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Old 03-01-2008, 08:55 PM
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RE: Australian highways - am I far off the mark?

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Big problem I see is lack of clearance--although they show a pic of it in shallow water, you're gonna rip the bottom out even on some fairly mild access roads. Hell, looks like you'd rip the front bumper/spoiler off on a typical parking lot block. Still, it looks like it would be a riot to drive.

Subaru made that Baja thing a few years ago (ugleee), and I don't think anyone bought them because the bed was about 3 feet long--made no sense for the stuff that I need to carry. Earlier on was the original Subaru BRAT, which was a little car/pickup thing like the Dodge Rampage.

Bring back the original pre-bloat mini-pickups; cheap and simple--I think they were cheaper to operate than almost any other vehicle. I can deal with rubber mats, am able to roll up windows (used to do it years ago in everything I owned), and don't mind a little mechanical noise. Even though they were small, they were real TRUCKS, and I like trucks.

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A thing about Australian roads that must have figured in the design scheme is that it is a "LONG WAY TO ANYWHERE".

And not all the roads in the outback are camel trails...

Like the interstates in America, they have well maintained blacktop that is near endless, and practically nothing to see along the way - so why not go FAST?

It's the ultimate "OTTOBAHN". Worry more about kangaroos than cops...

The more I think about it, the more I like it. We've seen an influx of Aussies coming over here - someone ought to replace them.
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no,no,no we dont have well maintained blacktop,its maintained but i wouldnt say well,some of our multi lane roads are good and some are well not so good.The main road into australias biggest city[sydney]is a two lane goat track,you come of our f3 highway which goes 2lanes either way to 3 then back to 2 then 3 then2 then3 and in amongst all this it goes 100k,s an hour to 110 then 90 then 110 then 100 then at the moment 80 for road works,then you come to the sydney outskirts main road[LOOK OUT WATCH THOSE BIG HOLES IN THE ROAD]so i,ll get of my soapbox now just to say bang, lucky i drive a truck some cars would disappear on our roads in the holes.
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I might go in and correct them...

50% of Australias roads aren't even sealed... and red58 is right... our roads (in particular ones in NSW) are appaling.

Even in the NT, where they are now introducing speed limits will have pot holes that you can loose a small truck in... Try hitting one of them pushing 200mph. Not to mention they are single lane, traversed by the largest and heaviest highway trucks in the world...
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I might go in and correct them...

50% of Australias roads aren't even sealed... and red58 is right... our roads (in particular ones in NSW) are appaling.

Even in the NT, where they are now introducing speed limits will have pot holes that you can loose a small truck in... Try hitting one of them pushing 200mph. Not to mention they are single lane, traversed by the largest and heaviest highway trucks in the world...
so in other words , what you are saying is that your roads are pretty much like our roads here in the states, huh Fred???
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So - the sooner the Falcon is placed on a small HOVERCRAFT chassis the better, is that right?

I wonder if a ground effect craft wouldn't be the ideal out there.
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nah a hovercraft would be no good it would throw up all the blue metal gravel they just laid,although i suppose its no differant to them doing what they do now,just leave it there put up a sign its there and let all the cars and trucks throw it up all over the place until theres roughly 2 or more lanes cleared and then come and sweep the rest up.Dont worry about new paint jobs,small dents or smashed windscreens we are road engineers we know what were doin.And like fred said new south must have some of the worst.
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i like the new avatar Fred!!
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Yours is still pretty cool too!
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i am about due for a change, as soon as i can figure how to get the animation working.
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