Trooping the Colour
The intervening period betwixt my last missive and this, encompassing solely the pursuance of my vehicular transportation, has been nothing but a baleful, everlasting treadmill of utter wretchedness and acerbic disappointment! But hey ho, could be worse eh?
There have been vehicles dotted the length and breadth of the country, both measurements of staggering proportion in this fair country. Every sniff of a chance has been snuffed, but with such exacting requirements for this travelling extravaganza, it isn't quite as easy as it seems.
There is a requirement for any vehicles travelling to America (for permanent importation) to be at least 25 years old or face the scrupulous testing of EPA and DOT requirements, which my intended vehicle would miss in spectacular fashion. Picture a 50-a-day, emphysemic, chain-smoking pensioner stepping into the ring for 15 rounds with Mike Tyson, and you'd be somewhere close.
So along with being over 25 years of age, the vehicle has to have its original engine. The 1HZ engine I'm searching for was manufactured from 1990 onwards, which means I have a 3 year window before that 25 year embargo hits. In addition, the engine cannot be modified in any fashion i.e. since these old machines don't boast a great deal of torque, the temptation for many is to turbo them, making them instantly better whilst at the same time instantly null and void.
In addition, since I am a complete princess and have lived in Australia for ten years, I do require air conditioning. This is a luxury, but a necessary one, as many a country strewn with my desperate perspiration can testify. The countries don't want my sweat; I don't want my sweat. Ideally I'd also like these extras: duel battery; duel tanks; bull-bar; roof-rack; side-ladder; duel-rear-wheel carrier; non-tinted windows (apparently used by local polizia as an excuse for bribery in some South American countries) and some bucket swivel seats. Rear draws, fridges etc can all be fitted out by myself, but some or all of the above will be most welcome. Oh, and little to no rust, which almost crosses off almost the entire upper half of the country, which is exactly the type of area that the famed Troopies like to roost!
So the hunt continues...will keep you posted!
The blog will be a record of everything - from idea conception to old age in making this adventure happen
You can find the excellent 2006 Antipodean Adventure blog by Dwyer Rooney here