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Whats Your Bush Mechanics Fix?

Discussion in 'General 4x4 Discussion' started by Neat 60, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Neat 60

    Neat 60 Active Member

    Airing up on the Thompson Dam wall yesterday I noticed 4 broken studs on the left rear axle. Made it as far as the Labertouche servo on the Princess Hwy then this happened

    With no studs left to hold the axle on or keep the oil in the diff it was time to get creative.

    Fortunately Red has front and rear air lockers so we plugged the hole with a shovel handle that was virtually made for it and drove the remaining 100kms home with the rear locker on.

    What's your bush mechanics fix?
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  2. nitrobrent

    nitrobrent Active Member

    Screenshot_2015-12-29-20-33-07.png 18920315_845447752270580_6761775998494035328_n.jpg 18836876_845447288937293_9206996880110394982_o.jpg Had a slight rubbing of back tyre on chsssis LOL
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  3. rogerazz

    rogerazz 4x4 Earth Contributer

    I assume your chainsaw is for wood, so how did the chain go getting through the axle?
    2.Was remaining axle left in before plugging, please explain a little more?
    3. Rear locker on , so are you in 4H , 4L, or 2H???
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  4. Aaron Schubert

    Aaron Schubert Moderator

    I initially thought the same as you, but it appears he's put the shovel handle in and chopped that with the chainsaw

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  5. ROXY

    ROXY Active Member

    It's a Stihl chainsaw. No worries cutting axles.
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  6. Neat 60

    Neat 60 Active Member

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  7. cam04

    cam04 Active Member

    I've got a Husky K970 demo saw with a rescue (4x4) blade on it at work - I think I'll have to now start carrying it on weekends to
    1. install axles
    2. win pi$$ing comps about saws o_O

    Might have to throw in a thermic lance too haha.
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  8. cam04

    cam04 Active Member

    First class dodgy fix too by the way to the OP - Bravo.
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    BIGCOL Well-Known Member

    I got a 50mm crack in my petrol tank once in the Sturt Stony Desert area, leaking petrol all over the place so quickly made up a paste from soap and fine desert sand and bung it into the crack. Stopped the leak and I made it back to Melbourne before having the repair job done professionally. Happened about 30 years ago when there weren't many travellers about. Would have been in the poo if we couldn't stop that leak

  10. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    My young bloke got a hole in his fuel tank up Cape York and plugged the hole with a wedge he cut out of his rubber thong
  11. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    Back in about 2010 a travelling partner did a rear crown wheel and pinion in his rear diff in the Simpson Desert. Rang Mount Dare for assistance but he was two days away from helping us so we thought we would have a crack at getting going and drive ourselves out
    We managed to strip it down and reassemble it without the crown wheel. We had to salvage the diff oil and filtered all the metal fragments through a pair of underpants before reuse o_O took us about 6 hrs to get it done.
    Put it in 4WD and drove it as a front wheel drive, We hooked him up to my ute with a snatch strap and we drove in sync via radio constant communication and would speed up to hit a dune and I would be able to crest the dune in time to give give snatch assistance to get him up over the dune as well
    It was an epic event but we got out unassisted :)



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  12. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    I see a common theme here, Toyota diffs...
    I once had to remove diff centre and what was left of the rear tail shaft and drive out from half way between Dargo and Walhalla with drive to front only and a single spinner diff with the car crab walking due to the rear diff being bent like a banana and to add to the fun the fuel tank had been half crushed, a transmission mount broken and a bent drag linko_O:(
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  13. Marck

    Marck Well-Known Member

    Did you need to push the roof back into place after the rollover ?
  14. discomatt

    discomatt Well-Known Member

    I didn't roll it but it was as close as I ever want to come and it gave me a whole new insight and respect for very steep hills. I ended up going backward down the hill with no engine or brakes, off the side of the track and over a tree stump that removed half the underside of the car. Poor old thing has never been quite the same since :(
  15. typhoeus

    typhoeus Well-Known Member

  16. typhoeus

    typhoeus Well-Known Member

    You would have been slippin' and slidin' around in the seat for a week after that little escapade!
    no rusty nuts either,
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  17. cam04

    cam04 Active Member

    Toyota diffs again. 2006 up the cape. Pulled the front driveshaft off a prado, locked the centre diff and he drove it back to Brisbane.
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  18. nitrobrent

    nitrobrent Active Member

    Yeah did that.
    Now have adj uppers and GU uppers as lowers.Stock rubbers just weren't lasting long .
  19. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    If you ever blow a hole in your exhaust or muffler , chewing gum and a few cut up beer cans and tie wire work well :)
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  20. Twinklz

    Twinklz Member

    Forgot to put the beer in the esky before we left, so we drank rum, does that count as a bush fix?
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