DARWIN, XMAS AND THE PLEASURE OF SHIPPING

SO I ARRIVED UP IN DARWIN, I USED TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING UP HERE. MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE PLACE IN ALL OF AUSTRALIA. I LOVE DARWIN! THANKS TO MY FORMER BOSS DAVE WHO ALLOWED ME TO USE HIS WORKSHOP FOR A FEW PRE-ASIA LANDCRUISER IMPROVEMENT REPAIRS – I GOT SOME S**T SORTED 

SO WE FLUSHED THE ENGINE AND STARTED TAKING IT APART..A LITTLE BIT A LEAST

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ENGINE WITHOUT SUMP, NEEDED A GOOD CLEAN AND A NEW SEAL

WE ALSO EXCHANGED THE RADIATOR HOSES AS WELL AS ALL BELTS TO MAKE SURE I DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT ON A DUSTY ROAD IN INDIA WITHOUT ANY WATER BUT A MILLION SPECTATORS

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THANKS TO LEGEND CRAIG FOR BEING SUCH A CHAMP AND CHANGING THE ROCKETCOVER GASKET FOR US

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THATS HOW YOU LOOK LIKE IF YOU PULL A ENGINE SUMP OFF AND RELEASE A STUCK OIL FILTER WITH SCREWDRIVER AND HAMMER

THE SHIP TO TIMOR WAS DELAYED, I NEEDED THE MONEY AND DARWIN WAS IN DEMAND OF SOME STRAIGHT KERB SO THERE WAS ANOTHER 10 DAYS OF TROWLING CONCRETE

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ON THE WAY TO WORK
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EDGING A ‘PRAM-CROSSING’
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RUNNING OUT SOME ‘MUD’
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BACK ON THE TOOLS – FINISHING OFF BEFORE THE CLOUDS COME IN..CONCRETE DOESNT LIKE DARWIN’S WETSEASON

I WENT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

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TYRE SEALANT FOR EMERGENCY TUBE REPAIRS
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LUCAS OIL ADDITIVE TO MAKE UP FOR THOSE WORN PISTON RINGS
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I ALSO INSTALLED A CONVERTER WITH 240V OUTPUT TO RECHARGE COMPUTERS, DRONE BATTERIES,…
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DEFINITELY DIDNT MISS OUT ON A BIT OF DARWIN DOWNTOWN MITCHELL ST
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I GOT THE TRANSMISSION SERVICED BY A SPECIALIST AND BOLTED ON THE LAST PANEL AND SHE WAS READY FOR THE CONTAINER
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PJ’S (ANL) YARD CLOSE TO BERRIMAH EAST ARM WHARF 20 MIN OUT OF DARWIN CBD

SO THE CAR WAS GONE AND I KEPT MYSELF BUSY RINGING UP POTENTIAL CUSTOM BROKERS IN DILI/EAST TIMOR TO GET THE CONTAINER CLEARED OVER THERE. THIS IS NECESSARY IF YOU DONT ANT TO GET IN TROUBLE WITH THE AUTHORITIES. 60 EXPENSIVE PHONE CALLS LATER I FINALLY GOT SOMEONE ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE WHO WAS ABLE TO PASS ME ONTO HIS COUSIN WHOSE BROTHER SPOKE SOME ENGLISH. THAT GUY THEN GAVE ME THE NUMBER OF A CUSTOM BROKER WHO THEN TURNED OUT TO BE THE CUSTOM BROKERS FATHER IN LAW ..AND SO ON.. ANYWAY I DECIDED TO POSTPONE MY AMBITIONS UNTIL I GET TO DILI AND FOCUSSED ON GETTING NAKED AROUD THE POOL..MERRY CHRISTMAS

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DARWIN CHRISTMAS
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XMAS PARTY AT CURTIS’ HOUSE

TIME TO FLY TO DILI TO GET MY CAR OUT OF THE CONTAINER ..

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