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Big Al's Photo Big Al 30 Oct 2014

View PostChriselle, on 30 October 2014 - 12:54 PM, said:

Good job for Big Al Jr....

Jeeez...don't encourage him.
While it's fascinating watching your kids grow up, it's also a reality check in that they are very real people.
He just turned 13 in September, stands about 173 cm tall and weighs in at around 62kg.
The testosterone is obviously kicking in as his footy has gone from being skilful without much mongrel to mongrel with a bit of skill thrown in.
I'm sure all fathers of teenage boys will relate, but even up to a year ago if he put the grapple on I could easily cope without much effort. Recently he put me in a neck lock (while I wasn't looking) but locked it in, calling "tap out Dad or you're going under". After realising that despite my judo history and pride I was, in fact, going under I tapped out.

The thought of manning a ute-mounted machine gun would possibly be just too tempting for him so I won't show him this post as I don't really want Army Officer to be in his list of possible careers.
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Big Al's Photo Big Al 30 Oct 2014

OK I've created a gallery here on SnowJapan & uploaded 2 pic's of my Baby.

However, when I come back to this post and click on the image icon, get the box asking for the URL and paste the URL of the image in the gallery everything just freezes up.

Suggestions please......I'd love to be a geek...... :sadface:
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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 30 Oct 2014

I couldn't find any that you had uploaded, Big Al. Was the album called "Misc"? I saw that one and clicked on it but it came up with a "Runtime Error" notice. Dunno, maybe the mods can help
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Big Al's Photo Big Al 30 Oct 2014

View PostTubbyBeaverinho, on 30 October 2014 - 03:29 PM, said:

I couldn't find any that you had uploaded, Big Al. Was the album called "Misc"? I saw that one and clicked on it but it came up with a "Runtime Error" notice. Dunno, maybe the mods can help


There's every probability I've done something wrong, but here's the gallery:

http://www.snowjapan...m/412-big-al-1/
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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 30 Oct 2014

Big Al's Truck! :D

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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 30 Oct 2014

On the gallery page, click the button marked OPTIONS, then click SHARE LINKS. Then copy the URL thats in the IMAGE LINKS section and then paste it into the window that pops up when you click the image icon :thumbsup:
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stemik's Photo stemik 30 Oct 2014

thats a nice truck and a nice suburb!
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Chriselle's Photo Chriselle 30 Oct 2014

Hey Hey....!! Nice truck Big Al. Once the honeymoon is over I shall expect to see some mods...maybe nix the gun for now...

Love the rally trucks.....maybe not so much bling bling though..

The Open Country MT's are a nice match.

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gvm3373's Photo gvm3373 30 Oct 2014

That's my ride. Finally figured how to post Photos,
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Chriselle's Photo Chriselle 30 Oct 2014

Nice ARB and pipework. Are those side steps sliders as well?
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gvm3373's Photo gvm3373 30 Oct 2014

Not sure what you mean by sliders Chris, Their a permanent addition made of ripple plate. Check out the ARB on line catalogue for Hilux's.

I've also got Nitro Shockers with 10 cm lift kit plus rear airlockers and compressor. Also Raycor micron fuel filter.
I'm not sure on the availability of ARB products in Japan.


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Big Al's Photo Big Al 30 Oct 2014

Thanks Tubby - much appreciated :thumbsup:

Thanks for the comments guys - Chriselle, that Isuzu rally truck is totally drool worthy :worship:.

In terms of future mods, once I've saved up, the whole rear tub is getting chopped off and a fully secure canopy/tray combo will be fitted.

In the mean time I use the tub for survey pegs, stakes & tripods, with all the expensive electro-optical gear and the smaller bits and pieces going in the rear of the cabin where the rear seats fold up conveniently.

I haven't had a diesel in about 20 years and the one mistake I have made constantly today is just firing her up without waiting for the glow plug heating light to go off. It only stays on for about 1 or 2 seconds when the truck is being driven constantly in this weather, so hopefully I'm not hurting my new baby.
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Chriselle's Photo Chriselle 30 Oct 2014

View Postgvm3373, on 30 October 2014 - 04:49 PM, said:

Not sure what you mean by sliders Chris, Their a permanent addition made of ripple plate. Check out the ARB on line catalogue for Hilux's.

I've also got Nitro Shockers with 10 cm lift kit plus rear airlockers and compressor. Also Raycor micron fuel filter.
I'm not sure on the availability of ARB products in Japan.


Slider are heavy gauge round or square stock that are either welded or bolted to the frame and run the length of the rocker panels. They just protect the rockers as rocker damage is the most serious kind of body damage when traversing sections with boulders. They take the damage sliding over the rocks that would otherwise ding the rockers.

ARB air lockers are pretty solid units. Quite jealous man...... Definitely, pricey though and there are cheaper and just as durable lunchbox lockers on the market. However none sound as cool as ARB's with the compressor. Love the......wherrrr,, clickity click....wherrr clickity click....

You can pretty much get anything ARB here but it's marked up pretty high. Paying for shipping mostly as everything is pretty heavy.
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Chriselle's Photo Chriselle 30 Oct 2014

View PostBig Al, on 30 October 2014 - 06:13 PM, said:

Thanks Tubby - much appreciated :thumbsup:

Thanks for the comments guys - Chriselle, that Isuzu rally truck is totally drool worthy :worship:.

In terms of future mods, once I've saved up, the whole rear tub is getting chopped off and a fully secure canopy/tray combo will be fitted.

In the mean time I use the tub for survey pegs, stakes & tripods, with all the expensive electro-optical gear and the smaller bits and pieces going in the rear of the cabin where the rear seats fold up conveniently.

I haven't had a diesel in about 20 years and the one mistake I have made constantly today is just firing her up without waiting for the glow plug heating light to go off. It only stays on for about 1 or 2 seconds when the truck is being driven constantly in this weather, so hopefully I'm not hurting my new baby.


Ya...I love those box replacement ...boxes.. My favorite truck in the world would be a 70 series ute with a box like this one..totally drool worthy. Oh and....umm....That exhaust note makes my tongue hard... :thumbsup:




Don't worry about the glow plug wait. It doesn't hurt anything and they are only REALLY there for very cold starting.
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Big Al's Photo Big Al 07 Nov 2014

Hooooeeeee !! - I forgot just how frugal diesels can be.

400k since I filled her up and the gauge says I'm still above half full !! :D :D :D
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Chriselle's Photo Chriselle 07 Nov 2014

Put 255/85's, bull bar, lift, winch, cage and rack, off-road lights and other trail rigging...... fuel economy takes a bit of a hit. That's pretty good if you are getting 800+kms per fill up.
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Big Al's Photo Big Al 07 Nov 2014

It came with 245/70's (All terrain) as standard so it's not shy on road rubber.

My cruise down the Gold Coast at the weekend obviously helped as I just sat on 1800 - 2000 rev's on the freeway. The fill up after the next one will give a truer picture. ie. a tankful used up sitting in bloody Brissie traffic trying to get to work. :veryangry:
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