150329Su Essendon Fields (Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Vic.). Flxible Clipper FLX129 in the Pioneer Express 60th anniversary rally. (Roderick Smith)
AFAIK all participating Clippers except for the Driver Brothers one had had some level of mobile-home makeover. This one has had fewer external changes than most, and has retained an authentic livery.
What a fantastic thread, and I cannot believe that I have been missing out on it for the last two years.
I bought "Sally" which is our 1988 Austral Tourmaster in March 2014 and have spent the last year converting to a motorhome, which was subsequently registered in January 2015.
I had never driven a bus or a coach before, just did a lot of watching and looking before jumping in with both boots and buying, then converting. Not a difficult task, but challenging.
Everyone I speak with about our coach is mystified at how roomy it is inside, and the layout is not your conventional layout either.
If I ever work out how to post pics on here I will, but I have tried on many occasions without success.
Here is my first go at piccys, hopefully they come out OK
From the day she came home (top) until most recently (bottom) - in hindsight it was a big job to knock over in 10 months.
"Sally" as she was named according the original Austral delivery books from 1988, is an Austral Tourmaster with "correct" engine (Detroit 6V92T mechanical of course), 6 speed Spicer (at the moment but soon R/R 9 speed) mated to a 2.85:1 final drive which at 1550rpm = 100km/h and a top speed on the highway from Nyngan to Cobar of... do you really think I'm gunna write that ;D
The factory air filter system has been replaced with a more efficient later PowerCore system, and the mufflers replaced with low restriction units again from Donaldson. Some oil leaks fixed, actually a lot of oil leaks fixed, some service and grease, and she is on the road.
It drives like a big luxury car, and we love it.
You'll see us everywhere now "Sally" is on the road.
Please let me know if i have stuffed the piccy thing