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    It looks like they will arrive tomorrow night.

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    Are we planning on meeting the somewhere to escort them the last bit?

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    Ok I see on their Facebook page that they may be flying from Windhoek to Cape Town

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    Tough news guys, they broke down terminally 80 km north of Windhoek and the Landy will not be seen in CPT.
    They will fly in tomorrow WDH - CPT, so give them a hug at the airport.
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    Great effort !!!!
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    Is there no one in windhoek that could at least get them a front drive shaft so at least they finish, would be such a shame to not be able to drive into CT just because of a drive shaft

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    I understand the rear diff "snapped" remove rear drive shaft, rear half shafts and get a front drive shaft or fix the broken one, can be done in a couple hours
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    I am sure it was an awesome trip.

    But just getting down to basics:

    16 000 km

    Lets say 9.5 days

    Subtract 1 hour per country for customs and this and that as well as one p-stop every 4 hours, 5 minutes each.

    Subtract another 8 hours for fuel stops.

    And you need to do 81.5 km/h average consistently.

    Over Africa, that is extremely hard going.




    I wonder if my 300 Tdi D1 is up for the task?
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    I am sure it was an awesome trip.

    But just getting down to basics:

    16 000 km

    And you need to do 81.5 km/h average consistently.

    Over Africa, that is extremely hard going.

    I wonder if my 300 Tdi D1 is up for the task?
    Hi,

    It is actually a bad day...

    All this on the very day where the last Defender comes down from the assembly line in Solihull !!

    Nevertheless, congratulations to the young guys !!

    Cheers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by offroad4x4sa View Post
    Ok I see on their Facebook page that they may be flying from Windhoek to Cape Town
    Yeah, this was unfortunate. After all they had done to try make it happen. The short of it is travelling too fast, I think, at 130km/h in Namibia. The front prop shaft separated at the yoke, which left them high and dry as this Disco did not have a center diff lock fitted, so they could drive on one shaft, with the front removed, or visa versa. I advised them to have a look on the top of the transfer box, as a lockable diff was an optional extra, and that there was a chance that only the cable wasn't installed, along with the shifter to enable the engagement. As luck had it, this was the case, and with a 10mm spanner, the diff lock spigot was rotated, engaging it. We on the road again. This went well, and they kept the speed down to 80km/h, but reported that there was a whining on overrun of the gearbox. They checked transfer and gearbox for oil. All good, so continued. When they slowed down for a corner and changed down, under acceleration, a serious grating was heard and no more forward motion. They first checked the transfer, thinking it had slipped out of diff lock, but this wasn't the case. Then Paul noticed that the rear propshaft was lose and spinning without drive. I thought drive spline hubs, but he said pinion bearings collapsed, and I would presume pinion gone.

    The reason not to soldier on was that they have to fly out of JNB on 30th, and had tickets from CPT. To repair would have meant them only leaving about now and drive for 24hrs with the front doing the job, and miss their flight back to UK. For the record, they already planning the next attempt!! They won't be using a tin foil Disco, they claim. I think in light of today being the end of the Defender, as the last one rolled off the line, I am pretty sure that will be their aim.
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    Poor guys, I suspected that they had run out of time. Well done on them for giving it their best and as someone said they have done in a week what most people spend their lives dreaming of. Next time, TDI300!!

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    Hi,

    I do not want to criticize anything, it would be unfair but:

    If you consider the problems the young guys had with the car, some questions:

    - Concerning the broken chassis: the Disco is 17 years old. It is quite common at Discos and Defenders that the chassis oxydate badly, is it possible that this might be the reason for the problems encountered ? (in addition, it is quite common that the fitting of the shocks tear out if the chassis is weak, espescially if one fits the car with stronger springs / shocks)..

    - The car has been raised by 2 inches..in such cases, it is quite common as well that one has problems with the front propshaft, unless you change it for a shaft with double cardan..

    I do not know whether you have a good indie in Windhoek, if not you can call Ollie (he is a friend and partner of Foley's from UK, phone number +264 81 323 2730), or John and Daniel Darby (partners of Ollie as well - phone numbers +264 608 045 577 / +264 81 350 2826).

    Cheers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric60260 View Post
    Hi,

    I do not want to criticize anything, it would be unfair but:

    If you consider the problems the young guys had with the car, some questions:

    - Concerning the broken chassis: the Disco is 17 years old. It is quite common at Discos and Defenders that the chassis oxydate badly, is it possible that this might be the reason for the problems encountered ? (in addition, it is quite common that the fitting of the shocks tear out if the chassis is weak, espescially if one fits the car with stronger springs / shocks)..

    - The car has been raised by 2 inches..in such cases, it is quite common as well that one has problems with the front propshaft, unless you change it for a shaft with double cardan..

    I do not know whether you have a good indie in Windhoek, if not you can call Ollie (he is a friend and partner of Foley's from UK, phone number +264 81 323 2730), or John and Daniel Darby (partners of Ollie as well - phone numbers +264 608 045 577 / +264 81 350 2826).

    Cheers..
    Thanks Eric. I have just spoken briefly to them. I think they trying to sell as an entity in Windhoek, leaving it with a family friend. There is so much kit and spare parts that they have had to abandon as too heavy to fly with to CPT.
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    I think biggest problem with early discos from the UK is the salt on the roads, a friend of mine has a D1 that he did the trip with and there is quite a bit of chasis and body rust underneath which is hidden by the underbody coating

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliek69 View Post
    I think biggest problem with early discos from the UK is the salt on the roads, a friend of mine has a D1 that he did the trip with and there is quite a bit of chasis and body rust underneath which is hidden by the underbody coating
    I have to agree. Over here in UK, it is extremely important to own a high pressure washer, and clean under your chassis on a weekly basis, or when used. Another thing in the UK, nobody garages their vehicles, they stand outside in all the elements. For an idea as to how common chassis rot is, just google disco chassis. It is all there!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocicat58 View Post
    For the record, they already planning the next attempt!! They won't be using a tin foil Disco, they claim. I think in light of today being the end of the Defender, as the last one rolled off the line, I am pretty sure that will be their aim.
    I'm a dyed in the wool Land Rover fan who happens to have driven much of the route these guys did.

    It took us longer to get through Cameroon 12 years ago than it took these guys to get from London to Windhoek.

    How many times did they make use of low range during this trip? Are there any nasty roads left?

    If I were going to do this again, my vehicle of choice would be a Sprinter 4x4.

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    Sorry to hear about the disappointment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocicat58 View Post
    Another thing in the UK, nobody garages their vehicles, they stand outside in all the elements.
    As the estate agent said to me back in the day; "If the property has a garage, you're in the wrong postcode mate". Best I could ever do was offstreet parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eben View Post

    It took us longer to get through Cameroon 12 years ago than it took these guys to get from London to Windhoek.

    How many times did they make use of low range during this trip? Are there any nasty roads left?
    They didn't mention too much hassle with Cameroon, but Nigeria and DRC were soul destroying, as was the top of Angola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eben View Post
    As the estate agent said to me back in the day; "If the property has a garage, you're in the wrong postcode mate". Best I could ever do was offstreet parking.
    I know what you mean. Not many have garages, or cars, especially in London. No need. But then there is me, an aircraft mechanic by trade, I have to have a man cave, somewhere to tinker and reinvent the wheel, or I like to think I am!!
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