December 7th - 18th, 2003
Perth and surrounding area; at OKA
We have 2 weeks time to measure the OKA and get all questions
In between we enjoy Perth.
View of Pert
from South-Perth and from the Kings Park.
In the Kings Park many Australian flowers like Kangaroo Paw,
Bottle Brush or Warratha are blooming
On the way to OKA in Bibra Lake we see a Black Boy.
The grass tree has its name because it needs to be burned
down to grow and in the dark it looks like a boy with his
spear is standing behind it.
We also see blooming Christmas Trees. They bloom at the beginning
of the rainy season in December, at Christmas, hence their
One day we drive to a lake for lunch and find a group of black
Due to the fact that our vehicle only exists on the drawing
table at OKA they have prepared some vehicle parts for us.
Even though we receive CAD drawings of the important parts
of the new vehicle an existing vehicles is measured with a
tape-measure beside it an photos taken of all.
We need the most details form the wheel-arches as we don't
know yet if we need to build wheel-arches into the cabin or
This depends on the total height of the final vehicle. We
aim not to exceed 2,96 meters (max. height of the larges container).
Thus the displacement of the wheel is very important.
The driver's cabin also is inspected. We see that there is
plenty of extra space in the dashboard for extra gauges e.g.
for additional tanks, etc.
To give us a better understanding of the size of our future
"house" OKA has prepared a bus-body.
This body is chosen by tour operators and is an ideal indication
of the aspect ratio of length and height.
We realize that the wheel arches of the bus-body are different
to the ones of the pick-up truck we have already measured
due to the different weight it needs to carry.
So there we go .... again all needs to be measured.
The chassis of our OKA is already assembled. It is a funny
feeling to see one's future vehicle un such a state.
We are able to measure the location of the air tanks which
is important for the intermediate frame.
Even though we have the exact drawing of the zero line in
that view the tanks are not apparent.
In the evenings Ruedi is busy updating his drawings.
Every so often he needs to check with the engineer and double
check his findings.
Soon we realize that even if we go for wheel arches and reduce
the inside height to 1,85 meters we will never manage to stay
below 2,96 meters.
We discuss the fact with Alex from Alu-Star in Germany and
get the list of required measurements for the intermediate
frame from him.
Since OKA cannot give us a definitive date for the delivery
of the truck to Germany we collect as much data as possible
to be able to build out "house" even without having
the OKAS on site.
Dispite the many hours we spend at OKA we find some time
to have a look around Perth and its surrounding area.
In the harbor of Freemantle the Maritime
Museum displays an retired submarine of the "Oberon"
The tour through the boat shows the cramped conditions on
We are both happy to be outside again.
After almost 2 weeks at Perth we travel to the Gold Coast
for the wedding of Susi's brother Bruno, visit Susi's father
and stay over Christmas.
On December 26th we leave Australia in direction of Switzerland
for the last 1 1/2 years.
On the way to the airport a small mishap happens ...
Susi drives to fast and we receive a fine for 100 AU$!
The next time we come to Australia we already will have embarked
on our tour of the world.