Episode 21. Proton Jumbuck. AU04 KZW. (part 1).

So with the sale of my lovely little VW Caddy, it was time to get another little ute checked off the list, a Proton Accelerator!!


Ok ok, a Proton Jumbuck! I remember back in the early part of this century looking at these things and thinking, I want one of those! Finally here we are just over a decade and a half later and I have acheived my dream of owning a Proton! I know, I don't dream big, but this way I can acheive my dreams! Dream of owning a Lamborghini, it ain't gonna happen, dream of owning a Proton pick up... Hmm, it's a possibility! Thats right folks, lower, lower, LOWER your expectations of your dreams until you can meet them with ease! Anyway, I usually complain about every car I buy being owned by a dog owner, and smelling of wet dog? Well the good news is that the guy who owned this beauty didn't have a dog, I knew he didn't, I sent him an email and asked him if he had a dog or not! He said he didn't, and therefore it doesn't smell of wet dog! He was however a sea fisherman (I might add that he neglected to mention this in his ebay ad!), and he used this truck to haul all the fish he caught in the sea to the fishmongers! Guess what the interior of my Jumbuck smells like! Oh how I miss the smell of wet dog! So now you might well be asking yourselves, Caddy or Jumbuck, which one is better?


This is a tough one to answer as they are both so similar, yet both so different. To look at, I would say that the Caddy is marginally better looking than the Jumbuck. To drive I would say that the Jumbuck is marginally better than the Caddy. But the differences really are negligible, they're so small and insignificant that they are really not worth worrying about... Pick one, either of them, drive it, and enjoy it! So why keep the Jumbuck instead of the Caddy? Well, like I said, I've had my fun with the Caddy, and its been great, and I've enjoyed it so it's been ticked it off the 'dream cars to own someday' list. Also, with the Caddy I was always concerned that someone would bump into it and damage it. Therefore it would need restoring, and that of course would erase all that beautiful patina thats taken nearly thirty years to be earned on its bodywork. Have I now scratched the Caddy itch? well, yes I probably have, but that isn't to say that I wouldn't have another one! If one came up cheap, and was in fairly good shape I dare say I'd jump on it! As Volkswagens go, it was my second favourite Volkswagen that I've ever owned, it was just brilliant! But onward and upward and all that jazz. So plans for the Jumbuck? Well, not much really, I thought that I'd just drive it and enjoy it, however a quick search through my wheel collection yielded a set of alloys to replace the bin-lid clad rusty steelies!


Taking it from rusty wheels shod with cheap plastic bin lids to...


A rather splendid set of alloys which previously called a MX-5 home. Although I wasn't 100% sold on these if I'm honest, because although they fit I've got them on massive spacers to clear the hub. I'm either going to have to machine the centre bore our about 1.5mm, or just keep on the spacers which mean that they do poke out just a tad! So another dig through my wheel collection left me with nothing I really liked, so off to ebay-land! Where a set of wheels showed up on ebay with a buy it now of £40 or best offer, I cheekily offered the guy £20 which he accepted! I picked them up that very evening as I didn't want him to change his mind!


I had a set of these on my own XR4i back in the day, and I really quite liked them, and even still have them, but they're not the right stud pattern for a Proton! So with the help of my littlest monster the other evening we went from this...


Which I think looks quite nice... To this...


Which sort of made me think that the new wheels are the wheels for the car. To this...


Which I think looks far better! Anyhoo, for the littlest monster and I to change the four wheels took just under 25 minutes, not too shabby for a 48 year old fat bloke and his 8 year old daughter I thought. However much like the outgoing MX-5 wheels, two have fairly good(ish) tyres, and two have pretty much had it...


One of the tyres that is well past its use by date is this one, so I'm not going to tempt it, and so as I've got no real driving about to do in the Jumbuck at the moment I had the worst two tyres swapped for the best two tyres from the MX-5 wheels pretty quickly! This means that every corner now has a different brand on it, but it'll have to do for now! Lastly, here ofcourse, better late than never is the famous first fill shot...


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