Last year on the way to the Pradopoint.com GTG '09 I arrived in Birdsville, QLD with some good Mates to cross the Simpson Dessert. When we arrived at Birdsville we stopped at the famous Birdsville pub for a look around. Outside the pub as a beautiful 1981 Toyota FJ45 LWB Troopy. She was extremely clean and rust free. I took a pic of her along with all the other COo.oOL off-roaders around Birdsville.
Late June 2009
We crossed the Simmo and made it to the PP GTG '09 and I forgot about the beauty.
Last July when on The Tip Trip (Cape York, QLD) Cape York 2010 W/ MAXTRAX & Dirty Weekends we were on our way back South and Brad from MAXTRAX and I were discussing all the old troopy's on The Cape and how I would like to have one 'up above' and comparing colors and features. He said I should go up and start a conversation and slip in that I'm looking for an old troopy to bring back to the States. We arrived at the Musgrave Road House for gas and a lot burger when I spotted this old FJ45 Troopy. I went to the vehicle and talked to the owners wife. She told me that they bought it for two trips, the Simpson Desert and Cape York then was looking at selling it. I gave her by business cart and Brad gave one to her husband as well.
When I came back I was going through my pics to post on fb and noticed it had the white steely wheels and it looked somewhat familiar. I looked at last years Simpson crossing pics and the license plates were the same. I thought it was more than a coincidence and knew I needed to get her. The distance was over 1,500 miles and the Troopy was over 2,000 miles from home. On top of that it was on my only 2 trips to OZ.
About 2 weeks ago Brad sent me a text message with a pic of her in Brisbane and that he left her another card. He sent me an e-mail the other night with pics of her and said he bought her.
She is a clean troopy with only 220,XXX km and no rust. Everything is original and the only things needing attention are the windshield (broken in the Simpson Desert pic as well), and the drivers seat needed new skins. She's a petrol, but thats OK for my purposes. Anyway's you cant always pick who you fall in love with.
I will let you know more when she will be shipped up here and what i'm going to do with her.
Any advice on shipping her 'up above' would be grately appreciated. I'm short on funds, so need to think more container or cheap roro.