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Postby roland985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:05 pm

Being an L-plated loser, I cannot even dream of chasing storms by myself. But when I get my P's in about 2 years. (thanks to the 120hr thing it will take a very long time) I want to start chasing the stuff up in York and Northam to start off.

A 4WD is too expensive to run and the Kilometers to the Liter would make you shudder. I am thinking a station wagon such as a Toyota Camry would be the go as I could park it at a vantage point and take pictures of the lightning in the boot, with the boot's door providing a bonus rain shield and faraday protection..

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Postby Fu Manchu » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:53 pm

A 4wd diesel would be a great option. An old Hilux maybe.

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Postby roland985 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:15 pm

Fu Manchu wrote:A 4wd diesel would be a great option. An old Hilux maybe.

How economical are they?

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:04 am

Being diesel, very.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:16 am

Always heaps of parts. Like Falcons and Commodores. An abundance of cheap bits.

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Postby roland985 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:53 am

Fu Manchu wrote:Always heaps of parts. Like Falcons and Commodores. An abundance of cheap bits.


Nice. I have had my eye on old Hiluxes anyway. And I suppose you can go offroad to avoid trees and downed powerlines in remote areas...

Good call on the parts, as there would be tons of them. And as Top Gear's test shows, Hiluxes are indestructible...

So my choice boils down to:
-Toyota Camry
-Toyota Hilux
-Hyundai Getz

And I think the Hilux would be the best choice. As I could mount two-ways, cameras, instrumentation and other stuff later on...

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Postby brayden » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:02 am

Well had a Honda CRX to start off with lol Got onto the 22nd March 2010 storms with it ;)
But have a 2004 nissan x-trail these days, not too bad either

Not too sure bout the Getz, zippy city cars for sure
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Postby lykeeze » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:04 am

currently using my toyota camry 98.. the beast.. does the trick, but yeah rather something with a lil more clearance off the ground like a hilux of some description

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Postby Fu Manchu » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:14 pm

But dude, it's a Camry so doesn't matter. Ground clearance is trivial.

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Postby lykeeze » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:30 pm

i was told it was a hair dressers car... but yeah my beast spent 18months in all weather conditions around aus never had a.problem so toyota is the way to go for a car with less problems for me... but i do bottum out on grands of sand time to time.. no damage yet lol

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:53 am

"Hair Dressers Car" :lol:


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Postby englishrose » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:42 pm

I got my awesome V6 commodore and she's white hot... Brum brum.... ;)


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Postby Rainbow Bright » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:57 pm

You can't go wrong with a toyota especially a camry. Love them.

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Postby englishrose » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:03 pm

Maybe next time I'll take the Yamaha R1 1000 cc lol ... That would be a bit fun ;)


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Postby roland985 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:06 am

englishrose wrote:Maybe next time I'll take the Yamaha R1 1000 cc lol ... That would be a bit fun ;)


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Yes it would be great fun. Until you are stuck on a paddock with no buildings or trees and cgs start hitting the ground around you. I would bet $100,000,000,000 and more that you would wish for a big heavy mobile faraday cage.

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Postby Storm Wolf » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:51 am

I'm still on my log book (learner) despite my age (spent all my money going overseas a few times; I'm in Uni still so work part time - so don't judge!). Hence I can't chase!

I am looking at getting something small, safe and fuel efficient. I intend to 'chase' storms when I get onto my P plates in July. However, I don't intend to go off road or right into the core of the storm or anything - surely a Toyota Corolla or Yaris would be fine for main roads even if it's a fair distance? I just want to be able to get a little closer to the storms and get some good photos.
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Postby roland985 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:06 pm

My cousin has a 2006 Mazda 2. Great for long distance road driving. I wend from Perth to Adelaide in a Nissan Tida, and that was great too. Just don't ever expect to get off the ashphalt! Go for a turbodiesel or a small 4 cylinder in my opinion.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:57 pm

A small 4 cylinder is not going to be fun encountering road trains. Can get a bit interesting overtaking, if not just plain dangerous.

Some of the new ones are fine, but would you risk hail damage on a new car?

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Postby Fu Manchu » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:00 pm

I feel much safer on gravel in a rear wheel drive. Over steer is far easier to control than the under steer of a front wheel drive.

Roads can be remote and coming off a slippery ball bearing like gravel road is not a great thing.

Some power to deal with road trains makes for safer over taking and doesn't become a hinderance to other drivers also wanting to over take.

The old Subaru all wheel drive is also fantastic, although the really old ones do lack power unless modified.

Roads travelled during a chase are also prone to Roos and hitting one (heaven forbid you dont) a bigger car is far safer than a small one.

Chasing is about managing risk and making the experience as safe as possible, both on the road and interacting with storms.

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