Australia: Importing US MV's

Aussie Bloke

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G'day everyone,....



Just got notified my Deuce fail AQIS re-inspection.

I was told that it will take another r20hrs work to get it to pass.
So looks like this isn't going to happen until next week.

Did I ever mention that I thought the Universe was conspiring against me,....??



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marchplumber

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G'day everyone,....



Just got notified my Deuce fail AQIS re-inspection.

I was told that it will take another r20hrs work to get it to pass.
So looks like this isn't going to happen until next week.

Did I ever mention that I thought the Universe was conspiring against me,....??



Aussie.

Starting to agree with ya......tthis is gettin to be "normal" when it should be the abnormal.....sorry Mate!
 

Aussie Bloke

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I bet if I had been allowed to wash it like I do my other vehicles it would have passed first time!
My family/friends think I'm kinda crazy with how I keep my vehicles clean, yet they always want to use mine to go out in because theirs are never clean enough,....
I wonder why that is,...?

Well, more video tomorrow.



Aussie.
 

Aussie Bloke

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Well,....

AQIS got off their lazy butts and cleared it!!!
Sure was sent the invoice for the transportation from docks to the bonded yard for cleaning and the bill for the cleaning fast!

Will go pay that tomorrow morning, not happy about the final bill.
(says through gritted teeth)

Will go collect MONDAY!!
Video should be posted Tuesday!
:)



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marchplumber

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G'day everyone,...


Well,....

AQIS got off their lazy butts and cleared it!!!
Sure was sent the invoice for the transportation from docks to the bonded yard for cleaning and the bill for the cleaning fast!

Will go pay that tomorrow morning, not happy about the final bill.
(says through gritted teeth)

Will go collect MONDAY!!
Video should be posted Tuesday!
:)



Aussie.

Well? How long has it been? Took me about 44 years before I owned a deuce.....yep slower than molasses when there's work to be done, fast as lightning wanting to get paid for it........3 days and a wake up? Heck, the times so short, ya gotta stand on a nickel to pee on a dime! LOL. CONGRATS!!
 

Aussie Bloke

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Ok, payed invoice and have release order in hand!

Now to survive this weekend,....

Monday around 11am I should be collecting it.

Oh,... and as if I haven't spent enough already, I am going to have to fill the fuel tank around the corner from where I collect it from.


sigh,....






Aussie.
 

Aussie Bloke

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G'day everyone,...

Well the universe is in fine form,...

Internet Explorer stopped working so cannot connect to anything,...
So reinstalled windows,... now I have NO wireless connection at home.
Lost everything I had on laptop.
This means uploading Vid is out untill I get this fixed.
I am useing my mobile pre-paid (USB) modem now.

Geeez,...



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Aussie Bloke

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Well I'll be leaving in a few hours to go collect my Deuce!
After all this time,....

:)

Bag of tools,...
Grease gun,...
Fully charged Video camera,...




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marchplumber

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G'day everyone,....


Well I'll be leaving in a few hours to go collect my Deuce!
After all this time,....

:)

Bag of tools,...
Grease gun,...
Fully charged Video camera,...




Aussie.


Like Ahab said, a spot of cash never hurts!! CONGRATS!!! It seems the "fat lady" is about to solo for ya!!fat lady sings
 

Aussie Bloke

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Initial Post Mission Report


Arrived at where I am to collect my vehicle and present release order.
Get escorted around back to collect it, they are surprised I intend to drive it home.
I find my vehicle has NOT been put back together correctly and the door inspection panels not at all!
The intake mushroom cap is just sitting loose, the clamp is outside the side panel NOT inside it where it should be!!
Also the winch cable is NOT in the drum but in the bed.

Its only then I am told it won't start.
Not only that but after I walk around it I try to start it only to find the battery's are flat!
I had to go down the road to where a truck auto electrician business is and got them to come over to jump start it.
So $35.00 later they showed up,...
Connected up and with full power now in the system it turns over great.
Oh but its not going to be that simple!
It will not fire.
I did a pre start before, checked, water, oil, fluids,...
Everything ok.
Only 1.5 inchs of fuel in tank.
The Deuce has been sitting so long the fuel in the line had bled back to the tank.
So after opening the return line connection I let the lift pump in the tank to push fuel through to the mechanical fuel pump.
After closing the return line she fired up first crank.
Ran rough for 10 seconds and then ran like a dream, just a little hand throttle till she warmed up!
Closed her up and then drove off after checking lights, left front indicator not working, might just need replacement globe (I'm hoping).
All this took an hour.

Got 30mtrs down road and brake peddle went soft!!!
Holy Handgrenades!!
Had to stop about 50mtrs down road to pay for the jump start.
Unfortunately I stalled the engine because it was in gear when I lifted off the clutch.
I payed for the jumpstart and got another jump for free.
I noticed a very LARGE oily wet spot under the right front wheel,...
On inspection brake fluid is covering the inside right front wheel and a little is on the left front wheel.
A couple of doors down from where I collected the Deuce is a Truck brake specialist.
So I reversed all the way back around 70-80mtrs.
On inspection the front brake line across the axle has been crushed where chains were used to secure the vehicle!
So that is now being replaced.
Also on inspection I noticed that the left rear wheel nuts are not correctly fitted.
The inner wheel nuts have been fitted outside and the outer nuts fitted inside, only 2 of the studs have correctly fitted nuts on that rear wheel.
The Deuce is still there now as they had no time today to make the brake line and fit.
Will be going back in 2 days to collect with the brake system checked out.



Report Ends.



Aussie.
 

Another Ahab

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What an adventure, and that was just getting it out the gate!

That brake episode might be a blessing in disguise for you, and lucky that shop was there where it was too.

Because now you KNOW your brakes are all vetted out, and so little chance of unexpected surprises. So far so good?
 

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Wow...! Well, at least there were repair shops close by to provide the help you needed.

Keep us posted as the adventure continues.
 

Aussie Bloke

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G'day everyone,....


So far I've travelled about 200mtrs!

I agree though,.... better to have found out about the brakes now than when I was going to be going over a mountain on the way home!

Follow up report tomorrow.



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marchplumber

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Well, you GOT her!! Everyone has to put in the maintenance bundle every now and then. Glad no one was hurt with the brake failure. Got any pics of you and the old girl? Does seem like you have kept "Murphy" occupied for a while now.......maybe it's time he moves on?
 

Aussie Bloke

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Yeah I have video but need to fix my home connection before I can upload it.
Things have been breaking down all at once here.

I'll get it sorted ASAP.



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