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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    I,ve heard of Birtles, but I don't think he did the key bit through Burma that "First Overland" did.
    I'll have to re-read the book I have on his exploits.
    He did cycle across Australia without support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDNSW View Post
    I,ve heard of Birtles, but I don't think he did the key bit through Burma that "First Overland" did.
    Sorry for the thread hijack....
    Francis Birtles tried & failed in an Imperial 6 from England to Australia and eventually made it in the 'Sundowner' (Bean) Francis Birtles Australia’s greatest overlander



    He had a slightly harder time than the crew of First Overland.
    There were no roads in a lot of areas but he crossed the Naga Hills. A month to advance 58km on one section.
    At one point he removed the axle & flipped it over to get 4 reverse & 1 forward gear but importantly the forward gear was lower ratio than 1st gear.

    Book written by Warren Brown Francis Birtles: Australian Adventurer by Warren Brown - Books - Hachette Australia

    The car still exists, it's in the National Museum of Australia
    Birtles and the Sundowner car | National Museum of Australia


    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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