Ever had to be your own ‘Do it Yourself, Bush Mechanic’? Mr Winch has had plenty of practice!
Picture this. We were driving along Tjukaruru Road (West of The Olgas) when suddenly there was this strange sound and smell coming from the truck. The type of stench and screech that makes your gut tighten and think, “oh shit, this isn’t good”.
We were far from any help or outback community, so we pulled over to see what the problem was and instantly knew it was a ceased wheel bearing. NOT what you need in the outback! Thankfully we were travelling with Mr Winch’s Dad, John and his mate Jenko who are the quintessential ‘can do anything’ type of blokes. Bush mechanics from way back! Between the three of them, they pulled the wheel off, got the grinder our and got to work.