Originally Posted by Bikenstitches
A guy just picked up a used engine from me driving a 'turtletop' from NC, towing a trailer with a garden tractor on it! Oh, and he had installed a TDI engine in it; sounded awesome!
I drove one of those things all over Australia.
Loved driving it, 80-85kph was typical cruise, and once with a big tail wind I got it way over 100kph. Felt like we were flying. It was a seemingly rare fuel injected motor with automatic transmission. Feel like the trans really helped the wrong side driving issue. No need to figure out how to shift with my left hand. Great little vehicle and only found out we'd burned some exhaust valves when we went to sell it right before leaving.
In Darwin we had some ears made to direct more airflow into the engine compartment. You can kind of see them here..
... defintely kept the oil temp down, but it was probably too little too late as I think the drive from Adelaide to Darwin is what did the motor in.
I'd love to own one again with a real motor, and better suspension.