Latest News – December 2016

Recently Marcus was doing some field research into a possible trip that we are considering up the Oodnadatta track via the old Ghan line and a little known early stock route to Chambers Pillar and Alice Springs. “Out of the corner of my eye I spotted the unmistakable shape of a truck I drove in the Army back in the 1980’s. At the homestead of the property I asked if I could have a look at it and get some pictures, explaining my interest in the vehicle. The manager was most agreeable and came out with me. As I was climbing over it he mentioned that it was really hard to start, needing jumper leads and liberal doses of Aerostart to get it going. I was more than happy to demonstrate the correct, very involved, procedure of starting it by pressurising the fuel system with the hand pump on the dash to a steady 80psi, while at the same time preheating the glow plugs for 2 minutes before cranking. Much to his surprise, and my relief, she fired up on the first crank! For those who might be interested the vehicle is a Kaiser Jeep M816 Wrecker” (