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08-22-2005, 11:53 PM
This is an explanation of my mention of The Legend on the Oz forum.
Here in Oz we love our Utes (pickup trucks). Every man and his dog owns or has owned one. I must confess that my Ute has lid onit, its a 92 Landrover
Discovery V8 an I wouldn't part with it for any price ! I also own a Ford Fairlane to use on those rare occasions when I need to brush my hair and
put on a pair of long pants. Come to think of it tho, I dont own a pair of
long pants (aint joking either ).
Any way this is about The Legend, its owned by Birdy and you can see by
the claw and finger nail scratches that it has made a few trips out to the
number 5 bore in its day.
The Outback is probably the worlds formost country life magazine and well worth subscribing to.
08-23-2005, 01:56 AM
You got too much time on ya hands if ya gota read that sorta crap Bob. :D
08-23-2005, 09:14 AM
Hey Birdy! When are you going to show you ugly mug around here?
08-23-2005, 06:12 PM
Nuh. Your'e wrong there Birdy, I dont have lot of time on me hands.
Apart from me Phantom comic, I have to be very selective !
I woodn't miss an issue of the Outback.
By the way, me only newspaper is the Queensland Country Life.
08-23-2005, 06:32 PM
Yes.... let's here more about the life and times of David Bird! I want to see a picture too!
08-23-2005, 07:18 PM
If ya ever wondered wot Birdy looks like well-----------
Just hadda doit Birdy!!!!!!!!
And tha Feral.
08-23-2005, 09:36 PM
Another thing you have to consider also David is the fact that Queensland borders the
Northern Territory, so I reckon that puts youse closer ta civilisation than us !
An you bein an SCG an all, I wooden wanta give ya a bum steer, mate.
08-23-2005, 09:53 PM
By the way, me only newspaper is the Queensland Country Life.
Geez Bob, never woulda gessed that. :rolleyes: [ ya typical bloody QLDer with is ed stuck ina sand.] :D
so I reckon that puts youse closer ta civilisation than us !
If the poms, kiwis n yanks are civilised, then you can have your civilisation. :p
Yous QLDers keep boast'n bout be'n 1/2 an hour ahead of us, but you tend to for get that it don't make up for the 100 years your behind to start with. :D :D
Yes.... let's here more about the life and times of David Bird!
And you must av the most boring life of all Ron. :confused:
08-24-2005, 02:28 AM
Yeh but over here where its beautiful one day an perfic the next, our Aboriginals
are contented folk. Over in the NT. they think its so crook they keep settin fire ta the place. Ya cant fly around an expect ta see an airfield because its usually coved in smoke, ya have ta fly on instruments. If youse yanks are goin there fera visit, remember ta take plenty of Phantom comics on the flight coz ya wont see anything outa the window !
08-24-2005, 03:08 AM
It's obvious you never been ere Bob.
08-24-2005, 03:54 AM
Rob, The Northern territory is full empty stubbies, more anthills per square mile than cattle, broken down toyota's, Cattle that look like slabs of toast, Roadtrains( the smallest being 3 trailers), mozzies the size of footballs, Cut price fuel that on its best day is $1.20 a litre, One bloody highway down the middle, Down south a oversized rock which we can't take photographs of, up north a slightly used uranium mine, on the western edge a great desert, in the water- things that have rows of teeth and bite, if you stay on top of the water - fish that reel hundreds of meters of line off your rod in a blink of an eye, and then there's ...... Birdy.
Legend has it, Birdy has never flown higher than 200 feet above ground level, has an ongoing open warfare with a wedgetail eagle named "The feathered Red Baron", tosses his gyro around at ultra low level like an entrant in the Open saddle bronc event, and no matter what the event or weather, "ALWAYS" wears thongs. (That's a type of footware for you Yanks)
The only thing the Northern Territory beats Queensland to is the weather.
08-24-2005, 03:57 AM
You never been ere either Ted???
Take it from me you blokes, you DON"T want to cum ere..........ever.
The 'stubbies' are square
The ant hills are bout 20' high n 20' round
Broken down tojos?? wot else? nuthn but tojos ever make it this far out to break down.
Never seen a cow lookn like a slab o toast
Road trains, of corse, this is the birth place of um.
Too dry ere for mozzies
120c/L for fuel?? sh1t, its along time since I'v seen it as low as 130c/l.
That one highway is for you clowns........... don't leave it.
Oversized rock? yeh, sumone said theres a big rock west o here somewhere.
Who cares wots north o here, all the loonys in Oz live up there.
And birdy,..................... ever heard the word 'fiction' Ted. :D
And yeh, QLDs got nuthn on us for weather, sh1thouse one day, worse the next, so you'd be better off stay'n away from my patch. ;)
08-24-2005, 05:30 AM
Birdy, I meant to ask you, joking aside, what do you think of this new
Magni Ute that I was going on about in the first place ?
Not exactly a working station ute but no toy either.
If you wanted to travel to flyins and stuff, you could pack in a bit besides a swag and tucker box ! I would rather fly than tow.
The other thing that interests me about it is the fact that it's not duel
control, so you are saving weight etc. I think it would make a good ute if
you wanted to carry observers around, like, fisheries inspectors or rangers.
Anyone that wanted mobility, reliability and cheap operating costs and so on.
Cheaper than a helo in a search operation.
I've probably answered my own question here but what do you other blokes
An eres another thort. If ya replaced the flour with pig's blood an guts, just
think how many bombs ya could carry ta drop on them fundaMental extremists.
08-24-2005, 05:46 AM
Yeh, mite be orright, if you don't mind gitn it full o dust.I'v already got one for cruis'n bout, it got mobility, reliability, is cheap to run and its got doors.
[am think'n of fly'n across the desert to Bigerton next easter.]
08-24-2005, 10:20 AM
I love this thread.
08-24-2005, 10:51 AM
<no matter what the event or weather, "ALWAYS" wears thongs. (That's a type of footware for you Yanks)>
I'm glad you explained that to us... There are some things I Really don't need to know..... :eek:
08-24-2005, 08:09 PM
Birdy, that sounds like it would be an interesting trip across the desert, would you take the red dog along for company ? Probably really, a true blue dog buts got dust on im. I envy you as it would be more fun than going there in our poor old Mooney.
I can see a couple of advantages in using the Magni tho, first, if you was goin to carry any of them modified bombs, ya wooden wanna put them on the floor beside ya, eh.They be better in the backa the ute with the mother in law ta drop em.
Secondly and more importantly in your case, when ya flyin along across the desert,
you could stand up init and look over the tops of the trees ta get ya bearings.
08-24-2005, 08:32 PM
Guys, I have to correct something that Birdy said about those Toyota's.
You see, in the beginning, all the bush bashing was done by Landrovers ! They
battled thru the scrub and laid down all of the tracks for the Toyota's to follow along.
The reason that the scrub aint littered with broken Landies is because they all came back out.
Those Territorians ( ya can always pickem, they the ones covered in bulldust ) had
good intensions tho, gotta givem that. They figured that every cuppla years when
there was enough wrecked Tojo's, we could go back in with our Landies an bring em
out and use em for artificial reefs along the Great Barrier. Fair dinkum.
08-24-2005, 09:40 PM
Landys and tojos are the same, theyer not made like they was.The crap they make nowdays wouldn't get 2 mile past the black stuff before sumthn broke, :mad: thats why I'm still drive'n that 21yo , 500,000km .............but very relible old heap o sh1t in the pic ;) . It has never made me walk home yet, but if it dose, I'll throw a match init befor I left.[ That threat is probably why its too scared to stop. :) ]
BTW Bob, theres more dead landys ere than tojos, you don't see um coz they where buried. Noone wanted to ever set eyes on um again :p . Old tojos never die, theyre the most reliable sorce of spare parts.[ more reliable than toyota dealerships, all they want to do is sell you a new pice o puss]
Back to gyros.
Bob, I don't have a dog, never did av a red or blue dog. I did av a J russle, the best mate I ever ad, till sum dirty stink'n F%#&*@ run over im. :mad:
I recon the lap across the desert will be the most boring fly'n I'v ever done, recon 730 sandhills will get monotonous after bout the first 10.
Havn't checked it out yet, but I recon with a full tank and 3 jerrys in the seat, I'd make a fare dent in the distance. Once get to wot you call civilisation, I mite land ona road, tye the rotors and drive the rest o the way. :)
Stand up ina seat??? Avn't you backward QLD basterds ever erd of a GPS??? :D
08-25-2005, 04:22 AM
Is this guy kin to you Birdy?
08-25-2005, 05:18 AM
in the beginning, all the bush bashing was done by Landrovers !Your not wrong there Robert. Bloody things had no brakes and half a turn play in the stearing, and you couldn't hear them hitting scrub over the whine in the transmission.
08-25-2005, 09:31 AM
. . .and some people go to a four-year university to learn a foreign language!
Ain't this forum great!
08-25-2005, 03:21 PM
Some shots my son sent me the other day as he was giving his ute it's first wash. Drove it to a burn-out comp the next day but he said the seats stunk. The bigest problem when washing your trucks up there is having to keep an eye out for the crocks at the same time. He recons they want to come and help but are more trouble than help.
08-25-2005, 04:27 PM
Reminds of washing a Ford F-150 I had once. Washed all the rust off and, well...that was a bit of a mistake. Fortunately I had a horse in the trailer to get me home. That Ford was the only thing in Arizona I ever saw rust.
Rules for owning a Ford pick-up (Ute for you Ozzies)
1. Always keep a horse trailer attached, with a horse inside. ;)
2. When the Ford breaks down, refer to rule #1. :o
3. Never call your Chevy owning friends to come get you. They won't quit laughing long enough to actually come get you. :D
'98 Silverado with 80k miles and 100k Boy Scout finger prints!
08-25-2005, 06:34 PM
Rules for owning a Ford pick-up (Ute for you Ozzies)
We are AUSSIES... :mad:
08-25-2005, 09:50 PM
Birdy, sorry ta hear about ya dog, mate.
My side-kick aint a blue dog either but I'd both die and kill to protect her .
Yer right about them new trucks bein crap, thats why I'd never part with the one I got. I'd hate ta tryan drive one of them new things across the Jardine. Thats a river,
Birdy, just up the track abit. You got one over there called the Finke but crossin that
one is easy, ya just need a chainsaw to cut a track thru the deadwood.
If ya aint got a Mutt ta take with ya onya trip, I'd suggest a copy of the Outback ta read. Ya wont even notice them sandhills.
That GPS is one of them new fangled gadjits aint they ? Bugger that, I'd rather
follow the pencil line I drew on me chart, never fails.
Ron, I think that bloke is actually related to a fella called Troy Dan.
Tim, you forgot to mention that Landies dont leak oil, they just mark their territory.
Aint they great !
Washing ya truck, Gawd. That could only happen in Victoria.
Cody, I been thinkin lately of goin back to a horse an cart like we had when I was a bit younger. Them things run on grass and not gas, and besides I aint ever in no hurry.
Guys I gotta tell ya. The Northern Territory aint such a bad place really.Actually quite
scenic in a cuppla places.
I'd suggest you Blokes come fer a visit and traumatise Birdy. Stay away from the big cities tho, their crap. I went down ta the city eleven year ago an I dont wanna ever do it again. You'll notice a big difference between Qld and the NT tho, our Brahman
bulls a got bigger nuts than Birdy's tiddlers !
08-26-2005, 02:35 AM
Never ad any trouble cross'n it a coupla years ago. :)
08-26-2005, 03:05 AM
As for the pencle, I have enough trouble write'n a line. :confused:
Mik n Troy are both d1ck%$^ds, I know both of um. ;)
I'd suggest you Blokes come fer a visit and traumatise Birdy.
I suggest you mine ya language. :mad:
bulls a got bigger nuts than Birdy's tiddlers !
Crap Bob, I got bigger nackers n a brahman. :D
08-26-2005, 03:05 AM
Birdy, Damn good thing it never runs dry... :D Gods only know what you guys would get up to, if it ever did.
I note your reference to the GPS. Its perfect for flying in the NT..... How many anthills do you need to see before they all look the same. Bit like sandhills really!
08-26-2005, 07:28 PM
Guys, this is what they get up to, silly buggers.
The Finke River hasn't got any water init but that doesn't stop them
holding an annual yachting regatta init ! Mad, quite mad.
Here's a couple of pics showing typical sandhill country. Goes on fer
hundreds of miles. I like this kinda country because ya dont havta hang a
piss off sign on ya house yard gate as nobody in their right mind goes there,
an them others are acceptable.
Nuff fer now, I got work ta do.
08-27-2005, 01:03 AM
08-27-2005, 01:04 AM
Targets!!! :mad: :mad: [ in the 4th pic]
BTW, those idiots in the bottomless boats are blowins and sunstruck tourists, not locals, and I'm gald I'v never been there.[ morons :rolleyes: ]
08-27-2005, 07:32 PM
Birdy. the way fuel prices are heading. ya might need to harness a cuppla them targets to the front of the Toyota soon ! I been thinkin lately about puttin a diesel
donk in me Disco and then settin upa still to make me some bio-diesel to run iton.
I'd probably finda recipe on the net if I searched. Anybody got a simple recipe for
08-27-2005, 11:27 PM
Rob, Take a run out Birdy's way to get a feel for expensive fuel. You'll come home to think you are not so badly off.
08-28-2005, 06:34 PM
Yes, I know, Ted.
But in the next couple of years its going to become a real calamity. I was reading just this week in the Country Life about the plight of some farmers with regard to fuel
prices. They have their backs to the wall and I think there is only one solution in the
short term providing we act quickly !
Thats bio-diesel. Its there and it can be fairly inexpensive if you keep the oil barons
away from its manufacture and supply.
I dont know why our Govt, dislikes it so much, unless it has something to do with the oil industry lobbying against it ? As soon as a plant starts up, they shut it down.
Take China. They reckon their buying up all the oil. Well, I dont blame them but
what if they set up bio-diesel plants, they would have a huge industry of their own.
Monsanto could do the right thing for a change and design a new bean with a greater
The oil growers have us over a barrel and say that the price is up because of demand,
bull. The price is high because we just have to keep paying it. Onya Willie.
I think that if it looked like half the trucks,tractors and Utes around the world were about to run on something other than oil, They'd **** emself bigtime.
The Yanks here are sitting on huge oil deposits in Alaska, smug buggers, thinking that
when the the Arab oil runs out, I'll be right jack. I can imagine what price they'll
try and sell it for ! On the other hand tho, what if all the farmers here said,stick it
Sam, I'm gonna run me Jittny on beans !
If I could set up an illegal still and make bio for me own use, I wouldn't hesitate
because then I could buy more local grown food an stuff and keep my money here
Why, just the other day me wife was complainin about gettin bindies in her feet from
our house only havin a dirt floor. I had to tell her, " Girl, we cant afford fuel ta go an
buy bags a cement from town,eh "
08-29-2005, 01:03 PM
Used veggie oil, racing methanol, lye. The trick is in knowing how much methanol and lye to use.
08-29-2005, 06:16 PM
We used to run methanol blends in our racing bike engines but today in
Oz, I think a gallon of methanol would cost two or thee times more than a gallon of diesel.
Willie reckons that you can run straight veggie oil but the trick would be
in knowing how to refine and prepare it !
I think, done right a bio plant would be a commercial winner but not for me I'm
afraid as I have enough on my plate.
I wouldn't mind brewing a few 44's for my own use tho but then, I would
like to own a Magni M22 and if I did I wouldn't want to drive anywhere.
PS: Willie is always worth listening too.
08-30-2005, 03:50 AM
Rob, Mate what are ya trying to tell me??? I remember seeing a photo of you standing in front of some aircraft...... Didn't look like you had the arse out of your trousers!!!!
Besides.... ring Birdy, he'll lend you some wood if you go oout there and cut it.
08-30-2005, 11:28 AM
I did a search on google and there is a lot of info on how to make your own. If I had a diesel rig right now you can believe I would be learning more and making my own bio diesel. what I read didn't sound to complicated.
08-30-2005, 01:31 PM
I'm not for certain, but I think the ratio was about 3 gallons of methanol to make 22 gallons diesel. Red Devil lye is about $1.89 USD. Personally, I should be getting my Yamaha SR-500 registered this weekend. Since we are approaching the $3.00 per gallon mark, I'm looking forward to 75 mpg.
I'll see if I can find the website for the bio-diesel kit.
08-30-2005, 06:03 PM
Thanks Guys, I appreciate that.
My condolences for all those caught up in the storms,by the way.I wish you well.
Ted, I think them duds were me sundy best. The aircraft was the Mighty Mooney,
they remind me very much of Landies, Great.
We've been thinking tho that with the price of fuel,we might have ta stick one of
those WW11 charcoal burners on the side of it (the Mooney).
Be shock for Birdy ta see a real truck like a Disco in is paddock. Poor bugger has
forgotten what a real one looks like !
Thanks anyway but we dont need no wood because we burn it ina fuel stove an got
An besides if I was goin anywhere near Birdy's country, I'd druther doit in a Magni
or Firebird. G,day Paul.
PS: If I made some bio, I'd even be willing to pay Peter is 30cents a litre tax just ta
keep the bugger happy !
08-30-2005, 07:43 PM
G'day Robert. I will bring one up to you next year if and when I get my tickets back!!!! Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
08-30-2005, 09:27 PM
Paul, actually I was thinking of coming down there for a look in 06 !
Of course you'll get your tickets back Mate but if some Smut opposes it,we could always sell some bio for cash and then run the question past the high court ? Wont
come to that tho I'm sure, we need you.
BTW, could a 914 turbo donk be fitted to a Firebird ? I've got a thing about using
jap stuff. I'm fortunate that they dont own Landrover or I'd be forced to drive one a them Jeep thingo's.
08-30-2005, 09:56 PM
914? Yes Robert, I will eventually certify it also with a 912 100hp and the 914 115 hp turbo. There will also be a choice of blades including the AKs.
Both these actions are based on Birdys recomendations of course, and he wouldn't fib!! :D Would he?? :eek:
Aussie Paul. :)
08-31-2005, 01:38 AM
Paul, I dont know of course, but I suspect Birdy told a bit of a porky when we were having a serious discussion about Brahman bulls the other day ?
That aside, I'd trust him and he has had some experience with the Rotax engine.
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