View Full Version : Hello from Oz!

Air Randy
05-30-2016, 11:24 PM
Hey everyone, finally got the 2016 Prado and got it outfitted for the outback. First big trip is planned for next week. Its a 4 cylinder turbo diesel with 6 speed automatic, center lock and electric locking diffs.

Very nice to drive on the street although its not a ball of fire with the smaller diesel. Not much turbo lag and it has just enough diesel rattle for you to know its there. No smoke at all. Getting a DP chip put in it next week for a little more power.

Amazing fuel mileage though, it goes about 1400 Km's between fill ups.

Toyota is definitely the dominate brand down here, tons of newer suvs and trucks and some older troopies and such. Amazingly though in 5 months I have only seen 1 FJ40, I guess I had assumed there would be a few more of them around. They were much more common in Denver than down here.

05-30-2016, 11:30 PM
Nice! I drove a Prado (work vehicle) while in Kuwait. Great vehicle and fun to drive!

05-31-2016, 05:50 AM
That's one heck of a Joey catcher!

05-31-2016, 07:51 AM
Very nice!

05-31-2016, 09:42 AM
Sweet cruiser. Is Buddy walking the beach in pic #5?

05-31-2016, 10:22 AM
Nice! Also good to see and hear from you out there. Going to look forward to at least a few shots of your adventures.

Air Randy
05-31-2016, 05:56 PM
Sweet cruiser. Is Buddy walking the beach in pic #5?

No, Buddy is still in the US undergoing the 6 month quarantine process. He will complete that in October. We come back then for a few weeks of home leave and we'll take him back with us. He will have to spend 10 days in final quarantine in Melbourne then he is done and free to roam.

05-31-2016, 06:41 PM
Cool photos. Have you made contact with any of the Toyota clubs in the area?

05-31-2016, 07:47 PM
Neat Prado. Keep the down under pics coming!

05-31-2016, 07:56 PM
Nice Randy.

06-01-2016, 09:25 PM
Nice touring rig. :). I don't think you see many 40's as why would you keep driving a 40 when you could have a 70?

Air Randy
06-24-2016, 01:59 AM
Completed the first outback trip, Prado performed well but the ground clearance and tires are marginal. It goes in for a 2" lift and bigger/better tires next week.

Lots of 70 series rigs down like the utility rig we used in the photos. We call them pickup trucks with beds, they call them Utes with trays. The shot coming down the hill is considered a HUGE obstacle here, anyone that has been to Moab would yawn on this. You really have to dodge a lot of critters on the road. You appreciate the snorkel when you have to cross low spots in the road that flood with very small amounts of rain. Amazing scenery though, the blackest nights you have ever seen if its overcast. On clear nights the stars are so bright you can see your shadow.

Air Randy
06-24-2016, 02:02 AM
A few more photos. Dee with Arthur, one of the rangers from the local aboriginal tribe. Kangaroos, Wallaby (which is a smaller species of kangaroo) and a yellow footed rock wallaby.