Particularly you "Newbies", that might be going 1000 or 2000 kms to buy a second hand Bushtracker: My advice is here for free, and in "Your Best Interests" and you should sit up and take notice. It might just save your life...
When you first pick up a van, in addition to all the obvious, springs, emergency brakes, the hitch, brakes themselves, you need to be aware of the things you cannot see and wheel bearings would also be near the top of the list. What if someone has overtightened the wheel bears and have caused too much heat? What if someone has too little grease in the wheel bearings?
Do not trust your life, on the unknown... This is a wheel bearing that has overheated due to lack of grease or being overtightened, and would not have gone another 1000 kms
What are you looking at? The hard facing on the rollers is GONE and the roughness would eat away the race and this is seriously ON ITS WAY OUT.. Now, what happens if it actually does go? The bearing will go red hot, melt down, and can weld itself to the axle stub.. If it does not weld itself to the axle stub, it will simply disintegrate and over ride the adjustment nut. Then this can happen at high speed:
Before you know it, the wheel and hub, and brake drum, all up about 50 kg sails past you at 100 kph and could KILL SOMEONE. Then your brake backing plate is grinding off and digging in and could turn the whole van over or jack knife and again KILL SOMEONE...
Now what is the point of this?
Pay attention to the items above in the Topic about Service, not necessarily even from us as I am still too far Booked ahead and this is not here as a plug to make you get Service from us.. I am here to tell you that the unknown van you are picking up is UNKNOWN in condition TO YOU. I would do a tear down and inspection before going any great distance, OK? Brakes, shoes, and wheel bearings. There is a list of what you should look at yourself, or have a Professional look at, in this Category in the Topic: PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTIONS/ REPORT AND EXTENDING WARRANTY?
Yes, inspect the hitch and spring packs and poly block pivot points, but sometimes what cannot see could be the most important.
It could save you, doing this Service before going 1000 or 2000 kms home... OK with this? If it is near by, at least go talk to the Business that did the last Service to be comfortable that they are competent enough to put your life and property on the line with.
Looking out for you, 24/7, from da road Ranger