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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-19-2012, 11:59 AM
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Great car, great pics, great trip. Thanks for sharing it. I love road trips!

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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Well done! I was looking for the Great Ocean Road photos from Warnambool to Geelong?
I took a very direct route from Perth to Sydney and so I didn't travel along the Great Ocean Road but I now wish that I had. Why didn't anyone mention this to me before I started out? Oh well, I think it's always nice to leave something for next time...

I travelled in 6 basic legs:

1. Perth to Caiguna via Coolgardie, Norseman, Balladonia (In 1979 Skylab crashed in Balladonia and the road house have a small museum with Skylab remnants - I asked if I could buy a piece of Skylab but apparently they don't sell offcuts )
2. Caiguna to Ceduna;
3. Ceduna to Port Augusta via Wirrulla, Poochera, Kyancutta, Kimba & Iron Knob;
4. Port Augusta to Burra via Willmington, Willowie, Orroroo & Peterborough;
5. Burra to Mildura;
6. Mildura to Sydney via Balranald, Hay, Darlington Point, Narrandera, Wagga Wagga and then connecting to the Hume Hwy all the way to Sydney.

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To up-date this thread I finished my job in Melbourne and drove back to Perth (across the Nullabor) in July of 2015. As before the Alfa didn't skip a beat.

I am now starting a new job in Melbourne again and in 5 days time I will drive from Perth back to Melbourne across the Nullabor plain again. Three times across Australia in the same Alfa 105 GTV 2000 has to be some kind of record. I'll report back when I have more details.

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To up-date this thread I finished my job in Melbourne and drove back to Perth (across the Nullabor) in July of 2105. As before the Alfa didn't skip a beat.

I am now starting a new job in Melbourne again and in 5 days time I will drive from Perth back to Melbourne across the Nullabor plain again. Three times across Australia in the same Alfa 105 GTV 2000 has to be some kind of record. I'll report back when I have more details.
And it appears to be a time travelling machine! What's Australia like in 2105?
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I do believe I had a hand in rebuilding your engine and g/box in Melbourne. I hope its still going well and the aftermarket AC is cold. Its fair to say you have run the engine in. I don't work with the guys anymore but it might be worth getting them to grease your front wheel bearings
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Great story! I somehow missed it before. Old cars are quite capable of trips like that if well prepared and mechanically sound. My brother and his wife drove their 1957 Beetle from Adelaide across to Perth and up as far as Dampier back in the 1980s. I drove to Queensland and back several times in my old 1956 Beetles. I too was surprised you were using 91 ULP in the Giulia. I have never used anything other than 98 in any of the Alfas I have owned. 91 is crap and apparently they are thinking of dropping it. I reckon you would get better economy with 98 as well as more power.

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Well done you!

How fabulous your road trips must have been - thanks for reviving this thread - Are you getting tired of the driving, do you pick a different route each time? Did you take the Coastal option you regretted not trying in 2012?

Always fantastic to read about such long trips, full of natural magnificence..

Last time I was in Perth was for the America's Cup 1987 - which has its own stories... in fact, wow - that was EXACTLY 30 years ago this week! Must pull up some pics.. By the time we arrived in Perth/Freo, all the rental cars were booked by tourists, so we rented from Budget Truck... a big Toyota King Cab diesel outback pickup with tall knobby tires and roo bars.. Oh my head, what fun we had.. I recall their names were Suzanne and Linda, from Sweden... and there was also a Fiona in there. With my buddies Doug, Patrick, Chris, and Dave who worked on one of the visiting yachts... We fell in with a teenage Brit named Jason Courage whose father has a strong involvement in auto racing.. We hope to see Jason again in Montreal for F1 this summer.

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So who says you can't drive a 43 year old Alfa with a possibly dodgy head gasket across Australia in the middle of summer - piece of cake.
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Not me. I think if you know your car and its mechanical condition and have maintained it well, there's no reason it can't be driven long distances. I had an Alfa guy, who has a restored 90, tell me a couple of years ago that the L-jet systems on 75s and 90s are too fragile to drive long distances or regularly, which is complete bs in my opinion. Some people think when cars get to a certain age, you have to keep them in mothballs. Cars are meant to be driven.
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2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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