Moving to the MAD MAX locale!

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  1. LukeTheJoker

    LukeTheJoker Moderator

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    OK, as some may know by now, my wife and I decided to undertake a move to take advantage of a situation that offered us free rent for a year, that involved a move interstate, an 11 hour drive in two cars and a trailer.

    What I didn't say was where we were moving to...

    We moved to the area of Broken Hill in outback New South Wales. Broken Hill is a mining area, and has been since it's founding in 1883, with extensive reserves of silver, lead and zinc. Most of the mining is finished now, with the mines just a small part of what there once were, but there is still a shockwave through town every 7pm and 7am as they bring down a new shelf of ore.

    Broken Hill is the birthplace of BHP, the worlds largest mining company, in fact BHP stands for Broken Hill Proprietary limited.

    The name Broken Hill came from the first surveyors that went through in 1844, as the there is a gap in the Barrier range that looked like it was just broken off. The hill that was called Broken Hill is now completely mined away...

    Anyway, what is probably of more interest to most members of this site is that Mad Max 2: The road warrior was filmed in Broken Hill and the surrounding areas and towns, that alone should give you an idea of what the scenery is like! :21:

    I will update this thread as we live here longer with scenery pics as we settle in and start tripping about. Hopefully I can even get my MasterSport/CyclePro out and about...
     
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    On to the move itself...

    We sold, gave away, donated most of our stuff, but were still left with quite a bit to move, I even sold my little Datsun Rally car project.
    We were planning to just do multiple trips with the family car and trailer, with that in mind we picked up a trailer cage and canopy off Facebook marketplace and modified the trailer to fit, it needed extending just under a foot:

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    We had already fitted up our Camry with a front bar and lights the last time we ventured up to Broken Hill, due to the huge number of Kangaroos, Emus and Goats running wild in the area:

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    Well that was our plan anyway... Then someone posted a great deal on a Toyota Hilux, once again on Facebook. I was there and test driving it within 30 minutes of the ad going up, and 10 more people called while we were there... Safe to say, we ended up with a Hilux!

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    Of course it needed a front bar and lights too... Back to Facebook and $50 later this happened:

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    Scored a cheap pair of Bushranger lights, the last of the halogen ones that they were clearing out, not as good as the Hella Rallye 4000 pair on the family car but $300 less!

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    That was the cars ready to go, now it came time for packing!

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    On to the trip itself:

    Left at just past 4am, hoping to arrive well before dusk to avoid wildlife encounters, stopped for breakfast with already 300km (180 miles) under the tires:

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    Stopped for a random pic as we crossed the 143 degree meridian line:

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    Kept pushing on all day, sometimes down to just 80km/h (50mph) if there was a headwind or uphill, stopped on occasion for a nap:

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    Or take a picture or two as the scenery changed:

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    Ended up having to pull up just 50km (30 miles) from our destination due to glare from the sun, had another nap while we waited it out:

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    You can see the scenery here, we are well into the middle of nowhere... ;)

    Looks familiar:

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    Ended up rolling in at 7:30pm, had to do the last little stretch at just 60km/h (35mph) with all lights on just to dodge the wildlife.

    Big day, but successful trip with no issues, not even a flat tire.
    Thankful to have two reliable cars in good condition so we didn't have to worry about overheating or other issues!
     
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    The second day after we arrived, we had a massive dust storm to officially welcome us, this pic is after it settled down enough that I was willing to venture outside:

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    One thing that I knew I would have to improve at the new house was the shed/workshop:

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    No idea who Bugsy is, or where/what he needed freeing from...

    Plans were to re-skin the walls and make is suitable for a workshop.
    With that in mind I went back to Facebook, joined the local buy/swap and sell groups and asked if anyone had cheap secondhand roofing iron.

    In the end I was given half a truck load for free and the guy even helped me load it!

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    The time had come to strip the old sheets:

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    Made a new friend while doing it:

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    Seeing as I ended up with excess sheets, figured it would make sense to improve the workshop a bit more by extending it... UP!

    The roof was a little low, when I was wearing a welding helmet I would hit the rafters, so it only made sense to raise it to match the peak height of the front section. About 510mm. (20")

    So a few more days later, hired a pair of Acroprops, got out the angle grinder and welder and went to work, cut three sides of the back legs and completely cut the other legs once they were supported, then it was just a matter of jack, reset, jack, reset, jack, reset over and over until the front was the right height:

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    Then welded in some extended poles with a locator pin that the poles could hinge on at the top and moved to the other end to repeat the process, I also added some safety straps at this point in case we got a big gust of wind:

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    That looks much better!
     
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  5. RustyGold

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    Excellent, Luke! You'll be back in biz in no time :rockout:.
     
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    Very cool to follow along. Glad you had a trouble free trip. Good luck with everything. I hope it all works out good for you. The little flatbed truck is cool and super handy!
     
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    Your typical builds should be right at home there, that’s in a good way.


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    Thanks Guys, I wasn't sure how interesting this thread would be, but I'm glad you are enjoying it!
    @rrtbike The little Hilux is coming in very handy, perfect for the work I need to do here!
     
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    Looks like you're back in the saddle again! Good to hear the move went smoothly.

    I have great hopes that you will build a Mad Max inspired bicycle at some point. No one is better qualified to do it right than you are!:cool2:
     
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    WELCOME HOME LUKE!!!

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  11. Klunkruiser

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    Looks like El Paso. Sand storms and all.
     
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    Nice Luke! Sweet little truck you got there. Now I see why Mad Max had all those lights and brush guards.
     
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