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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: ChrisConvertible] #615020
02/02/20 08:02 AM
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Chris
Hope things have improved at least a little bit for you where you are? It looks bloody terrifying on the bits of news we get here in the U.K. and, as animal lovers, heartbreaking for all loss of life (human and animal).
Best wishes
HB


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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: OZ 4/4] #615059
02/02/20 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by OZ 4/4
Just to give you some idea how quickly these fires move take a look at this....
Fire crews realise what is coming and get out
(this footage is in real time and not sped up)

Fire spread in Canberra


That is terrifying... good luck to everyone.


Peter,
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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: Peter J] #616586
10/02/20 09:56 PM
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The Gospers Mountain "Mega" fire west of Sydney is finally extinguished due to heavy rain and the work of 3,000 fire fighters .
This fire was started by a lightning strike on October 26th 2019 and has burnt continuously covering more than 525 thousand hectares, destroyed 6,500 building but thankfully no loss of human life.

Gospers Mountain fire summary


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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: OZ 4/4] #616640
11/02/20 08:59 AM
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Thank god. I know this has hit Australia very hard.


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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: OZ 4/4] #616687
11/02/20 01:14 PM
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Thanks for the nice wishes guys.

The Rain came and certainly helped, unfortunately Canberra didn't get drowned like the rest of East Australia but still a reasonable amount. The fires in the pictures I put up before are still burning but at least now under control.

Not really fire related but weather related due to the stupid hail storm we got, this morning my Insurance company NRMA wrote off the Silvia, the value is $10,500 and I get $9,650 based on my $850 excess. I can withdraw my claim and pay for the repairs myself or take the money and the car is written off, then I can try buy the car off Pickles but then it is an unregistered car that has to pass the inspections and will always be a write off so can only be registered in the ACT. Pretty annoying as other insurance companies are letting people keep the car and not writing it off for 10% of market value. So that would mean I could either get $9650 or $8600 but keep the car if I was with one of the other two major insurance companies.

Talking to the assessor his attitude is just accept the car is smashed, take the money and buy something like a MX5, you can still take out one grand child and they still love those cars. But talking to the repairers who did the quote which in my case was basically well that is too damaged to even think about they said they would keep the Nissan and not take the payout, MX5's are good cars but this car is really cool. However looking at the Mazda website and Australian safety websites it appears the MX5 is not allowed to have baby seats installed in the front at all so the assessors ideas are wrong and no fun trips with grand kids if I went the MX5 option.

I then went to a panel beater I know to talk to him, the guy behind the counter said the same thing, the car is cool but fixing it is too expensive if NRMA will not pay anything towards fixing it, also don't buy it from Pickles as a write off as it is often hard to get them registered, then the owner of the panel beater business turned up and said he has a bonnet and boot for a Silvia, probably $2,000 to knock out the dents in the sides, $6,000 to paint the car and then some parts so maybe $10,000. He wants me to talk to NRMA about buying the wreck again before it gets a written off status but I expect the story will be the same as the assessor said about all cars too damaged are written off and auctioned for parts, no buy back option at all.

My wife is just saying keep it and fix it, you can afford it now you are working but really that means spending $10,000 to the panel beater, say $4,000 on a roof and not taking $9650 from NRMA, meaning say $23,650 for a car that probably still has a market value of $10,500 where I could buy a 5 year old MX5 for around $25,000. Also it means spending $14,000 to fix a car that wouldn't have been damaged it I didn't go back to work so really I am back working after retirement to not be any better off financially than if I stayed at home. Working for effectively nothing would really annoy me.

What also annoys me is that I know my son loved that car when he was little and he still does, so I know my grand daughter will be probably very excited to get to ride in the back when she is a little bit bigger. Some people say just buy another 4 seater convertible, there is a 1981 Morgan 4 seater on the market for $45,000 only about 5,000km away. The only other 4 seater convertible cars I can think of are large Mercedes, BMW's, VW EOS, nothing that I really think of as sports car and a lot of money, or if old enough to get cheap probably a lot of expensive trouble.

My other thought is a MGB for about $10,000, means using the insurance money I get to cover buying the car and use it as a daily driver for a year or two until I retire again. Then get it restored to the Frontline Abingdon edition specification at Modern Classic cars, I visited them to see the car in this article and the quality of his work is certainly great. http://www.speedhunters.com/2019/11/britain-meets-japan-restomod-mg/

This would have to the worst summer ever, smoke so you can't breathe, next day clear but a sweltering 45 degrees, then smoke so thick you can't see the neighbours house, then hail to write off a nice 32 year old classic rare car, then fires 26km you can see from the next street.

Re: Fires in Australia [Re: ChrisConvertible] #616696
11/02/20 01:49 PM
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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: OZ 4/4] #617047
13/02/20 12:14 PM
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Thanks Peter, but I have given up for now frown

I just bought a Skoda Rapid as my wife drove one before and always complained the Octavia is too big and she wanted a Rapid, so from now on I think my motoring is now going to be my wife with a new Rapid, I have the Octavia and the Silvia gets trashed by some wreckers yard that buys it from Pickles assuming it actually sells.

I phoned mum and she said good it is time you got sensible, only a stupid 17 year old wants sports cars, everyone I know things you are so stupid for driving a convertible like a young kid, all those sports cars like the Silvia and MX5 you had are just money pits. I was a bit shocked but I guess I know she didn’t really like the car, I also got a similar reaction from dad who also said good riddance to another one of your money pits. My wife is really happy and said a similar thing about only people under 20 care about cars and wished I would grow up. But really the MX5 was the cheapest car I owned, servicing was cheap, nothing went wrong and I only lost $5,000 in 9 years, the Ford Falcon lost $15,000 in 10 years and I spent a fair bit on repairs. The Silvia was not as good as the MX5 but still less per year than the Ford or Subaru Outback worked out to be with servicing and depreciation etc. I guess any car that seems fun must be a money pit or they just don’t realise how much their cars depreciate, my view is all cars are money pits even the boring ones. Plus I guess they never go to car shows and see the 60 and 70 year old men looking at the Jaguars, Morgans and MG’s etc.

But I will have a convertible again, I will never grow up. smile


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Re: Fires in Australia [Re: OZ 4/4] #656318
15/08/20 10:36 AM
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I thought I would add this footnote as a form of a tribute to Peter Knox-Dick, better known to long term TM’ers as RubyMorgan.

My opening post of this tread tells the sad story of Peter and his bush fire-related accident.

I first met Peter in 2011 when I went searching for a second hand Morgan. His “Ruby” Morgan was the first car I looked at.
The “Ruby” colour turned out to be “Rolls Royce Tudor Red” in official parlance and I was so impressed with the colour that I ordered it for my 4/4 once I decided to buy brand new.

Regrettably, Peter’s health prospects have not improved. As a result of his accident he is permanently paralysed below the waist and has now been moved to a care facility for the rest of his life. His country home has been sold along with his beloved cars – it could hardly be a more distressing outcome.

Australia and my region in particular was hard hit in the 2019 bush fire season. I have always believed in “doing something” when issues around your demand attention so I am pleased to report that after 6 months of COVID interrupted training, extensive online course work and a final 3-hour practical assessment today, I have now been accepted as a New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteer in the magnificently named local brigade of Wallaby Joe.

I drove home from the assessment in 24-degree heat and it’s still the middle of winter here so heaven knows what summer will bring.

I will try and visit Peter when next I travel to Sydney but in the meantime, wish me luck as the next bushfire season is not far off.

I am on the far right,(wearing glasses) of the attached photo where all the candidates are appropriately socially distanced……
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Re: Fires in Australia - Continued [Re: OZ 4/4] #656328
15/08/20 11:03 AM
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January 20th, 2020....
Originally Posted by OZ 4/4
It's time to show active support .

My local Rural Fire Service will be holding its first volunteer training session at its magnificently named "Wallaby Joe" facility.
Training starts at 6.30pm tonight.

I will be there....


It has been a long process but I am pleased it is done. Now the real work begins....

Last edited by OZ 4/4; 15/08/20 11:08 AM. Reason: add date

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Re: Fires in Australia - Continued [Re: OZ 4/4] #656334
15/08/20 11:40 AM
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Really sorry to read about RubyMorgan, that's just the worst outcome after these dreadful series of fires you have had out there Gary, thanks for the update though.


Regards Richard

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