Bloke I work with copped $15k fine for an old US import with asbestos exhaust manifold gasket!
How fucked up is that. Considering how many houses here in Australia are still riddled with asbestos.
It is an exhaust gasket, not a boot-full of powdery fine asbestos dust.
825 at the treads ! at a guess making north of 900 (possibly 950) at the crank with drive-train losses.
Great looking vans
Plus 1. Be very careful. The US vehicle imports trade has been severely affected by this. Some firms have now set up US subsidiaries to offer a ''no-asbestos'' guarantee that Australian Border Force will accept....but you will pay dearly. Far more cost-effective right now to buy something already in Australia, unless you are loaded.
Yeah this has been the problem I'm finding.. Finding an importer who can sort it at that end and make sure its cleaned up..
This particular van had had a recent engine rebuild, new exhaust etc..
Some of the importers have assured me customs has pretty much given up on chasing this stuff..
I'm really open to any advice on imports as well that people have had personal experience with. As for finding one here, they just don't really exist, the few Ive seen have been so beat to hell at such massive prices I just can't justify it.
well the update is... Ive paid for it.. I've also arranged an import agent who does customs approved asbestos pre shipping testing, one of only a few guys doing it. Its not a 100% guarantee that customs will wave it through, but should lessen any rude shocks when it arrives in a couple of months.
3spd auto, 302 V8 and I'm guessing will have an much power as well, something with not a lot of power! I'm bloody stoked.
It was running a little 8.2 deck windsor dart block stroker. AFR Heads, Victor Junior manifold, C4 with 3600rpm convertor, nothing spectacular. If you mean times? It ran a best of firstname.lastname@example.org on 205/70/14 Maxxis street junk & email@example.com on 235/60/15 drag radials. I never put a cage in the car as it was a original XTGT & as such every ten second pass was followed by a polite suggestion to end my days racing for the day or night!