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posted on September 9th, 2002 at 07:11 PM
...Bronze's Dog-O-War...


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The Dog-O-War is a well worn 71 Baja.

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Bought because of my love of Vdubs and as a daily driver.

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It's changed a bit since these pics but the urk colour it still there.

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On used for work and picking up the kids through the week and Geocaching (.com) on the weekends. Will go anywhere most top dollar 4x4's go.

The Dog-O-War is named after my love for German Shepards and Pink Floyd. Although I can't have the former I spend all my time patting, preening and running my new pet.

It's a bit rough around the edges but I love it and we treat each other well. After a few electrical issues, a couple of welds and some splatter of paint a polish it's not looking too bad. The seals, brakes, paint and hinges could deserve some attention but at leat the interior is Ok. I'd say it's had it's fair share of young fellas in it's time with lots of little holes, new and unused wires and tidy trick bits.

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Well after the needed repairs will come some Hammer metal finish Gun Metal Grey (or Black) with black powder coated rims and a minor lift. Bolt ons will be a Donaldson filter, fire extinguisher and two ways radios to complete. Eventually I'd like to enter a fund raising rally like 'Caper kids, Valentine or Heart / Kidney Foundation.

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wink.gif posted on September 11th, 2002 at 09:26 PM


Is the Bronze Back ??. I certainly hope so , I'v missed you heaps Maaate.



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posted on October 5th, 2002 at 09:18 AM
!The Bronze is back!


Thank's Glenn. The bronze is back.
Been a hard slog through my internship. Got a High Distinction for my efforts and most rewarding of al is that I can return to AVD again now I have time on my side.
I have a digitial camera full of pics and have hooked it up to the computer again. When I do I'll throw some updated pics up.
The Dog-O-War is going well. Lost a lot of oil from the Axel seals during the internship. Just spen the last three days doing repairs and relining the brakes and replacing the brake cylinders. Couldn't get the bearings out so that will be the next job. Special thanks to Ben Durie for all his assistance.

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posted on October 5th, 2002 at 07:22 PM


she's lookn good steve, lad to hear its all going well for you.
i still think u should leave the paint as is, love the look:thumb

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posted on October 5th, 2002 at 08:57 PM


It looks good, I love the 'ZZ Top' stripes!! How did the kids like it?
Congratulations on the high distinction mate, sounds like you deserve a bit of R & R now. You better go out and get the Dog dirty again!!:thumb

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posted on October 13th, 2002 at 10:02 AM


Couldn't find any mud this weekend so I thought I'd just roll in the dust for a while.

This is some Baja fun up at Mount Vincent, 20 minutes east of Newcastle.

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posted on November 6th, 2002 at 09:30 PM
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posted on November 6th, 2002 at 09:32 PM
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posted on December 3rd, 2002 at 06:04 AM
Some more recent pics.


Here's a couple of shot taken by Ripplybulldog of the Dog-O-War taking a bath. This is a vain attempt at trying to cover up that crap paint colour.

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posted on December 3rd, 2002 at 06:05 AM


We waited month for it to finally rain and already these water holes were drying up. Give it a couple of more days and they will be caked hard again.

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posted on December 3rd, 2002 at 06:09 AM


One more for good measure - it might not rain for another 7 months.

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posted on December 21st, 2002 at 02:06 AM


Here's a pic of The Dog-O-War parked with VWFOOL's yellow 56 oval and James envy NB green 57.

This was in at the Foreshore on a sunday Arvo where you just enjoy the world going by, and by again, and again, again.

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posted on December 21st, 2002 at 02:17 AM


This is a montage os a series of earlier pics taken by my sister in law Sarah. Nat bad with her first time with this camera. We had great fun having a hoon on this private road near Mt Sugarloaf west of Newcastle.

The day was dry and the fun meter was getting a bit low!;)

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posted on December 21st, 2002 at 09:33 AM


Great pics from one of your camera team:)

Hope Dog-O-War's limp is fixed soon, you must be suffering withdrawals right now!

Looking forward to pics from up Dubbo way:thumb
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posted on December 27th, 2002 at 08:20 PM


Bronze the Dog-O-War lookes good going
throo that mud.havent yet taken mine
throo the mud (havent founed ane)
hopfle next time we take it out we will
fined mud to play in.let you know when
we take it out next.if the buggey
wear bullding is finished we mabe taking
it insted.

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Interesting Holiday


Well as most of you know the Dog-O-War has revealed a few surprises in the last few weeks. Some elusive and others filling the whole windscreen before me.

The family and I planned our holidays around the dates of the Klub VW Offroad weekend at Stockton sand dunes (18th and 19th) then off to the Nationals on the 20th. The weekend before I had removed the dogs donk and gave it the 123 of this goes with that. Airbrushed all the tardy bits and replaced the rubbers. Fitted a tranny brace to reduce tramp and not snap anymore rubbers hopefully.

Anyway - schools over for the term and my son and I are off to Newcastle from Dubbo and the wife already 4 hours ahead of us, I get two hours down te road and as the dark and rain settle in the Dog dies 20k's from Merriwa. NRMA turns up an hour or so later an remarkably it starts, wouldn't before. Anyhow - not know what the problem was we push on and 10 K's past Merriwa towards Scone the dog dies again - no spark whatso ever - That's right spacefans, the coils shit itself. 14 hours later a car comes along heading towards Merriwa and I send a not for a new coil, NRMA turns up with a resistered coil and goes and get another. This overnight stay fairly well stuffed the weekend camping up at Barrington tops but we did get up ther the Saturday night.

The next most eventful moment was probably when I went over a dune crest at Stockton the following saturday. Having spent over $200 on the dog the thursday before (as it was only running on one cylinder - Thanks Ben) I was now faced with a tree line at the base of a slope face that threatened to roll me over. See the pic below. I though that I could salvage the tyres, radio, gagues and battery before letting it roll into the trees - fortunately two 4WD's spent the next 40 minutes heahing the Dog out a foot at a time. Awesome stuff.

I tell ya my clacker snapped shut pretty hard when I went over that edge. The next loudest sound was all the laughter which soon echoed from above.

The Dog-O-War wen't fairly well after that but still wouldn't idle. Eventually the problem was found and a rubber idle seal ring had worked it way into the throttle body. An acid bath finally sorted it before returning home. It has never run so efficiently, smoothly or hard since I have had it.

At present its now outside topsoiling my yard with stockton sand as I emptu all the sand from the doors, floors, seats (now removed) and nook / crannies. The vacume cleaner exploded into flames literally this afternoon refusing to suck up any more sand. I lept from the Baja as it sparked and spat flame during its death throws. Thank god for circuit breakers.

The Nationals was a top event. I mostly enjoyed meeting people from this forum. I spent the best part of the morning chatting with old and new faces and the afternoon seeking out the best VW examples.

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Well, sand extraction is #1 at present followed by a liberal dosage of anti-rust paint and fishoil all over the pan and body. Next will be a complete rewire including a new sound system followed by a coat of paint on the outside. Not sure about colours yet. Time permitting I hope to have the engine throughly checked over and a new exhaust fitted in time for Nambucca. The main things are the paint and electricals though.

Thanks to Ben Durie Automotive and Merriwa NRMA for keeping this last fortnight from being a failure and my two new 4WD mates at Stockton for letting me keep my 71 Baja - The Dog-O-War.

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posted on April 26th, 2003 at 10:36 PM
The Dog-O-War at the Nationals.


Thanks to KOM123 for Emailing me this Pic.
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posted on April 27th, 2003 at 01:52 AM


Geez with all those dramas, should mean you have an incident free time up at Nambucca hopefully :)
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posted on April 27th, 2003 at 04:21 PM


Hopefully I will - but the what will I have to write about. I love drama but not when it means injury and expense. Fortunately no injury, made up for it in expense though.

The shopping list of jobs to do over the next few months will hopefully alleviate some of that worry. It will be a marathon effort getting to Nambucca as it won't be in school holidays and I will have to Go up Friday night - come back Sunday night. Think Driving lights are the on backorder for that weekend.




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posted on April 27th, 2003 at 04:33 PM


Great adventure Bronze, that pics a good one.
Add a set of steering brakes and a winch to the list before the next one. :thumb:cool::D
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posted on April 29th, 2003 at 02:38 PM


Hi Bronze,

I am adding a few more pics of your "near tree encounter".

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posted on April 29th, 2003 at 02:40 PM


Sorry, not in the right order but you get the idea !!!!

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posted on April 29th, 2003 at 02:42 PM


Last one.

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posted on April 29th, 2003 at 03:41 PM


Jeepers! That gives us a better perspective of the slope, scary stuff!
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posted on April 29th, 2003 at 09:38 PM


:o Are you holding on so it doesn't roll sideways? Sure looks like it:jesus

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posted on April 30th, 2003 at 09:08 PM


I'd hate to see the Dog-O-War turn into anything else, it's unique :) When I saw it parked at the Nats I had no doubt about it's identity!
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posted on April 30th, 2003 at 10:32 PM


Uh bugger it - just when I was convinced I should go ahead and paint it!

You have riddled me with self doubt. I know what you mean KOM. I had a couple of people come up and say they had seen it on the web and another asked if I was from Newcastle, they had seen it getting around there. The Dog-O-War is fairly unique in the scheme of things I guess. Not many Baja's get used as hard as it does. It works for its keep and when it need some TLC it lets me know. My type of Herbie.

Brian - those pics above arnt working. You might like to go into edit and delete them and post those pics in a Nats thread. I have no objections to them being here but more people would see them in the General chat. Cheers.




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posted on May 2nd, 2003 at 10:19 PM
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Hi Bronze,
Sorry I didn't get up to Stockton on Monday.Didn't remember (too many beers)
and didn't get ypur messges until I turn my mobile on Tuesday.

Look like you've been having a great time anyway.

Did you get to the dunes on Monday?

From the looks of those photo's I don't know why you just didn't drive along the dune and back over the top you would have on any other dune. (Maybe if the tree's weren't there you wouldn't had any problems)

Next time we meet you can take the action shot, those photo's look great.

Keep working on the Dog-o-War and just maybe one day it will turn into a GS Limo.

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Best of luck with your repairs Brian (GS Limo 3)


The Bronze can you send the Stockton story and any photo's to Mike Sharp so they can be put in the klub web site now that is back operating.
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posted on May 3rd, 2003 at 12:47 AM


yeah sorry didnt get to speak to you longer at the Nats, would love to have shown that I was following with my Oval in your Dog-o-War footsteps " it was filthy ".
And I loved seeing yours as it was.




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posted on May 3rd, 2003 at 09:18 PM
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Nah I didn't get there Monday Brian but stayed most of the day Tuesday. You wouldn't have wanted to comes - it was seriously rutted everywhere! It was so bad the roofrack came off when we were heading back out to Lavats lane it was that rough.

Before the Nats I had gone to one of my old Mud holes and covered the Dog in this thick brown / black mud before I headed to Sydney. The night before and all the way to the Nats it rained and washed it off. I should have called in somewhere and got some of that Spray on mud I hear so much about.

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