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~Sp33~

The quest for MOAR ef's!

Well a little background info first, a mate Josh was recently on the look out for a new daily, and low and behold this beauty becomes available on eBay:



That's the good side.



That's the "car got stolen and smashed" side.

Genuine 87,000kms whattup!



Cons: the car has been sitting in storage for 6 years, no rego, obvious damage, in Melbourne (i'm in QLD).

Pro's: Fully imported 35X model, 87,000kms for a 20 something y/o car, fucking sick etc.

So anyway plan was to fly down with Josh and another FFamily member; Tom, to pick the old girl up and roadtrip the shit out of her all the way back to brisvegas. Between that plan and this trip actually happening though, Josh became unavailable and another EF (wagon) was purchased by Bobby in South Australia.

New plan. Fly to Melb, roadtrip to Adelaide, pickup the other EF and the roadtrip those bad boys all the way back to Brisbane. Fuck yeah!

It begins last friday, I finish work at 2pm and Josh drops me off at the airport. I've contacted melb EF man and after he strongly suggested that i don't drive it, we arranged a time to meet for me to (foolishly apparently) take if off his hands.



Everything was going fine until they found a 17mm spanner i'd packed in my carry on luggage, i figured i'd bring it to bust the sump bolt and put some new lube in it before i trek it home. Who'd have thought you couldn't bring that shit?



So anyway after confiscating it and sending me on my way, the security guard runs back over to me and says "I dunno what their problem is, what are you going to unbolt the seats? *laughs*, you can have it back bud have a good trip!"

What a sick dude! So i got my spanner back Smile

So i pick the sedan up first thing after i get off the plane, luckily my dad lives in melb so he was my transportation and right hand man helping with the servicing. (thanks dad!)

Bought the sedan off the guy who was like, "Driving to Adelaide?"



Got the sedan started, and it basically sounded like a diesel truck. Oh dear. But apart from the drums being stuck, the car idled nice and auto tranny shifted beautifully. Drove it to the nearest carpark with decent lighting and started a quick service.



Soz some of these were taken with my phone.



Probably why it sounded so fantastic, 6 y/o oil!



Did oil +filter first, swapped the buckled front wheel to the rear to help limit the hectic wobbles



Then i checked the coolant... Or rather, water that had been sitting in the engine for 6 years. Looked like rusty swamp water, so drained that shit and gave it a quick flush before topping it up with some green.



NOM NOM NOM.

Also attended to the mirror with a pair of pliers and some race tape for the window because it was hella cold!



Started her up, and damn - idled beautifully, sounded like a healthy petrol engine. Turns out the temp gauge didn't work which was a bit of a concern and the thermostat appeared to be stuck open (heater took forever to get warm) but the radiator fan cycled on and off indicating it was running at a steady temperature.

By this time it's 2:30 AM saturday morning, and i'm just leaving Melb. The wobble from the buckled wheel was still there, but pretty calm at around 105, so 105 it is!

By 'Keith' in South Australia i was starting to get super tired, the JDM radio only picked up AM frequencies, but lucky for me 1013 was playing flashback to 1983. 80's singalongs, fuck yer! So i pulled over for my second fuel up and took a couple of pics. Day was just starting to break!





You might be able to just make out that i clicked over her 88,000th km!

Made it to radelaide about an hour behind schedule, i had to pick Tom up from the airport!



So foggy!

So i pick up Tom and we head toward EF #2. Currently no dramas with the sedan, it was powering on like a hero!



Random 35 chillin in SA on the way to the wagoo.

Get to the wagon, give it a quick check over to make sure all the vitals are good and then head for some lunch!



That's in the KFC carpark about 5 mins from picking it up. In that 5 minutes it was apparent that:

1: the clutch is fucked, and slipping like no mans business.
2: the 4wd system must be in dire need of attention.

My 4wd EF grips and goes, but this spun one in the wet while making it up a hill from a set of lights wtf (even with it's slipping clutch).

apart from that though she was pretty solid for 220,000kms.

AND SO IT BEGAN



Tom took the sedan for the first stint, i was keen to hop into a manual for a bit.



Note the 100mph tape holding strong.



Tom relishing the luxury, like a boss.

Oh yeah, the wagon had a SUNROOF hell yeah!



So i got pretty sick of the fucked clutch pretty quick, and i was already building rapport with the sedan. So we pulled over in some real nice SA scenery and swapped keys.



The gravel did nothing but accentuate how much this sucked:



Sedan literally runs rings around the wagoo IMO Razz



Kiddin, i love the wagon!


Then we come across my future town:



So we continue on, find new and interesting ways to utilize the sunroof:



Another fuel up, this time we decide to swap one of the 2 spare wheels that the wagon came with onto the sedan, replacing the buckled wheel, OH BLISS.





After swapping the buckled wheel off, i realise one side of the front tires is starting to peal away, retreads that had aged badly by the looks of things... Tom saw to that!



Checked all the tire pressures and then head into the quickly setting sun. We were racing to the NSW border before sun down.

Well we got to the border, but the wrong border lol... Welcome back to Victoria :/





Bye bye SA! While we're taking those pics we realise the epic clouds of dust swirling around the wagon.. Kinda a bit weird. On further inspection, it's actually smoke.. emanating quite heavily from the engine bay Neutral



The 'smells like smoke' test.

We checked all the fluids, and they all looked good. Look under the car and there's just oil everywhere. Turns out whatever oil is leaking is dropping straight onto the cat which is burning it hard. While looking for the leak i notice something missing. THE PROP SHAFT, lol. It has the rear dif, and is a 4wd model, but some dingbat removed the prop shaft to install the stupid shit exhaust which would otherwise clash with the 4wd componants *hammer*

So that was the start of a pretty average night. While hauling through the desert, making good time the tire that was replaced clearly was no better than the one it was replacing, because this happened:







Dunno how many of you are unfortunate enough to have experienced that happening, but i can tell those who haven't - i wish i had brought a change of pants.

Unfortunately the blown out tire also managed a few revolutions, fucking the clean fender and scuffing the door and mirror. The sill also looks like  it took a beating when the frame hit the road.

About ten minutes later, Tom hit a kangaroo, which although laying still and bleeding from the mouth for 5 minutes, got up and hopped away as i was deciding what to do with it. Luckily the wagon is built of something much stronger than kangaroo, and no damage was done (somehow).

After that we think fuck it. I was epic tired from not sleeping since thursday, and our progress was shit and slow, so we pulled up for the night and made the most of the EF 'relaxation mode' seating arrangement which folds into a bed in the sedan and the wagon!



Convoy stopped for the night.

2 and a half hours later, we get moving again. The heaters which warmed the car up before going to sleep only managed to keep the car warm for about half an hour, after which was without exaggerating, freezing cold. So it was pretty impossible to sleep for too long.

Moar progress saw us over the correct border this time!



We stop for a fuel up:



And make the best discovery of all time...



.. Drugs!

Suddenly we were SO keen for driving. We even stopped off for a quick shoot in one of the many beautiful hick towns inland NSW.





This used to be the clean side before the tire fucked it!! Sad



Quick pic of the tire too:



BEASTS.







Another use for the sunroof!

We get another 20 or so K's, and have to stop again for a piss break. I swear that the whole of NSW is foggy....Volcanic ash perchance?



SUDDENLY SHEEP





The guy herding (?) them was pretty cool. "I didn't think we'd have so much traffic on a Sunday!" Traffic referring to me and Tom. lol.

The smoke was starting to get pretty extreme in the wagoo, at stops it looked like a small oil inferno was raging in there, BP would've been jelly.





This stop reveals at least that it's in fact engine oil leaking and not gearbox oil (few). So we top it up with what's left from the sedans service, and continue on.

So inland driving pretty much sucked, so we head to Bathurst and do a lap around mt Panorama!







Carrrrving up.

From Bathurst we head along some of the best driving roads i've ever experienced indescribably amazing!



That pic gives an idea of the scenery, the roads were cambered nice, steep and challenging without being precarious.

Did i mention the scenery?!



Everytime i glimpsed one of these signs:



I was moist.

Chasing down the wagoo:





Considering the sedan was automatic, and the wagon was amazingly quicker even though they have the same engines, the sedan held it's own!

Quick shots before the final darkness...









Goodbye sun, we will miss you!



Driving by night is painful.

The New England highway (i think that's its name) is an incredible piece of tar though, and was not bad considering how tired we were (having only slept 3 hours so far!) But FUCK it was cold!! I wish we had taken a picture of the cars parked on the sides of the roads, they were frozen to the road! Looked like something from America. Unfortunately though we were low on fuel so we had to brave the temperature which could have easily been neg5 to top of the tanks before the final stint through Sunday night and Monday morning.

Thank baby jesus for an uneventful night, apart from THIS:



90 000kms! Bam.

And this!



Frosty QLD soil baby!

Then, about 2 hours from Brisbane, we pulled over to reflect a bit on the journey and bask in the rays:





These cars were picked up with no condition history, one of which had been sitting in storage for 6 years, the fact that they were able to make such an epic journey really amazed even me, who had to be positive enough to convince the prospective owners that it was worth the adventure to pick them up over conventionally shipping them.

Mechanically they were faultless. The wagon leaked a bit of oil and has a prop shaft MIA, but not even that stopped it from trekking the few thousand kms to get it home.

Also a quick note, the sedan had no registration and no plates, but was legally allowed to be driven with a Unregistered vehicle permit. Even so, in the whole trip i was only stopped once, and briefly, by highway patrol. Amazing!



After reaching Brisbane having driven through some more mystical scenery along the Cunningham highway





It was time to part with the wagolis and go our separate ways. I brang the sedan to mine where transportation to Josh will be arranged. In the meantime it will sit next to its new brother (my sedan)



It's funny, i got home feeling like the only thing i wanted to do was get back in the car and do it all over again, but maybe that was just the No Doz talking.

Big thanks to Josh, Bobby, and especially Tom as well as FFamily - CHAMPS. Except for Ash who thought we were idiots Razz

Thanks for reading!
EF Sedan Enthusiast

What an excellent read mate.  Glad you guys made it home in one piece (well minus the cosmetic miss fortune).  Wish I could have been with you guys for the epic journey.
JDMric1

Great trip! Looks Like you guys had an amazing time too lol I love the sedann
pErFu2m

cant believe i read that whole thing! the adventure looked so damn fun! and i love you and your buddies going out of your ways to get an EF, a 20 damn year old car. (no homo)

but i did notice the missing passenger side visor and having the passenger side rear being lonely, just the one i need  Very Happy
~Sp33~

pErFu2m wrote:
cant believe i read that whole thing! the adventure looked so damn fun! and i love you and your buddies going out of your ways to get an EF, a 20 damn year old car. (no homo)

but i did notice the missing passenger side visor and having the passenger side rear being lonely, just the one i need  Very Happy


It's in quite poor condition, however i can ask the owner if he'd like to sell.

Thanks for the compliments everyone!
89 LX SOHC ZC

Epic adventure other than the misfortune looked like fun.
~Sp33~

89 LX SOHC ZC wrote:
Epic adventure other than the misfortune looked like fun.


It's all part of it!  Cool
89 LX SOHC ZC

For shure.
jon_akers

Best read of the day. Thanks for taking the time to document the adventure!
Bond

Awesome story. Thats so badass and I'm very jealous I have never done something like that. Maybe one day, but what an epic adventure!

Also that race track is just open to the public like that? Thats crazy! I would have died and gone to heaven to get a chance to do that in my sedan.
~Sp33~

Bond wrote:
Awesome story. Thats so badass and I'm very jealous I have never done something like that. Maybe one day, but what an epic adventure!

Also that race track is just open to the public like that? Thats crazy! I would have died and gone to heaven to get a chance to do that in my sedan.


Haha, It was pretty awesome. I've heard there are a tonne of speed cameras all over the place, but the EF's were struggling to get up to the speed limit anyway, it was just so steep! Deceivingly steep.
Towlie

Awesome trip! The sheep part just made me laugh lol

I would also like to quote one of your lines to witch I related to the most.

"Dunno how many of you are unfortunate enough to have experienced that happening, but i can tell those who haven't - i wish i had brought a change of pants."

Where your tire stripped. I would just like to say that after having my whole rim+tire just spin off the car and spark up a storm because I'm riding on my brake drum. I do know now why I will now carry extra pants in my EF from now on...
89civicracer

Nice read.... Gotta love them road trips.. never know what to expect and what can happen.. Sounds like it was a journey..a fun one at that... Smile
Sancho

That's one hell of a journey! You are crazy and there's nothing wrong with that I just hope the new owner appreciates what you did.

Btw what's in that no doz, meth?
C-Rex

How am I just seeing this now!!

What a journey! How much did ye pay for the cars?
Have alot of friends over in Oz at the minute and all talk about doing tours of the west coast but would love to do it in something interesteing like an EF Cool
~Sp33~

Towlie wrote:
Awesome trip! The sheep part just made me laugh lol

I would also like to quote one of your lines to witch I related to the most.

"Dunno how many of you are unfortunate enough to have experienced that happening, but i can tell those who haven't - i wish i had brought a change of pants."

Where your tire stripped. I would just like to say that after having my whole rim+tire just spin off the car and spark up a storm because I'm riding on my brake drum. I do know now why I will now carry extra pants in my EF from now on...


Or atleast something to clean yourself with!  Very Happy

Sancho wrote:
That's one hell of a journey! You are crazy and there's nothing wrong with that I just hope the new owner appreciates what you did.

Btw what's in that no doz, meth?


He sure does. His username is Josh on here, he's got a build thread going at the moment in the project logs section for the sedan:

http://efcivicsedan.myfreeforum.org/about3059.html

Lol. We were timing every 3 hours or whatever the recommended space between dosages was. Every 3 hours we'd stop, smash some more no-doz and then hit the road again.

C-Rex wrote:
How am I just seeing this now!!

What a journey! How much did ye pay for the cars?
Have alot of friends over in Oz at the minute and all talk about doing tours of the west coast but would love to do it in something interesteing like an EF Cool


Combined, it was less than half of what i paid for my EF lol. If Josh wants to chime in with how much he paid he can.

I don't know why you would want to travel the west coast, east coast is where all the action is!
C-Rex

Shit yea ment to say West coast Rolling Eyes

3 groups of friends have done it already and all said it was amazing but done it in them shite purple and green Toyota Previas rental tour bus things Embarassed
Edison Carasio

EPIC journey.
~Sp33~

C-Rex wrote:
Shit yea ment to say West coast Rolling Eyes

3 groups of friends have done it already and all said it was amazing but done it in them shite purple and green Toyota Previas rental tour bus things Embarassed


Meant to say east coast? lol

LOL those vans are everywhere. Juicey shuttles or something like that.
C-Rex

Please say you edited that to say West yourself Embarassed  Laughing
~Sp33~

Lol. Although i didn't, i probably would have... That would've been funny Razz
C-Rex

Mmmmm wasnt even really late night posting or anything so I cant blame lack of sleep just a complete brain fart Embarassed

And looking at your FFamily pics on facebook, that red EF on the Equips is that the Tom that was on this trip with you?
~Sp33~

C-Rex wrote:
Mmmmm wasnt even really late night posting or anything so I cant blame lack of sleep just a complete brain fart Embarassed

And looking at your FFamily pics on facebook, that red EF on the Equips is that the Tom that was on this trip with you?


That's him! Owns the white 35XT LE that Josh used to own.
C-Rex

Please say he kept the wheels

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