The day before.
The anticipation. The nervousness. The hope that I remember to pack everything. And the anxiety about the car….
For those of you who have read the previous entries on this blog, you’ll know that the Dejero failed spectacularly last year on the trip to the Simpson. DPF fucked me. That’s as blunt and as kindly as I care to put it. The Achilles heel of the this otherwise great 4WD failed with no warning and no recourse but an expensive repair. What’s worse is it cost me in time, money and embarrassment. To that end, if the thing fails on this trip there will be a reckoning and it will be gone. I’ll replace it with a Landcruiser or a Patrol or a frigging Suzuki Sierra. I shit you not.
At any rate, over the weekend I took it for a leisurely spin to Melbourne and it began surging at 2000 RPMs. Not happy Jan! Got it into the mechanics and he flushed the SCV (suction control valve). It’s running great now. Total non-shout out to the clowns at Bakers in Albury – “Yeah we’ve got a replacement SCV for that model of Pajero. Yep matches the numbers you just read out to us off the chassis.” Only to have the mechanic get there to find out it’s the wrong one. Geniuses! I tell you what, it’s hard to get good help.
I’ve packed the car almost to the roof – the new drawers, cargo barrier and everything else are set to go. It’s only me this year, so if it fails it won’t ruin someone else’s holiday – just mine. There are a number of Prado’s for sale in Albury – I’ll run it down, trade it and take off in one of them.
You can probably tell I’m not in the best place for this trip. I really am nervous about the car – if it fails on me in the desert then it’s a very expensive effort to bring it back. I’m not looking forward to that at all and it’s not going to happen. Everything that should be done to these cars has been done – from the DPF and EGR sort out, to the mods and the run-in after all that stuff. It’s going pretty well so here’s hoping that continues.
It’s been pissing rain here at home and wet in the desert which will make for an interesting trip. The basic plan is this:
- Home to Broken Hill
- Broken Hill to Tibooburra or points north of that.
- Innamincka and then Birdsville
- The Simpson Desert
- Mt Dare and maybe sneak over the geographical centre of the country for a look
- Back to Mt Dare
- Simpson Desert!
- Mungeranie or Birdsville
- The mountains of SA for a couple of nights – maybe Arkaroola?
It’s going to be a hell of a trip. I’ll post updates as I go if possible, but it’s more likely that the updates will come through on my return.
Wish me luck.