking a ute for practicality, petrol seeing it's in the middle of nowhere as I'll want to use the same fuel for cars/bikes etc, and maybe not an 8cyl so it won't chew the juice. Dream purchase would be something half decent that's been a bit beaten up, defected or both as it will never need to see the road again. Plenty of Pajero's/Jackeroos bulk cheap on Slumtree but they aren't utes. Any ideas on something that with a decent battery would run for ever? Are the early 90's SR5 Hiluxs indestructable even with a bulk load of k's on the clock? There seems to be a few of them around. I know $1k is a bit optimistic but need the rest of my cash for shed, rally basher car and a moto :)

big_pete
05-12-11, 03:03 PM
Does it need to be 4WD?

XF Uterus would do the job for the price

Paydirt
05-12-11, 03:05 PM
L series 720 4x4 tray back.

WRXCunt
05-12-11, 03:23 PM
Suzuki Sierra and take to it with an ax/angle grinder

Imposter Forg
05-12-11, 03:51 PM
something thats been hit in the side, but still drives from pickles.

nastysven
05-12-11, 03:51 PM
if you can get an l series 720 then defo go for it.

they never die un less you are REALLY rough on them.

Mini_Me
05-12-11, 04:47 PM
brumby?

Tripper
05-12-11, 04:53 PM
http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/land%20rover-series%20i-1957-11359860?vertical=Car&cr=2&eapi=2&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965541&distance=25&silo=Stock&Range=Price:Min,2500~1&sort=default

Gammaboy
05-12-11, 05:17 PM
Fj45 ute.

Potsy
05-12-11, 05:39 PM
Subaru sportswagon FTW.

Bueller
05-12-11, 05:56 PM
Fj45 ute.

this. or mq/mk patrol

Forg
05-12-11, 06:07 PM
brumby?
A workmate has one of those ... and from what he's experienced recently, could be difficult getting one that's (a) running and (b) will be running for much longer, at that price.

Sirius18T
05-12-11, 07:04 PM
Ok, looks promising. That 57 Land Rover would be rad but distance is a little too far. So a 720 looks to be a good option. I just need to find one similar to this one in SA:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nissan-720-ute-farm-4x4-R180-4-8-differential-rally-/110786223260?pt=AU_Cars&hash=item19cb5f9c9c&clk_rvr_id=292170979627

It doesn't have to be 4wd I guess but I figure I may as well seeing I hope to get up to some shenanigans in the future and the extra traction may come in handy :)

Sirius18T
05-12-11, 07:09 PM
Not what I'm looking for but found this while searching - be a fun car to own!
http://adelaide.gumtree.com.au/c-ViewAdLargeImage?AdId=320655240

Sirius18T
05-12-11, 07:10 PM
..

Jim
05-12-11, 07:15 PM
anything that is mechanically ok for your budget. You'll be in 1st and 2nd gear all day so it's not like it needs to be in showroom condition.

Mini_Me
05-12-11, 07:22 PM
A workmate has one of those ... and from what he's experienced recently, could be difficult getting one that's (a) running and (b) will be running for much longer, at that price.

bugger. i bought a good sportswagon for less than $1k, but i suppose the brumby is a bit more desirable

Jim
05-12-11, 07:23 PM
old pajero or jackaroo and if lack of uteness becomes a problem just whizz it off with a disc.
also you can get a damn lot of places in a falcon ute and welded diff.

MartyRX2
05-12-11, 07:31 PM
If you can't find cheap Brumby just cut the roof off a Subaru L series wagon. Will serve dual purpose of rally basher and work car.

Forg
05-12-11, 07:52 PM
bugger. i bought a good sportswagon for less than $1k, but i suppose the brumby is a bit more desirable
Allegedly this is true.
The definition of 'broken' ... :(

Jim
05-12-11, 07:53 PM
forg how would you know. you've only seen dirt roads in photographs. :p

Forg
05-12-11, 07:55 PM
There is no such thing as a 'dirt road' - you've been duped by the PhotoShops.

Potsy
05-12-11, 08:10 PM
Just do it Forg style, Volvo 245DL with a roof cut and CIG Locker.

vet 180
05-12-11, 08:11 PM
If it was me I would bring over an uncomplied wrx wagon from japan for a couple g's as it would be too much fun or even find a defected one locally. But it doesn't answer your question.

In answer to your question find a defected 80's hilux. Not too powerful, not to expensive on fuel, very reliable and can fix quite easy with chewing gun, cable ties and duck tape

vet 180
05-12-11, 08:27 PM
offer $1000

http://sa.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-GC8-WRX-FOR-SWAPS-DEFECTED-W0QQAdIdZ328049103

vet 180
05-12-11, 08:28 PM
offer $1000

http://sa.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-GC8-WRX-FOR-SWAPS-DEFECTED-W0QQAdIdZ328049103

Dave75
05-12-11, 09:45 PM
A 1957 2 litre Series 1 Land Rover has a top speed[downhill/tail wind] of approx 80 kph...when new back in 1957.

An old bloke from SA [Gawler] drove one to Queensland for the 50th[??] anniversary of Land Rover...got pulled over & booked by a QPS Highway female PoPo " for going too slow [65kph]& holding up traffic".
He took it to Court & the cop got laughed out the door when he explained the top speed & the fact he had driven 2000 km from Adelaide.cruising at 65k's.

GTREA
05-12-11, 09:54 PM
These (http://www.ebay.com.au:80/sch/Cars-/29690/i.html?_nkw=Ute&_dmpt=AU_Cars&_fln=1&_ssov=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=1%2C000) are all under $1000 take your pick ;)

Sirius18T
06-12-11, 06:23 AM
Ha ha, the rexy would be cool but not sure how farm spec it is :). Funny about the landrover. Plenty of options in that link GTREA but only one close to home. If I did decide to not go 4wd, this has been on gumtree for a while:
http://adelaide.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-Defected-XF-5-speed-Falcon-ute-500-W0QQAdIdZ326213996
Actually, In terms of a paddock basher I'm going to email him anyway to see if he still has it :)

Grungle
06-12-11, 07:21 AM
Suzuki Sierra and take to it with an ax/angle grinder

^this.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/ozgrungle/DSC_1387.jpg
$1200. Goes anywhere/everywhere.

Asteroid
06-12-11, 08:58 AM
There were factory LWB Sierra utes too.

Sirius18T
06-12-11, 10:35 AM
Interesting...had some fun times in a Sierra back in the day. 1.3litre from memory too so cheap on juice! Will have to do some searchin.... :)

millsi
06-12-11, 10:35 AM
In answer to your question find a defected 80's hilux. Not too powerful, not to expensive on fuel, very reliable and can fix quite easy with chewing gun, cable ties and duct tape
fixed

Go for the Suzuki, or Ford ute with cig locker option

x
06-12-11, 11:26 AM
Get a petty (cheap) hilux and fuck with the carby. When it dies get another...

floody
06-12-11, 01:13 PM
Get a rusty version of what I have, RN46 Hilux.

Capable off-road, uses bugger all fuel, extremely simple and easy to work on. 2.2x1.5m tub is very useful.

I paid $1900 with rego, but mine is close to rust free and fairly low KMs.

Sirius18T
08-12-11, 10:09 AM
Will hopefully have a look at a couple over the weekend. I was warming to the idea of that defected XF ute but the owner is MIA - no response to phone calls or emails. Most of the options are miles away but this thing is around the corner:

http://adelaide.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-Suburu-l-series-W0QQAdIdZ324895477

Not really what I'm after but it's cheap and local so might have a look......

WRXCunt
08-12-11, 10:56 AM
Go the sierra, they can be had for fuckall and go anywhere. We have one as a farm basher, was 3k about 6-7 years ago. Have since broken the 4wd in it trying to do heli's (which doesn't work by the way), so its stuck in rwd and still goes places it shouldnt, including driving up a flowing creek in winter.

If you take the rear seats out the back becomes useful, and they make good campfire seats

Dave75
08-12-11, 11:18 AM
:owned:Duct Tape was originally called Duck Tape by the US Military who "invented "it as a repair tape to make equipment waterproof "like a Duck"...has been around in one form or another since WW2.
There is still a "Duck Tape" brand on the market in USA.

vet180 can possibly buy it in TowelHead country so his post didn't need fixing.

Grungle
08-12-11, 02:12 PM
Just some more to convince you...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/ozgrungle/309482_10150360080938413_751323412_9812672_1871893 _n.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/ozgrungle/198735_10150160293558413_751323412_8167411_3696767 _n.jpg

this one has hilux diffs, super low gear ratios, extended wheelbase and commodore shocks, but stock 1.3 engine (280,000km) and still goes hard.

We've got it hooked up to a solar trickle charger from Jaycar and its goes every time with a bit of cranking. it only gets driven once a month.

Sirius18T
08-12-11, 03:23 PM
That does look the goods! Solar trickle charger - never heard of such a thing! Expensive?

Grungle
08-12-11, 05:12 PM
Not at all:
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MB3501&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=1004#12
http://www.jaycar.com.au/products_uploaded/productLarge_6572.jpg

dave_vic_ozz
08-12-11, 09:59 PM
Not at all:
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MB3501&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=1004#12
http://www.jaycar.com.au/products_uploaded/productLarge_6572.jpg

But don't put them in the sun. They melt. :)

Sirius18T
09-12-11, 08:22 AM
Ah nice one ! Funny that you can't put it in the sun :). I reckon I'm going to get one for the toys at home too. The cigga lighter connection is interesting though - I'm assuming you would need to rip the plug off and run positive and negative wires to the battery?

Grungle
09-12-11, 11:07 AM
Ah nice one ! Funny that you can't put it in the sun :). I reckon I'm going to get one for the toys at home too. The cigga lighter connection is interesting though - I'm assuming you would need to rip the plug off and run positive and negative wires to the battery?

That's exactly what we did. It's been up there for 2 years without a problem.

Rorz de Puniet
09-12-11, 11:32 AM
Stolen late model landcruiser ute = best farm ute.


HTH

Sirius18T
10-12-11, 01:10 PM
Nice, will hit up Jaycar during the week :).

Sirius18T
14-12-11, 10:15 PM
Trickle charger purchased. Still keeping an eye out for utes/4wd's but there hasn't been much on the go. In the meantime, the other thing I wanted for use at the same property was a cheap old mitsi to paddock bash/rally the crap out of. Last weekend I picked up this beast :

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/SHIFTA/IMG_0290.jpg

I'm leaving the exterior in GSR trim but gutting the interior and selling of the GSR stuff. Can't wait to have some fun on the dirt with it - may need the 4wd to tow me out of trouble so need to step up my searching efforts :)